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Medical News & Perspectives
April 9, 2008

New Tool Measures 10-Year Fracture Risk

JAMA. 2008;299(14):1651-1652. doi:10.1001/jama.299.14.1651

Primary care physicians have a powerful new tool for identifying patients who are at high risk of a bone fracture and would benefit from bone-strengthening treatments.

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report that outlines a refined algorithm for predicting which patients would most benefit from the growing array of osteoporosis treatments and launched an interactive Web-based tool that will allow primary care physicians around the world to apply the formula to a patient within minutes. Officials from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) in Washington, DC, and the International Osteoporosis Foundation in Nylon, Switzerland, are hailing the new approach as a major advance in the treatment of osteoporosis.

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