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The World in Medicine
November 8, 2000

Osteoporosis Goes Unnoticed

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JAMA. 2000;284(18):2309. doi:10.1001/jama.284.18.2309-JWM00009-4-1

Osteoporosis may remain undiagnosed and untreated in a large proportion of older Canadians who already have suffered an initial fracture associated with fragile bones, according to a new study.

Even though osteoporosis is difficult to detect before a fracture, researchers at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and the University of Toronto surveyed patients who had been treated for a first fracture attributed to weakened bones. The study included 108 patients—96 women and 12 men with a mean age of 64 years—treated at three Ontario community hospitals.

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