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Editorial
December 12, 2001

Osteoporosis, an Underdiagnosed Disease

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Osteoporosis Research Center, University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle.

JAMA. 2001;286(22):2865-2866. doi:10.1001/jama.286.22.2865

The results from the National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment (NORA), the largest study of osteoporosis conducted to date in the United States, have been eagerly awaited by osteoporosis researchers and clinicians. NORA, which commenced in 1997, is a longitudinal observational study involving more than 200 000 postmenopausal women. The study was initially designed to assess the association between osteoporosis risk factors and low bone mineral density (BMD) and to examine the relationship between BMD and other risk factors and short-term (1-year) fracture incidence.1

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