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Workshop on Preventing Osteoporotic Fracture, Oct. 30–31

NIH will hold a Pathways to Prevention Work-shop: Appropriate Use of Drug Therapies for Osteoporotic Fracture Prevention on Oct. 30-31 at Natcher Conference Center.

More than 10 million people in the United States have osteoporosis, a skeletal disorder that causes bones to become weak and fragile as a result of low bone mass. The condition makes people more susceptible to fractures, which can impair their ability to live independently and even threaten their lives. Lifestyle changes and medications can help reduce a person’s risk of osteoporotic fractures. Bisphosphonates, a first-line pharmacological treatment for most people with osteoporosis, have been found effective with short-term use among individuals who have a high risk of fracture; however, the benefits and risks of longer-term treatment are less clear.

The workshop’s goal is to better understand current knowledge gaps and to identify future research needs in using osteoporosis drugs.

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