After The Fracture
After The Fracture

Osteoporosis Canada Applauds the BC Government for Supporting Falls and Fracture Prevention

Minister Terry Lake, the Minster of Health in BC, has announced a grant for programs to help prevent falls and hip fractures in older adults and enhance mobility through early intervention.

This announcement comes on the tails of an MLA lunch which was hosted by Osteoporosis Canada on October 27th, in Victoria, BC. The session focused on the osteoporosis care gap and the need for FLS programming in BC.

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Osteoporosis Canada Responds to the Swedish Milk Study

On Oct 28, 2014 a study on milk was published by Dr. Michaelsson of Uppsala University in Sweden. This study claims that high milk intake was associated with an increased rate of death. Although this study was published in The BMJ (originally called the British Medical Journal), its study design was not ideal for determining cause and effect between the high intake of milk and the increased risk of death. Osteoporosis Canada still recommends that Canadians over age 50 consume 1200 mg of calcium daily through food and supplement, with food being the preferable source.

November is Osteoporosis Month. Be A Part Of It.

Osteoporosis Awareness Month is a time we can come together to make bone health and osteoporosis a priority in the lives of all Canadians. Join us this November and get involved as we promote the importance of building strong bones for life.

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Introducing the first in our new rebranded Public Virtual Education Forums: Bone Matters with Dr. Marla Shapiro: Fracture risk assessment, falls prevention, 5 questions to ask yourself, and a Q & A about osteoporosis. Join us Thursday November 13, 2014 3-4pm EST.

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Expanded Coverage of Denosumab (Prolia®) in Alberta

The criteria for coverage of denosumab (Prolia®) under the Alberta Health Services Drug Benefit Program have been expanded. Prolia® belongs to a class of osteoporosis treatment called a RANK ligand inhibitor. It reduces the risk of fractures of the spine, hip and other sites.

As fragility fractures are the most serious consequence of osteoporosis, and effective treatment is necessary to prevent future fractures, this is good news for patients in Alberta. Osteoporosis Canada congratulates the Alberta government.

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Osteoporosis Canada Launches New Exercise Recommendations

New multicomponent exercise recommendations combine muscle strengthening and balance training as a means of reducing falls and resulting fractures for people living with osteoporosis

exercise-recommendations-news-postPeople with osteoporosis, and those at risk of developing it, can prevent bone loss, fractures and falls by combining specific types of exercises, says new recommendations that Osteoporosis Canada released. Osteoporosis Canada is developing tools related to the new guidelines, including a booklet called Too Fit to Fracture: Managing Osteoporosis through Exercise, which covers the importance of exercise; what types of exercise; strength, balance, aerobic and posture training; barriers to exercise and much more.

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Brigadier General (Retired) Hilary Jaeger Appointed To The Health Technology Expert Review Panel of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health

Brigadier General Hilary JaegerOsteoporosis Canada is proud to announce that Brigadier General (Retired) Hilary Jaeger, MSc, MD, CHE, has been appointed to the Health Technology Expert Review Panel of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). Dr. Jaeger is the Vice Chair of Osteoporosis Canada’s Board of Directors and is a former Surgeon General of the Canadian Armed Forces. During her military career she served in many locations across Canada, and overseas in Germany, Croatia, Bosnia, and Afghanistan.

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Lindy Fraser Award 2014: Dr. Diane Theriault

diane-theriault-lindy-fraser-award-2014-250pxOsteoporosis Canada (OC) is pleased to announce that the recipient of this year’s Lindy Fraser Memorial Award is Dr. Diane Theriault, a rheumatologist from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The award was presented September 13, 2014 at the annual Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) ASBMR breakfast meeting in Houston.

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