Osteoporosis Canada SAC Consultant Dr. Hope Weiler finds less body fat for kids taking vitamin D
Supplement given during first year of life critical for muscle-mass development
A healthy intake of vitamin D in the first year of life appears to set children up to have more muscle mass and less body fat as toddlers, according to a new study published in the journal Pediatric Obesity.
The findings emerged from research initially aimed at confirming the importance of vitamin D for bone density. The additional benefit in terms of body composition came as a surprise for the research team.
“We were very intrigued by the higher lean mass, the possibility that vitamin D can help infants to not only grow healthy skeletons but also healthy amounts of muscle and less fat,” said Hope Weiler, one of the study’s authors and Director of the Mary Emily Clinical Nutrition Research Unit at McGill.
The new 2015 recommendations for fracture prevention in long-term care include an integrated falls and osteoporosis assessment as well as various treatment strategies. These recommendations target a specific population that is not usually considered in the development of treatment strategies and include valuable tools and resources for professionals providing care for long-term care residents.
International Guidelines on the diagnosis, prevention and management of ONJ in osteoporosis and oncology patients
The International Guidelines on the diagnosis, prevention and management of ONJ in osteoporosis and oncology patients are based on a systematic review of the literature and international multidisciplinary consensus. Osteoporosis Canada has reviewed and endorsed these guidelines. They update and replace all previous guidelines.
Congratulations to Dr. Aliya Khan and team!
Lindy Fraser Award 2014
Osteoporosis 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.
In 1993 OC established this prestigious award to recognize individuals who have done exemplary research and/or have helped to increase the knowledge about osteoporosis. The recipient is nominated by members of our Scientific Advisory Council.
Diane has been a volunteer of OC since 1998 and was a member of the National Board of Directors from 2002 to 2010 (Chair from 2007 to 2009). She joined the (SAC) in 2005 and served on the COPN (Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network) Scientific Review Committee for several years.
Diane has a very strong commitment to closing the post fracture care gap. Globally less than 20% of patients who suffer an osteoporotic fracture receive the osteoporosis care they need after the fracture. Diane has worked tirelessly to help to close this gap in Canada. In 2011 she co-chaired the committee that authored the OC position paper “Osteoporosis: Towards a Fracture-Free Future”. Also in 2011, Diane and co-chair Marg MacDonell, hosted the FOCUS (Fractures = Osteoporosis Care for Us) Forum in Toronto which assembled healthcare professionals and persons living with osteoporosis from each province to work together to find solutions this care gap. A note from the SAC at that time stated: “The enormity and significance of what was achieved in Toronto cannot be overstated. We may well look back one day and see that the transformation of post fracture care in Canada began with the FOCUS Forum.”
Recent research has shown that Fracture Liaison Services (FLS), a model of care that ensures that fracture patients receive the osteoporosis care they need, are consistently proven to decrease subsequent fractures, mortality and healthcare costs. Diane chaired an FLS Working Group which launched an FLS Toolkit and an experts report entitled “Make the FIRST break the LAST with Fracture Liaison Services” in October 2013.
Under the direction of Diane and Nashater Sanghera in May 2014 an FLS Summit in Toronto introduced the FLS model of care to healthcare administrators from across Canada. She continues her work as OC’s Chief Scientific Officer, Fracture Liaison Services.
In 2010, Diane was recognized with the Volunteer of Distinction Award that honors an exceptional volunteer – of long-standing service – who has made a superior and sustained contribution to Osteoporosis Canada, for her outstanding leadership in numerous capacities. In 2012, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her volunteer work with Osteoporosis Canada.
Diane has been described as dedicated, enthusiastic, passionate (especially regarding advocacy for people with osteoporosis), extremely hard-working, an exceptional teacher, and possessing of a lively sense of humor. About this volunteer it has been said: “…with Diane the wheels never stop turning.” OC would like to congratulate Dr. Theriault.