Osteoporosis conference day 3

10 Nov 2016

The latest research and updates in areas including sarcopenia, bone densitometry and future treatments were covered in a range of sessions during the final day of the National Osteoporosis Society’s Osteoporosis 2016 conference in Birmingham on Wednesday.

Morning sessions included information on renal bone disease and professional development in bone densitometry along with Professor Dawn Skelton talking about the assessment and management of falls and Professor Tash Masud on effectiveness of drugs for fracture prevention in the frail elderly.

Professor Juliet Compston delivered a talk on future treatments and a range of workshops covered topics including Fracture Liaison Service models, vitamin D.

During her talk Professor Compston highlighted the problem of people not taking osteoporosis drugs.

“Poor adherence is a real problem,” she said, “we know a failure to continue taking osteoporosis drugs is associated with an increase in fractures.”

Professor Compston added: “The UK is leading the way with Fracture Liaison Services and the NOS work to support quality in this area is key.”

Dr Steve Cummings, of the University of California, San Francisco, talked about overlooked risk factors for fracture.

Professor Judith Adams delivered the Linda Edwards Award Lecture – named after one of the founders of the National Osteoporosis Society – on assessment of the skeleton.

The event was rounded off with the presentation of a range of awards and a tribute to the late Ignac Fogelman delivered by Professor Juliet Compston.

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