HOT TOPICS

May 2011 

OSTEOPOROSIS

“Osteoporosis is my passion. It is important to know the facts about this common disease, which can affect the quality of life for so many individuals, particularly post menopausal females.”

This condition is not acutely life threatening but can lead to debilitating fractures of the hip and spine along with various complications. These fractures may result in long hospitalization and rehabilitation periods leading to decreased future ambulation. Complications from an osteoporotic fracture may significantly impact a person’s daily activities and quality of life.
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May is National Osteoporosis Awareness Prevention Month!!

Learn about Building Better Bone Health!

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IN THE NEWS

VITAMIN D AND BONE HEALTH
Institute of Medicine Consensus
Report Dietary Reference Intake for Calcium and Vitamin D

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WHAT IS RHEUMATOLOGY?

A rheumatologist is a board certified internist, who is experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of joints, muscles, and bone.

Arthritis is a chronic disease that can result in joint destruction, impaired mobility, and sometimes permanent disability.

Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are attacked by its own immune system and may result in arthritis with inflammation.

There needs to be more focus on these disabling chronic diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension, which affect 2/3 of Americans under the age of 65.  Since there are some types of arthritis that are highly correlated with heart disease and significant multisystem organ damage especially in women, there needs to be more public awareness and research for education and prevention strategies as well as innovative therapies.”

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THE RHEUMATOLOGY CORNER

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month!!

FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • There are over 100 types of arthritis.
  • Arthritis is the major cause of disability and chronic pain in American women.
  • According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United  States.
  • 128 billion dollars in the US economy is spent on this chronic disease.
  • 46 million Americans and nearly 300,000 children are victims of some form of arthritis.
  • Approximately 6 million report they have musculoskeletal complaints, but never consulted a physician about it.
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Q&A SECTION

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Quote of the Month           

“How how high I aim
How much I see
How far I reach
Depends on me”

            -Anonymous

Favorite Book of the Month

A Place of YES
by Bethenny Frankel