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Osteoporosis: Being a Savvy Consumer and More

Annotation:National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institutes of Health - A five minute interactive questionnaire, with immediate feedback that “red flags” personal risks for osteoporosis and broken bones. Requires no sign-in or e-mail.

Annotation:National Osteoporosis Foundation - The Bone Mineral Density test is used to determine bone density in the hip and spine. Explains the results (T-Score) from BMD tests and how to determine if medical treatment is indicated. Presents alternatives for measuring bone density in the forearm, wrist, or heel.

Annotation:Succinct explanation of coverage for this osteoporosis preventive test.

Annotation:National Osteoporosis Foundation - Presents private and Medicare prescription plans, low-income subsidies, patient-assistance programs, and how to appeal insurance denials.

Annotation:NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center, National Institutes of Health - Offers suggestions on how to obtain appropriate referrals if you do not have a personal physician or a managed health care plan. Also available in Chinese <http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/chinese/find_doc_chinese.asp>

Annotation:Spine Universe - Steps in preparing for a visit to your doctor. Includes both questions to ask and questions the doctor may ask you, about your lifestyle and family medical history.

Annotation:Thera Pilates Physical Therapy and Gyrotonic Studio, Santa Cruz - Information on osteoporosis with dietary recommendations and local and national Pilates exercise resources.

Annotation:A provider of education, resources, and tools to help you understand bone disease and bone health.

Annotation:This section of the professional association’s website provides: patient education on rheumatic and related conditions, including osteoporosis; information on medications, including assistance programs; and on health professionals who treat rheumatology patients. A directory of ACR members is also available. Some articles are available in Spanish.

Annotation:University of Arizona - A community-based osteoporosis prevention education program for women and older men in Arizona. Excellent source of consumer information with national and international website links. Information available en Español.

Annotation:Based in Switzerland, this not-for-profit, non-governmental foundation encourages and supports international research and awareness of osteoporosis.

Annotation:The NOF is a voluntary health organization solely dedicated to osteoporosis and bone health. The web site lists prevention techniques, treatment options, an online health community and a physician finder. The organization sponsors local support groups, however for privacy reasons, does not list them on the website. To find the nearest support group, you can complete an Online Request Form <http://www.nof.org/request-information> or call NOF’s Education Department at (202) 223-2226 or toll free at (800) 231-4222.

Annotation:This Canadian nonprofit organization is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis, and provides useful online resources, such as tips on calcium rich meals and comments to news related to osteoporosis.

Annotation:Part of the National Institutes of Health, NIAMS support research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. Provides a variety of patient-level information. For Osteoporosis and related bone disorders see the National Resource Center.

Annotation:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) - The consumer website of the orthopedists’ professional association contains over 600 articles for the public, as well as a Directory of AAOS members.

Annotation:U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Suggestions regarding the safe use of medicines, including questions to ask your doctor, and tips on how to cut medicine costs. Check out the whole section of the FDA website devoted to consumers <http://www.fda.gov/drugs/ResourcesForYou/consumers/default.htm> for other useful articles and resources, including how to report a bad reaction to a medicine, and how to protect yourself from health fraud.

Annotation:SeniorNet and Dr. Terrie Wurzbacher - Doctors and patients can sometimes be on different wavelengths. This article provides practical tips on how to prepare for an effective medical appointment..

Annotation:National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health - Tips for finding reliable health information.

Annotation:Medline Plus - Excellent guidelines for evaluating web resources for the consumer.


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