News Release

March 13, 2006

Contact: Jane Shaskan, 860-679-4777

The Silent Disease: Osteoporosis

Discovery Series Looks at Bone Health April 4

FARMINGTON, CONN. – The next Discovery Series will explore osteoporosis, or porous bone, – its causes, prevention, and treatments. “Bone Up on Osteoporosis” will be held Tuesday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in the Keller Auditorium at UConn Health Center.

Osteoporosis is often referred to as the silent disease because it has no symptoms. It’s characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue that cause bones to become more fragile and leads to an increased risk of bone fracture, especially in the hip, spine and wrist.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, 10 million Americans are estimated to have the disease and almost 34 million more are estimated to have low bone mass, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis. While women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, both genders suffer from osteoporosis. In a recent report, the Surgeon General warned that millions of American women and men are at risk for osteoporosis or low bone mass.

At the Discovery Series, Lawrence Raisz, M.D., director of UConn Center for Osteoporosis and the Musculoskeletal Institute, and scientific editor of the Surgeon General’s report, will present an overview of the disease and offer tips on prevention. Other speakers include endocrinologist Pamela Taxel, M.D., who will talk about osteoporosis in men, and neurosurgeon Michael J. Giordano, M.D., who will discuss vertebra fractures and treatment. Lisanne Cirullo, nurse practitioner in the osteoporosis center, will moderate.

Discovery Series programs are offered to the public at no cost, but registration is required. Call 860-679-7692 or 1-800-535-6232 to register.

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