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Osteoporosis and spinal fractures

This research was completed on 30 April 2007

Project LeaderDr P Dolan
LocationDepartment of Anatomy, University of Bristol and Department of Neuroradiology, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham
Grant awarded21 April 2004
Start date1 February 2005
End date30 April 2007
Grant amount£90,335.00
Grant codeAP0994

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Severe age-related bone loss ("osteoporosis") affects one in two women and one in five men over the age of 50 in the UK. Those affected often sustain a fracture of one or more vertebrae of the spine, leading to a humped back ("senile kyphosis") which can be painful, disabling and distressing. A spinal fracture can mean severely limited activity and constant pain. Current treatments do little to alleviate chronic pain, and cannot prevent deformity.

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