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Study examines predictors of long-term fracture risk among older women

A study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found a single measurement of bone mineral density at the femoral neck strongly predicted a risk of hip or nonvertebral fracture over the next 20 to 25 years among women aged 67 years and older, with those in the lowest quartile facing a higher long-term fracture risk. The findings, based on data for the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures cohort of 7,959 women, also showed that a history of nonvertebral fracture was strongly predictive of a woman's risk of fracture.

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