January 13, 2005

Free Bone Density Screenings For Scotland County Residents

Bone loss or Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for 44 million Americans. Each year, this debilitating disease contributes to more than 1.5 million new fractures of the hip, spine and forearm. Known as the silent thief, osteoporosis progresses without symptoms or pain until bones start to break. Detection, education, and an effective treatment program can help prevent osteoporosis or lessen the impact. Free bone density screenings to help detect osteoporosis will be available to uninsured and under-insured residents of Scotland County on Thursday, February 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Missouri Mobile Health program from the University of Missouri School of Health Professions, the Scotland County Health Department and the Missouri Foundation for Health will offer free bone density screenings, which take only 20 minutes to complete and are performed onsite in the Missouri Mobile Health coach.

The Missouri Mobile Health program consists of state-of-the-art mobile instrumentation for a simple, quick, convenient, and painless method of detecting bone loss in its earliest stages. These screenings use the latest technology to discover osteoporosis in a matter of minutes.

According to Margaret Curry, Administrator of the Scotland County Health Department, treatment for osteoporosis is available.

Effective drug therapies and modification to diet and exercise offer new hope for the millions of women and men with osteoporosis. However, to assure that patients at risk for fracture receive proper treatment, they must first be identified. The treatment of osteoporosis should begin with an accurate measurement of a persons bone density, Curry said.

Area residents are invited to take part in free bone density screenings at the Scotland County Health Department in Memphis on Thursday, February 3rd. Interested individuals may call 660-465-7275 to schedule a free bone density screening.

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