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Experts urge awareness of osteoporosis prevention

OSTEOPOROSIS, or porous bones, has become the fourth most common chronic disease in China, affecting mostly the middle-age and the elderly, especially women, said medical experts at a meeting in Shanghai today.

However, many people are unaware of their illness. Researchers found 75 percent of women after menopause have varying degrees of osteoporosis but no treatment at all due to a lack of knowledge, the experts said.

"Even if they are aware of osteoporosis prevention, many choose inappropriate measures such as eating bone soup instead of visiting doctors and taking medication," said Dr Yu Mingxiang from Shanghai Zhongshan Hospital.

Osteoporosis can cause pain, fracture, decreased height and skeletal deformities. Up to 25 percent of people can die from hip fracture-related complications in the first year and more than half of the survivors will become disabled.

Also today, Shanghai Cord Blood Bank said it has offered 52 units of umbilical cord blood to 47 leukemia patients in the first five months of this year, compared with 69 units for 56 patients in the entire 2010 and far more than the 33 patients in 2009.

The bank released the information at an international forum on bio-technology and pharmaceutical industry in the city.


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