Structural Basis of Femoral Neck Strength

Grant number: 400139

Abstract

Fractures, in particular femoral neck (FN) fractures, are a huge public health problem resulting in disabilities, mortality and financial cost to the community. The prevention of these fractures is based on estimation of bone strength. The decision whether someone needs treatment, or the effectiveness of a treatment can only be judged by estimating bone strength. The bottom line is that currently we cannot correctly estimate bone strength. Present methods such as bone mineral density (BMD) perform poorly. Most people who fracture are not detected by BMD because their BMD is either normal or high, and many people with low BMD never fracture. The main aim of this grant application is to develo..

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