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In Brief: "No-bones" calculator can help predict hip fracture risk

In Brief

"No-bones" calculator can help predict hip fracture risk

A new risk calculator developed by researchers from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) assesses a woman's risk of breaking a hip in the next five years. And it does so without considering bone density.

Bone density, as measured by dual energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), is still the single most reliable indicator of a woman's risk of osteoporosis and hip fracture. But there's more to hip fracture risk than bone density. The WHI risk calculator — in the form of an online questionnaire — identifies 11 factors that, taken together, may predict hip fractures more accurately than bone density alone.

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