Diagnosis of osteoporosis is based on the results of bone mineral density (BMD) testing or by the occurrence of a fragility fracture. Bone densitometry results are generally reported in terms of standard deviations (SD) from the mean value for young adults (T-score). The World Health Organization (WHO) defines osteoporosis in women as a T-score of -2.5 or below in the spine, femoral neck, or total hip. A computerized model (FRAX) is available that estimates the 10-year probability of a hip fracture or other major osteoporotic fracture based on clinical risk factors and BMD at the femoral neck....  Continue reading
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Routine annual vaccination against influenza A and B viruses is recommended for everyone ≥6 months old without a specific contraindication.1

EFFECTIVENESS — The effectiveness of seasonal influenza vaccine in preventing laboratory-confirmed influenza illness depends on the match between the vaccine and circulating strains. Vaccine effectiveness is highest (40-60%) when the match is close, but even when the match is poor, vaccination has been shown to reduce the risk of hospitalization and death from influenza.2-4 For the 2016-2017 ... Continue reading