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April 7, 2021 33 min
Although physicians may be familiar with osteoporosis, a systemic skeletal disease that leads to increased bone fragility, there may not always see the significance of the disease. Unfortunately, the disease remains an underdiagnosed and undertreated disease. And there often is a disconnect between the patient who has a fracture and someone recognizing that there may well be an underlying disease or problem - namely osteoporosis - that has led to the increased risk for fracture and a fracture occurring.

In this episode of Physician's Weekly, Peter Hofland, Ph.D. talks with Andrea Singer, MD, FACP, CCD, is the Chief Medical officer of the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) about osteoporosis and the results of a recently published report that provides national and state-level insights into the economic and health impact of osteoporotic fractures on Medicare Fee for Service beneficiaries and the Medicare program. [1] In addition to her responsibilities at the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Dr. Singer is associate professor and chief, Division of Women's Primary Care and director of bone densitometry, in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington DC.

Also in this episode of Physician's Weekly, Rachel Giles, MD spoke with Professor (Hannie) J.M.J. Kremer, Ph.D., Faculty of Medical Sciences Principal Investigator - Donders Center of Medical Neurosciences Principal Investigator - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior and Chair Moleculaire Otogenetica at the Radboud University Medical Centre, Department of Human Genetics in The Netherlands about the results of a study published earlier this year discussing a potential treatment option for a rare disease called late-onset, dominantly inherited hearing impairment and vestibular dysfunction. [2]

And, finally, Bryant Reyes spoke with Dr. Medlaw about the liability of physicians when dealing with people who have one or more pre-existing conditions.

[1] The Milliman Research Report: Medicare Cost of Osteoporotic Fractures 2021 Updated Report
The Full report and state reports can be found at the report can also be found at
[2] Verstreken M, Declau F, Wuyts FL, D'Haese P, Van Camp G, Fransen E, Van den Hauwe L, Buyle S, Smets RE, Feenstra L, Van der Stappen A, Van de Heyning PH. Hereditary otovestibular dysfunction and Ménière's disease in a large Belgian family is caused by a missense mutation in the COCH gene. Otol Neurotol. 2001 Nov;22(6):874-81. doi: 10.1097/00129492-200111000-00028. PMID: 11698812.
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