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Bone Density Screening: A New Level of Evidence?

Steven R. Cummings, MD
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From San Francisco Coordinating Center; California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute; University of California, San Francisco (Emeritus); San Francisco, CA 94105.

Potential Financial Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed.

Request for Single Reprints: Steven R. Cummings, MD, California Pacific Medical Center Research Institute, 74 New Montgomery Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105; e-mail, SCummings@psg.ucsf.edu.

Ann Intern Med. 2005;142(3):217-219. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-142-3-200502010-00015
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In this issue, Kern and colleagues (1) report that a cohort of older women and men who underwent bone mineral density (BMD) testing of the hip had a lower rate of hip fractures than did those in a cohort who did not get hip BMD testing. If Kern and colleagues' methods are sound, then they provide the first evidence from a trial (albeit not randomized) that screening lowers the risk for fracture.

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