USBJI October e-Newsletter: Important Highlights

Osteoporosis Treatment Crisis - Teamwork Required

Musculoskeletal diseases are among the most common conditions affecting all of mankind and remain major sources of pain, disability and loss of productivity. The personal and societal costs of these conditions are enormous as well documented in BMUS (Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States), a superbly researched and annotated data resource. The statistics are striking. To cite a few examples: arthritis and back pain affect almost 2 billion people worldwide, rank second as causes of disability and rank fourth in terms of their effect on the overall health of the population. Furthermore, with the aging of the populations, these numbers will only grow.

Control Arthritis! New Animated Videos

In a new and exciting way to educate people with Arthritis about how to take control and manage their disease, meet Roberta and Teresa, lead characters in the USBJI’s new animated videos which focus on the core messages of Experts in Arthritis, a public-patient education program.

New Osteoarthritis Research Breakthroughs 

In mid-July, Arthritis Foundation Investigator Award recipient Dr. Farshid Guilak and his team announced they have developed a way for stem cells to grow new cartilage on a scaffold shaped like the ball of a hip joint. This discovery means that it may be possible to avoid or delay hip replacements by repairing the damaged hip joint using adipose stem cells to create new cartilage. Although this study is in the early stages, it is a remarkable breakthrough in orthopedic and osteoarthritis research. If you’d like to learn more, please read the full article here.

Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans — Slides now available

To complement the booklet The Impact of Musculoskeletal Disorders on Americans – Opportunities for Action, a slide set suitable for presenting to Public (non-scientific) audiences is now available at The booklet and slide set present highlights from the USBJI’s publication The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States: Prevalence, Societal and Economic Cost, and illustrate how the plot line for Americans with these disorders can be changed.

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