NIAMS Introduces Bilingual Osteoporosis Booklet

June 25, 2007 (historical)

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The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH), is offering La historia de Isabel/Isabel's Story, a bilingual booklet about bone health and osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a "silent" disease in which bones become weak and more likely to break. Women are more prone to develop the disease than men, but osteoporosis is a real risk for any aging man or woman. According to Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, the prevalence of osteoporosis in Hispanic women is similar to that found in white women, and the incidence of hip fractures among Hispanic women in California appears to be on the rise.

"Hispanic women need to be aware of bone health and osteoporosis for themselves and their families," according to NIAMS Director Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. "Isabel's Story explains in a culturally relevant way why Isabel and others may be at greater risk for osteoporosis and how to make bone health important for everyone in the family."

La historia de Isabel/Isabel's Story uses a storybook format with colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text. Isabel is a woman who learns she has osteoporosis after falling and breaking her wrist. With her doctor's help, she learns about the disease and shares with her family how to prevent and treat the condition. This 44-page booklet offers La historia de Isabel in Spanish and Isabel's Story in English in a back-to-back format. It is available in PDF and Power Point versions on the NIAMS Web site at http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Bone/Osteoporosis/default.asp

Free copies are available to anyone upon request. Health care providers, community centers, and others serving Hispanic women and their families may be interested in ordering multiple copies, also free of charge, to give to patients and distribute at community health events.

To order, please contact the NIH National Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center at 1-800-264-2663 in Spanish or English or use the order form at http://catalog.niams.nih.gov.

The National Resource Center is supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases with contributions from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, NIH Office of Research on Women's Health, DHHS Office on Women's Health, and National Institute on Aging.

The mission of the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health (NIH), is to support research into the causes, treatment and prevention of arthritis and musculoskeletal and skin diseases; the training of basic and clinical scientists to carry out this research; and the dissemination of information on research progress in these diseases. For additional information, call NIAMS' Clearinghouse toll free at 1-877-22-NIAMS, or visit the NIAMS Web site at www.niams.nih.gov.