08/25/2008

WVU Medical Center Pharmacy offers osteoporosis screenings

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University Medical Center Pharmacy is offering osteoporosis screenings Tuesday, Sept. 16, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The charge for the test is $10.

The pharmacy is on the first floor of the Physician Office Center. Screenings consist of an ultrasound of the heel, which will help assess bone health. For an appointment, call the pharmacy at 304-598-4848.

Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and more likely to break. If not prevented or if left untreated, osteoporosis can progress painlessly until a bone breaks. These broken bones occur typically in the hip, spine or wrist.

Women are four times more likely than men to develop the disease, but men also suffer from osteoporosis.

Proceeds will support a fund in the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center that provides breast imaging services to uninsured or underinsured women who don't qualify for state or federally funded programs.

For more information on the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/bpbcc/index.asp.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
el: 08-25-08

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