osteo home pageWelcome to OsteoConnections, the official blog of the University Health Network/Mount Sinai Hospital Osteoporosis Program. Osteoporosis is a major public health issue: almost 2 million Canadians suffer from osteoporosis currently, and by 2016, this number is expected to rise to 6.9 million. Under the leadership of Dr. Angela M. Cheung, we offer diagnostic and clinical services to osteoporosis patients and individuals with low bone mass (get referral). Over 3000 patients pass through our clinic doors each year! We also run a dynamic research program led by expert physicians and investigators in the field.

What’s on this blog

Through this blog, we hope to raise and spread awareness about osteoporosis and its connection to our overall health. We will be presenting the latest research news on osteoporosis and bone health and also share highlights of our own research and experiences caring for osteoporosis patients. We update the blog regularly so be sure to check back frequently, or sign up for email updates informing you of new posts. We also have a few pages with information that might be useful to you.

The Patient Materials page has PDF versions of our print publications for patients, including the latest copy of our newsletter ‘Postmenopausal Health Overview’ and more information on how you can obtain your copy of our booklet ‘The Osteoporosis Exercise Guide.‘ We are always developing new resources for patients and health professionals so we will continue to update this page as more resources become available.

On the Osteoporosis Information page, you can find general information on what osteoporosis is and how to prevent, treat, and manage it. There are a number of patient advocacy organizations that also publish patient education brochures and pamphlets so if you are looking for more information on any of the topics we have written about, please go through the links under ‘Resources’ (in the right column on the Home page) and you should be able to find what you are looking for. Osteoporosis Canada is always a go-to organization for us when we need to offer information to our patients and research participants so please be sure to look through their website. In the event that you cannot find the information you are looking for, please send us an email at osteoporosis@uhn.ca and we will try to locate the information for you.

Our Research page highlights our research program and we will add more information on our ongoing research studies. If you are interested in participating in a research study, please look through the recruitment section to see if we are currently recruiting for any studies. If you feel you are eligible to participate, please contact the study coordinator for more details.

Last, but not the least, our Health Professionals page.  Some of the links would require password.  To obtain the password, please email us using the address you registered with for the event.

If you have any questions or would like us to talk about specific topics, please send us an email at osteoporosis@uhn.ca. You can also find us on twitter and facebook.