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Articles January 2011 Issue

Exercise Protects Elderly Women from Falls and Fractures

A home exercise program may help high-risk, elderly women avoid falls that lead to hip fractures, according to results of a seven-year study of 160 Finnish seniors. “Falls are responsible for at least 90% of all hip frac- tures,” noted Raija Korpelainen, PhD, of Oulu Deaconess Institute in Finland, and colleagues, reporting their results in Archives of In- ternal Medicine. “Hip fractures place the greatest demands on resources and have the greatest effect on patients because they are associated with high mortality rates and increased morbidity.”

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