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1-30 June is National Osteoporosis Month - 1 in 3 women and at least 1 in 12 men will develop the disease during their lifetime. Every 3 minutes someone has a fracture as a result of osteoporosis.

It is timely therefore that on Wednesday 26 May 2004 the Arthritis Centre is holding the first Patient: Professional Forum for people with arthritis and professionals involved in their care to provide an opportunity for new treatments and sources of support to be discussed. The Moving Forward with Arthritis Forum is being held at The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE from 5.45–8.30 pm.

Diagnosis and care should not be delayed

New arthritis research being presented will show that
• Early arthritis is more likely to respond to treatment
• Long-term outcome is poor if treatment is delayed even by a few months
• Disease progression is transformed by tight control of disease

The Forum programme includes:
o Patient experience, Charlotte Johns
o Patient support group, Ailsa Bosworth, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society
o Improving The Patient Experience, Dr Michael Greco, Clinical Governance Support Team, NHS Modernisation Agency
o A complementary approach – Michael Van Straten, LBC Radio
o GPs – the first port of call for patients with arthritis - Dr Martin Scurr, GP, Notting Hill Medical Practice
o Consultant specialists - recent developments - Dr Taher Mahmud, Consultant Rheumatologist
o Physiotherapy and allied professionals, Annie Karim, Head of Physiotherapy, Princess Grace Hospital, London
o Latest research and technological advances - Professor Bjarnason, Guys’ Kings’, St Thomas’ Hospitals London

Tickets for the event cost £5 and include refreshments. For more information and to reserve your place, please telephone 0870 730 3334 stating where you read about the Forum. Free places for the first 5 readers who call.

For more information about The Arthritis Centre which runs clinics at 10 Harley Street, Princess Grace, Ravenscourt Park and Runnymede Hospitals and supports the Great Causes charity, please visit www.arthritiscentre.org or call 0870 730 3334.

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Issued on behalf of The Arthritis Centre. For interviews with Dr Taher Mahmud, Medical Director of The Arthritis Centre, please call Tracy Posner on 020 8566 8811 or email tracyposner@btconnect.com.

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