Local senior centers can help people concerned about osteoporosis. Area centers will offer educational seminars about osteoporosis risk factors, diagnosis and treatment.

Developed by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., the education seminar includes a 30-minute video called "Bone Matters: Taking a Stand Against Osteoporosis," a checklist to help participants assess their risk for the disease and information about medications.Osteoporosis is a disease characterized by excessive loss of bone mineral density, leading to increased susceptibility to fracture.

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Novartis has also produced the "Simply Sensational" brochure, a lifestyle booklet for women with the disease. For a free copy, call 1-800-988-3310.

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