Studies conclude that musculoskeletal disorders and diseases are the leading cause of disability in the United States. Studies further indicate that more than 1 in 4 Americans have a musculoskeletal condition requiring medical attention. The annual direct and indirect costs for bone and joint health are $849 billion - which is 7.7 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Bone health is critical to the overall health and quality of life for Americans, and greater efforts are needed to address the burdens associated with osteoporosis and related bone diseases.
An internal analysis of FY 2010 NIH funded grants, conducted by the National Coalition of Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases, revealed only 1% of the NIH budget was allotted toward bone research. This statistic is startling when one considers the number of individuals afflicted with bone diseases. Bones provide mobility, support, and protection for the body. Without additional bone disease research, the costs associated with treating bone diseases will continue to burden our health care system.
Medical research plays an integral role in the creation of opportunities for scientific and health advances as well as serves as an important economic driver in communities across the nation. Contact your Representative today and urge them to support increased funding for bone-related research.
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