December 1, 2005 Osteoporosis is a serious health problem in most industrialized countries where 50% of women and 25% of men over 50 years of age will suffer an osteoporotic fracture. Over 75 million people are afflicted by osteoporosis in Europe, USA and Japan alone. Bone exercise is one the things that can significantly reduce the impact of osteoporosis and has led to the development of a new Bone Exercise Monitor which indicates whether the person using it has engaged in physical activities that may have been helpful in strengthening their bones. The Finish-developed Newtest Bone Exercise Monitor is a small device worn on the hip, and offers an excellent tool for 30 – 50 year-old women to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of their bone exercise. The monitor measures and analyses the user’s physical activity in real-time and indicates the percentage of the required daily bone exercise that has been achieved.
Newtest Bone Exercise Monitor is also a new tool for physicians, physical therapists and fitness instructors as it offers a new method to follow up, instruct and motivate women to engage in bone exercise. The monitor is also a tool for the specialists in helping their clients to achieve their bone health goals. Newtest Bone Exercise Monitor is the first of its kind! It is based on the patented innovations by Finish-based Newtest Oy. The Bone Exercise Monitor has been used in award winning bone exercise research conducted by the Medical School of Oulu University and Oulu Deaconess Institute (Aki Vainionpää, Young Scientist Award, European Calcified Tissue Society (ECTS), Nice and Timo Jämsä, Clinical Biomechanics Award 2004, European Society for Biomechanics).
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