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Wrist fracture risk to elderly disability

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Wrist fractures may play a significant role in the development of future disability in older people, according to US researchers.

They studied 6,107 women, aged 65 years and older, without prior wrist or hip fracture. Five activities were used as a measure of functional decline - meal preparation, heavy housekeeping, ability to climb 10 stairs, shopping, and getting out of a car - with participants followed up every two years for an average of 7.6 years.

During the study period, 268 women had a wrist fracture. The authors said these women were around 50 per cent more likely to experience clinically important functional decline compared to women without a wrist fracture.

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