Your Health: Dec. 4, 2000


GET HIP O.K., it's not a fashion statement. But Finnish researchers have found that little oval-shaped plastic bumpers that fit into undergarments can protect fragile hipbones. In a study of seniors, nearly all the oldsters who wore the protectors over their hips survived a fall with joints intact. (Good thing, because up to 30% of the elderly who break a hip can be expected to die within a year.) The crash helmets for hips are recommended for people with osteoporosis, especially those who suffer dizzy spells or are otherwise tumble prone. Whether old folks can be persuaded to wear...

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