April 2002 AAOS Report

President Bush proclaims 2002-2011 Bone and Joint Decade

President Bush, in a March 25 proclamation, designated the years 2002-2011 as the National Bone and Joint Decade. "I call upon the people of the United States to observe the decade with appropriate programs and activities; and I call upon the medical community to pursue research in this important area," said the president. "National Bone and Joint Decade, 2002-2011, envisions a series of international initiatives among physicians, health professionals, patients, and communities, working together to raise awareness about musculoskeletal disorders and promoting research and development into therapies, preventative measures, and cures for these disorders." Advances in all aspects of musculoskeletal conditions will enhance the quality of life for seniors, the president said. AAOS President Vernon Tolo, MD, said, "we are grateful to AAOS members Charles Younger, MD, who was instrumental in obtaining the proclamation, and to Stuart Weinstein, MD, whose hard work and leadership have been key in advancing the Bone and Joint Decade.

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