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Clinicians, researchers, and industry leaders recently gathered in Miami at ICFSR 2019, the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research, where John Morley, MD, Dammert Professor of Gerontology and director of the division of geriatric medicine at St. Louis University Medical Center, discussed efforts to reach consensus on international guidelines for sarcopenia screening, diagnosis, and management.

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Advances in Sarcopenia and Frailty

“Loss of muscle is extremely common in older people and leads to poor outcomes,” said John Morley, MD, Dammert Professor of Gerontology and director of the division of geriatric medicine at St. Louis University Medical Center. Speaking at the International Conference on Frailty and Sarcopenia Research (ICFSR) in Miami, Morley said, “We need to have older people screened for muscle loss and treated, with the primary treatment being exercise.”

To achieve this, international clinical practice guidelines for sarcopenia screening, diagnosis, and management are needed, Morley said. He led a discussion of evidence-based recommendations for such guidelines, which were published last year by an ICFSR Task Force. The Task Force was led by Elsa Dent, PhD, an adjunct lecturer in the School of Population Health at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Also participating in the discussion were Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, MD, PhD, chair of the geriatric department of the Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal in Madrid, Spain, and lead author of the recently published revised European consensus on definition and diagnosis of sarcopenia; and Jürgen Bauer, MD, PhD, a professor of geriatrics at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

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