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Hip fractures

A new study finds older adults who break their hip or spine face an increased risk of death over the next five years.

Researchers at McMaster University in Canada conducted a random survey of nearly eight- thousand adults age 50 and older.

They found 25 percent of those who fracture their hip will die over a five-year period, as well as 16 percent of patients who fracture their spine.

Experts say patients should take every precaution to prevent falls, and take follow-up care seriously.

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