OIFE in Bologna

The OIFE was well represented at the spring meeting of the European Reference Network for Rare Bone Diseases (ERN BOND) in Bologna the first week of May. ERN BOND brings together 53 health care providers (hospitals) that deal with rare bone conditions. 40 people attended face to face and 13 online. In addition to several…

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Toolbox on pain and OI

In March 2023 OIFE started the work of creating a toolbox on pain and osteogenesis imperfecta.  The aim of the toolbox is to enable people with OI to learn more about pain management. It will also include information and tips which you can discuss with your care provider when communicating around pain. What would YOU…


Key4OI – Past, Present and Future

Who are you and what is your relationship to OI? I am Dagmar Mekking from the Netherlands. I am a mother of a 15 year old daughter with OI. Also I am the director of Foundation Care4BrittleBones. The purpose of the foundation is to improve quality of life for people with OI through research. What…


How does OI impact our lives?

A retrospective study of medical and insurance records from the USA indicates that health care costs for people with a rare condition have been underestimated and are three to five times greater than the costs for people without a rare condition. Why are we not surprised? Finding out more about direct and indirect costs related…


Why measure quality of life and how?

On September 30th representatives from the OIFE attended a very informative webinar, which explored how the importance of Quality of Life measures is expanding, and the ways patient groups can contribute to the development of disease specific measures. The webinar was organized by the foundation Findacure and the company HealX  and explored the ways to…


Breathe, Eat, Sleep & Test!

OIers are frequently recommended to lose weight, but no indications or information on the nutritional status in OI are provided. Patients and families, therefore, end up with following a “do-it-yourself” diet, sometimes eating a lot of dairy products with the wrong idea to strengthen the bones and reduce the fractures incidence. Interview with Antonella Lo…


OIFE AGM on Zoom – a success

Each year all delegates are invited to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of OIFE, which is normally the only time a year the whole Board comes together. At the AGM the Executive Committee (EC) accounts for OIFE’s activities in the past year, future plans and policies are discussed and members exchange news and ideas. Our…


The art of being unhappy

Can we be unhappy or do we keep on with that unbreakable spirit which people with OI all seem to have? Why do we want to be so happy? Think about this with me for a while! Imagine: you were a 2 year old toddler and your mother or father asks you to draw something…

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