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Activity level predicts how well patients recover from injuries after treatment

Activity level predicts how well patients recover from injuries after treatment

According to a literature review in the July issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, patients' activity level is a strong predictor for how well they will do with certain treatments and how well they recover from injuries after treatment. Patients are encouraged to ask their orthopaedic surgeon if activity level is an important factor in their treatment decision. [More]
Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Pre-op assessment could improve post-op pain after arthroplasty

Spanish researchers have developed recommendations on how to assess and manage preoperative pain in patients undergoing total knee or total hip replacement. [More]
Viewpoints: Cantor was no RINO; battles over Medicaid in Va. and Ind.; reforms moving for VA

Viewpoints: Cantor was no RINO; battles over Medicaid in Va. and Ind.; reforms moving for VA

Ideas have consequences. Elections sure do, too. David Brat's victory over Eric Cantor is stunning, to state the glaringly obvious. ... Brat's victory also moves the Virginia GOP even further to the right. No one ever could have mistaken Cantor -; who organized 50 votes to repeal Obamacare -; for a RINO, let alone a limousine liberal. But for many GOP diehards, he was insufficiently confrontational (6/11). [More]
Standard test that measures everyday activities may help prevent rapid return to inpatient care

Standard test that measures everyday activities may help prevent rapid return to inpatient care

Patients freshly discharged from acute care hospitals with low scores on a standard test that measures how well they perform such everyday activities as moving from a bed to a chair are far more likely to need readmission to a hospital within 30 days than those who score better, according to new Johns Hopkins research. [More]
Mixing stem cells with clay to regenerate human tissue

Mixing stem cells with clay to regenerate human tissue

Gels made from clay could provide an environment that would stimulate stem cells to regenerate damaged tissues such as bone, skin, heart, spinal cord, liver, pancreas and cornea. [More]

Doctors, dentists adjusting to ups and downs of changing U.S. health care system

The recent economic downturn and the increasing use of high-deductible insurance plans "has driven patients to want to put off paying their bills," Michael explains. Whether it's for a hip replacement or a broken bone, he frequently sees patients on the hook for a $3,000 to $5,000 deductible (Gold, 4/25). [More]
First Edition: April 25, 2014

First Edition: April 25, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about a recommendation that Oregon switch its troubled health exchange from a state-run marketplace to healthcare.gov. [More]
Study finds that patients who lose weight have better joint replacement outcomes

Study finds that patients who lose weight have better joint replacement outcomes

While many overweight patients have the best intentions to lose weight after joint replacement, a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that although some are able to achieve this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. [More]
Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pfizer announce FDA approval of Eliquis for DVT prophylaxis

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) for Eliquis (apixaban) for the prophylaxis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), in patients who have undergone hip or knee replacement surgery. [More]

New study explores outcomes of Charnley total hip replacement in patients under age 50

In a new study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, researchers sought to evaluate the clinical, radiographic and functional outcomes of a Charnley total hip replacement (THR)─ a traditional hip prosthesis consisting of a polyethylene acetabular (plastic) cup and a metal femoral head─in patients under age 50 at a minimum of 35 years after the initial surgery. [More]
Study finds higher readmission rates for same-day total joint replacement surgery

Study finds higher readmission rates for same-day total joint replacement surgery

As the effectiveness of anesthesia, pain management and rehabilitation continues to improve, more orthopaedic procedures are being done on an outpatient basis. In a new research study presented today at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, same-day total joint replacement (TJR) patient outcomes were comparable to those of patients admitted to the hospital and staying at least one night following surgery. [More]
Study questions conventional wisdom that patients should wait 6 weeks after hip replacement before driving

Study questions conventional wisdom that patients should wait 6 weeks after hip replacement before driving

After hip replacement surgery, many patients are anxious to resume driving, and a new study challenges the conventional wisdom that patients should wait six weeks before getting back behind the wheel. [More]
Women are most likely to experience serious pain following knee replacement than men

Women are most likely to experience serious pain following knee replacement than men

Middle-aged women with rheumatoid arthritis or arthritis resulting from an injury are among the patients most likely to experience serious pain following a knee replacement, researchers from Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York have found. [More]
Protamine antidote can be effective in reversing low-molecular-weight heparin

Protamine antidote can be effective in reversing low-molecular-weight heparin

Low-molecular-weight heparin is commonly used in surgeries to prevent dangerous blood clots. But when patients experience the other extreme - uncontrolled bleeding - in response to low-molecular-weight heparin, there is no antidote. [More]
Scotland achieves reduction in post-code lottery for hip replacement surgery

Scotland achieves reduction in post-code lottery for hip replacement surgery

A reduction in the post-code lottery for hip replacement surgery has been achieved in Scotland without recourse to the private sector, according to new research published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. [More]
Scientists develop stem cell based method for restoring strength to damaged skeletal muscles in elderly

Scientists develop stem cell based method for restoring strength to damaged skeletal muscles in elderly

​A study co-published in Nature Medicine this week by University of Toronto researcher Penney Gilbert has determined a stem cell based method for restoring strength to damaged skeletal muscles of the elderly. [More]
TV series House helps doctors diagnose Cobalt intoxication of patient with hip replacement

TV series House helps doctors diagnose Cobalt intoxication of patient with hip replacement

In today’s edition of The Lancet [Friday 7 February], doctors report the case of a patient with severe heart failure, who in May 2012 was referred to the Marburg University clinic in Germany. [More]
Addressing antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Otto Cars, Uppsala University, Sweden

Addressing antibiotic resistance: an interview with Professor Otto Cars, Uppsala University, Sweden

Antibiotic resistance is a consequence of antibiotic use. Bacteria adapt to the threat of antibiotics using mechanisms to overcome the drug. These bacteria, which we call resistant bacteria, then survive. [More]
Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass and cardiovascular disease risk: an interview with Dr. Brethauer, Cleveland Clinic

Gastric bypass surgery is a type of bariatric operation that results in weight loss and stimulates metabolic effects that treat diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, and hypertension. [More]
UCLA stem cell researchers track early development of human articular cartilage

UCLA stem cell researchers track early development of human articular cartilage

Stem cell researchers from UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what could be a new cell source and biological roadmap for therapies to repair cartilage defects and osteoarthritis. These revolutionary therapies could reach clinical trials within three years. [More]