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Obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse, depressive disorders are risk factors for low back pain

Obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse, depressive disorders are risk factors for low back pain

New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) identifies nicotine dependence, obesity, alcohol abuse and depressive disorders as risk factors for low back pain, a common condition causing disability, missed work, high medical costs and diminished life quality. [More]
Study: 53% of parents/caregivers of youth baseball pitchers unaware of safe pitching practices

Study: 53% of parents/caregivers of youth baseball pitchers unaware of safe pitching practices

A new study presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that 53 percent of the parents/caregivers of youth baseball pitchers are unaware of safe pitching practices designed to prevent overuse injuries—common tears or damage, most often to the elbow (ulnar collateral ligament) or shoulder—which can cause pain, lost play time and, if not treated appropriately, arthritis, deformity and disability. [More]
DePuy Synthes Companies offers new software solutions to optimize care for orthopaedic patients

DePuy Synthes Companies offers new software solutions to optimize care for orthopaedic patients

DePuy Synthes Companies is offering health care professionals a new way to track and analyze patient data in real-time and a new program to improve patients' experience with joint replacement surgery. [More]
TPU's submission of Docetaxel Injection Concentrate, Non-Alcohol Formula NDA acknowledged by FDA

TPU's submission of Docetaxel Injection Concentrate, Non-Alcohol Formula NDA acknowledged by FDA

Teikoku Pharma USA announced today that it has submitted a 505(b)(2) New Drug Application (NDA) to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for Docetaxel Injection Concentrate, Non-Alcohol Formula on February 26, 2015 and received an acknowledgment of the receipt from FDA. [More]
Pain diaries may affect recovery of patients suffering from chronic pain

Pain diaries may affect recovery of patients suffering from chronic pain

For some people suffering from chronic pain, part of their daily routine is recording the extent of it in a pain diary. Often done at the request of their physician or therapist, patients may be asked to record how severe the pain is, how it affects daily activities and which treatments ease it or make it worse. [More]
New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

Chronic low back pain can limit everyday activities, including sex. New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that 70 percent of patients consider sexual activity "relevant" to their life quality, and patients who receive surgical treatment for spinal spondylolisthesis (DS) and spinal stenosis (SS)--common degenerative conditions most often occurring in older adults--were twice as likely to report no pain during sex. [More]
Research suggests genetic predisposition to spontaneous coronary artery disease

Research suggests genetic predisposition to spontaneous coronary artery disease

A Mayo Clinic study has identified a familial association in spontaneous coronary artery dissection, a type of heart attack that most commonly affects younger women, suggesting a genetic predisposition to the condition, researchers say. [More]

Maintaining heel-toe pattern while running barefoot may lead to frequent injuries in older athletes

In recent years there has been an explosion in barefoot running, as well as the purchase and use of "minimalist" running shoes that more closely resemble barefoot running by encouraging the balls of the feet, between the arch and toes, to hit the pavement first. [More]
Functional scores are higher in men before and after TKR surgery, shows study

Functional scores are higher in men before and after TKR surgery, shows study

While men and women have similar levels of improvement following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery, men have higher levels of function before and after TKR, according to new research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). [More]
Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Previous joint pain, diabetes and overall health status may predict arthritis pain

Diabetes and previous joint pain, along with a patient's overall physical health status, may predict arthritis pain with nearly 100 percent accuracy, in new research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). [More]
Bisphosphonate treatment following distal radius fracture associated with atypical femur fractures

Bisphosphonate treatment following distal radius fracture associated with atypical femur fractures

Osteoporosis is a disease of progressive bone loss affecting more than 44 million Americans and contributing to an estimated 2 million bone fractures each year. [More]
Most child pedestrian injuries occur near schools, bus stops, and in the spring months

Most child pedestrian injuries occur near schools, bus stops, and in the spring months

New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that most child pedestrian injuries involving a motor vehicle occurred while children were unsupervised, near schools and bus stops, and in the spring months during the afternoon and evening hours. [More]

Patients who undergo THR may safely drive by 2 weeks after surgery

Thanks to improved surgical, pain management and rehabilitation procedures, patients who undergo a total hip replacement (THR) may be able to safely drive as early as two weeks following surgery, according to new research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). [More]
Glyxambi for Type 2 diabetes treatment now available by prescription across the U.S.

Glyxambi for Type 2 diabetes treatment now available by prescription across the U.S.

Glyxambi® (empagliflozin/linagliptin) tablets are now available by prescription in many leading chain and independent pharmacies across the U.S., including Walgreens and Rite Aid. [More]
Cipher to distribute Can-Fite’s CF101 for plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Canada

Cipher to distribute Can-Fite’s CF101 for plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Canada

Cipher Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced it has licensed the Canadian distribution rights to CF101, a novel chemical entity being developed by Can-Fite Biopharma for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and rheumatoid arthritis. [More]
OrthoSensor raises $19 million in Series C Preferred Stock financing

OrthoSensor raises $19 million in Series C Preferred Stock financing

OrthoSensor, Inc., the leader in Sensor-Assisted Surgery, announced today that it has raised $19 million in a private placement of Series C Preferred Stock. Bridger Healthcare, Ltd. and The Tullis Growth Fund, L.P. participated in the round. The proceeds will be used to drive the commercialization of VERASENSE, OrthoSensor's leading product, and expand product development activities. [More]
UM experts warn of serious risks associated with common IV devices

UM experts warn of serious risks associated with common IV devices

Every day, patients around the country get IV devices placed in their arms, to make it easier to receive medicines or have blood drawn over the course of days or weeks. But these PICC lines, as they're called, also raise the risk of potentially dangerous blood clots. [More]

AAPM announces 2015 Presidential Commendations for exceptional service in Pain Medicine

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is pleased to announce its 2015 Presidential Commendations for exceptional service to the Academy and/or the field of Pain Medicine. [More]
Study finds no statistical difference between CTA and functional stress tests

Study finds no statistical difference between CTA and functional stress tests

A new type of CT scan initially costs slightly less than the traditional stress test to diagnose blocked coronary arteries in patients with chest pain, but its lower cost did not translate into medical care savings over time, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Anticoagulant drug bivalirudin shows mixed results in MATRIX trial

Anticoagulant drug bivalirudin shows mixed results in MATRIX trial

Patients with acute coronary syndrome undergoing angioplasty who received the anticoagulant drug bivalirudin did not show significant improvements in either of two co-primary endpoints--a composite of rate of death, heart attack or stroke at 30 days, or a composite of those events plus major bleeding--as compared to patients receiving standard anticoagulation therapy, according to a study presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
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