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  • Genes Flag Older Patients at Risk for Severe OA

    (MedPage Today) — Genome-wide association studies have had a generally poor track record for yielding actionable information, but a new study in older adults at risk for severe osteoarthritis (OA) might allow early intervention to avoid joint… Read more »

  • Could an Available Drug Stop Dupuytren's in Its Tracks?

    (MedPage Today) — A drug already on the market for 20 years effectively reduced nodules associated with Dupuytren’s disease in a mid-stage trial, researchers said.
    Patients receiving intranodular injections of adalimumab (Humira) showed significant… Read more »

  • What's It Like to Be a Traveling Orthopedic Surgeon?

    (MedPage Today) — Sonya Sloan, MD, is a traveling orthopedic surgeon, a locum tenens physician, an author, a speaker, and a mother. In her work across the U.S. for more than a decade, she has seen and treated just about everything. She was also… Read more »

  • Make the Diagnosis: Pity the Patella

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  • Knee Replacement in the Obese: Bariatric Surgery Helps, May Even Obviate Need

    (MedPage Today) — Severely obese patients slated for total knee replacement had generally better outcomes when they lost substantial weight beforehand through bariatric surgery, compared with usual treatment in a randomized trial.
    Not only did… Read more »

  • Achilles' Tendon Rupture Surgery Not So Necessary?

    (MedPage Today) — For Achilles’ tendon rupture, surgery didn’t improve outcomes more than other kinds of treatment, a randomized trial showed.
    At 12 months, patient-reported symptoms and physical activity were similar in both the open-repair… Read more »

  • Meet This Year's Healthcare Billionaires

    (MedPage Today) — There may be 87 fewer billionaires on Forbes’ annual ranking of the world’s richest people this year, but healthcare leaders still managed to climb the list.
    Thomas Frist Jr., MD, founder of the sprawling, publicly traded health… Read more »

  • Tranexamic Acid Cuts Surgical Bleeding in Yet Another Setting

    (MedPage Today) — A dose of tranexamic acid to start and end noncardiac surgery reduced important bleeding events, the POISE-3 trial showed, albeit with a question mark hanging over cardiovascular risk.
    The antifibrinolytic drug cut life-threatening… Read more »

  • 'It's an Alien Knee in There': Mixed Feelings After Joint Replacement

    (MedPage Today) — While most osteoarthritis patients welcome the pain relief that comes with total knee replacement, some also experience psychological impacts that aren’t so pleasant.
    “My leg feels like it’s made of lead,” one patient told a… Read more »

  • Pathogens Head for Surgical Helmets During Orthopedic Surgeries

    (MedPage Today) — Bacterial colonization of surgical helmets, a prophylactic aspirin regimen for venous thromboembolism (VTE), and the value of virtual visits in pediatric orthopedics were examined in several studies at the American Academy of… Read more »

  • Cannabis Linked to Less Opioid Use in Back Pain, Osteoarthritis

    (MedPage Today) — Medical cannabis can greatly reduce or eliminate the need for opioid painkillers in patients with chronic back pain and osteoarthritis, a pair of studies found.
    The studies, reported at the annual meeting of the American Academy… Read more »

  • Mental Illness in Amputees Linked to Phantom Limb Syndrome

    (MedPage Today) — Amputees with psychiatric and medical conditions are much more likely to experience phantom limb syndrome (PLS), according to a retrospective cohort study.
    After adjusting for factors such as age, sex, and comorbidities, PLS… Read more »

  • Legacy of the 'Ortho Bro': Gender Diversity Still Lacking in Orthopedic Med Ed

    (MedPage Today) — In a possible sign that the macho “ortho bro” stereotype still has jacked-up legs, orthopedic surgery remains by far the most male-dominated major specialty in American medical education despite a small recent increase in gender… Read more »

  • Take Trauma Call With Me

    (MedPage Today) — Antonio Webb, MD, is a San Antonio-based orthopedic surgeon. Join him as he reviews several of the 19 surgeries he completed in 1 week of being on call.
    Following is a partial transcript (note that errors are possible):
    Webb… Read more »

  • Reassurance on Steroid Shots for Knee OA

    (MedPage Today) — In patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, intra-articular injections of steroids did not increase rates of either disease progression or subsequent knee replacement surgery, researchers said.
    Among more than 560 OA patients… Read more »

  • Doctor Sued Over Stem Cell Treatments

    (MedPage Today) — The Washington state attorney general has sued a stem cell clinic and its physician owner for deceptively marketing its products to treat COVID-19 and a host of other conditions despite a lack of evidence.
    Since 2018, Seattle… Read more »

  • Medicare Claws Back Money for Dubious Birth-Tissue Stem Cell Shots

    (MedPage Today) — Medicare is clawing back money it paid doctors for dubious birth tissue injections — a move that likely could put some clinics out of business, an orthopedic surgeon told MedPage Today.
    In late February, seven U.S. regional… Read more »

  • ACC Issues Playbook for Long COVID With Cardiac Involvement

    (MedPage Today) — People with long COVID and cardiovascular symptoms may now follow a prescribed path for evaluation and treatment recommended by the American College of Cardiology (ACC).
    According to the new guidance, people with post-acute… Read more »

  • Does Knee Replacement 'Prehab' Help?

    (MedPage Today) — A pre-surgery exercise program for people scheduled for total knee replacement provided neither improved joint function in the days after the procedure nor better ability to perform ordinary activities in the first 6 months… Read more »

  • Hopes Dashed for Novel Osteoarthritis Treatment

    (MedPage Today) — A promising therapy aimed at halting and even reversing the pathology underlying osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee failed to show any benefit in a randomized trial.
    Neither clinical nor radiographic outcomes differed between patients… Read more »

  • Concussions Linked to Mental Health Issues in Kids

    (MedPage Today) — Concussion in kids was associated with an increased risk of mental health problems compared with orthopedic injury, a 10-year retrospective cohort study from Canada found.
    Among over 400,000 youths ages 5 to 18, those who had… Read more »

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