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  • Online Yoga: Not Much Help for Knee Pain, Study Finds

    (MedPage Today) — An internet-delivered, unsupervised yoga program designed to relieve knee osteoarthritis pain and improve function showed hints of efficacy but apparently needs some tweaking, researchers suggested.
    When evaluated at week 12… Read more »

  • Appointment Wait Times Continue to Rise Amid Concerns of Physician Shortages

    (MedPage Today) — The number of days a patient had to wait for a new appointment in four specialties — ob/gyn, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, and dermatology — continues to increase, according to a new survey.
    Among 15 major metropolitan… Read more »

  • The Internal Conflict of Being a Ringside Doctor

    (MedPage Today) — Professional boxing and mixed martial arts (MMA) are popular combat sports. In both sports, every punch thrown at the head is thrown with the intention of winning by knocking out the opponent. A knockout, or KO, the fight-ending… Read more »

  • One-Two Punch of Romosozumab, Denosumab Improved BMD and Reduced Fractures

    (MedPage Today) — AUSTIN, Texas – One year of romosozumab (Evenity) followed by 1 year of denosumab (Prolia, Xgeva) was associated with improved bone mineral density (BMD) and lower fracture incidence compared with 2 years of denosumab in… Read more »

  • Surgeon Gets 7 Years for Unnecessary X-Rays; Agency in Chaos Over Trans Health Cases

    (MedPage Today) — Welcome to the latest edition of Investigative Roundup, highlighting some of the best investigative reporting on healthcare each week.
    California Doctor Sentenced to Prison Over Medically Unnecessary X-Rays
    An orthopedic surgeon… Read more »

  • Earliest Evidence of Surgery Found in Stone Age Amputation

    (MedPage Today) — The earliest known evidence of a successful surgery was discovered in skeletal remains of a young adult who lived at least 31,000 years ago, according to a new report.
    This individual, whose remains were discovered in the Liang… Read more »

  • Stronger Antiplatelet Better for VTE Prophylaxis After Joint Replacement

    (MedPage Today) — Enoxaparin bested aspirin for preventing symptomatic venous thromboembolism (VTE) after total hip or total knee arthroplasty when used without initial anticoagulation in the CRISTAL randomized trial.
    These events occurred within… Read more »

  • Universal Hip Screening in Babies Associated With Overtreatment

    (MedPage Today) — Universal ultrasonographic screening for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) was associated with higher rates of early detection and nonoperative treatment, but similar rates of late detection and operative treatment, a… Read more »

  • Lose Weight, Slow Knee OA Progression? New Study Suggests Yes

    (MedPage Today) — Declines in body mass index (BMI) were linked with slower worsening of knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to data from three large longitudinal cohort studies.
    With more than 6,000 knees evaluated for OA progression and 4 to… Read more »

  • IV Nutrition: Few Proven Benefits for Growing Trend Among Athletes

    (MedPage Today) — What if you could “recover from dehydration and immune challenges, and support athletic recovery and chronic health challenges like fatigue, weight gain, and inflammation,” all with a special vitamin cocktail delivered straight… Read more »

  • Falls From Higher Border Walls Overwhelm Trauma Services

    (MedPage Today) — For a sidebar on the difficulty of getting medical journals to publish data on border wall-fall injuries, click here.

    On top of the drumbeat of COVID cases one night last October, UC San Diego Hillcrest hospital admitted nine… Read more »

  • Why Is It So Hard to Get Wall-Fall Injury Data Published?

    (MedPage Today) — For the main story on the increasing number and severity of border wall-fall injuries that are overwhelming California trauma centers, click here.

    When UC San Diego trauma surgeons realized that patients injured after falling… Read more »

  • Texas Spine Surgeon Defends Himself Against 'Dr. Death' Comparisons

    (MedPage Today) — Anil Kesani, MD, a spine surgeon in Fort Worth, Texas, publicly pushed back against a malpractice claim that led to him being branded as “Dr. Death 2.0,” by the media, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
    Kesani is embroiled… Read more »

  • Does Spinal Fusion Reduce Revision Surgeries in Lumbar Spinal Stenosis?

    (MedPage Today) — No significant association was seen between type of index operation and need for revision surgery among patients with degenerative lumbar spinal stenosis (DLSS), according to a cohort study.
    Among 328 patients, the cumulative… Read more »

  • Home Exercise for Leg PAD Patients: 'No Pain, No Gain'

    (MedPage Today) — People with lower extremity peripheral artery disease (PAD) needed exercise training to be intense and painful in order to improve their walking, according to a post-hoc analysis of the LITE trial.
    Home-based walking exercise… Read more »

  • High Demand for Specialty Physicians Spurs Salary Bump: Report

    (MedPage Today) — A growing demand for specialty services is once again spurring a bump in starting salaries for specialty physicians, according to a new report from AMN Healthcare and its physician search division, Merritt Hawkins.
    Demand for… Read more »

  • Trial Backs Steroid Shots for Stubborn Achilles Tendon Pain

    (MedPage Today) — Adding a corticosteroid shot to exercise therapy significantly improved symptoms of chronic Achilles tendinopathy, a 100-person randomized trial found.
    At 6 months, mean improvement from baseline on the Victorian Institute of… Read more »

  • Walk It Off: Exercise Therapy for Meniscal Tears on Par With Surgery

    (MedPage Today) — Exercise-based physical therapy remained noninferior to arthroscopic partial meniscectomy for treating degenerative meniscal tears, according to longer-term data from the ESCAPE trial, suggesting physical therapy be the preferred… Read more »

  • What Happens When Surgeons Screw Up?

    (MedPage Today) —

    We all make mistakes. But what happens when a surgeon does? Find out from Antonio Webb, MD, a San Antonio-based orthopedic surgeon.
    Following is a transcript of his remarks (note that errors are possible):
    Webb: What happens… Read more »

  • Lubricant Shots for Knee OA: No, They Really Don't Help

    (MedPage Today) — Researchers analyzing previous trials of hyaluronic acid injections for knee osteoarthritis (OA) found that, although measurable benefit was demonstrated, it was too small to be clinically relevant.
    Pooled data from 24 large… Read more »

  • What a Lifetime of Gaslighting by Other Doctors Feels Like

    (MedPage Today) — “If your shoulder were really injured, that maneuver would make you scream in pain,” he told me confidently.
    My husband and I recently established care with a new family doctor. I was frightened and scarred from a long history… Read more »

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