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3-D Bioprinting Directly Into Wounds!

Courtesy: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Courtesy: Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine

A remarkable program from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) program is testing the use of an advanced 3-D Bio-printing system to print living cells directly into a wound. That’s right, directly into a wound!

More Cases Emerge From FBI’s California “Spinal Cap” Investigation

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Source: Wikimedia Commons

More cases are emerging from the FBI’s “Spinal Cap” investigation. Now the allegations are around unapproved spine devices, bribed docs and elected officials, and tragically, a dead baby. It all started with the flawed California workers’ comp law and the ways in which administrators, surgeons and companies tried to game the system.

Surprise! Omega 3 May Trump Fat in OA Patients // Diagnose Scoliosis With Light! // Massive, 40,000 Patient Trauma Study Announced

Salmon, pumpkin seeds and spinach / Sources: OSU Special Collections & Archives: Flickr Commons, Dinkum, Daniel Schwen and Wikimedia Commons.
Salmon, pumpkin seeds and spinach / Sources: OSU Special Collections & Archives: Flickr Commons, Dinkum, Daniel Schwen and Wikimedia Commons.

Duke Researchers find that weight loss correlates directly with OA pain reduction. Is light based surface tomography superior to X-rays for scoliosis diagnosis? And orthopedic research whiz Mo Bhandari announces early results from his massive, 40,000 patient global trauma study. Incredible early data!

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McFarland, Gobezie Debate Treatment for Infected TSA

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“This patient MAY be infected,” says Ed McFarland. “For patients who are even a bit ill, I would do a one-stage revision; those who are young and healthy get a two-stage revision. I don’t think debridement adds much.” Reuben Gobezie counters, “If you’re going to do anything to this patient, I think it would be reasonable to get an arthroscopic debridement at the most before you rip their arm out, Ed.”

V Brothers Do It Again—For $375 Million

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Sources: SBI, V Bros and Stryker
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC / Sources: SBI, V Bros and Stryker

While the orthopedic world focuses on the big deals of scale, the Viscogliosi Brothers and Stryker Corporation strike a deal focused on clinical innovation. Stryker is buying Small Bone Innovations and the STAR Ankle for $375 million. After lots of roadblocks, the V Brothers do it again. Tony Viscogliosi tells us how it was done.

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Social Media Trumps Peer-Review Journals?-Part I

Diagram of a Social Network / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Katherine Willis
Diagram of a Social Network / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Katherine Willis

Social media is proving to be a better and faster source of medical device and drug post market approval performance than either the FDA or, depressingly, the community of peer-review journals. How does this new tool work? Is it a force for good or ill? The McAfees have an answer.

Taking Back Medical Decision Making and Control

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Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

At the 11th annual meeting of the Cabo Spine Technology Group, David Jacofsky, M.D., blew apart a decade of surgeon “doom and gloom” by showing surgeons a formula to retake control of medical decisions. In the process, he inspired a new generation of surgeons to embrace their futures. Here’s “The Formula.”

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