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Score: Common Sense 1: High Priced Auditors 0

Courtesy: Globus Medical, Inc.
Courtesy: Globus Medical, Inc.

Rock, meet hard place. Or in this story, KPMG meet Globus. Auditing giant KPMG has declined to continue as Globus Medical’s auditing firm. Why? There were no issues with the number or accounting policies. The issue, we suspect, was that Globus is frugal and would not pay a premium for the big time brand name. Score one for common sense.

Dunbar, Haddad Debate Femoral Neck Modularity in Primary THA

Image created by RRY Publications, LLC
Image created by RRY Publications, LLC

“Femoral neck modularity lacks proof of superiority, increases the risk of corrosion and fracture, and makes everyone’s life miserable,” argues Mike Dunbar. “Let’s not overreact,” cautions Fares Haddad. “We need to learn from modular implant failures and then move forward and still be able to use modularity for patients in the future.”

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IL-6 Diagnoses Shoulder Infection? That’s Interesting! // New Anterior Osteotomy Technique: Less Blood and Less Time // and More!

Shoulder Replacement / Source:  Lucien Monfils and Wikimedia Commons
Shoulder Replacement / Source: Lucien Monfils and Wikimedia Commons

New work from Cleveland Clinic finds that α-defensin and Interleukin 6 (IL-6) can reliably diagnose shoulder infections. Dan Riew has invented an anterior osteotomy procedure that reduces blood and OR time. And Lew Schon talks about a particularly destructive type of arthritis that affects diabetics.

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Best Small Spine Meeting Got Better

Hawks Cay Fire Pit Gathering
Hawks Cay Fire Pit Gathering

Tony Castellvi’s Duck Key meeting, which was one of the best small spine meetings, just got better. James Billys is the meeting’s new director. He’s added two cadaver labs, two point/counter point debates, a slew of new faculty including a group of neurosurgeons and grants for residents to attend the meeting.

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Bisphosphonates: Discontinue After How Many Years? // Alert: Diabetics Nearly 19x More Likely to Experience Infection after ACL Surgery // and More!

Source: Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

Research from Brown University discusses how to treat patients with atypical femur fractures. MOON Group researchers find that diabetics are almost 19x more likely to get an infection after ACLR. And new work points to polyethylene debris in osteolytic cysts in total ankle replacement.