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Peer-Review Research Fails Reproducibility Test

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Chris
Source: Wikimedia Commons and Chris

Ever have an “Oh Crap” moment? It happened recently in the journal Science. Top notch investigators couldn’t reproduce results from a majority of 100 peer-reviewed, published studies. It’s causing an earthquake in science. How does it affect orthopedic journals? Here’s how.

New Study: 60% More Stroke Risk for Ankylosing Spondylitis // Diabetics: 10x Less Bone Formation With Loading // and More!

Ankylosing spondylitis / Wikimedia Commons and Radiopedia
Ankylosing spondylitis / Wikimedia Commons and Radiopedia

Ankylosing spondylitis patients have significantly higher risks of stroke and heart attack says surprising new study from Canada. New research shows that exercise won’t go a long way towards forming bone in diabetics. And Loyola University researchers have found that TKR can be an effective way to treat Blount disease.

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Lumbar Spine Fusion (Posterior): Safest Hospitals, Safest Doctors, Ranked

Surgeon Scorecard and Lumber spine MRI / Source: ProPublica.org, Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen
Surgeon Scorecard and Lumber spine MRI / Source: ProPublica.org, Wikimedia Commons and Nevit Dilmen

Who are the safest hospitals and surgeons for lumbar spine fusion, posterior approach? ProPublica, an independent, non-profit public interest newsroom has an app which uses CMS data to list and rank hospitals and surgeons according to complication rate. Here’s what we found, along with some caveats.

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Richard Hawkins, M.D. Receives AOSSM Sports Medicine Leadership Award // Geoffrey Westrich, M.D. Taking Helm at Eastern Orthopaedic Association // and More!

Dr. Hawkins with Dr. Robert E. Leach
Dr. Hawkins with Dr. Robert E. Leach

Richard Hawkins, M.D. has been selected to receive the 2015 “Mr. Sports Medicine” award from AOSSM. Geoffrey Westrich, M.D. tells us his presidential plans for the Eastern Orthopaedic Association. And a new study has achieved a 100% union rate for calcaneal osteotomies.

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Court Dumps FDA’s Off-Label Prohibition Authority

Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and DonkeyHotey
Wikimedia Commons, Flickr and DonkeyHotey

The right to free speech means that the FDA cannot prohibit truthful off-label marketing claims. For the second time the federal courts have told the FDA to stop prosecuting and threatening device and drug makers with prosecution if they make truthful claims off-label. It’s another landmark. Read it here.

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