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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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Jones, MacDonald Debate Tourniquetless TKA

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

“OK, so you have a bloodless field using a tourniquet in TKA,” says Dickey Jones. “But there are many downsides, such as nerve damage and a delay in the recovery of muscle function.” Hold on says Steven MacDonald, There is no clinical evidence of nerve damage or delays in muscle function recovery when employing a tourniquet.”

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Meeting the Health Care Needs of Female Veterans

Source: Wikimedia Commons and SGGH
Source: Wikimedia Commons and SGGH

Forty two percent of women who are deployed in the military have seen combat. After they have completed their service, 51% indicate that they plan to use the Veterans Health Administration as their primary source of healthcare. A new landmark study points the way to better gender specific healthcare services for women who have served and sacrificed. Time to return the favor.

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The Social Media Advantage for Post Market Device Performance Data – Part II

Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer
Data Mining / Source: Wikimedia Commons and Marksenizer

The current adverse event reporting system clearly has its flaws. Can social media make a difference? This week, in Part II, our guest authors take a deeper dive into the pros and cons of the MAUDE, MedWatch and social media data bases as a source of information. And have specific recommendations.

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