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Five Physicians Join Rush; New Vertebroplasty Study; Need Surgery? Name Your Price!

Top row:  Jeremy Alland, M.D., Nicholas Ting, M.D. and Gregory D. Lopez, M.D. Bottom Row: Nicole T. Boniquit, M.D. and Kamran Hamid, M.D. / Courtesy of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Top row: Jeremy Alland, M.D., Nicholas Ting, M.D. and Gregory D. Lopez, M.D. Bottom Row: Nicole T. Boniquit, M.D. and Kamran Hamid, M.D. / Courtesy of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is welcoming five new physicians! New research from Australia is re-examining an old vertebroplasty debate. ZendyHealth and Kerlan-Jobe have teamed up to offer a “name your price” surgery option.

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Commentary: The Link between Pain and Anxiety Disorders

Source: Wikimedia Commons and NIH
Source: Wikimedia Commons and NIH

Psychological anxiety and physical pain are linked in powerful ways. A new University of Vermont study of the peptide neurotransmitter PACAP brings this link into high definition and offers a fascinating clue into new, non-opioid therapy options. Dr. Didier Demesmin explains and comments on this study.

Will a $95 Million Deal Bring Chemonucleolysis Back?

Courtesy of Kazuhiro Chiba, Ph.D.
Courtesy of Kazuhiro Chiba, Ph.D.

Is chemonucleolysis for painful lower back disc herniation returning? In the 1980s chymopapain achieved fairly wide spread use as a chemonucleolysis agent. Outcomes were highly technique and patient selection dependent. It eventually left the market. Now two large firms have inked a deal to bring a new chemonucleolysis approach to market. Will this one work?

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Shoulder Cartilage Biochemically Weaker Than Knee or Ankle Cartilage; Wrist Fractures Could Portend Falls; Immunotherapy Lowers Cardiovascular Risk in RA patients

Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons and Anatomy & Physiology, Connexions Web site
Photo creation by RRY Publications, LLC, Pixabay, Wikimedia Commons and Anatomy & Physiology, Connexions Web site

New Rush study finds that glenohumeral joint cartilage is not as hardy as other cartilage. Wrist fractures in elderly patients might mean they are set for a fall. And for RA patients, immunotherapy drugs can lessen disease activity AND reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.

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HSS at Rio Olympics; Ortho Hospitals Shorten Arthroplasty LOS?; New Tool for Avoiding Avascular Necrosis

Courtesy: Scott Rodeo, MD and Rio Olympics
Courtesy: Scott Rodeo, MD and Rio Olympics

HSS not only provided superb care for Olympic athletes in Rio, but Scott Rodeo, M.D. developed a sports emergency curriculum for medical professionals. Shorter LOS at orthopedic specialty hospital following shoulder arthroplasty? And Harvard researchers have found a new tool for avoiding avascular necrosis of the femoral neck.

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