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Weekly News, Analysis, and Commentary

Why Are Multiple ACL Injuries So High in Younger Athletes?

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Multiple anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries are on the rise in younger athletes. A new study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine takes a close look at the results of revision ACL reconstruction and what factors may play a role in high rates of graft re-ruptures. For the full story, read on.

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Impedance Spectroscopy for Fracture Healing; Which Patient Reported Outcomes Work Best?; Wearable Sensors Reduce Pressure Injuries

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California researchers demonstrate how impedance spectroscopy can be used to detect bone healing and nonunion. And PROMIS is found to be more efficient legacy PRO scores. A new RCT shows that the wearable sensors are effective at monitoring patient position and activity.

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Astronaut Back Pain; Nose-Knee Infection Connection; Running Two Room is Safe in TJA

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Surprising new study of astronauts uncovers the major role soft tissue plays in back pain. Best to screen and clear nasal passages of joint patients preoperatively, says a new study. New work from Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic finds that running two rooms during TJA doesn’t affect outcomes or safety.

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Amazon, Warren Buffet and JP Morgan in Healthcare. Why?

(L to R): Warren Buffet, Jeff Bezos and Jaime Dimon / Courtesies of Berkshire Hathaway, Amazon, JP Morgan

Cutting the health insurer out of the middle took a big step forward this week when Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan announced a partnership to provide health care to their 1 million employees. By the way, it potentially saves them $500 million a year in insurance fees.

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New Data-Based TJR Tool for Patients; New OA Patient Guidelines; Using Behavior Science to Improve TJR Outcomes

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New tool allows patients to compare their personal information with nationwide data to help decide if and when to undergo TJR. CreakyJoints publishes OA guidelines for patients. New J&J Health Partner platform combines behavior science and technology to help patients prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for surgery.