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Cervical Fractures Jump 35% in Five Years! Why?

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New study data has found that between 2000 and 2015 the incidence of cervical fractures has jumped 35%. Why? The answer is a 300% increase in cycling related injuries. This study was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. An increase in cycling has caused a major jump in cervical fractures.


Linking the Mechanics of HA to Knee Cartilage Biology

Lawrence Bonassar, Ph.D. / Courtesy of Cornell University

A new, important study out of Dr. Lawrence Bonassar’s lab at Cornell University has quantified the link between Hyaluronic Acid’s (HA’s) lubrication function and the complex biologic processes operating on the arthritic knee. For any physician using HA, this is a must-read study.


Geriatric High-Energy Traumas Doubled in 10 Years?!; Is Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy Useless?; Surface Topography Helps With Body Image in AIS

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Multicenter work finds an alarming rise in older folks experiencing high-energy trauma. Hopkins researchers find little/no use for arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. And we now have evidence of how surgery for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis affects body shape and body image.