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Large Joints Features & News

Missing Spondy/Pelvic Floor Muscle Link; $6 Million for Bone Infection Research; OrthoCarolina Adds 40th Location

(L to R) X-ray of the lateral lumbar spine with a spondylolisthesis L5-S1 and the muscles of the pelvic floor. / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Lucien Monfils, and OpenStax

Are hysterectomies the missing link for degenerative spondy? Telephus Medical has received a $6 million NIH grant for translational research on bone infection. And OrthoCarolina continues to expand, now adding its 40th location.

AAOS’ OrthoInfo Website Upgraded; Spine Complications Drop 36%; Waterless Hand Scrub Equal to Traditional Methods?

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AAOS has launched a better organized, souped up version of Review article finds that lean processes reduced spine surgery complications by 36%. And researchers in Japan find that waterless hand scrubbing is equal to traditional methods in terms of surgical site infection prevention.


Two Surprising Keys to Cervical Realignment; New Bone Fracture Target: Air Pollution; J&J’s New “Engineering Studio” in Texas

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Stillwaterising

New research finds that the two critical factors for cervical realignment are sagittal vertical axis and T1-slope. Fascinating work! Other new research finds a link between air pollution and bone density and rising rates of fracture. Finally, J&J and Texas Medical Center team up to promote orthopedic innovation.


Causes of Accelerated Knee OA; Lumbar Prolapse Caused Deficits; Sealants Over Sutures?

Osteoarthritis Left Knee / Source: Wikimedia Commons and James Heilman, MD

New research examines who is at risk for “typical” versus accelerated knee OA. A subset of lumbar prolapse patients are at risk for neurological problems. And researchers have created a sticky surgical sealant that is versatile and effective in demanding situations.


20 Years, 10,000 Children: Medical Ministries Compassion in Action and Rewards Beyond Measure

Doreen upon arrival in Sioux City, Iowa. / Courtesy of STEMM

When Steve Meyer, M.D. decided not to commit suicide in 1995 he had no idea the extraordinary life he would give to others. After 45 trips to Tanzania, Dr. Meyer and his wife have sent 10,000 children to school, facilitated surgeries on over 1,000 individuals, and much more.