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Your First Medical Cannabis Seminar?

Medical marijuana/cannabis has become a kind of free radical in U.S. healthcare. It’s a fact of life for about 3 million U.S. patients and growing fast. Yet physicians don’t prescribe or monitor its use. Time for a best evidence, best practices seminar. In Orlando. October 25. Email to register.

Study: Prebiotics Can Slow OA Progression; Bone Marrow Aspirate Enhances OCA Integration; Multimodal Analgesia Cuts Narcotic Use

Source: Wikimedia Commons and National Human Genome Research

Manipulating the gut microbiome can help obese patients with OA. Patients receiving OCAs pretreated with autogenous BMC showed better bone integration and faster recovery. New postop spine anesthesia decreases and/or eliminates need for narcotics.


ArthritisPower App: 11,000 Patient Registry; #1 Reason for Hip Replacement Success; and #1 Reason for Knee Replacement Failure

Sources: Flickr, James Cridland, and CreakyJoints

Novel app empowers patients to track their symptoms and research participation. Research shows that the state of other affected major joints and spine should be assessed and documented before hip surgery. And a study from New Zealand finds that periprosthetic joint infection is the #1 culprit in primary TKA failure…out to 15 years.


Under-Reporting Adverse Events; OREF and NIH Connection; Brad Bruns Wins “Healthcare Hero” Award

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Julia Midgley

New study documents under-reporting of adverse events in orthopedics, the causes and a solution. UCLA researchers found that OREF funding leads, often, to later NIH funding. Go OREF! Finally, kudos to Brad Bruns, M.D. who was recognized by The Phoenix Business Journal as 2017’s Healthcare Hero.