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Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, July 7th, 2017
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Veterans are set to benefit from ChoiceSpine’s generosity. Lowry Barnes, M.D. has become the Carl L. Nelson, M.D., Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at UAMS. And a survey of orthopedic surgeons in the developing world finds great needs in the realm of acetabular and pelvic surgery.
Top healthcare blogger, John Driscoll, talks with David Williams (Health Business Group) about the end…
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, June 23rd, 2017
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Large numbers of patients are misunderstanding and even altering their pain medication regimen. Rothman Institute expands, partnering with Capital Health. And new research suggests that an increased number of cases may be needed for competency in arthroscopy.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, June 22nd, 2017
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Level 1 trauma center finds that moderate drinkers have higher bone density than non-drinkers. Another study finds that early movement after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair can reduce recovery pain. And finally, lack of muscle mass is highly correlated with mortality following hip fractures in elderly patients.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Mon, June 12th, 2017
(L to R): Honoree Thomas Sculco, M.D., surgeon-in-chief emeritus at HSS, with host Maria Bartiromo, Fox Business Network anchor and global markets editor, and Mario Gabelli, an underwriter of the event. / Courtesy of Don Pollard
Thomas P. Sculco, M.D. has been honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from HSS. New trauma research establishes standards for low energy gunshot injuries to the extremities. And Hoag Orthopedic Institute is named a Modern Healthcare ‘Best Places to Work in Healthcare.’
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, June 7th, 2017
Bryan Springer, M.D. with Cuban patient, Paula post-knee surgery. / Courtesy of Operation Walk Carolinas
Ortho Carolina helps OpWalk in Cuba! Harvard finds ways to decrease variations in TKA cost. A new study finds that capsular repair decreases rate of conversion to hip replacement compared to unrepaired capsulotomy.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, May 24th, 2017
The REAL cost of ACDF: disposables are a whopping 60% of the cost. A new study found that shifting PT hours gets patients moving shortly after surgery. And new work indicates that blood transfusions are linked to enormous increases in complications, tripling readmission rates.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Mon, May 15th, 2017
Transparent mouse tibia / Courtesy of Science Translational Medicine, Greenbaum, Chan, et al; Gradinaru laboratory/Caltech
Transparent bones means that researchers can peer inside and view active cells. New knee system reproduces movements, loading at the pace of a natural gait pattern and can IV Acetaminophen replace opioids?
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, May 9th, 2017
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Rothman Institute is breaking new ground in the region, with a push into New York. Take heart, orthopedic surgeons…study says PROMs are reliable. And treating pregnant patients is a multispecialty, complex effort.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, April 18th, 2017
(L to R): Scott Wolfe, M.D., Hospital for Special Surgery, Robin Queen, Ph.D., Virginia Tech, Henrik Malchau, M.D., Ph.D., Harvard Medical School, and Matthew Dobbs, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Congratulations to Drs.,Wolfe, Queen, Dobbs, Malchau and their remarkable research teams for winning this year series of prestigious awards from the Orthopaedic Research and education Foundation. These are among the most sought after awards in orthopedics so it is with great pleasure that we recognize these leading scientists and their work.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, April 12th, 2017
William J. Maloney III, M.D. / Courtesy of AAOS
William J. Maloney III, M.D., the chair of orthopedics at Stanford, is the new president of AAOS. Martha Shadan brings her skills and leadership to the AdvaMed Board of Directors. And new multicenter research is enhancing our ability to detect early changes in articular cartilage after an ACL injury.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, April 5th, 2017
(L to R): Richard E. Grant, M.D., William J. Robb III, M.D., and David A Spiegel M.D. / Courtesy of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Three outstanding physicians have been recognized by AAOS for their contributions to diversity, leadership, and humanitarianism.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, March 31st, 2017
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A new study says that U.S. spine neurosurgeons are roughly three times more likely to practice defensively compared than other neurosurgeons! The Anterior Hip Foundation is debuting its innovation symposium in June. And NYU Langone finds that sagittal deformity patients undergoing THA have a particularly high rate of instability.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, March 23rd, 2017
Close-up of a tear in a medial meniscus and scar / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Rodhullandemu, and Tim1965
New work from Ohio State finds that body mass index has no influence on whether a meniscal repair will fail. In the elderly, sarcopenia may be a better indicator of musculoskeletal health and mortality than other measures. Rothman Institute and Force Therapeutics have created a thorough pre-and-post-op experience for over 15,000 patients.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, March 8th, 2017
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Kern Singh, M.D. is advancing the science of spine with the establishment of the MISSG. New research suggests that we need to look deeper into RA to treat it. Ted Davis, 25-year veteran of life sciences, takes helm at Active Implants.
Double down on your Advanced MSK Ultrasound conferences this spring with the March 9 –…
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, February 24th, 2017
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amputation patients. CartiHeal develops scaffold based on aragonite to regenerate hyaline cartilage. And a study using the Framingham Study (Third Generation) has found that muscle strength does not depend on protein food patterns.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, February 14th, 2017
Mesenchymal Stem and Disc Degeneration Disease / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Robert M. Hunt and Nephron
Study finds that the environment in which you inject stem cells—and the timing—likely impacts the efficacy of the therapy. Three different risk adjustment indices have proved useless at predicting readmissions among osteoarthritis patients. New research finds variation in hospital, season to another for that particular hospital, and infection following open fractures.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, February 8th, 2017
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Israeli researchers determine that smartphones are reliable means of offsite consultations. The quest for risk-adjusted outcomes continues, and CHOP finds that dedicated orthopedic trauma operating rooms are effective and efficient.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, January 31st, 2017
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Rush researchers examine issues related to post-TJA pneumonia. Bundled payments help NYU Langone decrease cost, improve quality. Study: Early femoral failure more common in patients who had undergone the direct anterior approach.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, January 25th, 2017
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AAOS, OTA and others are ramping up to prepare the nation for disasters. New guidelines mean surgeons can address complex ankle replacements systematically and objectively. And new research finds that larger wear rates of larger articulations are no greater than those of standard-sized articulations.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, January 18th, 2017
(L to R): Scaffold-no bacteria and Scaffold with bacteria. / Courtesy of Elizabeth G. Loboa, Ph.D. and University of Missouri, Columbia
Silver ions, scaffold inhibit MRSA in bone. Research from China shows that for those on a plant-based diet, low calcium is not associated with high fracture risk. Another study shows that EGFR signaling is essential for protecting superficial layer of cartilage.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, January 13th, 2017
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Rotator cuff problems could point toward cardiovascular issues. Pre-diabetes scourge gets worse with link to stiff shoulder. Study says nail plate combination provides stability, load sharing in certain fracture patterns.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, January 4th, 2017
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Familiar pain meds are associated with hearing loss in women! Houston Methodist is sporting a new ortho biomechanics lab, complete with state-of-the art motion equipment. And Rush is the only facility in the U.S. with a new technology to tackle implant corrosion.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, December 27th, 2016
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A new app provides details on hundreds of cases—start to finish. AAOS, OTA, SOMOS, ORS are again hosting the Extremity War Injuries Symposium. And the Andrews Institute has undergone a renovation that allows physicians to practice arthroscopic and other surgeries.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, December 21st, 2016
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New tool means patients can come to the office and leave with a definitive diagnosis. James Bradley, M.D. discusses arthroscopic debridement for anterior ankle impingement. And maybe there is no “July Effect” when it comes to residents and fellows.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, December 14th, 2016
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New work shows that reduced BMD could signal Alzheimer’s risk. New research from three major universities tackles MSC’s role in bone formation. TKA Study: most preop costs occur three months prior to surgery.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, December 6th, 2016
Image acquired using a SCANCO Medical XtremeCT Scanner. / Courtesy of Radiological Society of North America
Obese adolescents could suffer bone problems for life! Education key to reducing racial variation in total knee replacement access and outcomes. Multiligament reconstructions: avoid tunnel convergence with good surgical planning.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, November 29th, 2016
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Spine, Sex and Surgery A new study published in the November 15, 2016 issue of…
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, November 25th, 2016
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Robert Loeffler, M.D. was the only American and the only orthopedic surgeon with Medecins Sans Frontires during a recent mission to Syria. The NIH PROMIS system one-upping the traditional, ‘legacy’ patient-reported measures. And new work from the University of Chicago indicates that men and women have different improvements after THA.