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Musculoskeletal Research: The Kappa Delta/OREF Awards

(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.

Maloney Elected President of AAOS; Shadan Appointed to AdvaMed Board; Enhanced MRI Detects Early Osteoarthritis!

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.


U.S. Neurosurgeons Overly Defensive?; 1st Annual Anterior Hip Foundation Meeting; Sagittal Deformity and THA Dislocation Linked!

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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.


BMI Irrelevant to Meniscus Repair; Sarcopenia Raises Mortality Rate; Rothman’s New Post-Op Data System Cuts Readmissions

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.

New MIS Spine Study Group Launch; New Study Targets Cellular RA Triggers; Active Implants Names Ted Davis President, CEO

Kern Singh, M.D. / Courtesy of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, Wikimedia Commons, and Brandonng06

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.


Cell Therapy for DDD; Joint Replacement Risk Unpredictable?; Open Fracture Injection Insight

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.


ACS, AAOS, OTA, SOMOS & AASST Prepare for a Disaster; New! Ankle Replacement Guidelines; New Study: XLPE Wear Rates

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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.

Silver Ions vs. MRSA; Low Calcium NOT High Fracture Risk?; Protein Signaling Protects Cartilage

(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.


Real (not Virtual) Reality App Covers 100s of Cases; Extremity War Injuries Symposium; Andrews Institute Renovates Surgical Skills Lab

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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.

In-Office $450 MRI Alternative; “First-in-the-NFL” Ankle Study; No “July Effect” for Orthopedic Training?

Trice Medical Tablet Screen / Courtesy of Trice Medical

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.


Alzheimer’s Bone, Brain Link!; Significant Increase in Bone Formation; Cost of Preoperative Interventions

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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.

Obesity and Permanent Bone Loss; Education Improves TKR for Patients; Avoid Tunnel Convergence in Knee Surgery

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.


Front Line Surgery in Syria; New Patient Reporting Systems; THA Improvements Specific to Sex

Robert Loeffler, M.D. / Courtesy of Robert Loeffler, M.D.

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.


Top Award Granted African Orthopedics Organization; NASS Selects Wetzel to Succeed Bono as President; CTGF Protein Missing Link to Spinal Cord Repair?

FOCOS staff with patients and Dr. Boachie / Courtesy of FOCOS

FOCOS, founded by Oheneba Boachie-Adjei, M.D., has received an award for high quality orthopedic care. F. Todd Wetzel, M.D. begins his term as president of NASS. And researchers find the specific protein that allows zebrafish to regenerate their spinal cords.

HSS: Only NY Hospital on Healthgrades Spine List; Closed Drain in THA: Largely Unnecessary; Robotic Exoskeleton: Novel Design

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HSS only NY facility on the Healthgrades Top 100 Spine Surgery List. Cleveland Clinic study says closed drains don’t improve THA. Chinese, Danish researchers take novel approach to wearable robotic exoskeleton for stroke and other disabled patients.


AAOS Issues Osteoporosis Policy; Andrews Institute Tackles Stem Cells; Patient Compliance Issues

Osteoporosis and David D. Teuscher, M.D. / Sources: BruceBlaus, Wikimedia Commons and Beaumont Bone and Joint Institute

A past president of AAOS explains multi-organizational effort to advance osteoporosis care. International stem cell research has novel goal. Despite education about possible complications associated with weight-bearing, patients are not listening.

What Being an Olympic Doctor Is All About; Pittsburgh Declares Freddie Fu Day!; “Off” Switch for Pain

Opening ceremonies with the basketball team. / Courtesy of Gloria Beim, M.D.

Gloria Beim, M.D. discusses her role as Chief Medical Officer for Team USA 2016 Paralymics in Rio. The city of Pittsburgh proclaimed September 13, 2016 to be “Dr. Freddie Fu Day.” And researchers are developing an “off” switch in order to block pain.


Largest Nonunion Study Ever!; Latest News on Human Tissue Regeneration; Causal Link Between Age and OA Defined

Robert D. Zura, M.D. / Courtesy of Robert D. Zura, M.D., Wikimedia Commons and RSJThompson

Researchers pinpoint the unique factors that influence whether a fracture will heal or not. Found…a molecular pathway common across species points the way toward limb regeneration. And Mayo Clinic researchers have found a causal link between the aging-related cells and OA.

Five Physicians Join Rush; New Vertebroplasty Study; Need Surgery? Name Your Price!

Top row: Jeremy Alland, M.D., Nicholas Ting, M.D. and Gregory D. Lopez, M.D. Bottom Row: Nicole T. Boniquit, M.D. and Kamran Hamid, M.D. / Courtesy of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush is welcoming five new physicians! New research from Australia is re-examining an old vertebroplasty debate. ZendyHealth and Kerlan-Jobe have teamed up to offer a “name your price” surgery option.