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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
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.
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
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, November 16th, 2016
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.
The North American Spine Society (NASS) has awarded $136, 000 in research grants and traveling…
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, November 3rd, 2016
Courtesy of Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS)
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, November 1st, 2016
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Michigan’s experience with the use of tranexamic acid (TXA) in large joint arthroplasty. Abaloparatide study assesses its fracture prevention effectiveness across osteoporosis risk subgroups. Finally, new information about price shopping patients.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Mon, October 24th, 2016
David F. Martin, M.D.
David F. Martin, M.D. has taken the helm of the ABOS. New protocol effective in total elbow arthroplasty infection. New study of 6, 936 pre-op TKA patients quantifies pain and function scores. Excellent and helpful data.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, October 18th, 2016
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, October 12th, 2016
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, October 7th, 2016
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, September 27th, 2016
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.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, September 16th, 2016
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New Rush study finds that glenohumeral joint cartilage is not as hardy as other cartilage. Wrist fractures in elderly patients might mean they are set for a fall. And for RA patients, immunotherapy drugs can lessen disease activity AND reduce the risk of cardiovascular events.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, September 14th, 2016
Courtesy of Scott Rodeo, M.D. and Rio Olympics
HSS not only provided superb care for Olympic athletes in Rio, but Scott Rodeo, M.D. developed a sports emergency curriculum for medical professionals. Shorter LOS at orthopedic specialty hospital following shoulder arthroplasty? And Harvard researchers have found a new tool for avoiding avascular necrosis of the femoral neck.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, September 7th, 2016
Source: The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Baseball and football one year after the world’s first bilateral hand transplant! Temple University research finds evidence that mitochondria may impact bone healing. New research shows no difference between transiliac-transsacral and unilateral iliosacral screws.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Fri, September 2nd, 2016
Streptococcus Pyogrnese Bacteria / Source Wikimedia Commons
Study: RA patients 300x more likely to get flesh-eating bacteria! Runners with femoral neck stress fractures now know when they can get back to running. And there is much room for improvement when it comes to women choosing orthopedic careers.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Wed, August 31st, 2016
Nikhil N. Verma, M.D.
Nikhil N. Verma, M.D. will now lead Rush’s Sports Medicine Program. HSS swings open doors of its Patellofemoral Center of Excellence. And the Aleve Direct Therapy TENS unit is at a CVS, Walgreens near you.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Mon, August 29th, 2016
Freddie Fu, M.D.
Freddie Fu, M.D. joins AOSSM Hall of Fame. Dr. David Altchek discusses the latest on Tommy John surgeries. Northwest Medical Center tells what it takes to maintain THE Gold Seal.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Thu, August 25th, 2016
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Renowned spine surgeon Frank Phillips, M.D. is Rush’s new Director of the Division of Spine Surgery. A new Wash U study finds higher TKR complications for blacks, Native Americans and other minority patients, and a surprising JBJS Study says cartilage innovation has stopped. Cold.
Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, August 9th, 2016
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New capsular management techniques preserve the capsule, add stability. Canadian researchers looking into possible causation between gene mutation and osteonecrosis. And Mercy Health wins AJSM Systematic Review Award from the AOSSM.