• 17 Ways to fight osteoporosis

    Most people know calcium strengthens bones. But there are more than a dozen other ways to fight osteoporosis, the silent, bone-thinning condition that can lead to fractures, back and neck pain, and a loss of up to 6 inches of height over time.

    Taking preventive measures is key, as many people with osteoporosis will get bone fractures before they even know they have the disease.

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  • Congrats to MacNeal hospital on receiving an

    The nonprofit Leapfrog Group has released updated hospital safety scores for U.S. hospitals. Under the system, hospitals are given A, B, C, D or F scores based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Among the findings:

    • Of the 2,618 general hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 790 earned an "A," 678 earned a "B," 1004 earned a "C," 121 earned a "D," and 25 earned an "F."
    • 58 percent of hospitals maintained the same grade level as they had in previous scores issued in June, while 34 percent changed by one grade level (higher or lower), and 8 percent moved two grade levels or more
    • No one class of hospitals (such as teaching or public hospitals) dominated among those showing the highest safety scores.
    • Hospitals with "A" scores included those with multiple national accolades, as well as institutions that serve highly vulnerable, impoverished, or health-challenged populations.

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  • ORIF prevented need for later THA in acetabular fracture patients

    Long-term follow-up showed that open reduction and internal fixation successfully treated displaced acetabular fractures in patients without the need for subsequent total hip arthroplasty, according to this study.

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  • Study confirms socioeconomic value of hip protectors, joint arthroplasty

    Researchers in a recent issue of Orthopedic Research and Review have concluded that medical devices, such as hip protectors and total joint arthroplasty implants, are cost-effective and significantly improve patients’ lives, confirming their socioeconomic value.

    “Orthopedic devices such as knee and hip implants or hip protectors have the potential to improve people’s lives. They allow for greater flexibility, faster return to an active, independent lifestyle and reduced risk of future fractures to name but a few benefits,” Yves Verboven, executive director at the European Health Technology Institute for Socio-Economic Research (EHTI), stated in a press release.

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  • Quit the bottle to build happy bones

    Avoiding alcohol combined with regular exercise can help men build the bones lost from alcoholism, a new study has found.

    The amount of osteocalcin, which is a protein in the bones and teeth, increased over the eight-week period as men continued to avoid alcohol.

    This means that there was a "higher rate of bone formation during continuous abstinence," the authors said in their study.

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  • Global efforts necessary to prevent fragility fractures due to osteoporosis

    The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new report, revealing approximately 80 percent of patients treated in clinics or hospitals following a fracture are not screened for osteoporosis or risk of future falls. Left untreated, these patients are at high risk of suffering secondary fractures and facing a future of pain, disfigurement, long-term disability and even early death.

    The report 'Capture the Fracture - A global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle' calls for concerted worldwide efforts to stop secondary fractures due to osteoporosis by implementing proven models of care.

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  • Embracing the brace

    Knees are only meant to bend forward and backward. If a knee pops and locks up with major pain, something serious is going on there, and it's most likely an ACL injury.

    The injuries often need surgery to reconstruct the ligament, followed by therapy to help rehabilitate the knee.

    It does not lower pain, protect from reinjuring the knee or improve the stability of the knee. Rather, braces add an unnecessary expense to the recovery.

    Vitamins and other supplements also don't help in the healing process.

    Beginning physical therapy shortly after surgery, ideally within a few days after, can bring great outcomes for patients.

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  • Does rehab help before joint replacement?

    Before going through knee replacement surgery, patients often do some rehab for their aching joint. That is, they try to improve pain and function before surgery. But does this pre-surgery rehab improve outcomes?

    According to recent research, pre-surgery rehabilitation seemed to do little to improve pain, function and motion after knee replacement surgery.

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  • More magnesium, less arthritis

    What you put in your body can affect your risk of disease, even your risk of osteoarthritis. If you're trying to prevent this "wear-and-tear" type of arthritis, you may want to eat more almonds and spinach.

    Eating more magnesium - a mineral found in many green vegetables, beans and nuts - it may lower the risk of knee osteoarthritis.

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  • Most damage, most gain in knee replacement

    If you have knee osteoarthritis, you can take steps to prevent permanent damage. For those with the damage done, joint replacement surgery may relieve pain and boost knee function.

    Osteoarthritis patients with the most joint damage before surgery may be the most likely to benefit from total knee replacement.

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