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  • Indications and techniques for hip arthroscopy continue to evolve

    "Hip arthroscopy is an evolving science," Charles A. Bush-Joseph, MD, of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush in Chicago, told Orthopedics Today. "We are clearly better able to more accurately diagnose hip and groin conditions. Industry is catching up. There has been dramatic innovation in the equipment surgeons use to perform these types of procedures, making them more reliable and reproducible."

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  • High impact sports reduce durability of hip implants

    French researchers have confirmed that high-impact sport, such as jogging or soccer, increases the risk of total hip arthroplasty mechanical failure, according to a study published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research.


    “Since participation in sport is now a reality for a significant number of total hip arthroplasty (THA) patients, surgeons may need to adapt their choices of bearing surfaces in implants to accommodate this growing trend,” the authors wrote.

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  • Four Area Hospitals Ban Sugary Drinks

    Do you know just one sugary drink a day can make you fat? Medical experts say they're the biggest culprit when it comes to obesity.


    CBS 2′s Roseanne Tellez has details on a first-of-its-kind medical conference, right here in Chicago.

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  • Sugary drinks out at 4 Chicago-area hospitals

    Obesity rates are staggering in this country, and some experts say that is reason enough to cut back on sugary drinks.


    Vanguard Health announced Wednesday it will phase out sugary drinks at the four hospitals it operates in the Chicago area. That news came during a "Rethink Your Drink" symposium held at Rush University Medical Center.

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  • Can surgery help you stay in the game?

    Demand for joint replacement surgery, once confined largely to patients well past retirement age, has been growing rapidly among a class of people doctors have dubbed the “young actives’’ - those in the 45 to 64 age group who are determined to stay fit.


    Still, even with the rise of obesity and longer lives, public health researchers say the rate of joint replacement failures requiring revisions is about 1 percent a year, mostly in the relatively younger patients who “outlive’’ the 10-to-20-year working life spans of their replacement joints. And as technique and technology have improved, the rates of infection, dislocations, and other complications have declined.

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  • Untreated varicose veins put patients at greater DVT risk following THA

    As the search continues for methods to reduce deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism risk in patients undergoing total joint arthroplasty, researchers have found increased rates of deep vein thrombosis within 90 days of undergoing total hip arthroplasty among patients with untreated varicose veins.


    “Overall patients should consider having their varicose veins treated prior to undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA) in an attempt to reduce DVT [deep vein thrombosis],” Anahita Dua, MD, of Brookfield, Wisc., said at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2012 Annual Meeting, here.

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  • ACR approves standardized measures to determine RA disease activity

    A working group organized by the American College of Rheumatology has analyzed more than 60 disease activity measures for rheumatoid arthritis and recommended six measures that can be applied in clinical practice, according to a press release. The analysis by the Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Clinical Disease Activity Measures Working Group apppear in Arthritis Care & Research.


    “Our goal was to determine which RA disease activity measures could accurately distinguish the various levels of RA activity and would also be reasonable to implement in clinical practice,” Salahuddin Kazi, MD, from the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Texas and a lead study investigator, stated in a press release.

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  • Some seniors at greater risk of falls and hip fractures due to undiagnosed neurological disorders

    Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Cervical myelopathy is a common neurological condition that can diminish balance and coordination. Undiagnosed neurological disorders may predispose patients to falls and fractures. Screening for cervical myelopathy should be standard care for all hip fracture patients, to reduce the risk for additional falls and fractures.

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  • Understanding a patient's mental health status before hip replacement surgery may improve education and care

    Patients taking antidepressants up to three years prior to undergoing a total hip replacement (THR) were more likely to report greater pain before and after surgery and less satisfaction with their procedure, according to new research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).


    According to the investigators, a patient's mental health status should be assessed prior to surgery and taken into consideration during post-operative care.

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  • Knee replacement may lower a patient's risk for mortality and heart failure

    New research presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) highlights the benefits of total knee replacement (TKR) in elderly patients with osteoarthritis, including a lower probability of heart failure and mortality.



    There were significant positives in the osteoarthritis TKR group: the risk of mortality was half that of the non-TKR group and the congestive heart failure rate also was lower, at three, five and seven years after surgery. There was no difference in diabetes rates among both groups. Depression rates were slightly higher in the TKR group during the first three years after surgery, though there was no difference at five and seven years.

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