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Vertebral Augmentation for Spinal Fractures

Medical management of vertebral compression fractures costs patients and healthcare systems nearly $14 billion annually, according to recent estimates. Percutaneous vertebroplasty and balloon kyphoplasty procedures are being used increasingly for the treatment of these osteoporotic fractures, but the effectiveness and safety of these options are unclear, especially with regard to long-term survival.…

Total Joint Arthroplasty: Addressing Unplanned Readmissions

A significant number of total joint arthroplasty procedures require unplanned readmission within 90 days. Measures to limit these complications should be implemented to reduce the physical and psychological impact of readmission on patients and the financial burden to society.

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is significantly higher in women, but gender bias may be influencing healthcare providers in recommending treatment.


Identifying Predictors of Osteoarthritis

Clinicians should take a proactive approach to OA prevention strategies by actively prescribing exercise and rehabilitation.

Gender Bias in Knee Osteoarthritis

Knee osteoarthritis is significantly higher in women, but gender bias may be influencing healthcare providers in recommending treatment.

Managing Fibromyalgia and Comorbid Depression

About 50% to 70% of fibromyalgia patients have a lifetime history of depression, many of whom take antidepressants to treat their depression. A common clinical question has been how to manage fibromyalgia pain in patients with comorbid depression who are stable on antidepressants.…


Simple Tasks Campaign: The Value of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology’s Simple Tasks campaign is designed to educate lawmakers, administration officials, think tanks, advocacy groups, physicians and physician groups about the value of rheumatology.…

New Guidelines on Osteoporosis in Men

This week, the Endocrine Society issued guidelines on managing osteoporosis in men. Published in the June 1, 2012 issue of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, the guidelines recommend the following:

Men at increased risk for osteoporosis should be tested by measurement of bone mineral density (BMD).…

Top 10 Drug Markups in the Gray Market

On average, drugs in short supply are being marked up by 650% on the gray market, according to an analysis released last week by the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Drugs in short supply have led to a crisis among healthcare providers, causing them to expend critical resources to obtain needed drugs – or replacements.…


Diabetes: A Predictor of Severe Osteoarthritis?

Type 2 diabetes appears to predict the development of severe osteoarthritis, independent of age, BMI, and other risk factors, according to European investigators. The study group noted that arthroplasty rates per 1,000 person-years were 17.7 for patients with type 2 diabetes, compared with 5.3 for those without the disease.…

Educating Arthritic Patients on CVD Risks

British research indicates that patient education appears to play a significant role in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factor modification in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. An 8-week cognitive behavioral patient education intervention was associated with significantly higher CVD knowledge scores when compared with provision of information leaflets.…

A Look at Complications After Total Joint Arthroplasty

Results of a meta-analysis suggest that patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) appear to be at higher risk for dislocation following total hip arthroplasty than those with osteoarthritis who have these procedures (odds ratio, 2.16). Patients with RA also had a greater risk for infection following total knee arthroplasty.…

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