Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Orthopedics for August 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

eScooter-Related Injuries Have Increased Over Time

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Electric motorized scooter (eScooter)-related injuries have increased over time and are frequently associated with alcohol and illicit substance use, according to research published online Aug. 29 in Trauma Surgery & Acute Care Open.

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Deep Infections Occur in 6 Percent of Knee Fracture Repairs

FRIDAY, Aug. 30, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Deep surgical site infections (SSIs) occur in nearly 6 percent of periarticular knee fracture repairs, according to a review published online Aug. 23 in JAMA Network Open.

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Losing 20 lb Improves Knee Replacement Outcomes

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Losing at least 20 lb before total knee arthroplasty is associated with better outcomes among morbidly obese patients, according to a study published online Aug. 21 in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery.

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Treatment Guidelines Updated for Ankylosing Spondylitis, Axial SpA

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In a special article published online Aug. 21 in Arthritis Care & Research, the American College of Rheumatology, Spondylitis Association of America, and Spondyloarthritis Research and Treatment Network present updated recommendations for the treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and nonradiographic axial spondyloarthritis (SpA).

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CT Scan Screen for Lung Cancer Can ID Smoking-Related Diseases

TUESDAY, Aug. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Lung cancer screening (LCS) computed tomography (CT) scans can be used to identify smoking-related conditions that frequently are associated with adverse events, according to a study published in the July issue of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation.

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Risk Factors ID’d for Worse QOL From Knee Osteoarthritis

THURSDAY, Aug. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — It may be possible to identify persons at risk for suffering a worsening in health-related quality of life (HRQoL) due to knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a study published online July 19 in PLOS ONE.

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Family History of Diabetes Tied to Higher BMD in Normoglycemia

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Postmenopausal women with normoglycemia with a first-degree family history of diabetes (FHD) have elevated bone mineral density (BMD), according to a study published online Aug. 19 in Menopause.

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Advertising Can Promote Interest in Health-Related Research

THURSDAY, Aug. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Advertising current local health-related research using large TV monitors in emergency department waiting rooms can increase the short-term interest in health-related research, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in BMJ Open.

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Non-Hospital-Based Provider-to-Patient Telehealth Use Growing

TUESDAY, Aug. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Use of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew almost 1,400-fold from 2014 to 2018, according to a FAIR Health White Paper.

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One-Third of Physicians Will Take 10+ Years to Pay Off Debt

MONDAY, Aug. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Nearly two-thirds of actively practicing physicians are still carrying medical school debt, according to the Medical School Debt Report 2019, published by the staffing firm Weatherby Healthcare.

Medical School Debt Report 2019

Delayed/Foregone Care More Likely for Cancer Survivors With HDHPs

FRIDAY, Aug. 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Cancer survivors with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) are more likely to experience delayed or foregone care, according to a study published online Aug. 8 in the Journal of Oncology Practice.

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NSAIDs Contribute to Increased CVD Risk in Osteoarthritis

THURSDAY, Aug. 8, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Osteoarthritis (OA) is an independent risk factor for increased cardiovascular disease (CVD), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) contribute substantially to this risk, according to a study published online Aug. 6 in Arthritis & Rheumatology.

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Medicare Spending on Essential Medicines Up 116 Percent From 2011 to 2015

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Spending associated with essential medicines grew substantially from 2011 to 2015 for Medicare Part D beneficiaries, according to a study published online July 17 in The BMJ.

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Bone Health Management Key in Childhood Cancer Survivors

TUESDAY, Aug. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) — As part of a literature review, published in the June issue of the Annals of Oncology, recommendations are presented for the management of bone health in survivors of childhood cancer.

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Risk for Cardiovascular Deaths Increased With Hip, Knee OA

MONDAY, Aug. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The risk for cardiovascular deaths is increased among patients with knee and hip osteoarthritis, according to a study published in the June issue of Osteoarthritis & Cartilage.

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Brand-Brand Competition Has Not Cut Prices in Pharma Market

FRIDAY, Aug. 2, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Brand-brand competition in the U.S. pharmaceutical market has not lowered drug list prices, according to a review published online July 30 in PLOS Medicine.

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Trump Admin Announces Plan to Allow Drug Imports From Canada

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Americans could import less expensive prescription drugs from Canada under a plan being developed by the Trump administration.

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Many Hospitals Lack Sufficient Surgery Volumes

THURSDAY, Aug. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Patients can achieve better outcomes by choosing a hospital and a surgeon with adequate, ongoing experience performing a specific surgery, according to a new report entitled Safety In Numbers: The Leapfrog Group’s Report on High-Risk Surgeries Performed at American Hospitals.

Inpatient Surgery Report 2019

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