Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Orthopedics for November 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.
U.S. Life Expectancy Dropped Since 2014 for Working-Age Adults
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — U.S. life expectancy increased from 1959 to 2016 but has been decreasing since 2014, according to research published in the Nov. 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Taking Multiple Fracture-Linked Meds Ups Risk for Hip Fracture
TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The addition of a second and third fracture-associated drug (FAD) is associated with an increase in hip fracture risk, according to a study published online Nov. 13 in JAMA Network Open.
Rates of Joint Surgery Higher With Psoriatic Arthritis
MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The five-year incidence rate of joint surgery in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients is twice as high as in the general population, and this rate has remained steady over time, according to a study published in the November issue of Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.
Electronic Health Record Usability Graded F by Physicians
FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The usability of current electronic health records (EHRs) is classified as unacceptable, with physician-rated EHR usability independently linked to the odds of burnout, according to a study published online Nov. 14 in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings.
Employee Premiums, Deductibles Eating Larger Share of Income
THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2019 (HealthDay News) — During the last decade, health care costs have eaten up a larger share of income for millions of middle-class Americans with employer coverage, according to Trends in Employer Health Care Coverage, 2008-2018, a Nov. 21 report from The Commonwealth Fund.
Weight Loss Tied to Loss of Hip Bone Density in Older Adults
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Obese and overweight older individuals who lose weight have lower bone mineral density (BMD) in their hips, according to a study published in the November issue of Obesity.
White House Wants Hospitals, Insurers to Provide Actual Costs of Care
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — New rules requiring hospitals and insurers to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures before they are performed have been proposed by the Trump Administration.
Bipartisan Bill to Curb Drug Costs Backed by White House
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — A bipartisan Senate bill that would curb prescription drug costs is being backed by the Trump administration as a new poll shows that many Americans think the White House has done little to tackle the issue.
Less Sleep Tied to Lower Bone Mineral Density in Women
MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Short sleep duration is associated with lower bone mineral density (BMD) and a higher risk for osteoporosis among postmenopausal women, according to a study published online Nov. 6 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.
About 2.7 Million ED Visits Reported for Sports Injuries in 2010 to 2016
FRIDAY, Nov. 15, 2019 (HealthDay News) — About 2.7 million emergency department visits for sports injuries occurred during 2010 to 2016, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in the National Health Statistics Reports, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Survey of U.S. Registered Nurses Points to Worsening Shortages
THURSDAY, Nov. 14, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The 2019 AMN Healthcare Survey of Registered Nurses raises concerns about the outlook for the nursing profession in the United States.
High-Risk Surgical Patients Benefit From Teaching Hospitals
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — High-risk patients benefit from having surgery at teaching hospitals, according to a study published online Oct. 15 in the Annals of Surgery.
Imaging Rates Continue to Rise Despite Efforts to Reduce
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Despite initiatives to reduce the use of medical imaging, rates continue to rise in both the United States and Ontario, Canada, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Race, Poverty Not Tied to Knee Replacement Outcomes
THURSDAY, Nov. 7, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Race and poverty are not significantly tied to total knee replacement (TKR) failure or revision, according to a study published in the November issue of Arthritis Care & Research.
Medical Practices Burdened by Regulatory Requirements
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The vast majority of group medical practices report that regulatory requirements, including prior authorization and quality payment programs, are burdensome, according to a survey released by the Medical Group Management Association.
Low-Intensity Warfarin Not Noninferior in Hip, Knee Surgery
TUESDAY, Nov. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Among older patients undergoing hip or knee replacement, low-intensity compared with standard-intensity warfarin prophylaxis did not meet the noninferiority criterion for the composite outcome of risk for venous thromboembolism or death, according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Seriously Ill Medicare Beneficiaries Face Financial Hardship
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Seriously ill Medicare enrollees experience considerable financial distress, according to a report published in the November issue of Health Affairs.
Dr. Stephen Hahn Nominated to Head FDA
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Radiation oncology expert Stephen Hahn, M.D., has been nominated as the new U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner.
Type 2 Diabetes Linked to Higher Risk for Vertebral Fractures
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at higher risk for sustaining an incident vertebral fracture (VF) compared with individuals without T2D, according to a review published online Oct. 28 in Diabetes Care.
Coronary Calcium Score May ID CV Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis
MONDAY, Nov. 4, 2019 (HealthDay News) — The Coronary Calcium Score (CCS) may be a useful tool in cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment among female patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published in the October issue of the International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases.
Recommendations Developed to Address Clinician Burnout
FRIDAY, Nov. 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — In Taking Action Against Clinician Burnout, a new report published online Oct. 23 by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, recommendations are presented to address clinician burnout.
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