Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Orthopedics for October 2016. 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.
Few Changes in Employer-Sponsored Insurance 2013-2014
MONDAY, Oct. 31, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Private sector employer-sponsored health insurance offerings were similar in 2013 and 2014, with <3.5 percent of employers dropping coverage and 1.1 percent adding coverage, according to a report published online Oct. 26 in Health Affairs.
Useful Tips Offered for Addressing Negative Patient Reviews
FRIDAY, Oct. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) — In an article published in Medical Economics, five tips are presented to address negative patient reviews.
Low-Intensity Pulsed Ultrasound Doesn’t Speed Fracture Healing
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For patients with operatively-managed tibial fractures, low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS) does not accelerate functional recovery and radiographic healing, according to a study published online Oct. 25 in The BMJ.
Review: No Clear Link for Calcium Supplements, CVD
TUESDAY, Oct. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Calcium supplements, taken within recommended levels, can be considered safe for the heart, according to new guidelines and an evidence review published online Oct. 25 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Altered Brain Structure Seen With Just One Season of Youth Football
MONDAY, Oct. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Just one season of competitive football may cause changes in some young players’ developing brains, even if they don’t get a concussion during play, according to a study published online Oct. 24 in Radiology.
Nasal Chondrocytes Used to Repair Damaged Knee Joints
FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new approach to the treatment of articular cartilage injuries has been developed and appears promising, according to a report published in the Oct. 22 issue of The Lancet.
Surgeon Experience Influences Post-Op Mobilization Orders
FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patient characteristics and surgeon factors influence surgeons’ postoperative weight-bearing orders after hip fracture repair, according to research published online Oct. 6 in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.
Multiple Factors Tied to Spinal Op Fulfillment of Expectations
FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For patients undergoing lumbar and cervical spine surgeries, multiple variables are associated with fulfillment of expectations after surgery, according to a study published in the October issue of The Spine Journal.
External Knee Adduction Moment Predicts Contact Forces in ACL
FRIDAY, Oct. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) — External knee adduction is a significant predictor of medial compartment contact forces in both limbs after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in the Journal of Orthopaedic Research.
Open-Label Placebo Treatments Can Ease Chronic Low Back Pain
THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients who knowingly took a placebo pill while undergoing traditional treatment for lower back pain had less pain and disability than those who received traditional treatment alone, according to a study published online Oct. 13 in Pain.
Lower Bone Density Seen in Heavy Users of Cannabis
THURSDAY, Oct. 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Heavy cannabis users have lower bone density compared to cigarette smokers, according to a new study published online Sept. 1 in The American Journal of Medicine.
New Method May Provide Better Rx for Seniors’ Ankle Fractures
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new type of plaster cast might help older adults avoid surgery for unstable ankle fractures, according to research published in the Oct. 11 issue the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Outcomes Up for Seniors With Hip Fx in Large Teaching Hospitals
MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Seniors with hip fractures may be more likely to die if they’re treated in smaller community hospitals than in large teaching hospitals, according to a study published online Oct. 17 in CMAJ, the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.
Lower Monthly Premiums for Narrow-Network Plans
MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Narrow-network health insurance plans have lower monthly premiums than larger-network plans, according to a study published in the October issue of Health Affairs.
CDC: Complementary Health Use Up With Musculoskeletal Pain
MONDAY, Oct. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Use of complementary health approaches is significantly higher for U.S. adults with musculoskeletal pain disorders, according to a report published online Oct. 12 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Health Statistics Reports.
Copay Assist Programs Creating Problems in Health Care Markets
TUESDAY, Oct. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite offering assistance to individuals who cannot afford expensive medications, copay assistance programs create broader problems in health care markets, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Oct. 11 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
U.S. Health Care System Is One of the Least Efficient Worldwide
MONDAY, Oct. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. health care system is one of the least efficient worldwide based on a Bloomberg index that assesses life expectancy, health care spending per capita, and relative spending as a share of gross domestic product, according to a report published by Bloomberg.
Strategies Presented for Managing Physician Burnout
FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Effective strategies for managing physician burnout include mindfulness and stress-management training, according to a review published online Sept. 28 in The Lancet.
Variation in Medicare Payments for Peri-Op Complications
FRIDAY, Oct. 7, 2016 (HealthDay News) — For patients undergoing four selected inpatient operations, there is considerable variation across hospitals in Medicare payments for those rescued from perioperative complications, according to a study published online Oct. 5 in JAMA Surgery.
Summer Concentrations of 25OHD Predict Bone Mineral Density
TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Summer levels of serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (S-25OHD) are associated with bone mineral density of the total hip, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in the Journal of Internal Medicine.
Doctors Spending in Excess of $32,000 on Health IT
TUESDAY, Oct. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Doctors are spending more than $32,000 per year on health information technology (IT), according to an article published in Medical Economics.
New AMA Module Helps Identify Physician Distress
MONDAY, Oct. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new resource has been developed to help physicians identify distressed colleagues and help them to access care, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).
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