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Even if you Live Alone, there is No Place like Home after Total Joint Arthroplasty

Source: American Acadamy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Data was collected for a consecutive series of patients undergoing primary, unilateral total hip arthroplasty (THA) or total knee arthroplasty (TKA) for a six-month period. Home support for two weeks after discharge was identified as the primary variable. Patients were classified as living alone (investigational group) or living with others (control group).

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Revision TKA for flexion instability yielded lower functional improvements

Source: Healio

While patients who underwent revision total knee arthroplasty for flexion instability had functional improvements postoperatively, they had less improvement than patients revised for infection or loosening/osteolysis who had higher baseline function, according to results.

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Imaging identifies cartilage regeneration in long-distance runners

Source: ScienceDaily

Using a mobile MRI truck, researchers followed runners for 4,500 kilometers through Europe to study the physical limits and adaptation of athletes over a 64-day period, according to new research.

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Patient factors, not procedure, linked with major complications after surgery for femoral neck fracture

Source: Healio

The risk of major postoperative complications after hemiarthroplasty or total hip arthroplasty for treatment of femoral neck fractures is influenced by patient factors, rather than choice of procedure, according to study results.

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In what ways do you think 3-D printing will become more utilized in the future?

Source: Healio

Three-dimensional printing has been available for several decades. However, the enthusiasm for use in hip and knee arthroplasties has only greatly increased in the past several years.

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Use of off-label devices increased costs and length of stay in TJA

Source: Healio

Greater length of stay, admission costs, long-term complications risks and inpatient facility discharge likelihood was found among patients who underwent total hip or knee arthroplasty with an off-label prosthesis, according to results.

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Just 45 minutes of exercise a week can benefit older adults with arthritis

Source: Medical News Today

Engaging in physical activity can reduce pain and help to maintain mobility and independence for older adults with arthritis, but current exercise recommendations are often unachievable for this population. Now, however, a new study finds that exercising for just 45 minutes a week is enough to reap the benefits.

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Knee osteoarthritis risk unaffected by moderate exercise

Source: Medical News Today

A new study suggests that the risk of middle-aged and older adults developing knee arthritis is unaffected by doing up to 150 minutes per week of moderate physical activity, the level recommended by the US government.

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Antidepressant use and hip fractures in elderly

Source: Medical News Today

Antidepressant use nearly doubles the risk of hip fracture among community-dwelling persons with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study from the University of Eastern Finland. The increased risk was highest at the beginning of antidepressant use and remained elevated even 4 years later. The findings were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

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Bone loss may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease

Source: Medical News Today

Fewer than 5 percent of cases of Alzheimer’s disease have a clear genetic cause, making it hard to predict who will develop the devastating brain-wasting disorder. There is an urgent need to develop biomarkers and early treatments before the symptoms of decline take hold and destroy lives. Now, using a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers discover a link between early bone loss and brain degeneration that may begin to address this need.

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