Orthopedics Articles & Stories

Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements Hold Questionable Value

Calcium And Vitamin D Supplements Hold Questionable Value

Handing out prescriptions for calcium and vitamin D supplements for men at risk of bone loss from hormonal treatment for prostate cancer would appear to be beneficial. However, new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center showed that this type of supplementation did not show any improv... Read More


One-Fifth of Spine Surgery Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms

One-Fifth of Spine Surgery Patients Develop PTSD Symptoms

Close to 20 percent of individuals who underwent low back fusion surgery also experienced post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms associated with that surgery. This is according to a recent Oregon Health & Science University study published in the journal Spine. Read More


Cataract Surgery Helps Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Cataract Surgery Helps Reduce Hip Fracture Risk

Older people with a diagnosis of cataracts face a lower risk of hip fracture following cataract surgery. The large study, appearing in JAMA, suggests that the vision-improving surgery may reduce the occurrence of injury-related falls. Read More


Lowering the Risk of Repeat Osteoporosis Fractures

Lowering the Risk of Repeat Osteoporosis Fractures

The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research's task force of international experts is calling on healthcare providers to regularly provide osteoporosis testing and to begin therapy as needed for all adults above the age of 50 who have sustained their first osteoporosis-related fracture i... Read More


Sodium Leaving the Body Can Deplete Calcium Stores

Sodium Leaving the Body Can Deplete Calcium Stores

The scientific community has always wondered how people who eat sodium-rich diets are more likely to develop medical conditions like kidney stones and osteoporosis. Now researchers from the University of Alberta may have uncovered the answer through their studies with animal lab models and cells. Read More


Big Problems Again for Metal on Metal Hip Implants

Big Problems Again for Metal on Metal Hip Implants

The FDA has announced it will be meeting to address the problems associated with metal-on-metal hip implants. News has consistently been released over the last several years regarding the quality, reliability, and safety of a variety of all metal hip implants. The saga looks to continue as iss... Read More


Exercise and Weight Loss Offer Relief for Osteoarthritis Patients

Exercise and Weight Loss Offer Relief for Osteoarthritis Patients

A $3 million grant has been given to the National Institute of Aging to analyze the effects of two promotion programs designed to aid elderly people struggling with osteoarthritis. Older adults with osteoarthritis, the number one cause of disability in adults, have displayed a benefit from th... Read More


Comparing Two Common Procedures for Treating Cervical Disc Disease

Comparing Two Common Procedures for Treating Cervical Disc Disease

Each year, thousands of Americans endure episodes of acute or persistent neck and arm pain as a result of underlying cervical disc disease. For many years the standard treatment for the condition has been anterior cervical discectomy. Over 200,000 cervical procedures are performed annually to ... Read More


Understanding the Complex Relationship Between Muscle and Bone

Understanding the Complex Relationship Between Muscle and Bone

Researchers have long known that progressive loss of muscle mass and bone density is part of the natural aging process. However, little work has been done to determine how muscle tissue affects in the inner and outer layers of bone microstructure. A Mayo Clinic study examined skeletal muscle m... Read More


Running a Marathon Comes With Risks

Running a Marathon Comes With Risks

Although hundreds of thousands more people completed grueling 26.2 mile marathons in the United States in 2009 compared to a decade earlier, a runner's risk of death during or shortly after a race has remained at a very low rate - about .75 per 100,000, according to Johns Hopkins research. Men... Read More


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