Orthopedics Articles & Stories:

Metal-Particle Inflammation Causes Joint-Implant Failure

Metal-Particle Inflammation Causes Joint-Implant Failure The very joint implants that bring pain relief and restore freedom of motion to patients’ extremities can be their own undoing, setting off a metal-induced immunological defense mechanism that causes the implants to loosen and fail, according to a recent study.     The s... Read More

Hormone Stimulates Bone Stem Cells, May Reverse Osteoporosis

Hormone Stimulates Bone Stem Cells, May Reverse Osteoporosis A hormone naturally produced in the body seems to stimulate stem cells to promote bone growth, a recent study revealed. The findings may hold hope for developing new treatments for osteoporosis, a disorder in which the bones lose calcium and become dangerously brittle, especially in older peo... Read More

Brochure Discusses Osteoporosis Drugs' Effect on Jawbone

Brochure Discusses Osteoporosis Drugs' Effect on Jawbone Older dental patients should not stop taking osteoporosis medications over fear of developing a rare condition in which portions of the jawbone die, a new public-information brochure says.     Fear has been rising recently over the fact that some patients who have taken bisph... Read More

Moderate Drinking Seems to Improve Bone Density

Moderate Drinking Seems to Improve Bone Density Drinking a glass or two of wine or beer a day appears to build bone density even better than calcium does, a recent study demonstrated – though drinking more, and consuming spirits instead of low-alcohol drinks, has the opposite effect. The research, published in the American Journal ... Read More

Plaster Casts Speed Sprain Recovery

Plaster Casts Speed Sprain Recovery     Contradicting long-standing traditional notions that sprained ankles can best be healed through tubular bandages and “walking it off,” a recent study showed that full-immobilization plaster casts work far better in recovery from sprains.     &nbs... Read More

Seatbelt Plus Airbag Use Reduces Spine Fractures

Seatbelt Plus Airbag Use Reduces Spine Fractures When seatbelts and airbags are used together, victims of motor-vehicle accidents suffer spine fractures at a 33 percent lower rate than those using neither device, a recent study has shown. And use of the two restraints in combination cuts the risk of suffering severe spine fracture by 59 p... Read More

Six Ways to Lower Hip-Fracture Rates

Six Ways to Lower Hip-Fracture Rates Adopting a set of aggressive guidelines to manage patients with osteoporosis, or “bone-thinning,” can lower hip-fracture rates by more than 37 percent, a recent study showed.     Fractures in hip bones made brittle by osteoporosis are a leading cause of earlier-tha... Read More

Insight Into Faster Healing of Seniors' Broken Bones

Insight Into Faster Healing of Seniors' Broken Bones As people age, bone healing becomes slower and poorer. But a new drug may provide hope of restoring to seniors the rapid bone healing of youth, according to a recent study.     The research, which is presented in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, offers hope to the rou... Read More

MRI Excels at Detecting Wrist Ligament Tears

MRI Excels at Detecting Wrist Ligament Tears The most advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is nearly as effective as going in surgically to detect tears in wrist ligaments, according to a recent study. The author of the paper in the American Journal of Roentgenology, Thomas Magee of Neuroskeletal Imaging in Merritt Islan... Read More

Hip Replacements Fail Due to Implant Irregularities, Infection

Hip Replacements Fail Due to Implant Irregularities, Infection Contrary to conventional wisdom, total hip replacements fail just as much, if not more so, from implant dislocation or infection than from the wearing out of the bearing surface, according to recent research. While many thousands of people experiencing extreme pain from debilitating hip dise... Read More

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