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His and Her #ACL Injuries Occur the Same Way

Posted 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, April 19, 2018 – Women are more likely than men to suffer a knee injury called an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. But – surprisingly – the injury occurs the same way in both genders, a new study reveals. Prior research suggested women are two to four times more likely to suffer ACL tears due to differences in how this type of injury occurs in the sexes, researchers at Duke ...

Pacira Announces FDA Approval of Exparel as a Nerve Block to Produce Regional Analgesia

Posted 10 days ago by Drugs.com

PARSIPPANY, N.J., April 06, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCRX) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved its supplemental new drug application (sNDA) to broaden the use of Exparel (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) to include administration via interscalene brachial plexus block to produce postsurgical regional ...

A Surgery-Free Fix for Bad Knees?

Posted 20 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, March 20, 2018 – Tiny pellets could treat arthritic knee pain, delaying the need for knee replacement surgery, a small study has found. Microparticles inserted into small blood vessels around the knee helped reduce the pain and improve function in eight arthritis sufferers, according to clinical trial results. The results were presented Monday at the Society of Interventional ...

A New Hip May Mean a Longer, Better Life

Posted 12 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, March 12, 2018 – A hip replacement may help seniors live longer – for at least a decade anyway, a new study from Sweden suggests. "Our study suggests that hip replacement can add years to life as well as adding 'life to years' – increasing the chances of longer survival as well as improving the quality of life," said study author Dr. Peter Cnudde. He's an orthopedic surgeon with the ...

After Knee Replacement, Play On

Posted 8 Mar 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 – Knee replacement patients can continue to enjoy sports – such as skiing, tennis and dancing – without worrying that high-impact activities might compromise their new joint, a small, new study finds. The researchers tracked patients for between five and 15 years after knee replacement surgery, known as total knee arthroplasty. They found that sports participation had ...

Health Tip: Signs You Need Rotator Cuff Surgery

Posted 9 Feb 2018 by Drugs.com

-- The rotator cuff is a collection of tendons and muscles that surround the shoulder. It's common for athletes – for example, baseball pitchers – to injure this area. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons mentions symptoms that indicate surgery is needed: Pain does not improve when treated with ice, heat or pain-relieving medication. Symptoms have lasted at least six months. You have ...

More Americans Got Surgeries Sooner Under Obamacare

Posted 24 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 24, 2018 – Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has led to more timely surgeries for patients, a new study suggests. "In this study of nearly 300,000 patients in 42 states, we found that expansion of Medicaid coverage was linked to increased insurance coverage for these patients," said study author Dr. Andrew Loehrer. "But even more importantly, Medicaid expansion led ...

Is Surgery Riskier for Black Children?

Posted 10 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 10, 2018 – Black children are more than twice as likely as white kids to die from surgery complications in the United States, a new study suggests. Researchers found that black kids more often had risk factors that raised their odds of dying within 30 days of surgery. They were more likely, for example, to need blood transfusions or to be placed on ventilators to help them ...

Checking Prices for Medical Procedures Online? Good Luck

Posted 5 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Dec. 5, 2017 – The cards seem to be stacked against anyone who'd like to use the internet to become a smarter health care consumer. A new study has found that people searching online to figure out how much they'll pay for a medical procedure will come away disappointed most of the time, said lead researcher Allison Kratka. She's a medical student at Duke University in Durham, N.C. ...

Patients More Prone to Complain About Younger Doctors

Posted 30 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 30, 2017 – Patients apparently are more likely to complain about younger doctors. Case in point: ophthalmologists. A new study of more than 1,300 ophthalmologists at Vanderbilt University in Nashville found that as the age of these doctors increased, patient complaints decreased. "In a time where increasing attention is being paid to aging physicians and mandatory screening for ...

Modern Times May Mean Weaker Biceps for Women

Posted 29 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29, 2017 – A life of hard farm work apparently gave ancient women stronger arm bones than modern women, even today's elite rowers. That's the finding of British researchers who compared the bones of a wide range of present-day women with the bones of women who lived in Central Europe during the first 6,000 years of agriculture. Women from 7,400 to 7,000 years ago had similar leg ...

Don't Delay Hip Fracture Surgery. Here's Why

Posted 28 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 28, 2017 – Seniors with a fractured hip need surgery as soon as possible or they could suffer life-threatening complications, a new Canadian study concludes. Having surgery within 24 hours decreases the risk of hip fracture-related death. It also lowers odds of problems such as pneumonia, heart attack and blocked arteries, the researchers found. "We found that there appears to be a ...

Is a Common Shoulder Surgery Useless?

Posted 21 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 21, 2017 – New research casts doubt on the true effectiveness of a common type of surgery used to ease shoulder pain. A British research team tracked outcomes for patients who underwent "decompression surgery" to treat shoulder impingement – a condition where a shoulder tendon rubs and catches in the joint. In decompression surgery, a small area of bone and soft tissue in the ...

Dr. Tommy John Hopes Fewer Young Athletes Need Dad's Namesake Surgery

Posted 17 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Nov. 17, 2017 – Despite a long and illustrious pro baseball career, Tommy John is more famous as the source of the name for a surgical procedure than for the nearly 300 games the left-handed pitcher won. But Dr. Tommy John – who shares his dad's name and played pro ball himself – is determined to change that. He's a performance and healing specialist and a chiropractor in San Diego. ...

Opioids Not the Only Answer for Pain Relief in the ER

Posted 7 Nov 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Nov. 7, 2017 – As the opioid epidemic continues to sweep across the United States, a new study suggests that a combination of Motrin and Tylenol may work as well as narcotic painkillers for ER patients who suffer sprains or fractures. "Although this study focused on treatment while in the emergency department, if we can successfully treat acute extremity pain with a non-opioid ...

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