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  • Quit the bottle to build happy bones

    Source: Daily Rx

    Avoiding alcohol combined with regular exercise can help men build the bones lost from alcoholism, a new study has found.

    The amount of osteocalcin, which is a protein in the bones and teeth, increased over the eight-week period as men continued to avoid alcohol.

    This means that there was a “higher rate of bone formation during continuous abstinence,” the authors said in their study.

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  • Global efforts necessary to prevent fragility fractures due to osteoporosis

    Source: Medical News Today

    The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has released a new report, revealing approximately 80 percent of patients treated in clinics or hospitals following a fracture are not screened for osteoporosis or risk of future falls. Left untreated, these patients are at high risk of suffering secondary fractures and facing a future of pain, disfigurement, long-term disability and even early death.

    The report ‘Capture the Fracture – A global campaign to break the fragility fracture cycle’ calls for concerted worldwide efforts to stop secondary fractures due to osteoporosis by implementing proven models of care.

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  • New hip replacement technique offers faster recovery with less pain

    Source: Medical News Today

    A new hip replacement strategy, an anterior approach technique, allows the patient to experience less pain, have a quicker recovery, and improved mobility.

    The majority of hip replacement surgeries are done using other techniques because many hospitals do not yet offer the anterior approach. However, people are becoming increasingly aware of its benefits. Within the next 5 to 10 years, Dr. Rees believes that it will become the primary technique.

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  • Marco lecture proves robotic knee replacement surgery has leg up on traditional methods

    SourceMarco News.com

    Buechel, an orthopedic surgeon at Physicians Regional Healthcare System, is on the cutting edge of robotic joint replacement, having performed 439 robotic knee surgeries or about 5 percent of all such surgeries worldwide. He also teaches other doctors the technique.

    Errors occur with traditional partial knee replacements, Buechel said, because doctors are not as likely to place implants into the knee joint with complete accuracy. The robotic system pinpoints alignments to within one millimeter and one degree, he asserted.

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  • New company enters market to use vitamin E to extend life of hip, knee implants

    Source — Marco News.com

    Vitamin E isn’t an antioxidant just for your skin and nails anymore — it’s expanding to joint implants.

    Zimmer, a company also based in Warsaw, is seeking FDA approval to offer its own version.

    The concept is that the natural antioxidant in vitamin E can prevent wear of the polyethylene, or plastic, components of implants. Many cup liner components for hip implants are made of the plastic and the same goes for plastic knee bearings in knee replacements.

    The vitamin is blended in during the manufacturing process and makes the material denser to better handle stress, said Tim Gardener, product director for hip products with Zimmer.

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