TUESDAY, May 14, 2019 -- As the United States struggles with a painkiller-abuse epidemic, researchers have found that it's the quantity of opioids prescribed after orthopedic surgery, not the type of opioid, that corresponds with long-term use.
"One of the frequent myths we encounter among clinicians is that some types of opioids, such as hydromorphone, are more dangerous than others," said senior study author Dr. Marilyn Heng. She is an orthopedic surgeon in Boston.
THURSDAY, April 25, 2019 -- Stroke survivors often face limited mobility, which quadruples their odds of osteoporosis, broken bones and falls. But most are never screened for these problems, new research reveals.
"Our study adds to previous research that found despite an increased risk, only a small number of people who have recently had a stroke are tested and treated for osteoporosis," said lead author Dr. Moira Kapral. She is director of general internal medicine at the University of Toronto.
THURSDAY, April 18, 2019 -- British researchers have pinpointed which factors put knee replacement patients at high risk for severe infection and repeat surgery.
"This information provides me with the strong evidence I need to discuss the risk of infection with my patients undergoing knee replacement and helps us identify strategies to minimize that risk," said study co-author Dr. Michael Whitehouse. He's a consultant in trauma and orthopedic surgery at the University of Bristol Medical School.
Many aging Americans face the risk of fractures due to osteoporosis. Now, they have a new means of fighting back, thanks to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new treatment on Tuesday.