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  • Some seniors at greater risk of falls and hip fractures due to undiagnosed neurological disorders

    Source: Medical News Today

    Hip fractures are a common cause of morbidity and mortality in elderly patients. Cervical myelopathy is a common neurological condition that can diminish balance and coordination. Undiagnosed neurological disorders may predispose patients to falls and fractures. Screening for cervical myelopathy should be standard care for all hip fracture patients, to reduce the risk for additional falls and fractures.

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  • More new knees for baby boomers

    Source: Dailyrx Relevant Health News

    When traditional treatments do not work, many osteoarthritis patients turn to joint replacement surgery. Even though this surgery is common, there is little information on how many younger patients go through with it.

    The rates of partial and total knee replacement surgery for those under 60 years of age have increased over the past few decades, according to a recent Finnish study. Throughout the study, women had higher rates of knee replacement than men.

    According to Dr. Leskinen, “Given that younger patients may be at higher risk of artificial knee joint failure and thus in need of a second replacement surgery, long-term data are needed before widespread use of total knee arthroplasty is recommended for this patient population.”

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  • Biomet receives FDA clearance for two new products: E1® humeral bearing for the comprehensive® reverse shoulder system and the comprehensive® segmental revision system


    The E1® humeral bearing with exclusive Antioxidant-Infused Technology is the first Vitamin E advanced bearing option for reverse shoulder applications. Biomet first applied the clinically successful1 E1® technology to its hip and knee products. The integration of E1® technology into the Comprehensive® Reverse Shoulder portfolio will provide surgeons and patients with an advanced bearing surface with oxidative stability, high strength and low wear.

    The FDA also cleared Biomet’s Comprehensive® Segmental Revision System (SRS), a humeral replacement system designed to address significant bone loss, both proximally and distally. The Comprehensive® SRS offers oncologic options, soft tissue attachments, and multiple sizing options, and is compatible with the Comprehensive® Shoulder system and the Discovery® Elbow system.

    “This system is particularly helpful for surgeons specializing in revision shoulder or elbow surgery where modularity and intra-operative flexibility is critical,” said Quin Throckmorton, MD, orthopaedic surgeon, Memphis, Tennessee.

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