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Advice for parents: ‘No reason to panic’ over AFM

The CDC recently announced that the number of acute flaccid myelitis cases under investigation has peaked for the year in the United States. Most cases have been reported in young children. The agency has not yet determined the cause of the disease, known ...

4-year-old healthy female presents to ED with a rapidly worsening rash

Source: Marissa J. Perman A 4-year-old healthy female presented to the ED with a rapidly worsening rash. Two days before, she had seen her primary care physician for bumps on her cheek, which were diagnosed as hand-foot-and-mouth disease, or HFMD. The pati ...

‘Tis the season to embrace the positives of health care consumerism

The holiday season is a time to celebrate with people who are important to us and to be grateful for blessings received. However, for many, the meaning of these holidays has turned into consumerism focused on the acquisition of belongings and sharing the j ...

Should orthopedic surgeons withhold surgery from patients who are obese until they are optimized?

Click here to read the Cover Story, "Medical optimization readies patients for successful orthopedic surgery." The rate of obesity in the United States has reached epidemic proportions. In particular, the incidence of obese patients with end-stag ...

New guided approach to instrumented lumbar fusion evolved from earlier methods

The recent introduction of 3-D-printed and patient-matched pedicle screw guides has modernized spine surgery planning and procedures. The process for this patient-matched approach provides for an efficient and effective technique that reduces radiation exp ...

Medical optimization readies patients for successful orthopedic surgery

Preoperative medical optimization of patients is an approach orthopedic surgeons can use to reduce postoperative complications and improve the overall safety of procedures they perform. “If we asked an individual to run a marathon tomorrow, without any sor ...

Intraosseous membrane reconstruction of Essex-Lopresti injuries satisfactory at 10 years

Patients with chronic Essex-Lopresti injuries who underwent interosseous membrane reconstruction with a bone-patellar tendon-bone graft combined with ulnar shortening osteotomy experienced satisfactory clinical and functional results, according to findings ...

Higher rate of proximal junctional kyphosis seen in patients with Risser grade 3

LOS ANGELES — Results of a study presented at the North American Spine Society Annual Meeting showed no clear risk factors for development of proximal junctional kyphosis or proximal junctional failure among patients with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis, a ...

ASC associated with cost-effective pinning of supracondylar humeral fractures

Surgical treatment of Gartland type 2 supracondylar humeral fractures in pediatric patients was associated with shorter surgical and total facility time and was less expensive when performed at an ASC compared with the hospital inpatient or outpatient sett ...

Arthroscopic, open shoulder stabilization may produce comparable long-term results

Patients with shoulder instability who underwent arthroscopic stabilization experienced clinical outcomes that were comparable to open stabilization surgery. Furthermore, there were no differences in the procedures’ subjective outcome scores at 15 years’ f ...

An 81-year-old woman with acute groin pain 6 weeks after THA revision surgery

An 81-year-old woman presented to our clinic with a chief complaint of left hip pain and inability to bear weight. She had undergone left total hip arthroplasty revision surgery 6 weeks previously to address polyethylene wear of her index THA performed 20 ...

Stroke risk differs by race, sex groups

The disparity of stroke risk in men vs. women varied by race and age, researchers reported in JAMA Neurology. In addition, stroke risk factors varied by sex in white adults but not in black adults, according to the researchers. “This suggests that it may n ...

Patients with HIV prone to coronary endothelial dysfunction

Adults treated for HIV had elevated serum PCSK9 levels and abnormal coronary endothelial function, researchers reported. The researchers compared 48 patients with HIV (mean age, 52 years; 81% men) who were receiving antiretroviral therapy and had suppresse ...

Breast cancer screening error 'overstated'

There was no major incident, just confusion, and the scale of the problem was overstated, a report finds. ...

Targeting motor activity may ease depressed mood in bipolar disorder

Interventions that focus on motor activity and energy may have greater efficacy than current approaches that target depressed mood in bipolar disorder, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. Using data from wrist-worn mobile monitoring devices, ...

Bacteria in nose may give insight to duration of infants’ cold symptoms

How long an infant experiences symptoms of their first respiratory infection may be influenced by the bacteria present in the nasal microbiota, according to research published in ERJ Open Research. Roland P. Neumann, MD, a neonatal consultant at the Univer ...

NIH to fund HIV care and prevention research in the South

A new NIH program focusing on HIV research will take aim at a particularly vulnerable area of the United States: the South. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) will fund various collaborations with medical research institution ...

Ask Well: Is Eating Deli Meats Really That Bad for You?

Even small amounts of processed meat increase the risk of colorectal cancer. ...

Climate talks hear stark warnings ahead of final day

UN talks aimed at averting catastrophic climate change are set to wrap up in Poland today, following two weeks of heated disputes between rich and poor nations that saw countries most at risk plead for action. ...

Emphasize patient adherence, dietary patterns in recommending diets for patients with diabetes

high-carbohydrate or low-fat diets, are trending in the news, a researcher at the American Heart Association ...