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Friday, February 23, 1996

History of falling no predictor of mortality

A person's history of falling does not predict mortality, even when the fall results in a fracture, sprain, or head injury, according to a multicenter study of 9,704 older women, aged 65-99 years.

Rapid treatment of pelvic fractures may help prevent malunions

Patients with pelvic fractures requiring surgery should be treated as soon as possible to prevent the broken bones from healing in the wrong position.

Surface stresses may lead to polymer damage

High surface stresses increase the potential for polymer damage and represent an etiological mechanism which catalyzes component wear and debris generation, according to a study of factors influencing the longevity of ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) tibial components.

IV anesthesia preferred treatment for pediatric fractures

Using intravenous regional anesthesia to treat extremity fractures in children is preferable to other methods because it is safe, easy, and convenient, according to a study.

New technique improves rotator cuff outcomes

A new treatment for rotator cuff tears returns the majority of patients back to their daily activities quickly.

Augmented plate fixation used to treat ankle fractures

A new technique uses augmented plate fixation for treating complex ankle fractures in elderly patients.

Finds operative treatment for calcaneus fracture better than nonoperative

A study demonstrates the superior results of operative treatment for intra-articular calcaneus (heel joint surface) fractures versus nonoperative treatment.

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