Today's News

Sunday, February 25, 1996

Doubts validity of database for research

The routine hospital-assigned database codings for total joint surgery are inaccurate, according to a study released here today. The study casts doubt on the validity of electronic databases that are frequently used as research tools and for health policy decisions.

Balloon catheter relieves pressure on median nerve in carpal tunnel

A new procedure to alleviate carpal tunnel syndrome uses a balloon catheter to stretch and expand the ligament and relieve pressure on the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist.

Snowboarding a downhill slide to arm, ankle injuries, says study

Snowboarding may be the hottest sport this winter, but increasing injury rates could make it one of the most dangerous. Snowboarders' equipment as well as the rider's unusual stance and maneuvers were found to be the primary reasons for increased injuries.

Socket loosening boosts wear rate in ceramic components

Socket loosening stimulates total hip replacement wear rates up to 90 times higher than in cases with well-positioned, stable, integrated ceramic components, according to a study of retrieved alumina ceramic heads and sockets from failed hip replacements.

Exercising at the start of work, during breaks helps prevent carpal tunnel syndrome

A team of orthopaedic surgeons has developed special exercises that can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS). The exercises, which should be done at the start of each work shift and after each break, decrease the median nerve pressure responsible for CTS.

Preemptive analgesia has a role in ACL arthroscopy

According to the author of a study, using analgesics and or anesthetic agents in addition to general anesthesia can prevent or reduce subsequent pain from arthroscopy.

Gender may play a role in ACL tears

Data from a study indicates that women athletes have more knee laxity, lower levels of muscle strength and endurance, and different muscle reaction time than male athletes.

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