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  • Second Tommy John surgery linked to performance decline, shortened career

    Major League Baseball pitchers who underwent a second Tommy John surgery saw their performance decline and their career shortened, according to researchers. Source: Science Daily Read More

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  • Prophylactic antibiotic use in elective hand surgery does not trend toward lower rates of SSI

    A retrospective chart review of 1,067 elective hand surgery procedures indicates a low rate of surgical site infections, with most being superficial wound infections, and underscores a trend that the use of prophylactic antibiotics did not lead to decreased risk of surgical site infection. Source: Healio Read More

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  • Giving Up a 3-D Printed Prosthetic for a Different Vision of Perfect

    A few weeks ago, I awoke one morning at 7 a.m. to a flood of messages in my email inbox. All 48 messages linked to a new video that had gone viral overnight. In the video, Robert Downey Jr., star of the Iron Man movie franchise, presented a customized 3-D printed bionic hand to a […]

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  • Grip Strength May Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes



    Grip strength may be a good predictor of the risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers studied 139,691 people, ages 35 to 70, in 17 high-, middle- and low-income countries. They gathered data on height, weight, blood pressure, physical activity, dietary intake and other health and behavioral factors. Adjusted for age and height, average male grip ranged […]


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  • An Uber for Doctor Housecalls

    New smartphone apps can deliver doctors to your doorstep. Heal is a smartphone app similar to the on-demand car service Uber, but instead of a car, a doctor shows up at your door. Users download the app and then type in a few details such as address and the reason for the visit. After adding […]

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  • Hand transplantation a growing field

    Diane J. Atkins, OTR, FISPO, provided insight into the growing field of hand transplantation as an alternative for patients who have rejected upper limb prostheses during a presentation at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium, here. Atkins, who specializes in upper limb rehabilitation, has worked with the hand transplant […]

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  • Osteomyelitis likely an issue with open finger fractures

    Infections, such as osteomyelitis, are important to take into consideration in the management of open finger fractures, according to a presenter at the Annual Hand Surgery Symposium. “The real issue is osteomyelitis,” Randall W. Culp, MD, of the Philadelphia Hand Center, said. “Most [infections] you see in your own practices result in contracted contamination by […]

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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)