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Creation of a new biodegradable polymer could lead to stronger medical implants

Polylactic acid, or PLA, is a biodegradable polymer commonly used to make a variety of products from disposable cups to medical implants to drug delivery systems. A team of Brown


Injected drug reduces risk of fracture among women with osteoporosis

Among postmenopausal women with osteoporosis at risk of fracture, daily injection of the drug abaloparatide for 18 months significantly reduces the risk of new vertebral and non-vertebral fractures compared with


Abaloparatide benefits postmenopausal women with osteoporosis

A recent analysis of results from a randomised controlled clinical trial indicates that abaloparatide -SC, a novel therapy for osteoporosis, provides consistent protection against bone fractures in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis


Surgery that restores hand and elbow function in quadriplegics is underused

A surgery for quadriplegics called tendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to an article in the journal Hand Clinics by


Injected mix of bone-augmenting agents causes new bone growth in mouse jaws

Researchers at Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) deliver a protein/peptide combination using an injectable gel carrier to promote bone formation in mouse jawbones. The part of the jawbone containing


Minorities less likely to have knee replacement surgery, more likely to have complications

Minority populations in the US have lower rates of total knee replacement (TKR) utilisation but higher rates of adverse health outcomes associated with the procedure, according to a new study


25 November 2016 – London Implant Retrieval Centre Conference; London

Meeting programme: Why Attend? The aim of the meeting is to discuss how implant retrieval can help improve the function of implants for patients and contribute to responsible innovation of


The impact of private sector contracts on NHS provision and treatment inequalities

Patient choice and the use of the private sector for hip surgery in Scotland was found to be associated with a decrease in NHS provision and may have contributed to


RNOH hospital redevelopment is approved

The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust has secured vital funds to begin rebuilding its facilities. The first phase in the redevelopment of the Stanmore site was officially approved in August.


DKOU 2016 – German Congress of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery

Congress Presidents Heiko Reichel, Florian Gebhard and Manfred Neubert look forward to welcoming delegates to Berlin on 25–28 October to debate the past, present and future of orthopaedic and trauma surgery “The