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Antidepressant proves effective in alleviating osteoarthritis pain

Antidepressants can play a key role in alleviating painful conditions like osteoarthritis and may result in fewer side effects than traditionally prescribed drug regimes, such as anti-inflammatories and opioids, according

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Risk of blood loss in childhood back surgery varies with cause of spine deformity

The relative risk of blood loss during corrective spine surgery in children appears linked to the underlying condition causing the spinal deformity, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins

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Smoking associated with hip and knee replacement failure

Tobacco and nicotine use are known to impair the body’s ability to heal bones and wounds. Two new studies presented at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of

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Italian researchers discover how to stop low back pain

Italian researchers at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome found an important molecular mechanism responsible for low back pain and other acute vertebral problems like cervical axial pain,

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Surgery less than 24 hours after traumatic cervical spinal cord injury leads to improved outcomes

Researchers at the Rothman Institute at Jefferson have shown that patients who receive surgery less than 24 hours after a traumatic cervical spine injury suffer less neural tissue destruction and

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PRP treatment aids healing of elbow injuries say researchers

As elbow injuries continue to rise, especially in pitchers, procedures to help treat and get players back in the game quickly have been difficult to come by. However, a newer

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Monitoring spinal cord during surgery may help prevent paralysis

The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of

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New cases of rare genetic bone disorder identified

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, have shown a rare genetic disease, that causes crippling osteoarthritis in the spine and major joints, is far more prevalent worldwide than previously thought.

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Treatment for hip conditions should not rest solely on MRI scans

When it comes to treating people with hip pain, physicians should not replace clinical observation with the use of magnetic resonance images (MRI), according to research being presented at the

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Building bone from cartilage

A study presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) 2012 Annual Meeting offers new hope for those who sustain fractures which don’t heal or lose bone that isn’t successfully grafted.