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Surgery may not fix long-term palsy of spine disease

(HealthDay)—Duration of palsy should be considered when selecting candidates for surgical management of painless foot drop in patients with degenerative lumbar disorders, according to research published ...

Oct 17, 2014
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Insulin dependence ups post-op complication risk

(HealthDay)—Patients with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) have an increased risk of a number of postoperative complications after lumbar fusion compared with those who have noninsulin-dependent ...

Oct 08, 2014
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Methodology addresses 'awakenings' under anesthesia

(HealthDay)—New methodology can be used to examine the incidence, predisposing factors, causality, and impact of accidental awareness during general anesthesia, according to research published in the October ...

Oct 08, 2014
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Physician payments found not to favor procedures

(HealthDay)—The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule does not systematically provide higher valuation of physician work per unit time for procedure/test codes than for evaluation ...

Oct 06, 2014
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Hospital charges for adolescent scoliosis surgery up

(HealthDay)—Over the last decade, the number of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) fusion procedures has remained constant, although hospital charges for the procedure have increased substantially, according ...

Oct 03, 2014
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Breakthrough could prevent hip implant replacement

Hip implants rely on the normal functioning of bone cells to achieve fixation of the implant with the bone. However, small metal particles released from hip implants, due to friction between the moving surfaces, ...

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