Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 6 Issue 77 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 17-Mar-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 18-Mar-2004
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Joint replacement: An inside look
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) calls total hip replacement an orthopedic success story, "enabling hundreds of thousands of people to live fuller, more active lives." In 2001, about 165,000 hip joints were replaced in U.S. hospitals, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. The same year, 326,000 knees were replaced. Total knee replacement is "highly successful in relieving pain and restoring joint function," says the AAOS. And a hip or knee replacement lasts at least 20 years in about 80 percent of those who get them.  more

Information for patients: How do you know it's time for joint replacement surgery?
Jeffrey T. Nugent, M.D., orthopedic surgeon at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, says that if you are experiencing any of the following signs, you should speak to your rheumatologist or orthopedic surgeon about the possibility of joint replacement more

The Heart Truth Road Show exhibit travels to five cities: First lady Laura Bush's red dress on tour for first time
From March to May, The Heart Trut Road Show, a traveling exhibit about women's heart health, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), will visit shopping malls in five metropolitan cities to deliver an urgent heart health wake-up call to local women.  more


The state of pain management
Over the last 25 years, there has been a growing sense in health care that pain has been under-managed and that many people have needlessly endured awful levels of pain for no purpose. I think that we got to this place because health practitioners lacked the skills needed to recognize and control pain or they refused to give adequate amounts of medications because they feared the scrutiny of regulatory bodies.  more

Managing chronic pain
Helen Dearman, 52, of Houston, had a broken back for more than a decade and didn't know it. After falling from a ski lift in Mt. Hood, Ore., when she was 23, Dearman was diagnosed with a broken left arm and thought that was her only injury. Her arm healed. But she developed excruciating back pain that made it hard to sleep and move around. "I worked as a teacher, so some doctors suggested that the problem was from standing on my feet all day," Dearman says. "Others told me it was all in my head. For years, I left doctors' offices feeling desperate for help."  more

Optical glucose sensor holds promise for diabetics and intensive care patients
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, have developed a novel optical glucose sensor that could be used to provide continuous monitoring of glucose levels in diabetics and hospitalized patients. Recently published studies showed that the sensor detects glucose under physiological conditions, giving a reversible fluorescent signal that changes intensity in response to changes in the concentration of glucose. more

Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) to offer free online access to archived content
The Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the authoritative source for current information on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with cancer, today announced that it will immediately begin providing free online access to original research articles older than one year.  more

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