Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Orthopedics for September 2019. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.
Sports Specialization Ups Injury Risk, Especially in Girls
FRIDAY, Sept. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sports specialization is associated with a greater volume of vigorous sports activity and increased risk of injury, according to a study published online Sept. 18 in the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.
Average Annual Premium for Workers Increased in 2019
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- In 2019, the average annual health insurance premium for workers increased slightly for single coverage and family coverage, according to a report published online Sept. 25 in Health Affairs.
Serum IL-35 Levels Tied to Bone Loss With Rheumatoid Arthritis
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Serum interleukin (IL)-35 levels are associated with bone loss and may represent a novel therapeutic target for postmenopausal women with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a study published online Aug. 26 in Mediators of Inflammation.
Deep Learning Models Classify Disease From Medical Imaging
THURSDAY, Sept. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Early evidence suggests that diagnostic performance of deep learning models is equivalent to that of health care professionals for interpreting medical imaging, according to a study published online Sept. 25 in The Lancet Digital Health.
Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Mortality Persist in the U.S.
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- There are still racial and ethnic disparities in mortality, and these disparities are widening for some age groups, according to a study published online Sept. 24 in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
Protected Health Info Breaches Compromise Sensitive Data
MONDAY, Sept. 23, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Most protected health information (PHI) breaches compromise sensitive demographic and/or financial information, according to a research letter published online Sept. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Multifaceted Home-Based PT Does Not Aid Walking After Hip Fracture
FRIDAY, Sept. 20, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- A multicomponent home-based physical therapy intervention does not improve the ability of older patients recovering from hip fracture to walk again, according to a study published in the Sept. 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Medical Students Not Ready to Provide Nutritional Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 19, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Medical education does not equip students to provide high-quality, effective nutrition care, according to a review published in the September issue of The Lancet Planetary Health.
Nonphysician Providers Rarely Interpret Diagnostic Images
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 18, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Despite increasing roles of nonphysician providers (NPPs) in health care (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), they still rarely interpret diagnostic imaging studies, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Cancer Survival Increasing in High-Income Countries
THURSDAY, Sept. 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Cancer survival is continuing to increase across high-income countries, although there are international disparities, according to a study published online Sept. 11 in The Lancet Oncology.
EPA to Phase Out Chemical Testing on Mammals
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The eventual elimination of chemical testing on mammals was announced Tuesday by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Spending Up With Treatment in Hospital-Owned Practices
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Financial integration between physicians and hospitals raises patient spending but does not impact care quality, according to a study published online Sept. 3 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.
Poverty Rate Drops, but Fewer Americans Have Health Insurance
TUESDAY, Sept. 10, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of Americans living in poverty declined in 2018, but the rate of those without health insurance increased, according to a U.S. Census Bureau report.
Hearing Aid Use Tied to Lower Risk for Dementia, Depression, Falls
FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Use of hearing aids is associated with lower risks for being diagnosed with Alzheimer disease, dementia, depression, anxiety, and injurious falls among elderly adults diagnosed with hearing loss, according to a study published online Sept. 5 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Racial, Ethnic Underrepresentation Found in Med School Matriculants
FRIDAY, Sept. 6, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Among medical school matriculants, black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native (AIAN) students are underrepresented, according to a study published online Sept. 4 in JAMA Network Open.
Majority of U.S. Doctors Believe ACA Has Improved Access to Care
THURSDAY, Sept. 5, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Sixty percent of U.S. physicians believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has improved access to care and insurance after five years of implementation, according to a report published in the September issue of Health Affairs.
Ultrasonography Helps Differentiate Arthritis Types
TUESDAY, Sept. 3, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Ultrasound is effective for differentiating between the major types of arthritis when combined with a physical exam and patient history, according to a review recently published in The Open Medical Imaging Journal.