Posts Tagged: orthopedics

Shoveling Snow? Watch Out for Back Injuries

Snow isn’t dangerous only for driving conditions. Shoveling the stuff causes tens of thousands of injuries or medical emergencies every year, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine—and that’s just counting people who wind up in an emergency department. The stress of removing snow most frequently hurts the lower back, causing muscle strain and serious back… Read more »

The Meningitis Outbreak: What You Need to Know

As many as 13,000 patients may have been exposed to fungal meningitis from tainted spinal steroid injections used to ease back and neck pain, reported the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention. The CDC reported that the company that made the drug began shipping potentially contaminated lots on May 21 and that patients who… Read more »

Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Prevent Paralysis

The American Academy of Neurology recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis or loss of muscle function related to the surgeries, according to an updated guideline published recently in Neurology, the academy’s medical journal. This report, which I cowrote, provides the most comprehensive and compelling evidence… Read more »

Flu Drug Seems to Speed Recovery After Traumatic Brain Injury

In a recent study published in the The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers found that Amantadine, a drug typically used to treat the flu and Parkinson’s disease, appears to speed recovery in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. It is an important study because it demonstrated for the first time an improvement in the level… Read more »