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  • Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

    Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs. On Wednesday, doctors reported that Mr. Burkhart, 24, had regained control […]

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  • Please finish your antibiotics!

    Why is it important to take all the antibiotics that the doctor has prescribed? If a person does not do this, what can happen and why? There are two important reasons to complete the entire course of antibiotics a doctor has prescribed. First, a full course of antibiotics helps assure you successfully treat the infection […]

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  • Pumpkin Carving Safety

    Use caution during the Halloween season, and take steps to prevent hand injuries when carving. “Every Halloween season we see four or five patients – both adults and children – who come into our office with severe injuries to their hands and fingers,” says Jeffrey Wint, MD, an ASSH member from The Hand Center of […]

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  • Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children

    Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become […]

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  • Elective Hand Surgery After Axillary Lymph Node Dissection for Cancer

    After axillary lymph node dissection (ALND), patients are cautioned against ipsilateral interventional procedures to avoid the theoretical increased risk of postoperative complications, particularly lymphedema. The authors’ goal was to evaluate the complications of elective hand surgery after ALND. The authors reviewed patients presenting to their hand clinic from 1998 to 2011, selecting those with a […]

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  • Second Tommy John surgery linked to performance decline, shortened career

    Major League Baseball pitchers who underwent a second Tommy John surgery saw their performance decline and their career shortened, according to researchers. Source: Science Daily Read More

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  • Prophylactic antibiotic use in elective hand surgery does not trend toward lower rates of SSI

    A retrospective chart review of 1,067 elective hand surgery procedures indicates a low rate of surgical site infections, with most being superficial wound infections, and underscores a trend that the use of prophylactic antibiotics did not lead to decreased risk of surgical site infection. Source: Healio Read More

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  • Giving Up a 3-D Printed Prosthetic for a Different Vision of Perfect

    A few weeks ago, I awoke one morning at 7 a.m. to a flood of messages in my email inbox. All 48 messages linked to a new video that had gone viral overnight. In the video, Robert Downey Jr., star of the Iron Man movie franchise, presented a customized 3-D printed bionic hand to a […]

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  • Grip Strength May Predict Heart Attacks and Strokes



    Grip strength may be a good predictor of the risk for cardiovascular disease. Researchers studied 139,691 people, ages 35 to 70, in 17 high-, middle- and low-income countries. They gathered data on height, weight, blood pressure, physical activity, dietary intake and other health and behavioral factors. Adjusted for age and height, average male grip ranged […]


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  • An Uber for Doctor Housecalls

    New smartphone apps can deliver doctors to your doorstep. Heal is a smartphone app similar to the on-demand car service Uber, but instead of a car, a doctor shows up at your door. Users download the app and then type in a few details such as address and the reason for the visit. After adding […]

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  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)