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News Article | May 10, 2017
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. & VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) is teaming up with 11 orthopedic specialty groups in North Carolina and Virginia on an orthopedic value-based care model for Humana Medicare Advantage members undergoing total hip or knee joint replacement procedures. Humana’s Total Joint Replacement Episode-Based Model is designed to improve quality, outcomes and cost across a person’s entire joint replacement episode of care. Humana will provide the orthopedic practices with robust data and analytics needed to better manage all aspects of their patients’ care from diagnosis to recovery. For the patient, this is expected to deliver a more coordinated care experience and to reduce complication rates and unnecessary readmissions after surgery. In North Carolina, Humana will work with EmergeOrtho (Blue Ridge Bone and Joint Clinic, Carolina Orthopaedic Specialists, Triangle Orthopaedic Associates and Wilmington Orthopaedic Group), Carolina Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Center, Raleigh Orthopaedic Clinic, OrthoCarolina and Wake Forest University Health Sciences. In Virginia, Humana will work with Appalachian Orthopaedic Associates, Hampton Roads Orthopedic Center, and Jordan-Young Institute. Humana has 30 years of experience partnering with primary care physicians in value-based care arrangements. By focusing on quality and health, Humana experienced 20 percent lower costs in total in 2015 for members who were treated by doctors and other health care professionals in a value-based reimbursement model setting versus an estimation of original fee-for-service Medicare costs using the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Limited Data Set Files. Humana is now moving to apply the approach to specialties, such as orthopedics, where highly coordinated care supported by population health data has the ability to potentially improve outcomes, lower cost and deliver a better health care experience for patients. The participating North Carolina and Virginia orthopedic groups join the 12 orthopedic groups in Ohio and Tennessee who joined Humana’s orthopedic value-based care model in 2016 and the eight groups in Indiana and Kentucky that were announced by Humana last month. Humana’s model is similar to the State of Tennessee’s Innovation Model (SIM) Grant through the CMS for Medicaid beneficiaries. Through the new agreement, Humana’s population health capabilities, including patient data and analytics as well as chronic disease management and wellness programs, will complement the integrated care approach that each orthopedic group will employ with Humana members. “ Humana has made great strides when it comes to value-based care in the primary care space so it’s exciting to see where we can take value-based care when we apply it to more involved medical procedures like total joint replacement,” said Chip Howard, Humana’s Vice President of Payment Innovation. “ Humana’s approach is to provide orthopedic surgeons the tools they need to coordinate all aspects of their patients’ diagnosis, treatment, recovery and rehabilitation to in turn improve quality, lower cost and create a better experience for our members.” As of March 31, 2017, Humana has 1.8 million individual Medicare Advantage members and 160,000 commercial members who are cared for by 51,300 primary care providers, in more than 900 value-based relationships across 43 states and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit humana.com/accountable-care or www.humana.com/valuebasedcare. About Humana Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health and well-being company focused on making it easy for people to achieve their best health with clinical excellence through coordinated care. The company’s strategy integrates care delivery, the member experience, and clinical and consumer insights to encourage engagement, behavior change, proactive clinical outreach and wellness for the millions of people we serve across the country. More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at www.humana.com, including copies of: More Information Humana is a Medicare Advantage HMO, PPO and PFFS plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in any Humana plan depends on contract renewal. This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments and restrictions may apply. Benefits may change each year. Other providers are available in our network. Humana Inc. and its subsidiaries (“Humana”) do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. English: ATTENTION: If you do not speak English, language assistance services, free of charge, are available to you. Call 1-800-281-6918 (TTY: 711). Español (Spanish): ATENCIÓN: Si habla español, tiene a su disposición servicios gratuitos de asistencia lingüística. Llame al 1-800-281-6918 (TTY: 711). 繁體中文 (Chinese): 注意:如果您使用繁體中文,您可以免費獲得語言援助服務。請致電 1-800-281-6918 (TTY:711).


News Article | May 8, 2017
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--GE (NYSE: GE) is developing its Center for Additive Technology Advancement (CATA) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania into an externally focused “Customer Experience Center” (CEC) to accelerate the use of additive manufacturing with GE customers across several industries. With this transition, the $39 million Pittsburgh technology center, opened in April 2016 to drive additive manufacturing within GE industrial operations, now joins a global network of CECs under the growing umbrella of GE Additive. Last month, GE Additive announced the creation of a CEC in Munich, Germany, to allow current and potential customers to experience first-hand designing and producing components using additive manufacturing. Like the Munich site, the Pittsburgh site will operate additive machines from Concept Laser of Germany and Arcam EBM of Sweden – both leading additive providers in which GE has majority ownership. The Pittsburgh center will augment the operations already within both Arcam and Concept Laser operations in the United States, including Arcam’s Orthopedic Center of Excellence in Shelton, Connecticut. The additive machines at the Pittsburgh CEC will be enhanced by GE’s cloud-based Predix operating platform to enable industrial-scale analytics and GE Edge devices, which provide real-time control and monitoring. While the 50 employees at the Pittsburgh center will continue to support GE’s industrial businesses with additive initiatives, they will expand their focus to support current and potential Concept Laser and Arcam customers in additive design and production. Customers will benefit from hands-on training and instruction at the facility, covering additive design, machine operations and support. “We are thrilled to expand our concept of customer centers in the United States with a facility already at the leading edge of additive technology development,” said Robert Griggs, general manager of the Customer Experience Centers for GE Additive. Jennifer Cipolla, general manager of the Pittsburgh center, will continue to lead the facility as a new CEC. The Pittsburgh CEC, near the Pittsburgh airport, is convenient to Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Robert Morris University, all in Pittsburgh, and Penn State University at State College, Pennsylvania. These institutions are already engaged in additive engineering and manufacturing processes. Additive manufacturing involves taking a digital design from computer aided design (CAD) software, and melting and fusing together very fine metal powder layer-by-layer, using a laser or an electron beam as the energy source. Additive components are typically lighter and more durable than traditional forged parts because they require less welding and machining. Since additive parts are essentially “grown” from the ground up, they generate far less scrap material. Freed of traditional manufacturing restrictions, additive manufacturing dramatically expands the design possibilities for engineers. For many years, GE has been a leading end user and innovator in the additive manufacturing space. GE has invested approximately $1.5 billion in manufacturing and additive technologies at GE’s Global Research Center (GRC), developed additive applications across six GE businesses, created new services applications across the company, and earned 346 patents in powder metals used for the additive process. In 2016, the company established GE Additive to become a leading supplier of additive technology and materials for industries worldwide. GE Additive, led by GE Vice Chairman David Joyce, is part of GE, the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Visit GE Additive at www.geadditive.com


Boffeli T.J.,Regions Hospital HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research | Thompson J.C.,Orthopedic Center | Tabatt J.A.,Essentia Health
Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery | Year: 2016

Single-pin external Kirschner wire (K-wire) fixation has traditionally been a mainstay in proximal interphalangeal joint fusion for central hammertoe repair. Concerns over cosmesis, inconvenience, pin tract infection, hardware failure, nonunion, and early hardware removal have led to the development of implantable internal fixation devices. Although numerous implantable devices are now available and represent viable options for hammertoe repair, they are costly and often pose a challenge in the event removal becomes necessary. An alternative fixation option not typically used is a 2-pin K-wire fixation technique. The perceived advantage of obtaining 2 points of fixation compared with 1 across the fusion site is improved stability against the rotational and bending forces, thus decreasing the potential for pin-related complications. A retrospective assessment of 91 consecutive hammertoe repairs consisting of proximal interphalangeal joint fusion with 2-pin fixation in 60 patients was performed. The K-wires were removed at 6 weeks postoperatively, and the overall postoperative follow-up duration was 28.56 (range 1.40 to 86.83) months. Of the 91 digits, 89 (98%) did not encounter a complication postoperatively and 2 (2.20%) had sustained loosened or broken hardware. No postoperative infection was encountered. The low incidence of complications observed supports the 2-pin K-wire fixation technique as a low-cost and viable construct for proximal interphalangeal joint fusion hammertoe repair. © 2016 American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.


News Article | November 15, 2016
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Marian Schaffer, Principal and Founder of Southeast Discovery, a real estate consulting firm specializing in guiding Baby Boomers with their real estate needs in the niche markets of retirement relocation and second homes in the Southeast region, recently shared 10 reasons to consider the South Carolina lakefront master-planned community of Hampton Lake located near Hilton Head Island, SC and Savannah, GA, for retirement, relocation or second home purchase. “Hampton Lake has been a successfully selling community in general, as well as one that many of our own clients have chosen to purchase in, because it’s a community that appeals to a wide range of buyers and hits on many cylinders of what today’s real estate purchaser is looking for,” said Schaffer. According to Schaffer, these ten qualities make Hampton Lake a strong choice for those seeking a relaxed lakefront community in a Lowcountry setting near beaches and historic Southern towns: #1: Voted Best Facilities and Best Community in the U.S. by the BALA Awards (Best American Living Awards) in 2007 and 2008 In 2007, Hampton Lake won the “Best Facility” BALA award for its Amenity Village which includes the 165-acre lake, The Lake House, The Boat House, Backwater Bill's Restaurant, resort-style pool with lazy river, children’s playground with splash pad, Har-Tru tennis courts, Outpost Campground, state-of-the-art 13,000 SF fitness facility, and full-service spa. In 2008, Hampton Lake won "Best Community in the U.S.,” the crown jewel of the BALA awards, presented annually at the National Association of Home Builders conference. The 165-acre centerpiece lake gives residents the option to boat, kayak or canoe to the community's Amenity Village and other waterfront homes. #2: Hampton Lake has been one of the top selling communities in the coastal Carolinas since its inception in 2006. Selling over 900 properties since 2006, Hampton Lake has now opened up Phase III which includes over 100 new home sites to build on. To date, the Hampton Lake community has over 600 homes built, with close to 100 new homes either under construction or in process with the design review board’s approval. Hampton Lake is located in Bluffton, SC, about 15 minutes west of Hilton Head Island. “Bluffton, SC frequently appears on many ‘best of’ places to live and retire to, including a recent article in Forbes Magazine, which pointed out Bluffton’s scenic waters, warm climate, good state income tax environment, average home price of $197,000, walkability and low crime among the pros of living here,” said Schaffer. “There’s also a brand new high school in Bluffton, for those relocating here with high-school age children. And the charming and historic towns of Savannah, GA and Beaufort, SC are each just 30 minutes away.” #4: Wide variety of home styles, sizes and pricing, appealing to many buyers “At Hampton Lake, there are homes for all stages of life, in prices ranging from the upper $300’s to over $1M. There are Carriage Homes, Cottage Homes, Villas, and Coach Homes, all the way to Estate Homes,” said Schaffer. “This has made Hampton Lake a very popular community as the development appeals to a wide range of buyers and their stages of life.” “People have come from all over the U.S. to live at Hampton Lake. This is a very inclusive community where new residents are welcomed and there are so many social activities, with new ones forming all the time, to get involved with,” said Schaffer. “Monthly events include Meet Your Neighbors, a monthly lecture series, and sunset boat cruises; annual events include a Chili Cook-Off, Super Bowl party; the Blues, Brews & BBQ event; Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch; and the Christmas Boat Parade, to name just a few of the many annual events. Member clubs include the Fishing Club, Golf Club, Canoe and Kayak Club, Billiards Club, Camera Club, and more. There are also book clubs, art groups, the dinner group, movie-goers group, the bridge group, the lunch bunch, and so much more.” “Hampton Lake has one of the best dog parks we have seen,” said Schaffer. “It features a section for small dogs as well as larger dogs. The Hampton Lake dog park is known as the water cooler of the neighborhood, where many start their day with their furry friends and their owners.” The Hampton Lake dues structure is very reasonable at just under $3,500 a year, despite the abundant and award-winning amenities provided. “The fact that there is no golf course at Hampton Lake is actually a plus to many,” said Schaffer. “If you don’t golf, you’re not paying for an amenity you’re not using. This community very wisely took the land that was parceled for a Pete Dye golf course and turned it into a 165-acre lake, because they wanted to provide an amenity for everyone in the community to enjoy, and to offer lakefront properties that so many desire to own.” Schaffer pointed out that Hampton Lake is one of the first fresh water lake communities in the Lowcountry. “Having a lake rather than a golf course helps keeps HOA fees down as maintaining a lake is a lot less expensive than maintaining a golf course. And for golfers, there’s a Pete Dye golf course next door at the sister community, Hampton Hall, as well as many other golf courses around the Bluffton area that are accessible to the public and offer a great golf experience, for an affordable price.” Savannah International Airport (SAV) is just 30 minutes from Hampton Lake and offers 45 non-stop daily departures from a selection of five airlines. Residents of Hampton Lake and the Bluffton area enjoy quality medical care in several directions. Beaufort Memorial Hospital, the largest medical facility between Savannah, GA, and Charleston, S.C. is 35 minutes north, and offers Orthopedics, Cancer Care, Primary Care, Birthing Center, Emergency and other services. Savannah Memorial Hospital, a regional hospital and referral center for cancer care, trauma, rehabilitation, high-risk obstetrics, neonatology, pediatrics and cardiac care, is 30 minutes south. St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital is also 30 minutes south of Bluffton, and offers multiple surgical services, clinical services and imaging services. Hilton Head Island Hospital is 20 minutes east and offers a wide range of services through their Breast Health Center, Heart and Vascular Center, Orthopedic Center, Spine Center and more. If you’re considering relocating to the Southeast but don't know how or where to start your search, we can help. We've been working with clients to find the right area and community to call home in the Southeast for over a decade. Feel free to complete our complimentary online questionnaire here to get feedback on the best areas and specific communities that may be just right for you. About Southeast Discovery Since 2004, Southeast Discovery has been a trusted resource for candid information and insight on communities, developments, and general real estate in the Southeast. Through its highly-ranked web portal, newsletter and blog and its one-on-one work with clients, Southeast Discovery helps buyers actively looking for a retirement or second home in the Southeast navigate the process of identifying the right area and community for their needs. To learn more, visit http://www.southeastdiscovery.com/


News Article | February 18, 2017
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Receive press releases from The Learning Experience, Franklin Lakes: By Email This month, on February 10th, The Learning Experience Preschool in Franklin Lakes hosted their annual BeCause our Hearts Beat Art Auction, one of their favorite philanthropic events of the year. Tying in Valentine's Day and American Heart Month, their preschoolers created heart art and sold it to benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation. Franklin Lakes, NJ, February 18, 2017 --( Each month, The Learning Experience in Franklin Lakes teaches their preschoolers about the importance of giving back and what it means to be a good citizen in our local and global community. This month, on February 10th, The Learning Experience Preschool in Franklin Lakes hosted their annual BeCause our Hearts Beat Art Auction, one of their favorite philanthropic events of the year. Tying in Valentine's Day and American Heart Month, their preschoolers created heart art and sold it to benefit Make-A-Wish, a charity dedicated to the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich their experience with hope, strength and joy. Parents visited the auction to purchase their child's art and made a donation. The Children were so excited to show off their masterpieces and they were very happy to be helping sick children with all the donations. The preschool students raised over $2,500 for Make-A-Wish this year. TLE Franklin Lakes also partnered with local businesses and raise an additional $1,600 in raffle prizes. Local partners include: The Soccer Post, Stop & Shop, White Maple Café, Moxie Ridgewood, Uncle Louie’s Pizza, Parian & Sons Jewelry, Kayal Orthopedic Center, Environmental Mechanical Tech, Franklin Lakes Pizza, Hand And Stone Massage, Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine. All year long TLE works on philanthropy lessons with the help of Grace The Greyhound and Charity Chihuahua, the lovable and hug-gable dog mascots for philanthropy. The philanthropy curriculum at The Learning Experience, helps teach children that it is not how big or small you are, it is the size of your heart that matters. Through animation, classroom activities and participatory songs, Grace and Charity introduce children to topics like the value of helping others, volunteering and donating. Owner Dilek Yesilyurt says of the event, “It is so important to me to teach our young children both creativity and compassion for others. I feel a huge sense of happiness and pride knowing that our students, as young as 3, can understand why we must help others and that we are making a positive impact for sick children. We focus so much of early education on academics, which are hugely important, but we must not forget to feed these young children’s character development as well. This event is one of my favorite things that we do all year and I love seeing how proud our students are of their artwork and how happy they are they are helping other children.” Nationwide Preschoolers at The Learning Experience Centers raise awareness for children-focused charities nationwide each year, including more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation last year. About The Learning Experience The Learning Experience® is one of the nation’s fastest growing academies of early education for children ages six weeks to five years old. With a greater national emphasis on educational development during the most crucial years of a child's growth, The Learning Experience places a prominent focus on programs that advance scholastic preparation. The Learning Experience prepares children academically and socially via innovative scholastic and enrichment programs such as the L.E.A.P.® curriculum, a cutting-edge proprietary approach to learning which has more than 95 percent of its children graduating preschool reading at a Kindergarten level or higher. To complement the academic curriculum, The Learning Experience utilizes various enrichment programs crucial to advancing learning and overall balance, such as philanthropy, Yippee 4 Yoga™, Music 4 Me®, Movin’ N Groovin’®, manners and etiquette, and foreign language. https://thelearningexperience.com/our-centers/nj/franklin-lakes/franklin-lakes www.facebook.com/TheLearningExperienceFranklinLakes/ Franklin Lakes, NJ, February 18, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Preschool Art Auction Raises $2,500 for Make-A-Wish Foundation.Each month, The Learning Experience in Franklin Lakes teaches their preschoolers about the importance of giving back and what it means to be a good citizen in our local and global community.This month, on February 10th, The Learning Experience Preschool in Franklin Lakes hosted their annual BeCause our Hearts Beat Art Auction, one of their favorite philanthropic events of the year. Tying in Valentine's Day and American Heart Month, their preschoolers created heart art and sold it to benefit Make-A-Wish, a charity dedicated to the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich their experience with hope, strength and joy.Parents visited the auction to purchase their child's art and made a donation. The Children were so excited to show off their masterpieces and they were very happy to be helping sick children with all the donations. The preschool students raised over $2,500 for Make-A-Wish this year.TLE Franklin Lakes also partnered with local businesses and raise an additional $1,600 in raffle prizes.Local partners include: The Soccer Post, Stop & Shop, White Maple Café, Moxie Ridgewood, Uncle Louie’s Pizza, Parian & Sons Jewelry, Kayal Orthopedic Center, Environmental Mechanical Tech, Franklin Lakes Pizza, Hand And Stone Massage, Lisa’s Mediterranean Cuisine.All year long TLE works on philanthropy lessons with the help of Grace The Greyhound and Charity Chihuahua, the lovable and hug-gable dog mascots for philanthropy. The philanthropy curriculum at The Learning Experience, helps teach children that it is not how big or small you are, it is the size of your heart that matters. Through animation, classroom activities and participatory songs, Grace and Charity introduce children to topics like the value of helping others, volunteering and donating.Owner Dilek Yesilyurt says of the event, “It is so important to me to teach our young children both creativity and compassion for others. I feel a huge sense of happiness and pride knowing that our students, as young as 3, can understand why we must help others and that we are making a positive impact for sick children. We focus so much of early education on academics, which are hugely important, but we must not forget to feed these young children’s character development as well. This event is one of my favorite things that we do all year and I love seeing how proud our students are of their artwork and how happy they are they are helping other children.”Nationwide Preschoolers at The Learning Experience Centers raise awareness for children-focused charities nationwide each year, including more than $500,000 for Make-A-Wish Foundation last year.About The Learning ExperienceThe Learning Experience® is one of the nation’s fastest growing academies of early education for children ages six weeks to five years old. With a greater national emphasis on educational development during the most crucial years of a child's growth, The Learning Experience places a prominent focus on programs that advance scholastic preparation. The Learning Experience prepares children academically and socially via innovative scholastic and enrichment programs such as the L.E.A.P.® curriculum, a cutting-edge proprietary approach to learning which has more than 95 percent of its children graduating preschool reading at a Kindergarten level or higher. To complement the academic curriculum, The Learning Experience utilizes various enrichment programs crucial to advancing learning and overall balance, such as philanthropy, Yippee 4 Yoga™, Music 4 Me®, Movin’ N Groovin’®, manners and etiquette, and foreign language.https://thelearningexperience.com/our-centers/nj/franklin-lakes/franklin-lakeswww.facebook.com/TheLearningExperienceFranklinLakes/ Boy with his art Holding up the art he made for the auction, 5 year old Lucas is proud of his contribution and of his masterpiece. Filename: TLE_FranklinLakes_ArtAuctioni.jpg Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from The Learning Experience, Franklin Lakes


Fok M.C.,University of British Columbia | Sepehry A.A.,University of British Columbia | Frisch L.,Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute | Sztramko R.,St Pauls Hospital | And 3 more authors.
International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry | Year: 2015

Objective To summarize the effect of antipsychotics for preventing postoperative delirium. Design We conducted a literature search using Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and clinicaltrials.gov. We included randomized controlled trials of adults undergoing surgery who were given antipsychotics to prevent postoperative delirium. Quality was assessed via the Cochrane risk of bias tool. Random-effects meta-analysis and meta-regression were conducted. Q-statistics and I2 were used for assessment of heterogeneity. The main outcome was delirium incidence using validated definitions. Results A total of 1710 subjects were included, with a mean age ranging from 60.7 to 86.4years. Antipsychotics reduced the incidence of postoperative delirium with the global effect-size estimate (weighted odds ratio) using the random effects model of 0.44 (95% confidence interval: 0.28-0.70; N=6; Q-value: 16, p-value 0.0005; I2=69%). Significant heterogeneity existed with the pooled global effect of delirium incidence; however, meta-regression allowed us to test both treatment-level and patient-level explanations for significant between-study variance. Baseline risk for delirium was found to be a significant contributor to study heterogeneity, and meta-regression suggested that antipsychotic type and dosage were two of the several treatment-level factors that also may have led to heterogeneity. Our analysis implied the presence of a breakeven baseline level of delirium risk below which preventive treatment with antipsychotics might prove ineffective. Conclusions Within the limits of few randomized controlled trials, antipsychotics appeared to reduce the incidence of postoperative delirium in several surgical settings, predominantly orthopedic and for those at higher risk for delirium. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Copyright © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.


Pennock A.,3030 Children's Way | Murphy M.M.,3030 Children's Way | Wu M.,Orthopedic Center
Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine | Year: 2016

The management of pediatric patients with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can be a challenging endeavor for physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, and parents alike. In particular, the significant longitudinal growth that arises from the physes about the knee creates a unique set of circumstances that must be considered in this patient population. The purpose of this review is to provide a summary of the most recent current literature for the management of skeletally immature patients with an ACL tear. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York


PubMed | Orthopedic Center and 3030 Childrens Way
Type: Review | Journal: Current reviews in musculoskeletal medicine | Year: 2016

The management of pediatric patients with an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear can be a challenging endeavor for physicians, athletic trainers, coaches, and parents alike. In particular, the significant longitudinal growth that arises from the physes about the knee creates a unique set of circumstances that must be considered in this patient population. The purpose of this review is to provide a summary of the most recent current literature for the management of skeletally immature patients with an ACL tear.


News Article | October 27, 2016
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SHANGHAI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Columbia China this week is celebrating the reopening of the 232-bed Shanghai Kaiyuan Orthopedic Hospital as an Orthopedic Center of Excellence operating at the highest international standards. Columbia China spent $75 million USD ($500 million RMB) to acquire and retrofit the Kaiyuan hospital in Shanghai’s Pudong District. The reopening is part of Columbia China’s plans to expand in China through both acquisitions and greenfield projects and to provide China’s growin


Patient compliance is the cornerstone of compression therapy success. However, there has been up to now no tool to assess it other than self-reporting by the patient, which is not reliable.Forty active females classified C2S were enrolled to wear compression stockings (CS) providing a pressure of 15-20mmHg at the ankle.A thermal probe was inserted in the stocking (Thermotrack), recording the skin temperature every 20min for four weeks.The patients were randomized in two groups of 20: - Group 1: Receiving minimal recommendations by their physician at the office.- Group 2: Receiving in-depth recommendations by the physician reinforced with SMS message which were repeated once a week for four weeks.The basic CEAP classification and the quality of life (QoL) were recorded before and after four weeks.The two groups are similar for age, symptoms and type of CS.The analysis of the thermal curves showed a significant increase (+33%) in the average wearing time daily in the group 2: 8h vs. 5.6h (group1) p<0.01. The average number of days worn per week is also increased: 3.4 (group 1) vs. 4.8 (group 2), thus improving patient compliance from 48.5% to 70% as a direct result of the physician recommendations (p<0.001).This is the first study assessing the real compliance in CVD patients of using compression. It shows that better and repeated recommendations by the practitioner result in an increase in time the compression is used by 33%. The study also suggests that the number of days the compression stocking is worn is a good criterion of patient compliance.

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