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Published: April 3, 2017

  • Olympus scopes tied to new outbreak Five patients treated with modified Olympus duodenoscopes at an unidentified foreign health facility have tested positive for the "superbug" Klebsiella pneumonia, calling into question the effectiveness of Olympus's 2016 redesign, says the Los Angeles Times. "In the interest of patient safety, it is premature to reach a conclusion regarding the cause," Olympus spokesman Mark Miller tells the Times.
  • Music therapy soothes spine surgery pain Adding music therapy to standard post-op care can decrease pain in patients recovering from anterior, posterior or anterior-posterior spinal fusion, according to a study conducted by researchers from Mount Sinai Health System in New York City. The study, which was published in The American Journal of Orthopedics, says 30 patients who received a 30-minute music therapy session within 72 hours of surgery experienced a drop in post-op pain levels, while pain scores increased slightly in patients who did not receive music therapy.
  • Are knee replacements worth it? Total knee replacements should be reserved for improving the quality of life of patients with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis, according to researchers at the Icahan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, N.Y. The researches say limiting knee arthroplasty to patients with significant baseline joint dysfunction would make the procedure more financially viable.
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