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Sep 172012

ABJHI Mourns Loss of Peter Lougheed

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A Remarkable Canadian   CALGARY – Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute offers its deepest sympathies to the family of former Alberta Premier Peter Lougheed, who has passed away at the age of 84. Mr. Lougheed was a long-time special advisor to the institute. “We feel a profound sense of loss at the passing of a friend and mentor. Peter Lougheed was a truly remarkable Canadian, a leader who won the abiding respect and admiration ...

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Sep 132012

Junk Food Doesn’t Just Go to Your Hips, it Gets into Your Bones

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From The Huffington Post: If you think junk food goes directly to your hips, you’re right. But it gets worse. It gets into your hips, and into other bones in the body, too. Junk food, or more precisely, food that is high in fat and sugar, robs the skeleton of the building blocks it needs to grow and remain strong to ward off degenerative conditions like osteoporosis. Share:

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Sep 052012

Routine Testing for Metal Ion Levels in Blood Not Recommended Currently for All Metal-on-Metal Hip Resurfacing Patients

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The Advisory Committee overseeing the Alberta HIP study does not currently recommend routine testing for metal ion levels in patients who have had a metal-on-metal hip resurfacing. The committee advises metal-on-metal hip resurfacing patients to contact their orthopaedic surgeon if they are experiencing problems in their resurfaced hip. Alberta HIP is a long-term study, begun in 2004, comparing the safety and effectiveness of metal-on-metal ...

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May 022012

Alberta a leader in ‘curing’ wait times

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From The Chronicle Herald: Sometimes public health care is like the human body. When you have an ailment in one area, you need to look somewhere else in the anatomy for the cause or the contributor. Long wait times for hip and knee replacements are an example. Cause: not enough surgeries to keep up with demand from an aging population. Well, that’s part of the problem. Share:

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