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Insurance Claim
Keeping down health care costs is a good idea—but not when it stifles innovation and hobbles new medical techniques.

Surviving Medical Training

Surviving Medical Training
Aspiring doctors can make it through the brutal process—if they follow Tina Fey’s advice.

ACL Disaster

ACL Injury
ACL injuries may not be as notorious as concussions, but they’re a wider threat.

Why “Useless” Surgery is Useful

Why “Useless” Surgery is Useful
Recent news stories proclaiming meniscus surgery to be useless miss the point, due to outdated information. And they can do considerable harm by convincing people that leaving a torn meniscus in the knee is a good choice when, in fact, it destroys the knee.

Why Ledecky Wins: Grit.

Why Ledecky Wins: Grit.
What makes one Olympian better than all the rest?

Don’t Break a Leg

Don’t Break a Leg
Curvature of the leg bones don’t always need dramatic surgical operations. Replacing and repairing the missing shock absorbers makes more sense.

Why the Nurse Matters

Why the Nurse Matters
Going to the doctor? Be nice to the nurse. Guess why? Because the top level medical and surgical care starts and ends with nursing.

Immortality

Immortality
Do you want to live forever? Immortality may already be here — though not in the form we might have imagined.

How to Avoid a Total Knee Replacement

How to Avoid a Total Knee Replacement
Arthritis is preventable. Yet until recently most people thought it was inevitable. Here are some examples of how to best treat your injured knee.

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament

The Posterior Cruciate Ligament
Hard to reach, the Posterior Cruciate Ligament was often ignored or left ruptured after injury. New techniques now permit effective reconstruction.

Big Data and Big Mistakes

Big Data and Big Mistakes
Does “Big Data” equal Big Health Care—or just a Big Mess?

The Sounds of the Knee: Interpreting the Snap, Crackle and Pops

The Sounds of the Knee: Interpreting the Snap, Crackle and Pops
The knee can be a strange orchestra, producing a bewildering variety of sounds. Dr. Kevin R. Stone provides a key for interpreting the notes of the knee symphony and understanding the messages the knee is trying to send you.

Sports and Joints

Sports and Joints
Live long and let your joints prosper. Well-managed exercise—even running—can have real benefits for those with arthritic knee pain or joint replacement.

Stem Cells vs. Growth Factors

Stem Cells vs. Growth Factors
Treatments for joint injuries have vastly improved during the past decade. Two of our best non-operative strategies are stem cell or growth factor injections. How do they differ—and which is best?

3D Printing: Cool, But Not Quite There

3D Printing: Cool, But Not Quite There
3D printing is one of today’s most talked-about technologies. But it still has a long way to go before it can transform orthopedic surgery.

Military Knees

Military Knees
Standardized care is not always the best care. What we really need is an agile medical system that values innovation.

Why Reunions Are A Bust

Why Reunions Are A Bust
These days, school reunions are transparent (and often futile) pleas for money. Here’s how to make them attractive, inspiring and profitable for all involved.

Genes and Joints

Genes and Joints
Our ability to read the human genome quickly and cheaply is about to transform modern orthopedic surgery. Get ready for customized treatments.

Patience

Patience
Many elements contribute to top athletic performance. Some are obvious—like diet and training—but another factor is more subtle.

Steph Curry’s Ankles

Steph Curry ankle injury
Even incomparable athletes like The Warriors’ Steph Curry are made of flesh and blood—and cartilage. Their intense level of performance creates unique challenges, calling for special solutions.