Treating Broken Arms

iStock_000017052299_LargeWhen an adult breaks a bone, 5 to 6% of the time it's the upper arm bone known as the humerus. Now a study in JAMA Rick and I discuss on PodMed this week shows that despite increasingly popular surgical management of the fracture, the good old-fashioned sling works just as well.  And that's in a group of people in whom the bone pieces are not in alignment, known as displacement, where the a priori hypothesis would be that getting those halves back in alignment would result in better outcomes.  Not so, by a variety of measures.  Including, perhaps most importantly, the patient's own assessment of treatment.

Other topics this week include liberal versus restrictive use of transfusions in patients undergoing cardiovascular surgery in NEJM, back to JAMA for transaortic valve replacement outcomes, and to JAMA Internal Medicine for the benefits of vegetarian diets on colorectal cancer risk.  Until next week, y'all live well.

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