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  • Writer's pictureDr. Troy Miles

Five on Friday: Health Articles I Recommend

As we end another workweek, I hope you’ll take a look at a few great articles on postoperative pain, increasing endurance during exercise, and the new federal dietary guidelines.

I also want to let you know that I am currently working on a book, to be released this spring. Life After Hip Replacement: A Complete Guide to Recovery & Rehabilitation will walk you through what to expect after undergoing hip replacement surgery. If you’d like more details as the release date nears, feel free to sign up on my website. You’ll be the first to know when my book is available for pre-purchase on

Until then, let’s get to some of the best articles I’ve come across recently.

Knee Replacement

Patients who understand the basic anatomy of the knee joint tend to have more realistic expectations, and better outcomes, following surgery. Here are some things I think everyone should know, put together by the team at

Dietary Guidelines

Some good advice from a nutritional biologist at UC Davis on the new federal dietary guidelines, specifically focusing on recommendations for added sugar and high-nutrient drinks like non-fat milk.

Shoulder Replacement

The web has become a go-to resource for health information, but the quality of information available online is highly variable. This fascinating new study does a great job highlighting the need for more comprehensive online information pertaining to shoulder replacement, specifically.

Postoperative Pain

A team of researchers in France has identified factors predictive of postoperative pain and opioid use after total knee arthroplasty. One of the team’s findings was that opioid requirements are low for patients in the context of multimodal analgesia. Researchers also found that factors such as age and acetaminophen treatment accounted for much of the variability seen with opioid requirements.

Sports Nutrition

Do you typically drink a cup of coffee before exercising? Researchers at the University of Georgia are taking a fresh look at the data to determine whether coffee might improve endurance during exercise. This article by Tim Newman is worth checking out.

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