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Page 14 POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 29, 2011 B g Come IX) SAPEVATE CHE ... II numero degli italiani bionici aumenta costantemente. Anca, ginocchio e spalla sono le parti anatomiche 'di ricambio' in costante uso. Lo scorso Ii novembre 2010 si e' concluso il 94mo. Congresso Nazionale della Societa' Italiana di Ortopedia e di Traumatologia, a Milano. I numeri parlano chiaro e mostrano Io statius del settore medico- chirurgico in forte crescita. Gli italiani con un'articolazione sostituita (se ne effettuano 180,000 l'anno) sono quasi un milione. L'Italia e' ai primi posti in Europa per il numero di protesi d'anca (circa I00,000 l'anno) con relativi interventi che crescono del 5% l'anno, e costa un miliardo di euro (@$1,3 billion), mentre si spendono altri 500 milioni di euro ($650 million) per la riabilitazione. E' significativo rilevare anche che il numero di anziani (che vengono operati) e' pure in aumento grazie a nuovi materiali speciali impiantati su ogni individuo, giovane o vecchio. II numero degli italiani bionici e' soprattutto in Lombardia, e poi in Emilia Romagna. Circa meta' degli interventi chirurgici awengono in Lombardia ogni anno: Le protesi d'anca sono 60% l'anno degli interventi; ci sono nel mondo un milione e mezzo di protesi d'anca, di cui 300,000 negli Stati Uniti. In europa avvengono circa 700,000 interventi d'anca ogni anno, e vede al primo posto la Germania, con 250,000, poi l'italia, e la Francia. II numero maggiore di questi interventi in Europa e' sulle donne e la percentuale aumenta al 75% se l'anca viene sostituita dopo una frattura o osteoporosi. I nuovi materiali usati nelle protesi sono piu' Iongevi. Per mantenere una buona qualita' di vita, anche i giovani, in numero sempre crescente, si sottopongono ad interventi di protesi di arti o di articolazioni. DID YOU KNOW THAT ... The number of bionic Italians grows constantly. Hip, knee, and shoulder are the anatomical "parts" more often replaced. Last November 11, 2010 the 94 th National Con- gress of the Italian Society of Orthopedics and Traumatol- ogy was held in Milano, Italy. The numbers are telling and show the strong growth in the medical and surgical sector. Italians with a replaced joint (180,000 done every year) are almost a million. Italy is the top place in Europe due to the number of prosthetic hip surgeries a year (about I00,000), and the surgeries increase 5% a year costing a billion euro (@ $1.3 billion), and an additional 500 million euro for the rehabilitation. It is significant to see that the number of senior citizens is also on the increase, thanks to new special materials that are inserted on each individual, young or old. The largest number of bionic Italians are found mainly in Lombardia and in Emilia-Romagna (Region). About half of the surgeries are carried out in Lombardia every year. Hip replacements are about 60% of all (replacement) sur- geries. There are a million and a half hip replacements in the world every year -- 300,000 in the United States. In Europe there are about 700,000 surgical procedures (hip) every year and Germany is in first place with 250,000, fol- lowed by Italy and then France. Most of these surgeries in Europe occur in women and the percentage goes up to 75% if the hip is replaced due to fracture or osteoporosis. The use of new material is much more lasting for a better qual- ity of life. The young also increasingly undergo surgeries to replace a part or a joint. TUTTO I BENE CIO CHE FINISCE BENE. All is well that ends well. LETTERS POLICY The Post-Gazette invites its readers to submit Letters to the Editor. Letters should be typed, double-spaced.and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. Anonymous letters are not accepted for publication. Due to space considerations, we request that letters not exceed two double-spaced, type-written pages. This newspaper reserves the right to edit letters for style, grammar and taste and to limit the number of letters published from any one person or organization. Deadline for submission is 12:00 noon on the Monday prior to the Friday on which the writer wishes to have the material published. Submission by the deadline does not guarantee publication. Send letter to: Pamela Donnaruma, Editor, The Post-Gazette, P.O. Box 130135, Boston, MA 02113 The time has come, the walrus said, TO TALK OF MANY THINGS of shoes and ships and sealing wax of cabbages and kings by Sal Giarratani MOTHER'S DAY BRUNCH time itself. Recently, Valli ney's district, winning re- AROUND THE CORNER was questioned about how election to the state senate Save the date Saturday, much longer he'll be singing by wide margins. May 14 for the West End and he responded, "I have no Said Tisei, "Wherever I go, Community Center's 4 m An- idea. I'm going to continue people are asking me to look nual Spring Hunt and to do it as long as I can. I'm at it. It is still early in the Mother's Day Brunch begin- having a great time, and process." Up on Beacon Hill, ning at 10:30 am. Meet on what else would I be doing he had a record of accom- Thoreau Path for the trea- if I wasn't singing? Planting plishments and also has real sure hunt and brunch back vegetables? Music is my life." world experience as a small at the Center at 11 am. For Way to go, Frankie! business owner too. He more information on this NEIGHBORHOOD helped draft the state's tough spring event, spring into ac- NEWS RADIO welfare reform law and also tion by calling Amy Ericson Every Sunday night at sponsored whistleblower pro- at 617-670-1900. I0 pm on WRCA-1300am, tection legislation. He could TEA PARTY you can catch Pastor Bruce give Tierney a good run for STILL MUST BE FEARED Wall discuss the neighbor- the seat. A Bill Hudak, he is Apparently, the Tea Party hood issues that affect your not. He can actually win this activists still must be feared life. He's not one of those seat. by Blue Americans out there shock jocks stirring the pot, LT. GOV. MURRAY happy, happy, happy with gov- he tells it like it is. Check SWEARS IN NEW SUPT. ernment spending and tax him out on Sunday nights. OF HOLYOKE hikes to finance them, eh? HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOLDIERS' HOME Every time the Tea Party MARY RICCI Paul Barabani, the newly- shows up to debate the is- Everyone at Our Lady of appointed Superintendent of sues of the day in the public Mount Carmel wishes Mary the Holyoke Soldiers Home square, the other side comes a Happy Birthday as she has was sworn in by Lt. Gover- out en masse, not to debate reached the 100 year mark. nor Tim Murray on April 14. but to drown out their oppo- Recently, City Councilor Sal Chairman of the Soldiers' nents. Yes, we have a right LaMattina presented Mary Home Board of Trustees to free speech but trying to with a citation celebrating Steven Como was the M.C. drown out your opponents is her 100 th birthday during her for the event. not exactly the spirit of free well-attended April I0 birth- CASINO DEBATE speech, is it? day party at Spinelli's in Day The Neighbors of Suffolk As the Tea Party says, Square. Downs are sponsoring a De- "The party ain't over yet!" EASTIE LUAU APRIL 29 bate Forum on the planned GET DOWN AT Sacred Heart Parish is casino at Suffolk Downs, LA ROBERTS sponsoring a Luau in the moderated by Ron Vecchia, If you're down on Route 1 church hall on Friday, April host of Winthrop's Commu- in North Attleboro on week- 29 at 7pm. Food by Great nity Forum on WCAT. end nights, you should Chef and music by DJ Mike Casino gambling opponent check out "LA Roberts Din- Pardi. It will be a great time former New Hampshire GOP ing & Drinks." Besides the for the entire family. All pro- State Senator Jim Rubens, food and drink, the atmo- ceeds to benefit Sacred Heart Granite State Coalition sphere is great for fun and Church. For more informa- Against Expanded Gambling laughs. Live music is heard tion, stop by the rectory or will be there along with ca- every Friday and Saturday better still, call Lucy Ryan at sino gambling proponent MA night for your dancing plea- 617-567-5776. State Representative Kathi sure. Recently, I saw "Soul WILL TISEI TAKE ON Reinstein, D-Revere and Ambition" there doing their TIERNEY IN '12? Chelsea. Bring your ques- thing. This group's music is Will former State Senator tions down[ What's your is- a little Sam without Dave Richard Tisei, (R-Wakefield), sue? Traffic, jobs, addiction, with a large dose of "Chi- take on long-time incum- the economy? cago" thrown into the mix. bent U.S. Representative The Forum will take place The crowd is a good mix of John Tierney, (D-6 th District) on Wednesday, May 4 th be- folks all with one mission, to next year? Last year, Tiesi ginning at 6:30 PM at hear good music. The place was Charlie Baker's lieuten- Winthrop Middle School, 151 gets hopping around 9 pm ant governor running mate Pauline Street, Winthrop, until closing, on the GOP ticket. Tisei had Massachusetts. Event spon- WEST END COMMUNITY always been popular in his sored by www.NeighborsOf CENTER'S MATINEE senate district within Tier- Suffolkdowns.org. HUGE SUCCESS Back on April 20, the West End Community Center and Greater Boston 's Affordab[e Private Cemetery West End Place presented "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" fen- Traditiona[ Buria[ Ptot taring the late Elizabeth Tay- lfor00tartina at $1500 lor. This was a terrific 1958 ---- = film based off of Tennessee MICHAELrEMETERY William's Pulitzer-Prize win- ning play examining a dys- .wsouMs c,.ou.O.s functional Southern family. 617.524.1036 Movie watchers seemed to 31 www.stmichaelcemetery.com enjoy it as much today as the Italian community for over 100 years! the movie goers of over 50 years ago. For more on these West End matinees, contact  Felicia Garcia at 617-670- Boston Harborside Home 1900. Many in the audience said they sat there remem- J ph g bering going to the movies ose A. Lan one right around the corner at the old Lancaster Theater in 580 Commercial St. - Boston, MA 02109 younger days gone by. FRANKIE VALLI & THE 617-536-4110 FOUR SEASONS www.bostonharborsidehome.com Next month, I'll be going to see Frankie Valli & the Four AugustaveM. Sabia, Jr. Seasons when they come FrederickJ. Wobrock into Boston to do a concert. As a baby boomer, back in CourtneyA.Fitzgbbons the day, Frankle Valli and his group were the tops for great C..' music. The British Invasion never had an effect on this A Service Family Affiliate of AFI/Service Corporation International group's popularity. They have 206 winter st., Fall River, MA 02720 Telephone 508-676-2454 survived the Beatles and  ..'