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Spine Movement Archives: February 2012

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Surviving a Turbulent Healthcare Market: 7 Points From Dr. Steven Wertheim of Resurgens Orthopaedics
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/29/12 18:29
Steven B. Wertheim, MD, co-President of Resurgens, discusses how his practice was able to meet and exceed the challenges of today's healthcare market.
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Doctors attend 4th International Scoliosis workshop
Borneo Bulletin Online - 02/29/12 17:55
The Department of Neurosurgery at the RIPAS Hospital is currently hosting the 4th International Scoliosis Workshop which began on February 26 and will conclude on March 3.
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16 Spine Surgeons Discuss Patient Satisfaction
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/29/12 14:00
Here are 16 spine surgeons discussing how their practice maintains patient satisfaction.
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Dr. Kai-Xuan Liu Presented at NYU Langone Medical Center
SFGate - 02/29/12 13:36
Dr. Kai-Xuan Liu, founder and chief endoscopic spine surgeon of Atlantic Spinal Care, New Jersey, was invited to visit the Center for the Study and Treatment of Pain (CSTP) at NYU Langone Medical Center on January 23, 2012.
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FDA fines Globus Medical and CEO $1M for selling rejected bone graft products
Ortho Spine News - 02/29/12 08:09
Orthopedics device maker Globus Medical and its CEO agree to pay a $1 million fine after an FDA inspection finds the company marketing bone graft products that the agency had denied for the U.S. market.
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10 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Engaging in Spinal Biologics Research and Development
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/29/12 12:24
Here are 10 spine surgeons and specialists who have a focus on research and development in spinal biologics.
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Kenya: 15 Patients to Benefit From Subsidised Spinal Surgery
All Africa.com - 02/28/12 20:10
Fifteen patients with spinal injuries will benefit from highly subsidised surgeries at the Kenyatta National Hospital. The hospital's spine surgeons have partnered with the US-based NuVasive Spine Foundation for highly subsidised corrective surgeries ending on Thursday this week.
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20 Statistics on Spine Pain Patient Office Visits
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/28/12 20:07
Here are 20 statistics about spine pain patient visits to physician offices, according to information presented by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
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Study: Preoperative Education May Increase Pain Management After Spinal Surgery
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/28/12 16:03
Implementation of preoperative education for spinal surgery patients had a positive impact on patient satisfaction, especially for pain management, according to a study in the International Journal of Spine Surgery.
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Alphatec Spine Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Revenue and Financial Results
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/28/12 16:07
"We are pleased with our revenue growth in the fourth quarter and full year," said Dirk Kuyper, president, global commercial operations at Alphatec Spine. "In the fourth quarter, constant currency revenue growth of 7.0% was near the high end of our performance in 2011, and we believe that we outpaced the global spine market's rate of growth...."
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Herzperforation 2,5 Jahre nach Kyphoplastie Eine seltene Komplikation nach Zementaustritt
(Pericardial perforation 2.5 years after kyphoplasty)

SpringerLink - Der Unfallchirurg - 02/27/12 17:47
Kyphoplasty is an established method in the treatment of osteoporotic spine fractures. In 10–15% of cases cement extravasation and leakage into veins occur. We report about the rare course of an extravasation.
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When Athletes Have Spine Injuries: Q&A With Dr. Alexander Vaccaro
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/27/12 15:59
Alexander Vaccaro, MD, PhD, a spine surgeon with Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and vice chairman of the department of orthopedics at Thomas Jefferson Hospital, discusses spinal injuries in athletes.
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25 Highest-Paid Specialties at Hospitals
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/27/12 14:49
Hospitals are purchasing physician practices and employing physicians at some of the highest levels in roughly two decades. Here are the top 25 highest-paid physician specialties, with average salary figures. #1: Orthopedic Surgery - Spine.
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Amedica Corporation Announces Launch of VALEO® VBR, Silicon Nitride Implant
Ortho Spine News - 02/27/12 12:12
Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive implant and instrument manufacturer focused on unique silicon nitride (Si3N4) ceramic technologies, announced today the launch of an extension of its Valeo product line.
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Osseon® Announces International Distribution Agreement with Aesculap
Ortho Spine News - 02/27/12 08:50
Osseon® Therapeutics, Inc. announced today that the company has entered into an International Distribution Agreement with Aesculap AG to distribute its vertebral compression fracture (VCF) treatment devices...
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Could Black Bear Blood Replace Infuse?
Ortho Spine News - 02/27/12 08:44
Black bear blood sounds like a bizarre source for a bone growth enhancer. However, Aursos, Inc. a Michigan-based company, is counting on a biomarker in the blood of black bears, a factor that prevents them from losing bone mass during hibernation, to provide one of the critical ingredients in its product for site-specific use in spinal fusions, bone filling and bone defect applications.
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Citing failure rate, surgeons suggest five-year spine surgery course
The Hindu - 02/25/12 20:47
The Neuro Spinal Surgeons Association of India is planning a formal recommendation to medical universities and also the Medical Council of India that a full-fledged five-year post-graduate course in spine surgery be introduced.
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New J&J CEO must fix sullied image, integrate Synthes
Sun Sentinel - 02/24/12 17:20
Johnson & Johnson's new CEO will need to take bold steps to help the giant healthcare company repair its reputation following costly product recalls and oversee its biggest acquisition ever.
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6 Tips for Productivity With Orthopedic & Spine Cases at Surgery Centers
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/24/12 17:20
Here are six tips to improve productivity at orthopedic and spine surgery centers.
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Scoliosis Research Society Letter Protests BCBS of Minnesota
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/24/12 17:16
Scoliosis Research Society recently sent a letter in response to Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota's medical policy IV-85 for the use of bone morphogenic protein.
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Asia-Pacific Markets for Minimally Invasive Spinal Devices 2011 (Australia, Japan and South Korea)
Live-PR (EN) - 02/24/12 14:45
The Asia-Pacific MIS spinal implant markets are expected to reach $83 million by 2017. Within the Asia-Pacific market, companies such as Depuy, Lifeheathcare, Medtronic, and Stryker lead the market, among others.
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TranS1 Inc. Opens New Training Facility in Raleigh, NC
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/24/12 11:30
TranS1 Inc., a medical device company focused on designing, developing and marketing minimally invasive spine products to treat degenerative conditions of the spine affecting the lower lumbar region, announced today the opening of its new training center in Raleigh, NC.
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凤凰城微创脊柱外科中心
复旦大学-复旦新闻文化网 -02/24/12 02:55
凤凰城位于美国西南的亚历桑那州(Arizona),这儿有个微创脊柱外科中心,掌门人就是杨氏椎间孔镜的发明人、杨氏椎间孔镜脊柱微创技术(YESS, Yeung Endoscopic Spine Surgery)的创始者安东尼杨(Anthony Yeung)。
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Orthofix International Announces 4th Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch - 02/23/12 15:05
Robert Vaters, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "2011 was an important year of transition for the Company highlighted by several key achievements that together represent an important point of inflection for the Company. We are now well positioned to focus on long term revenue growth across our Regenerative and Repair product platforms, all while continuing to deliver on our commitment of growing our earnings in excess of our sales."
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Nebraska Spine Hospital's Success: 7 Lessons Learned and Advantages Realized After One Year
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/23/12 15:17
Twenty years after initially proposing the idea of a specialty spine hospital, the physicians of Nebraska Spine Center in Omaha were finally able to open the doors of their very own, physician-owned spine hospital in August of 2010.
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Integra LifeSciences Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Financial Results
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/23/12 05:28
Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation (Nasdaq:IART - News) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ending December 31, 2011. Total revenues for the fourth quarter were $203.5 million, reflecting an increase of $9.4 million...
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NuVasive Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 Financial Results
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/22/12 16:15
Alex Lukianov, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Our financial performance in 2011 attests to the exceptional execution of our market-share taking strategy, which drove revenue growth of 13% within a challenged US spine market that did not grow. I am very proud of the NuVasive family's accomplishments to establish us as one of the top global spine companies with innovative surgical solutions that address the entire spine."
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Infuse competitor in EU working toward U.S. clearance for bone growth putty
MedCity News - 02/22/12 10:56
Yet another company that’s hungry for some of Medtronic Infuse’s shrinking slice of the bone graft substitute pie is raising money to commercialize its technology in the U.S.
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From spinal surgeon to trauma patient
Ottawa Citizen - 02/22/12 01:08
"They noted tenderness along my upper spine and paged the spine service," Chow said. "That's when my cellphone pager went off. You see, I was the oncall spine surgeon."
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5 Spine Specialists on Differentiating Spine Practices
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/22/12 12:59
Five spine specialists discuss how they differentiate their spine practices.
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10 Spine Surgeons Focusing on Trauma
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/22/12 12:45
Here are 10 spine surgeons who focus on trauma care.
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Medtronic indicates it’s considering selling its spine unit
Ortho Spine News - 02/22/12 10:14
Another quarter of weak sales in Medtronic's division for spine devices stirred talk Tuesday about whether the Fridley-based manufacturer eventually might sell the business unit.
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6 Points Comparing Spine Surgeon Compensation
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/21/12 17:14
Here are six points comparing spine surgeon compensation. The data is from MGMA's Physician Compensation and Production Survey: 2010 Report Based on 2009 Data and Physicians Compensation and Production Survey: 2011 Report Based on 2010 Data, unless otherwise noted.
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The State of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: Q&A With SMISS President Dr. William Taylor
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/21/12 14:33
William Taylor, MD, a spine surgeon at the University of San Diego, is one of the pioneers of minimally invasive spine surgery in the United States. He helped found the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery — which has grown tremendously over the past five years — and now serves as its president....
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Medtronic Reports Third Quarter Earnings
Medtronic - 02/21/12 06:31
“I am pleased that a majority of our business mix continued to report strong, consistent revenue growth in the upper single digits. However, this was masked by continued challenges in our U.S. ICD and Spine performance,” said Omar Ishrak, Medtronic chairman and chief executive officer.
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Guideline: Monitoring Spinal Cord During Surgery May Help Prevent Paralysis
American Academy of Neurology - 02/20/12 16:00
The American Academy of Neurology is issuing an updated guideline that recommends monitoring the spinal cord during spinal surgery and certain chest surgeries to help prevent paralysis, or loss of muscle function, related to the surgeries.
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AAOS Launches New Orthopedics Value Initiative
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/20/12 14:16
Karen L. Hackett, CEO of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, introduced a new initiative to describe the value orthopedic surgeons provide for their patients' quality of life, according to an AAOS Now report.
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Surgeons meet begins in city
The Times Of India - 02/17/12 18:03
KANPUR: Three-day annual workshop on orthopaedic advancements, organized by Uttar Pradesh Orthopaedic Association, UPOrthocon-2012, began here on Friday. Dr Harpreet S Gill from Apollo Hospital said that he would discuss the latest trends in hereditary bone ailments and minimally invasive spine surgery (MISS).
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Depositing Vancomycin May Reduce Infection Rates After Spinal Surgery
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/17/12 16:30
Depositing vancomycin into deep spinal surgery wounds may be a cost-effective method of lowering infection rates, according to a Medscape Medical News report.
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Cornell Researchers Develop Chamber Implant for Spinal Cord Procedure
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/17/12 15:45
Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., have developed a surgical procedure on a mouse spinal cord to better understand and treat spinal cord pathology, according to an article in Nature Methods.
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Paulsen: Med-tech tax repeal vote may come this year
Mass Device - 02/17/12 15:30
A bill that would repeal the 2.3% medical device tax set to begin in 2013 has gained momentum in Congress, garnering 228 co-sponsors so far, said Rep. Erik Paulsen, R-Minn., a co-author of the measure. "I actually expect that this is going to move forward in the House sometime this year, hopefully sooner than later. That's a question that's up to leadership," he said.
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Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee
The Wall Street Journal - 02/16/12 12:00
Offended by President Obama's decision to force health insurers to pay for contraception and surgical sterilization? It gets worse: In the future, thanks to ObamaCare, the government will issue such health edicts on a routine basis—and largely insulated from public view. This goes beyond contraception to cancer screenings, the use of common drugs like aspirin, and much more.
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Stemming the tide of overtreatment in U.S. healthcare
Yahoo! News - 02/16/12 08:14
Dr. Daniel Resnick, a neurosurgeon who specializes in spine surgery, has been involved for years in establishing guidelines with the North American Spine Society, which represents 6,500 physicians. He said some fellow surgeons "got very angry" when his group rolled out guidelines.
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Lanx, Inc. Names Prominent Spine Surgeons to Surgeon Advisory Board
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/16/12 07:53
Lanx, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announces it has named six prominent neurological and orthopedic surgeons to its Surgeon Advisory Board, which provides strategic guidance to Lanx on product commercialization, clinical studies, and medical education.
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Global Market for Spinal Nonfusion Technology Devices to Reach over $800 Million by 2016
Yahoo! Finance Canada - 02/16/12 07:14
According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global authority on medical technology market intelligence, the global market for spinal nonfusion technology devices will show significant growth to $814 million by 2016.
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Amedica Corporation Completes $30 MM Financing to Expand Market Share of Proprietary Silicon Nitride Ceramic
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/16/12 07:10
Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive implant manufacturer focused on its medical grade silicon nitride ceramic material, today announced the completion of its $30 million Senior Secured Subordinated Convertible Notes financing.
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Neuro-surgeons seek to break new ground in brain, spine surgery
Vanguard - 02/15/12 17:52
Nigeria: Neuro-surgeons will today converge on Enugu to adopt new methods of performing brain and spine surgeries locally to discourage Nigerians from seeking treatment oversea. The two-day conference is titled “Contemporary Spine Management”.
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17 Spine Surgeon Leaders in State Orthopedic Societies
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/15/12 14:31
Here are 17 spine surgeons who hold leadership positions in state orthopedic societies.
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Are Spine Surgeons Seeing Patient Volume Increase or Decrease?
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/15/12 12:43
Six spine surgeons discuss trends in patient volume at their practices.
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Deal would extend jobless benefits, prevent Medicare cut
LA Times - 02/15/12 11:50
One day after House Republican leaders made a major concession on the payroll tax cut, congressional negotiators struck a tentative deal that also would extend long-term unemployment benefits and prevent drastic reductions in doctors' Medicare payments.
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Doc associations rip Medicare pay deal
ModernHealthCare.com - 02/15/12 11:15
Federal lawmakers on Wednesday reached a tentative agreement on a payroll tax holiday bill that averts a 27.4% cut in Medicare physician payment rates and extends current rates until the end of 2012, according to a GOP aide.
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Titan Spine Acquires Additional Patent Protection for its Spinal Implant Surface Technologies
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/15/12 07:50
Titan Spine, a medical device surface technology company focused on the development of innovative spinal interbody fusion implants, announced today that it has acquired two patents related to its current and future surface modification techniques.
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Spinal Surgery Coding Updates for 2012
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/14/12 15:07
There are now new codes associated with spine surgery, including posterior interbody fusion, posterolateral interbody fusion and discectomy, according to a report from AAOS Now.
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New Jersey Spine Society Calls Emergency Meeting on Spine Reimbursements
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/14/12 13:54
The New Jersey State Spine Society has called an emergency meeting for Feb. 15 to address major state legislative issues to reduce reimbursement rates for spine procedures and gather support for advocacy efforts, according to an ISASS news release.
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10 Evolving Issues for Hospitals, Health Systems, Physicians & ACOs
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/14/12 10:09
This article briefly discusses 10 emerging healthcare issues for 2012, focusing principally on hospital and physician issues.
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Amedica Corporation Announces Launch of Valeo® VBR, Silicon Nitride Implant
Reuters Press Release News Headlines - 02/14/12 07:25
Vertebral Body Replacement Device to Aid Surgical Correction and Stabilization of the Thoracolumbar Spine.
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Europe Announces Long-Awaited Plans to Reform the EU Data Protection Regime
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP - 02/13/12 10:47
On 25 January 2012, the European Commission announced plans to reform comprehensively the existing data protection regime across the 27 member states that form the EU. These pending regulations will have implications internationally for manufacturers and end users of spine surgery devices and equipment and should prepare for its arrival as early as 2014.
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How Does Being a Smoker Affect Your Back?
About.com - 02/13/12 09:48
If you are a smoker, most likely someone, at some time, has warned you about the health risks associated with your behavior. Heart disease, cancer and other serious illnesses top the list. But did you know that back pain is on there as well?
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Phased-in Implementation of FATCA: IRS Provides Relief to Foreign Financial Institutions
Arnold & Porter (UK) LLP - 02/13/12 09:44
On February 8, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Treasury Department released the highly anticipated proposed regulations (Proposed Regulations) that, when published in final form, would implement the withholding and information reporting provisions of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and will have far-reaching implications for companies and individuals conducting international financial transactions.
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Question: How Does Smoking Affect the Spine?
About.com - 02/13/12 09:48
Question: How Does Smoking Affect the Spine? Back pain is one of the many health risks of smoking. How exactly does exposure to nicotine damage the spinal structures? Answer: One way is that it affects blood vessels.
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Programme to detect scoliosis in schoolchildren
The Hindu - 02/12/12 19:23
Teachers to be trained to conduct a simple test An awareness programme is on to detect scoliosis, a curve in the spine, among schoolchildren. Teachers are being involved in the detection of the problem by making them conduct simple tests on their pupils.
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Bacterin Study at AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting Shows OsteoSponge® Equivalence to rhBMP-2 in Spinal Fusion; Presented Specifically to Orthopaedic Surgeons
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/10/12 17:35
Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., a leader in the development of revolutionary bone graft material and antimicrobial coatings for medical applications, presented at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2012 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA, its study showing OsteoSponge® equivalence to rhBMP-2 in spinal fusion.
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AAOS Focuses on Disaster Responders, both Yesterday's and Tomorrow's
Yahoo! News - 02/10/12 11:18
Study reports long-term positive effects of the orthopaedic disaster response in Haiti; meanwhile Academy initiates first-of-its kind disaster response certification to prepare for future crises.
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5 Keys to Success With Spine Surgery in ASCs
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/10/12 12:50
Here are 5 keys to success with spine surgery in an outpatient surgery center.
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AAOS Launches National 2012 Public Service Announcement Campaign
Yahoo! News - 02/09/12 12:02
Orthopaedic Surgeons Aim to Educate about Overuse Injuries, Driver Focus, Obesity and Wartime Lessons Advancing Civilian Trauma Care.
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Annual Cost of Defensive Orthopaedic Medicine Estimated at $2 Billion
Yahoo! News - 02/09/12 10:46
In a first-ever national survey of orthopaedic surgeons, 96 percent said they have practiced defensive medicine - the ordering of tests, referrals to specialists and hospital admissions primarily to avoid liability and without significant benefit to patients - according to a new study presented today at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
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Dr. Kai-Xuan Liu Brings Advanced Techniques of Endoscopic Spine Surgery to China
SFGate - 02/09/12 04:32
Kai-Xuan Liu, MD, PhD, founder and chief endoscopic spine surgeon of Atlantic Spinal Care, New Jersey, visited multiple hospitals and medical centers in Chongqing, Beijing, and Shanghai during his China trip on January 2-8, 2012.
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Why Do Spine Surgeons Choose Private Practice or Hospital Employment?
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/08/12 13:50
Seven spine surgeons discuss their choice to enter into private practice or hospital employment.
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20 Spine and Neurosurgeon Inventors to Know
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/08/12 11:52
Here are 20 spine and neurosurgeons currently practice who invented spinal devices, techniques and systems.
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Spine Goes Mobile with New iPad App
Newswise - 02/08/12 09:15
The top-cited, most trusted peer reviewed journal in spinal deformity and dysfunction is now available in a new mobile edition with the launch of Spine for the iPad®.
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5 Points on MILD From Dr. John Hong of Gateway Spine & Pain Physicians
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/08/12 09:01
Minimally invasive lumbar decompression, or MILD, is a percutaneous procedure developed by Vertos Medical to treat symptomatic spinal stenosis. The purpose of the MILD procedure is to remove excess ligamentum flavum and decompress the spinal cord.
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Medtronic Announces 510k Clearance for the Aquamantys SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer for Spine Surgery
Medtronic - 02/08/12 06:00
Medtronic, Inc. announced that it has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the Aquamantys SBS 5.0 Sheathed Bipolar Sealer, a new addition to the spine portfolio of the company's Advanced Energy business.
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MEDICREA's PASS MIS: FDA Approval and First Surgery in the US
Reuters Press Release News Headlines - 02/07/12 17:43
The MEDICREA group... a medical company specialized in the development of innovative surgical technologies for the treatment of spinal pathologies, today announced the approval by the FDA of the PASS MIS system and the first PASS MIS surgery performed in the U.S. by Dr. Victor Hsu.
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Dr. Stephen Hochschuler: 8 Changes to Ensure a Brighter Future for Spine Surgery
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/07/12 16:03
Stephen Hochschuler, MD, co-founder of Texas Back Institute and past president of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery, discusses eight changes for a more positive spine and healthcare environment in the future.
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Invuity, Inc. Launches Advanced Visualization System for Spinal Surgeries
Device Space - 02/07/12 15:51
Invuity, a leading developer of state-of-the-art surgical visualization technology, today debuted its illuminated Eigr Taylor Retractor System at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting.
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Health Canada Issues Medical Device License to Baxano for iO-Flex® System
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/07/12 13:10
Baxano, Inc., a Silicon Valley based medical device company and manufacturer of the iO-Flex® System for spinal decompression surgery, announced today that it has received a medical device license (license # 88060) from Health Canada permitting the company to promote its iO-Flex technology throughout Canada.
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World’s Only Regional and Full-Spine Scanner on Display at AAOS
Yahoo! News - 02/07/12 10:19
The iDR-L from iCRco uses a receptor large enough to capture the entire anatomy, which reduces scan time and increases patient satisfaction. Its extra large field of use also allows users to replace or supplement their existing RAD room environment by providing the ability to do all anatomy regions...
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Fortis launches comprehensive spine care programme
NewKerala.com - 02/07/12 08:46
To make eastern India free from back and neck pains and related problems, Fortis Hospitals Kolkata launched a comprehensive spine-care programme here today.
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NYU Langone orthopaedic experts present research, clinical advances at AAOS meeting
PhysOrg.com - 02/06/12 18:00
Experts from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center will present their latest research and clinical findings on diseases of the muscle, tendon, bone and joint at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), February 7-11 in San Francisco, California.
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Study: Anatomic Patterns Could Influence Appropriate Scoliosis Treatments
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/06/12 10:33
According to a study published in Spine, different anatomic patterns of proximal thoracic curves could cause different altered positions of the esophagus relative to the spine and result in different potential risks of esophageal injuries during thoracic pedicle screw insertion.
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BioMedGPS Launches FastTRAK B.I., a Life Sciences Business Intelligence Dashboard for Orthopedic, Spine, Biologics and Wound Care Companies
Reuters Press Release News Headlines - 02/06/12 06:28
BioMedGPS, the leader in healthcare business intelligence and competitive metrics, announces the launch of FastTRAK B.I., a new business intelligence service designed specifically for the life science industry. FastTRAK B.I. is the single most useful business intelligence resource life sciences executives can rely on as a quick, accurate and actionable industry “dashboard.”
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Study: BMP Costs High Without Much Better Results
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/03/12 14:18
A study published in Spine found that amongst the population having surgery for lumbar stenosis, there has been an uptake in the use of bone morphogenetic proteins but BMP has not related to reduced likelihood of reoperation.
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Palsy Complications Low for Cervical Spine Surgery
MD News - 02/03/12 08:25
The incidence of postoperative C5 nerve palsy, a well-known complication in cervical spine surgery, is very low, according to research published in the Feb. 1 issue of Spine.
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SurgLine International, Inc. First Spinal Implants Used Successfully in Medical Procedure
Yahoo! Finance US - 02/03/12 07:23
SurgLine International, Inc. today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, SurgLine, Inc. ("SurgLine") supplied its first spinal implants for a spine surgery at the end of January.
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OrthoSensor, Inc., Intelligent Orthopedic Device Innovator, Receives Two Additional Key Patents
Device Space - 02/03/12 13:36
OrthoSensor, Inc., the leader in intelligent orthopedics, announced that the United States Patent Office has granted the company two more key patents related to its intelligent orthopedic surgical platform.
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Medtronic's confidential witness still refuses to cough up Infuse docs
MassDevice - 02/02/12 14:09
A federal judge in Minnesota upholds an order that a former Medtronic employee, known only as Confidential Witness 2, must produce documents in a shareholder lawsuit over alleged off-label marketing of Medtronic's troubled Infuse bone growth protein.
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30 ASCs Performing More Than 10,000 Procedures a Year
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/02/12 11:54
Here is a list of 30 ambulatory surgery centers across the country with an annual case volume of more than 10,000 procedures.
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10 New Spine-Focused Practices & Programs
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/02/12 11:51
Here are ten new surgery centers, spine centers and neurosurgery centers opened or announced in January.
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The four principles behind the advancement of spinal surgery
Spinal News - CXVascular - 02/02/12 05:38
James Yue, associate professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA, is a programme chair for the annual meeting of the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS12; 20–23 March 2012, Barcelona, Spain). He talks to Spinal News International about the need for “C.U.R.E”.
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8 Pillars of Success at Sonoran Spine Center
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/01/12 12:40
Spine practices can follow one of several different business models with a focus on either surgical cases, non-surgical cases or a mix of both. When founding his group, Sonoran Spine Center, Dennis Crandall, MD, chose a model that emphasized treating all different types of patients.
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10 Spine Surgeons & Specialists Focusing on Ethics
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/01/12 12:11
Here are 10 spine surgeons who hold leadership positions in spine-focused ethics committees and organizations.
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Which Spine Procedures Are Difficult to Receive Reimbursement For?
Becker's Orthopedic & Spine Review - 02/01/12 12:11
Six spine surgeons discuss the reimbursement environment for spine surgery.
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NLT SPINE Receives 510(k) Clearance for its Lumbar Interbody Fusion Device, PROW FUSION™
Device Space - 02/01/12 09:43
NLT SPINE, a developer of Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (MISS) products, today announced that its PROW FUSION™ device received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
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7 Top Concerns for Spine Surgeons in 2012
Becker's ASC Review - 02/01/12 08:29
Four spine surgeons discuss the topics weighing most heavily on them and their practices heading into 2012.
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Industry/FDA Reach $595 Million Agreement on User Fees
Orthopedics This Week - 02/01/12 11:47
The FDA and industry have reached a $595 million agreement on device user fees. The agency says the new funding will speed up review times by allowing the hiring of over 200 more staffers. The $595 million over five years is an increase from the $295 million collected the previous five years. The agreement in principle now goes to Congress for a February 15 hearing.
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