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Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics (also spelled orthopaedics) is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital conditions.

State highlights: Ohio hospital merger struck down; Okla. abortion drug use limited; Calif. exchange and felons

A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a major health system in northwest Ohio to unwind its merger with a local hospital on antitrust grounds. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati comes amid growing concerns about hospital mergers and their effect on prices against the backdrop of America's health care upheaval (Gershman, 4/22). [More]
Research grants could improve patients' recovery from athletic and nonathletic injuries

Research grants could improve patients' recovery from athletic and nonathletic injuries

Two orthopedic organizations have presented Beaumont Health System with prestigious, competitive research grants that could improve patients' recovery from both athletic and nonathletic injuries. [More]

First Edition: April 23, 2014

Today's headlines include a range of health policy news reports, including developments related to the health law, to the marketplace and at the state level. [More]

Saint Louis University partners with SSM to offer post-professional residency program in orthopedic physical therapy

Saint Louis University's program in physical therapy is partnering with SSM Physical Therapy to offer a post-professional residency program in orthopedic physical therapy.The year-long residency prepares physical therapists to specialize in evaluating, treating and managing patients who have orthopedic problems. [More]

Spine medical center at Meijo Hospital in Nagoya installs EOS imaging system

EOS imaging, the pioneer in 2D/3D orthopaedic medical imaging, today announced the installation of the EOS imaging system in Japan's leading spine medical center at Meijo Hospital in Nagoya. The installation is one of the four installations of EOS in Japan since the equipment has received market clearance. [More]
Doctors still make good money

Doctors still make good money

An annual survey shows that doctors, on average, still make at least three times the annual median household income. Media outlets also describe other trends, including the return of house calls, often as part of hospital palliative care programs, the use of scribes to help with digital records, rushed doctors' visits and a study finding that free drug samples influence doctors' prescribing practices. [More]
MEDNAX acquires Fredericksburg Anesthesia Associates

MEDNAX acquires Fredericksburg Anesthesia Associates

MEDNAX, Inc., today announced the acquisition of Fredericksburg Anesthesia Associates, Inc., a private practice physician group based in Fredericksburg, Va. The practice will become part of MEDNAX's American Anesthesiology division and is the third Virginia-based anesthesia practice to join the division. [More]
Anika Therapeutics reports first commercial sale of Monovisc in the U.S.

Anika Therapeutics reports first commercial sale of Monovisc in the U.S.

Anika Therapeutics, Inc., a leader in products for tissue protection, healing and repair, based on hyaluronic acid ("HA") technology, today announced the first U.S. commercial sale of Monovisc by its commercial partner, DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine, a leading orthopedic sports medicine company. [More]
Analysis of Medicare pay shows variations in drugs used and earnings by specialists

Analysis of Medicare pay shows variations in drugs used and earnings by specialists

The Washington Post examines how drugs administered by doctors is different in various regions of the country. Other outlets look at other issues, including how eye doctors are among the highest paid specialty. [More]

Compressyn Band selected as finalist in Medical Design Excellence Awards for Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products Category

Dallen Medical, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Compressyn™ Band has been selected as a finalist in the Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products Category of the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. [More]
Natural compound from green tomatoes protects against muscle atrophy

Natural compound from green tomatoes protects against muscle atrophy

Using a screening method that previously identified a compound in apple peel as a muscle-boosting agent, a team of University of Iowa scientists has now discovered that tomatidine, a compound from green tomatoes, is even more potent for building muscle and protecting against muscle atrophy. [More]

Osiris Therapeutics receives $15 million cash payment from Mesoblast for Prochymal

Osiris Therapeutics, Inc., the leading stem cell company focused on developing and marketing products to treat conditions in wound care, orthopedic and sports medicine markets, announced that it has received the next $15 million cash payment from Mesoblast in accordance with the Purchase Agreement relating to the Prochymal business. [More]

Biosafe receives official registration of single use disposable kits with Chinese FDA

Biosafe is proud to report that it has just received the official registration of its single use disposable kits with the Chinese FDA. Following earlier approval of the Company's Sepax cell processing machine, Biosafe is now primed to launch sales of its products in the People's Republic of China. [More]

Biomet's consolidated net sales increase 6.6% to $822.5 million

Biomet, Inc. announced today financial results for its third quarter ended February 28, 2014. [More]

Cardinal Health agrees to acquire AccessClosure for $320 million

Cardinal Health today announced an agreement to acquire privately held AccessClosure Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of extravascular closure devices in the United States, for $320 million. Subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory clearances, the all-cash transaction is expected to close by early June 2014. [More]
10% of neurosurgeons follow routine psychological screenings of patients prior to back surgery

10% of neurosurgeons follow routine psychological screenings of patients prior to back surgery

In a report published in the April edition of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. [More]
New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

Researchers from Syracuse, New York, report a new, highly accurate, neuromonitoring method that can be used during thoracic spine surgery to prevent malpositioning of pedicle screws such that they enter the spinal canal and possibly cause postoperative neurological impairment. [More]

Dust settles as the health law's open enrollment period comes to a close

Though March 31 is increasingly viewed as a somewhat soft deadline, it's come and gone amidst last-day technical troubles. In its wake, lots of analysis and speculation about where the ultimate tally -- now estimated to have topped 7 million -- may fall, as well as how many of those new enrollees were previously uninsured and how many will pay their premiums. [More]

Enrollment commences for Daiichi Sankyo's ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study in NVAF patients

Daiichi Sankyo Company, Limited today announced that it has started enrolling patients into the ENSURE-AF multinational phase 3 study, which will evaluate the efficacy and safety of its investigational oral, once-daily direct factor Xa-inhibitor edoxaban compared to enoxaparin/warfarin for the prevention of stroke and other blood clot complications in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) undergoing electrical cardioversion (low-energy shocks to trigger normal heart rhythm). [More]

Righttime Medical Care CEO presents lecture on MTBI at Maryland’s annual conference

Robert G. Graw, Jr., M.D., Chief Executive Officer of Maryland-based Righttime Medical Care, presented his lecture, An Integrated Community Model for the Education, Evaluation and Treatment: An Update, on mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBI) at the Brain Injury Association of Maryland's annual conference on March 20. [More]