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Basic yoga pose reduces idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent, adult patients

Basic yoga pose reduces idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent, adult patients

A basic yoga pose, done for an average of only 1.5 minutes a day, six days a week for two months, reduced idiopathic scoliosis curves for adolescent and adult patients an average of 32% in the first peer-reviewed published clinical trial studying yoga for the reduction of scoliosis curves. [More]

Amedica releases Valeo II TL silicon nitride interbody fusion devices

Amedica Corporation, a commercial biomaterial company focused on silicon nitride ceramics as a material platform to develop, manufacture and sell novel medical devices, is pleased to announce the release of its second generation silicon nitride transforaminal lumbar (TL) interbody fusion device. [More]
New spinal fixation technique: an interview with Dr. Ian Armstrong, Medical Director, Southern California Spine Institute

New spinal fixation technique: an interview with Dr. Ian Armstrong, Medical Director, Southern California Spine Institute

Traditionally, the most commonly used medical devices for spinal fusion procedures have been pedicle screws and rods, and interbody cages or spacers. Each are coupled with bone grafts and limit movement while the area being fused heals. [More]
Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Mortality rates decrease for hip and knee replacement surgeries in older patients

Over the past decade, a greater number of patients, age 80 and older, are having elective orthopaedic surgery. [More]
Anti-clotting treatment not needed for all kids who undergo spine operations

Anti-clotting treatment not needed for all kids who undergo spine operations

Blood clots occur so rarely in children undergoing spine operations that most patients require nothing more than vigilant monitoring after surgery and should be spared risky and costly anti-clotting medications, according to a new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study. [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

St. Mary's Medical Center honored with Healthgrades 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the 2014 Women's Health Excellence Award from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. [More]
First Edition: February 25, 2014

First Edition: February 25, 2014

Today's headlines include stories exploring the political dynamics governors face regarding the health law's Medicaid expansion. [More]
Sedation before nerve block significantly increases false-positive results, shows study

Sedation before nerve block significantly increases false-positive results, shows study

New research suggests that sedating patients before a nerve block needed to diagnose or treat chronic pain increases costs, risks and unnecessary surgeries, and sedation does nothing to increase patient satisfaction or long-term pain control. [More]
DePuy Synthes Spine signs representative agreement for marketing LifeNet Health's cellular allografts

DePuy Synthes Spine signs representative agreement for marketing LifeNet Health's cellular allografts

DePuy Synthes Spine and DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, divisions of DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., announced today they have entered into an exclusive worldwide representative agreement for the marketing and promotion of a new cellular allograft product developed by LifeNet Health, a world leader in allograft bio-implants and cellular therapies. [More]
DePuy Synthes Spine announces the U.S. launch of new tissue implant for spine fusion surgery

DePuy Synthes Spine announces the U.S. launch of new tissue implant for spine fusion surgery

DePuy Synthes Spine, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced today the U.S. launch of CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills voids during posterolateral spinal fusion surgery and provides a natural scaffold for new bone formation. [More]

DePuy Synthes develops CONFORM SHEET allograft implant for spinal fusion surgery

DePuy Synthes Spine, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced today the U.S. launch of CONFORM SHEET™, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills voids during posterolateral spinal fusion surgery and provides a natural scaffold for new bone formation. [More]
Research roundup: Long-term care use varies dramatically by state; health spending slowdown explained

Research roundup: Long-term care use varies dramatically by state; health spending slowdown explained

In 2012, about 58,500 paid, regulated long-term care services providers served about 8 million people in the United States. Long-term care services were provided by 4,800 adult day services centers, 12,200 home health agencies, 3,700 hospices, 15,700 nursing homes, and 22,200 assisted living and similar residential care communities. Each day in 2012, there were 273,200 participants enrolled in adult day services centers, 1,383,700 residents in nursing homes, and 713,300 residents in residential care communities; in 2011, about 4,742,500 patients received services from home health agencies, and 1,244,500 patients received services from hospices. Provider sectors differed in ownership, and average size and supply varied by region (Harris-Kojetin et al., 12/12). [More]
Research paper provides first evidence-based recommendations for using PRP in orthopaedic care

Research paper provides first evidence-based recommendations for using PRP in orthopaedic care

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) has grabbed headlines in recent years for its role in helping some of sports' biggest stars return to play following injury -including golfer Tiger Woods, Super Bowl winner Hines Ward and NBA legend Kobe Bryant. [More]
Questions about medical necessity for some surgeries, screenings

Questions about medical necessity for some surgeries, screenings

The Washington Post looks at the dramatic increase in spinal fusion surgeries and whether all are necessary, while Kaiser Health News examines screenings for stroke and heart disease, some of which are not recommended for healthy people. [More]

Amedica signs distribution agreement with K2M

Amedica Corporation, a biomaterial company, announced today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with K2M that will provide surgeons and hospitals in Europe with access to Amedica's Silicon Nitride interbody spinal fusion devices. [More]
BMP linked to increased risk of benign tumors, not cancers

BMP linked to increased risk of benign tumors, not cancers

Patients undergoing spinal fusion surgery with bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) appear to be at increased risk of benign tumors—but not cancers, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
Indicators of poor preoperative health predict risk of major medical complications

Indicators of poor preoperative health predict risk of major medical complications

For older adults undergoing surgery for spinal stenosis, some simple indicators of poor preoperative health predict a high risk of major medical complications, reports a study in the September 1 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
Professional athletes can return to competition after vertebral fusion surgery

Professional athletes can return to competition after vertebral fusion surgery

Most professional athletes are able to return to competition within a year after vertebral fusion surgery on the upper (cervical) spine, reports a study in the July issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
OHSU analysis finds previous studies have overstated effectiveness of bone growth product used in spinal surgeries

OHSU analysis finds previous studies have overstated effectiveness of bone growth product used in spinal surgeries

An analysis by the Evidence-based Practice Center at Oregon Health & Science University has found that previously published clinical trial studies about a controversial bone growth product used in spinal surgeries overstated the product's effectiveness. [More]
Study reports that less-invasive option for spinal stenosis poses 'trade-off' in outcomes

Study reports that less-invasive option for spinal stenosis poses 'trade-off' in outcomes

Interspinous spacer implantation-a less-invasive alternative surgical option for spinal stenosis-has a lower complication rate than spinal fusion, reports a study in the May 1 issue of Spine The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]