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Childbearing women who take painkillers may face increased risk of birth defects

Childbearing women who take painkillers may face increased risk of birth defects

More than one-fourth of privately-insured and one-third of Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age filled prescriptions for opioid-based (narcotic) painkillers between 2008 and 2012, according to a new analysis published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). [More]
K2M obtains FDA approval to market MESA 2 Deformity Spinal System

K2M obtains FDA approval to market MESA 2 Deformity Spinal System

K2M Group Holdings, Inc., a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative and proprietary complex spine technologies, techniques and minimally invasive procedures, today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the MESA 2 Deformity Spinal System. [More]
St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

St. Mary's wins Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence for second consecutive year

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has received the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals. This is the second consecutive year St. Mary's has received this award, which recognizes St. Mary's as among the top five percent of more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide for clinical performance. [More]
Report: Folic acid saves babies from neural tube defects

Report: Folic acid saves babies from neural tube defects

Fortifying grain foods with the B vitamin folic acid has saved about 1,300 babies every year from being born with serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs), according to new data published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its publication Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. [More]
Valorem Surgical reports FDA approval and first utilization of MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System

Valorem Surgical reports FDA approval and first utilization of MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System

Valorem Surgical, an early stage medical device company with a platform on surgically treating spinal pathologies through a minimally invasive (MIS) approach, today announced that the Company has received FDA clearance and its first case utilizing its minimally invasive MaxiMIS Spinal Fixation System, performed by board-certified, neurosurgeon, Dr. Jae Lim in Reston, VA. [More]
MTF Wound Care division inks group purchasing deal with Premier

MTF Wound Care division inks group purchasing deal with Premier

The Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Wound Care division announced today that it has signed a group purchasing agreement with Premier, Inc., a leading healthcare improvement company. The agreement offers Premier alliance members access to MTF Wound Care's innovative line of biologic tissue forms. [More]
New treatment approach may improve survival rates for certain patients with stage 4 lung cancer

New treatment approach may improve survival rates for certain patients with stage 4 lung cancer

A clinical trial that combined stereotactic body radiation therapy with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain stage 4 lung cancer patients, UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers report. [More]

Comprehensive analysis of the global composites in orthopedic market

Composites in global orthopedic industry are expected to grow at an average rate of 8.1%. The US has highest consumption in terms of value and volume. Hip, knee and spine surgeries are the common orthopedic procedures in the developed world while in emerging economies they have a lower penetration. [More]
Treatment for stroke: Intra-arterial treatment more effective than standard medical care for clot removal

Treatment for stroke: Intra-arterial treatment more effective than standard medical care for clot removal

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. [More]

K2M completes first surgical case using innovative corpectomy cage system

K2M Group Holdings, Inc., a global medical device company focused on designing, developing and commercializing innovative and proprietary complex spine technologies, techniques and minimally invasive procedures, today announced the completion of the first surgical case using the Company's CAPRI™ Corpectomy Cage System, an expandable vertebral body replacement device that provides structural stability following a corpectomy or vertebrectomy. [More]

Bio2 Technologies' CLM Bioactive Scaffold receives FDA clearance

Bio2 Technologies, Inc. (a privately held development stage company) announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its CLM Bioactive Scaffold. [More]
AAN urges for more research on use of medical marijuana for brain, nervous system disorders

AAN urges for more research on use of medical marijuana for brain, nervous system disorders

The American Academy of Neurology is calling for more research on the use of medical marijuana for brain, spine and nervous system disorders in a new position statement released by the AAN, the world's largest association of neurologists with more than 28,000 members. [More]
Variations in ERAP1 enzyme could lead to Ankylosing Spondylitis

Variations in ERAP1 enzyme could lead to Ankylosing Spondylitis

Scientists at the University of Southampton have discovered variations in an enzyme belonging to the immune system that leaves individuals susceptible to Ankylosing Spondylitis. [More]
SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE wins Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for SI Joint Patient Community website

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that pioneered the use of the iFuse Implant System, a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device indicated for fusion for certain disorders of the sacroiliac (SI) joint, won the Gold 2014 International MarCom Award for its SI Joint Patient Community website and an Honorable Mention for the SI Buddy Patient Networking Program. [More]
New study examines efficacy of brace application for treatment of spinal compression fractures

New study examines efficacy of brace application for treatment of spinal compression fractures

Compression fractures in the spine due to osteoporosis, a common condition causing progressive bone loss and increased fracture risk, are especially common in older women. A new study appearing in the December 3rd issue of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery found that patients who wore a brace as treatment for a spinal compression fracture had comparable outcomes in terms of pain, function and healing when compared to patients who did not wear a brace. [More]
TSRI scientists identify 'mechanoreceptor' protein that mediates sense of touch in mammals

TSRI scientists identify 'mechanoreceptor' protein that mediates sense of touch in mammals

A team led by biologists at The Scripps Research Institute has solved a long-standing mystery in neuroscience by identifying the "mechanoreceptor" protein that mediates the sense of touch in mammals. [More]
DePuy Synthes Spine receives FDA clearance to market VEPTR/VETPR II Devices for TIS treatment

DePuy Synthes Spine receives FDA clearance to market VEPTR/VETPR II Devices for TIS treatment

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the VEPTR/VEPTR II Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib Devices for the treatment of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome (TIS), a rare congenital condition where severe deformities of the chest, spine or ribs impair breathing and lung growth in children. [More]
Fiagon's ENT Extended Instrument Set receives FDA approval

Fiagon's ENT Extended Instrument Set receives FDA approval

Fiagon AG medical technologies announced today that it received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for its ear, nose and throat (ENT) Extended Instrument Set. The clearance includes the company's tip-navigated GuideWire, PointerShell instrument adaptor and FlexTube navigated suction and irrigation. [More]
St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

St. Mary's Medical Center adds Mazor Renaissance robot-assisted system to Spine Center

Dignity Health St. Mary's Medical Center has added the Mazor Robotics Renaissance computer-generated guidance system to its multidisciplinary Spine Center. St. Mary's is the only hospital in the Bay Area to exclusively offer this state-of-the-art technology for spine surgery. [More]

Benvenue Medical's Luna 360 System receives FDA clearance for spinal fusion treatment of DDD

Benvenue Medical, Inc., a developer of minimally invasive solutions for spine repair, today announced that the company's Luna 360 Interbody Fusion System has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for spinal fusion treatment of symptomatic degenerative disc disease (DDD). [More]