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Bio2 Technologies' CLM Bioactive Scaffold receives FDA clearance

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]
Good Samaritan Hospital receives $417,560 grant to implement telemedicine program

Good Samaritan Hospital receives $417,560 grant to implement telemedicine program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development awards Good Samaritan Hospital, a prominent downtown Los Angeles hospital, a $417,560 grant to implement a telemedicine program that will connect members of the medical staff at Good Samaritan Hospital with public health and primary care providers and their patients at six Public Health sites on the island of Guam. [More]
National Spine & Pain Centers opens new pain management center in Cumberland, Maryland

National Spine & Pain Centers opens new pain management center in Cumberland, Maryland

Over 100 million adults suffer from chronic pain and about half of those suffer from this pain daily. Chronic and acute pain dramatically impacts quality of life. The specialty of pain management is born to fulfill the need for non-surgical, interventional solutions and medication management to treat all types of pain. [More]

Centinel Spine releases next generation Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion device

Centinel Spine, Inc., the pioneer of Stand-Alone, No-Profile fusion devices, introduced MIDLINE II, its next generation STALIF Family Lumbar Integrated Interbody fusion device. [More]

Interventional Spine's Lateral Opticage Expandable Intervertebral Body Fusion Device gets FDA approval

Interventional Spine, Inc. today announced FDA clearance of its Lateral Opticage Expandable Intervertebral Body Fusion Device. This device joins the Interventional Spine family of Opticage Expandable Interbody Fusion Devices previously cleared for TLIF earlier this year, and used with the Company's PerX360 System. [More]
TSRI scientists find simple method to convert human skin cells into sensory neurons

TSRI scientists find simple method to convert human skin cells into sensory neurons

A team led by scientists from The Scripps Research Institute has found a simple method to convert human skin cells into the specialized neurons that detect pain, itch, touch and other bodily sensations. These neurons are also affected by spinal cord injury and involved in Friedreich's ataxia, a devastating and currently incurable neurodegenerative disease that largely strikes children. [More]
Scientists discover that brown fat could be used to manage type 2 diabetes

Scientists discover that brown fat could be used to manage type 2 diabetes

Scientists from Monash University and Stockholm University have discovered that brown fat, nicknamed the 'good fat' because it warms up the body in cold temperatures, burning up calories in the process, also 'hoovers up' excess sugar. [More]
Electrical stimulation technology can help SCI patients regain bladder control

Electrical stimulation technology can help SCI patients regain bladder control

When individuals suffer a spinal cord injury, paralysis is only a part of the major impact on quality of life. Often they also lose bladder control, which frequently causes infections that can lead to kidney damage. [More]
DePuy Synthes releases ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix for repairing musculoskeletal defects

DePuy Synthes releases ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix for repairing musculoskeletal defects

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with LifeNet Health, today announced the introduction of ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix, a differentiated cellular allograft for the repair or reconstruction of musculoskeletal defects. [More]
DePuy Synthes releases ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix for repairing musculoskeletal defects

DePuy Synthes releases ViviGen Cellular Bone Matrix for repairing musculoskeletal defects

DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in collaboration with LifeNet Health®, today announced the introduction of ViviGen™ Cellular Bone Matrix, a differentiated cellular allograft for the repair or reconstruction of musculoskeletal defects. [More]
K2M receives FDA clearance to market CAPRI Corpectomy Cage System

K2M receives FDA clearance to market CAPRI 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 it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the CAPRI Corpectomy Cage System, an expandable vertebral body replacement device that provides structural stability following a corpectomy or vertebrectomy. [More]