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ulrich medical USA announces release of tezo spine implants in the U.S. market

ulrich medical USA, Inc., today announced the U.S. market release of the tezo spine implants for multiple surgical approaches to lumbosacral interbody fusion. [More]

FzioMed receives FDA notification to convene usage of Oxiplex Gel

FzioMed, Inc., a medical device manufacturer specializing in biomaterials, has received notification from FDA that the Medical Device Dispute Resolution Panel (MDDRP) will convene and make a decision on the approvability of Oxiplex Gel on June 10, 2014. [More]

Study shows spinal stimulation therapy may have potential to change prognosis of people with paralysis

Four people with paraplegia are able to voluntarily move previously paralyzed muscles as a result of a novel therapy that involves electrical stimulation of the spinal cord, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. [More]
TSRI scientists solve long-standing mystery about sense of touch

TSRI scientists solve long-standing mystery about sense of touch

A study led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has helped solve a long-standing mystery about the sense of touch. [More]

Experts provides guidance to ensure safe, effective physical activity for osteoporosis patients

‚ÄčToday, experts from the Too Fit to Fracture Initiative presented the results of an international consensus process to establish exercise recommendations for people with osteoporosis, with or without spine fractures. [More]

Study investigates link between bone microstructure in postmenopausal women and prevalent ankle fracture

A study by researchers at the University of Geneva concludes that prevalent ankle fractures should be considered as osteoporotic fractures and taken into account in fracture-risk assessment. [More]

Chordoma Foundation grants $75,000 to support development of new mouse model for bone cancer research

The Chordoma Foundation has made a seed grant of $75,000 to Adrienne Flanagan, M.D., Ph.D., of University College, London, and her Jackson Laboratory collaborator, Mike Sasner, Ph.D., to develop a new mouse model for chordoma, a difficult-to-treat bone cancer affecting the skull and spine. [More]
Biomet's consolidated net sales increase 6.6% to $822.5 million

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]

Mazor launches new Renaissance Guidance System brain module at AANS annual meeting

Mazor Robotics will debut and officially launch the new Renaissance Guidance System brain module at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) annual meeting. The Renaissance system is FDA-cleared for both spine and brain surgery. [More]

International Osteoporosis Foundation launches FRAX App to assess risk of osteoporotic fracture

‚ÄčOsteoporosis management guidelines around the world now recommend that fracture risk assessment be part of any clinical evaluation for osteoporosis. As a result, rather than relying on bone mineral density values alone, physicians now consider future fracture risk when making treatment decisions. [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]
Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Scientists discover how MRP-14 gene generates dangerous clots that could trigger heart attack

Right now, options are limited for preventing heart attacks. However, the day may come when treatments target the heart attack gene, myeloid related protein-14 (MRP-14, also known as S100A9) and defang its ability to produce heart attack-inducing blood clots, a process referred to as thrombosis. [More]
Brainlab, Mobius Imaging announce CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

Brainlab, Mobius Imaging announce CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT

Brainlab, a global leader in medical technology and Mobius Imaging, developer of advanced imaging technologies, announced today CE Mark approval for Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT. The CE Mark allows Brainlab to begin installation of the systems sold in the European Union. [More]

Experts in brain and spinal cord injuries to discuss treatment approaches at 23rd Annual Meeting of AMSSM

Post-concussion syndrome (PCS) and spinal cord injuries are complex problems that can present with a variety of symptoms or sequelae. [More]

Researchers devise computerized process to make minimally invasive surgery more accurate

Johns Hopkins researchers have devised a computerized process that could make minimally invasive surgery more accurate and streamlined using equipment already common in the operating room. [More]
New approach can improve patient outcomes, reduce complications in complex spine surgeries

New approach can improve patient outcomes, reduce complications in complex spine surgeries

A new team approach has improved safety-reducing rates of major complications by two thirds-for complex spinal reconstructive surgery for spinal deformity in adult Group Health patients at Virginia Mason Hospital & Seattle Medical Center. [More]

Orthofix net sales reduce 10% to $106.1M in fourth quarter 2013

Orthofix International N.V., today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2013. For full-year 2013, net sales were $400.5 million, decreasing 11 percent on a reported basis and constant currency basis from $447.6 million in the prior year. [More]

First Edition: March 18, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about the Obama administration announcement that more than 5 million people have enrolled in coverage under the health law -- an increase of about 800,000 in the last two weeks. [More]

Surgeons perform first auditory brainstem implant operation in Northeast Ohio

Surgeons at University Hospitals Case Medical Center have completed the first auditory brainstem implant (ABI) operation in Northeast Ohio on a woman who has lost most of her hearing due to benign tumors on her auditory nerves. [More]