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Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Baby-Friendly USA announced this week that Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility. A hospital can only be deemed "Baby-Friendly" after the completion of a rigorous onsite assessment survey and a final review of the External Review Board. [More]
Miriam Hospital awarded BDC designation for bariatric surgery

Miriam Hospital awarded BDC designation for bariatric surgery

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island has awarded The Miriam Hospital a Blue Distinction Center+ (BDC) designation for bariatric surgery. A designation by the Blue Distinction Centers for Specialty Care program, BDCs are nationally designated health care facilities that deliver quality specialty care based on objective measures for patient safety and better health outcomes. [More]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS collaborate to improve quality of care for Michiganians

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS collaborate to improve quality of care for Michiganians

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System will collaborate with emergency physicians at participating hospitals across the state to develop best practices to improve the experience and outcomes of patients receiving care in emergency departments. [More]
Accuray's InCise MLC for CyberKnife M6 System now available outside the U.S.

Accuray's InCise MLC for CyberKnife M6 System now available outside the U.S.

Accuray Incorporated announced today that the InCise Multileaf Collimator (MLC) for the CyberKnife M6 System will now be available outside the United States in markets where it is approved for sale, in addition to the U.S. market where the InCise MLC was commercially launched in February 2015. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers develop LevelCheck software to help improve surgical safety

Johns Hopkins researchers develop LevelCheck software to help improve surgical safety

Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show that the LevelCheck software achieves 100 percent accuracy in just 26 seconds. [More]
Two radiologists win Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Leaders in Innovation Award

Two radiologists win Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Leaders in Innovation Award

Two visionaries of interventional radiology were recently awarded the Society of Interventional Radiology Foundation Leaders in Innovation Award. The awards, to Lindsay Machan, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist at Vancouver Hospital, British Columbia, and Kieran J. Murphy, M.D., FSIR, an interventional radiologist at the University of Toronto, both in Canada, were announced March 4 during the society's Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta. [More]
Early and guideline adherent physical therapy reduces costs, resources in LBP patients

Early and guideline adherent physical therapy reduces costs, resources in LBP patients

A study in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research shows that early and guideline adherent physical therapy following an initial episode of acute, nonspecific low back pain (LBP) resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of health care resources over a 2-year period. [More]
Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. [More]
A new amyloid-targeting treatment for Alzheimer's disease

A new amyloid-targeting treatment for Alzheimer's disease

With each new amyloid-targeting treatment for Alzheimer's disease that has been developed, there has been a corresponding concern. For example, antibodies targeting amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) produce inflammation in the brain in some patients. [More]
Scientists use special MRI imaging to predict chronic pain, disability and PTSD after whiplash injury

Scientists use special MRI imaging to predict chronic pain, disability and PTSD after whiplash injury

While most people should expect to fully recover from whiplash injuries within the first few months, about 25 percent have long-term pain and disability that lasts many months or years. [More]
Phone counseling can boost recovery, reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery

Phone counseling can boost recovery, reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery

Research by Johns Hopkins scientists suggests that having a short series of phone conversations with trained counselors can substantially boost recovery and reduce pain in patients after spinal surgery. [More]
Outdoor safety tips from American Chiropractic Association

Outdoor safety tips from American Chiropractic Association

The warmer weather brings more chances for parents to get outdoors and ramp up physical activity with their little ones. From biking and hiking to walking and jogging, today's parents are keeping fit and bonding with their babies in the process. [More]
New Orthopaedic & Spine Center guide discusses conservative treatment options for hip, knee and spine pain

New Orthopaedic & Spine Center guide discusses conservative treatment options for hip, knee and spine pain

The physicians at Orthopaedic & Spine Center have put together an information guide – Surgery Isn't Always the Answer. The resource discusses conservative treatment options for those who suffer from hip, knee, and spine pain. The guide also shares information on the benefits of early diagnosis and minimally-invasive surgical treatments. [More]
Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive devices to treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the launch and first commercial use of an updated SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System. The surgery was performed by Dr. Brett Menmuir. [More]

DePuy Synthes adds four new products to adult deformity portfolio

DePuy Synthes Companies announced the addition of four new products to its adult deformity portfolio as well as a new education offering, continuing its expansion of one of the broadest spine portfolios in the industry. The products were displayed by DePuy Synthes Spine at the 81st annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. [More]
K2M announces enhanced complex spine portfolio with addition of its innovative NILE™ alternative fixation spinal system

K2M announces enhanced complex spine portfolio with addition of its innovative NILE™ alternative fixation spinal system

NILE features low-profile, robust implants and intuitive and light ergonomic instruments, intended to provide stabilization between the spine and the rod, and to allow for reduction, translation, compression and distraction while sparing the anatomy... [More]
New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

New research shows spinal surgery improves sexual function, reduces low back pain

Chronic low back pain can limit everyday activities, including sex. New research presented today at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), found that 70 percent of patients consider sexual activity "relevant" to their life quality, and patients who receive surgical treatment for spinal spondylolisthesis (DS) and spinal stenosis (SS)--common degenerative conditions most often occurring in older adults--were twice as likely to report no pain during sex. [More]
AAPM announces recipients of 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

AAPM announces recipients of 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is pleased to announce its 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipients in recognition of a Pain Medicine Fellowship Program that provides an exceptional learning experience to its fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain. [More]
Psychology study sheds new light on men's preferences for women with certain body types

Psychology study sheds new light on men's preferences for women with certain body types

A psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on today's standards of beauty, attributing modern men's preferences for women with a curvy backside to prehistoric influences. [More]
Students attending Brainworks program to learn how regular exercise may help improve brain health

Students attending Brainworks program to learn how regular exercise may help improve brain health

About 140 seventh- and eighth-graders attending Cedars-Sinai's Brainworks program March 23 will learn how hopping, skipping, jumping and other elements of a regular exercise routine may help improve brain health. An exercise station - a new feature of the 17-year-old program - will be one of nine areas where students will interact with Cedars-Sinai neurosurgeons, neurologists, neuroscientists and other health professionals. [More]
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