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Children's National Health System selects Agfa HealthCare's DR Technologies to reduce radiation dose in pediatric patients

Children's National Health System selects Agfa HealthCare's DR Technologies to reduce radiation dose in pediatric patients

Agfa HealthCare announced today that Children's National Health System has installed six DX-D 100 mobile DR systems and two DX-D 600 full room direct radiography (DR) suites to transition two X-ray rooms from computed radiography (CR) to DR. [More]
New study on vestibulo-ocular dysfunction in pediatric sports-related concussion

New study on vestibulo-ocular dysfunction in pediatric sports-related concussion

Researchers from the Canada North Concussion Network in Manitoba investigated the frequency of vestibulo-ocular dysfunction in children and adolescents with sports-related concussion and found that its presence was predictive of a prolonged recovery. [More]
Centinel Spine achieves milestone implantation of 20,000 STALIF C cervical integrated interbody devices

Centinel Spine achieves milestone implantation of 20,000 STALIF C cervical integrated interbody devices

Centinel Spine, Inc., the pioneer of spinal Stand-Alone, No-Profile®, Integrated Interbody™ devices has now implanted 20,000 STALIF C cervical Integrated Interbody devices. The STALF C device is implanted during cervical fusion procedures to treat degenerative spinal disorders. [More]
North American Spine Society issues formal coverage recommendation for MIS SI joint fusion

North American Spine Society issues formal coverage recommendation for MIS SI joint fusion

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, announced that the North American Spine Society (NASS) has issued their formal coverage recommendation for MIS SI joint fusion titled "Percutaneous Sacroiliac Joint Fusion, Defining Appropriate Coverage Positions." [More]
Process of aging could be delayed in human cell lines

Process of aging could be delayed in human cell lines

Can the process of aging be delayed or even reversed? Research led by specially appointed Professor Jun-Ichi Hayashi from the University of Tsukuba in Japan has shown that, in human cell lines at least, it can. They also found that the regulation of two genes involved with the production of glycine, the smallest and simplest amino acid, is partly responsible for some of the characteristics of aging. [More]
AlloSource's AlloWrap DS amniotic membrane moved to high-cost reimbursement category

AlloSource's AlloWrap DS amniotic membrane moved to high-cost reimbursement category

AlloSource, one of the nation's largest providers of cartilage, cellular, bone, skin and soft-tissue allografts for use in surgical procedures and wound care to advance patient healing, today announced that AlloWrap DS, its double-sided human amniotic membrane allograft, has been moved to the high-cost reimbursement category. [More]
Neurosurgeon performs first endoscopic removal of spinal tumor at Rhode Island Hospital

Neurosurgeon performs first endoscopic removal of spinal tumor at Rhode Island Hospital

The spinal tumor grew back. Even though the 16-year old patient endured surgery a year earlier to remove and diagnose the lesion, it was back and its cause unknown. Determined to identify the tumor tissue and set the patient on an appropriate treatment regimen, Albert Telfeian, M.D., a neurosurgeon at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital, performed the first reported case of extracting the tumor endoscopically while the patient was awake and under a local anesthetic. [More]
Janssen, Bayer HealthCare initiate CALLISTO program to study rivaroxaban in patients with active cancer

Janssen, Bayer HealthCare initiate CALLISTO program to study rivaroxaban in patients with active cancer

Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and its development partner, Bayer HealthCare, today announced the initiation of CALLISTO, a new comprehensive clinical research program for their novel oral anticoagulant, rivaroxaban, in patients with active cancer. The studies are evaluating the medicine for the prevention and treatment of life-threatening blood clots in patients with a wide range of cancer types. [More]
RegenScientific gets FDA approval for Renu Gel injectable implant

RegenScientific gets FDA approval for Renu Gel injectable implant

RegenScientific announced that it has received FDA-clearance for its Renu Gel injectable implant indicated for vocal fold injection augmentation and today the company commenced shipments of this new product to physicians and hospitals in the United States. [More]
Subclinical hyperthyroidism linked to increased fracture risk

Subclinical hyperthyroidism linked to increased fracture risk

In an analysis that included more than 70,000 participants from 13 studies, subclinical hyperthyroidism was associated with an increased risk for hip and other fractures including spine, according to a study in the May 26 issue of JAMA. Subclinical hyperthyroidism is a low serum thyroid-stimulating hormone concentration in a person without clinical symptoms and normal thyroid hormone concentrations on blood tests. [More]
Surgical skills laboratory and dissection curriculum for training neurosurgical residents

Surgical skills laboratory and dissection curriculum for training neurosurgical residents

A surgical skills laboratory and corresponding dissection curricula were established in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Cleveland Clinic in the 2011-2012 academic year. The authors describe how this came about and what it has meant for neurosurgical resident training and assessment of residents' surgical skills in the following paper: "Establishing a surgical skills laboratory and dissection curriculum for neurosurgical residency training" by James K. C. Liu, MD, and colleagues, published today online, ahead of print in the Journal of Neurosurgery. [More]
Certain proteins may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease

Certain proteins may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer's disease

Certain proteins may slow the devastating memory loss caused by Alzheimer's disease, according to a groundbreaking Iowa State University study. [More]
Short course of oral steroids unlikely to provide much benefit for patients with acute sciatica

Short course of oral steroids unlikely to provide much benefit for patients with acute sciatica

Among patients with acute sciatica caused by a herniated lumbar disk (a condition also known as "acute radiculopathy"), a short course of oral steroids resulted in only modest improvement in function and no significant improvement in pain, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
APS honors recipients of Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards

APS honors recipients of Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards

The American Pain Society today honored the recipients of its annual Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Awards recognizing the nation's outstanding pain care centers. Five multidisciplinary pain programs were recognized. [More]
Loyola study examines survival outcomes in patients with mesenchymal chondrosarcoma

Loyola study examines survival outcomes in patients with mesenchymal chondrosarcoma

Among the deadliest cancers is a rare malignancy called mesenchymal chondrosarcoma, which begins in cartilage around bones and typically strikes young adults. [More]
Nevro Q1 revenue increases 45% to $9.7 million

Nevro Q1 revenue increases 45% to $9.7 million

Nevro Corp., a medical device company that has developed and commercialized an innovative, evidence-based neuromodulation platform for the treatment of chronic pain, today reported financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. [More]
UT Southwestern's new operating suite integrates surgical and endovascular techniques in one space

UT Southwestern's new operating suite integrates surgical and endovascular techniques in one space

UT Southwestern Medical Center has established a Hybrid Cerebrovascular Operating Suite at Zale Lipshy University Hospital that will combine surgical innovations with advanced imaging capabilities for surgical cases related to stroke and brain aneurysms. [More]
New MGH-developed technology may extend benefits of MRI in patients with implanted devices

New MGH-developed technology may extend benefits of MRI in patients with implanted devices

New technology developed at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital may extend the benefits of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to many patients whose access to MRI is currently limited. [More]
New research can help explain prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica

New research can help explain prevalence of carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica

New research from the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital can help explain the prevalence of widespread syndromes such as carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica. According to the results, neural movements can be measured by using non-invasive techniques, which are also applicable in diagnostics and rehabilitation planning. [More]
Study could provide new approaches to treating meniscal injuries

Study could provide new approaches to treating meniscal injuries

Within the knee, two specialized, C-shaped pads of tissue called menisci perform many functions that are critical to knee-joint health. The menisci, best known as the shock absorbers in the knee, help disperse pressure, reduce friction and nourish the knee. [More]
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