News and Research for Spine Professionals

Smokers With Cervical Disc Disease Have Increased Spine Surgery Rates

Are stronger pre-surgical smoking cessation programs needed? Zorica Buser, PhD, and Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, comment on the study findings.

Are Magnetically Controlled Growing Rods a Game Changer for Early-Onset Scoliosis?

The debate between magnetically controlled growing rods vs traditional growing rods continued at the Scoliosis Research Society's annual meeting.

Liberal Transfusions Linked to Increased Morbidity Following Spine Surgery

The impact of more liberal use of transfusions on patient outcomes in spine surgery was not investigated prior to this study.

Measuring Outcomes in the Treatment of Early Onset Scoliosis

Assessing outcomes in treatment of EOS entails more than just assessing the Cobb angle. At the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Scoliosis Research Society, presenters discussed options and outcomes.

Advisory on rhBMP-2 in "The Spine Journal" Had a Greater Effect on Practice Than FDA Warning

New findings suggest the 2011 warnings in TSJ had a more profound impact on practice patterns in terms of decreasing rhBMP-2 use than the 2008 FDA warning.

ACA Brand Relaunch Aims to Set a Higher Standard for Chiropractic Care

Four key findings from the ACA’s Brand Study are revealed. David Herd, DC spoke with SpineUniverse about encouraging consistent, evidence-based care as part of the association’s goals.

Pretreatment May Unlock the Regenerative Potential of Neural Stem Cells in Chronic Spinal Cord Injury

Pretreatment with the bacterial enzyme Chondroitinase ABC (ChABC) improves the regenerative outcome of neural stem cells in the chronically injured spinal cord.

What Factors Are Important to Patients When Deciding Between Minimally Invasive or Open Surgery for Posterior Lumbar Fusion?

Lead author, Dr. Hwee Weng Dennis Hey comments on this research study. Choll W. Kim, MD, offers his insight on the values of informed-consent.

Great Diversity Found in Outcome Domains Used in Adult Spinal Deformity Studies

New research shows “great diversity” in outcome domains and patient-reported outcome measures used in 144 studies on adult spinal deformity.

Half of Patients Expect Physicians, Nurses to Protect Them Against Hospital Shootings

In an active hospital shooting situation, under what circumstances do you lock down doors and stay versus run and take patients with you?

AST-OPC1 Stem Cell Therapy May Offer New Hope for Spinal Cord Injury

Progress report: Rush University Medical Center are part of a multicenter phase 1/2a trial investigating the use of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells AST-OPCI for treatment of subacute cervical SCI.

Surgical Approach Is a Risk Factor for Infection in Spinal Surgery

From our study, we found that the minimally invasive surgery (MIS) approach was associated with a lower ...

Study Looks at the Effects of Teriparatide on Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis

The goal was to assess the effectiveness of a daily subcutaneous injection of teriparatide in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis.

Preoperative Depression Is a Factor in Postoperative Improvement for Lumbar Spine Surgery

Findings come from a retrospective study of 919 surgical patients who were followed for at least 6 months after surgery.

Safety and Effectiveness of Two-level Total Disc Replacement (TDR) versus Two-level Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion (ACDF)

Although several TDR devices are on the market, few have been clinically evaluated for 2-level use.
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