News and Research for Spine Professionals

How Lumbar Spine Degenerative Changes Affect BMD and Osteoporosis Diagnosis

Researchers looked at degenerative changes in the lumbar spine in elderly women using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA).

Socioeconomic Status and Osteoporosis Risk

Is there an association between socioeconomic status, bone mineral density, and vertebral wedge deformities? A team led by researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia explored this question.

FDA Issues New Warning for Reclast (Zoledronic Acid)

The FDA released a new warning label for the osteoporosis medication Reclast. This article reviews what practitioners should do before prescribing Reclast to osteoporosis patients.

Study Shows Long-term Benefits of Osteoporosis Treatment

The beneficial effects of teriparatide injections to treat patients with primary osteoporosis may last up to 1 year following the completion of treatment, according to the results of a recent study published online.

The Effectiveness of Bone Scan Imaging in Locating Vertebral Fractures

Researchers set out to understand the effectiveness of using bone scan imaging to gauge pain in patients with osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures.

Generic Celecoxib Receives FDA Approval

FDA approves first versions of generic celecoxib and names two pharmaceutical companies who have received approval to market the drugs.

Omega-3s and Exercise Have a Positive Effect on the Lumbar Spine

A study in Nutrition & Metabolism looked at how diet and exercise have a specific impact on osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

Surgery for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease Increased by 2.4-fold in the Last Decade

Surgical treatment of lumbar/ lumbosacral degenerative disc disease increased by 2.4-fold between 2000 and 2009, according to data from a nationwide, population-based cohort published in the The Spine Journal.

Lumbar Herniated Discs: Diagnostic and Treatment Decision-Making

Richard Deyo, MD and Sohail Mirza, MD discuss the current research on lumbar herniated discs, including diagnostic pearls along with the most efficacious treatment options and guidelines.

FDA Warns Consumers of Pro ArthMax Dangers

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Pro ArthMax, a product promoted and sold as a dietary supplement for joint, muscle and arthritic pain.

Ghost Attendance: How to Handle a Candidate who Lied about Their Education

A common practice for most candidates applying for jobs is to make their resumes more robust possibly by embellishing. What if the candidate never graduated or even attended a school they said they did? How to avoid difficult situations.

Multidisciplinary Algorithm Helps Patients With Spinal Metastases Live Longer

Multidisciplinary approach is essential to coordinate care for spinal metastases, which includes improved length and quality of life.

Women Report Better Outcomes After Surgery for Degenerative Lumbar Spondylolisthesis

Why women with degenerative lumbar spondylolisthesis are more likely to be satisfied with their surgical outcome.

Pre-Operative Depression Linked to Increased Opioid Use Following Lumbar Fusion

Delay lumbar spinal fusion until depression is treated? How does depression affect post-operative pain control?

Findings Point to Possible Major Therapeutic Intervention for Chronic Spinal Cord Injuries Via Stem Cell Injections

Injection of human neural stem cells distally, but not locally, to the site of chronic spinal cord injury lead to significant functional recovery in a rat model, researchers reported in the June issue of The Spine Journal.
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