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Australia-based University of Melbourne and Stanford (Calif.) University researchers studied the origin and roles of astrocytes, hoping to discover possible treatments for brain and spinal diseases.  By Megan Wood -
Fremont, Calif.-based Asterias Biotherapeutics has provided an optimistic update on its ongoing SCiStar clinical trial, according to Yahoo Finance. Asterias reported that the trial's success and the company's general financial achievements in 2016 will increase its ability to develop more trials and treatments in the near future.  By Adam Schrag -
Here are four spine surgeons who were in the news this past week.  By Adam Schrag -

PEEK-OPTIMA™ HA enhanced devices for cervical and lumbar fusion

Hear from Dr. Timothy D. Bassett and Dr. Brad G. Prybis on their early clinical experience with interbody fusion devices.
As of September 2016, 34 percent of the physicians in the United States were female, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, and only a percentage of those physicians hold leadership positions.  By Laura Dyrda -
More than a year ago, Geisinger Health System in Danville, Pa., launched a unique program in healthcare: refunds for patients dissatisfied with their care. What began as a pilot program in spine and bariatric surgeries has since spread to all levels of inpatient and outpatient care throughout the expansive Geisinger footprint. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine examines the hospital length of stay for lumbar spinal fusion patients. By Laura Dyrda -
Four spine surgeons weigh in on the pros and cons of mega-mergers within the payer industry.  By Anuja Vaidya -

Scoping out a solution: IASIS Health

More than 55 million procedures were performed with GI endoscopic devices in the United States in 2009 alone.
These spine surgeons tried to be above the law, committing fraudulent acts and endangering patients.  By Megan Wood -
Denver-based North American Specialty Hospital unveiled a medical tourism practice, according to Physical Therapy Products.  By Megan Wood -
Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic is planning to sell a portion or all of its medical supplies business, unnamed sources revealed to Bloomberg.  By Megan Wood -
Two of San Francisco's longest established orthopedic groups merged to form California Pacific Orthopaedics.  By Mary Rechtoris -
Ever since Donald Trump won the Presidential election in November, with one of his main campaign themes being the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), there has been a great deal of uncertainty about the future of health care reform.  By Paul Jawin, JD, Vice President, Stryker Performance Solutions -
Stacie Grossfeld, MD, of Orthopaedic Specialists in Louisville, Ky., created a video series modeled her videos after the Santa Monica ACL Prevention Program.  By Adam Schrag -
Zion Research reports that the global sports medicine device market will grow at a CAGR of 4.7% between 2015 and 2020.  By Adam Schrag -
The physicians are optimistic about the new device's potential impact.  By Adam Schrag -
Cambridge, Mass.-based Biogen paid Carlsbad, Calif.-based Ionis $5 million as part of the companies' collaboration to develop drugs for neurologic diseases.  By Megan Wood -
Roger Härtl, MD, has utilized the Airo system — developed by Munich, Germany-based Brainlab and Shirley, Mass.-based Mobius — in more procedures than any other surgeon in the northeastern United States.  By Megan Wood -
The first neurosurgeon to serve the Cape Girardeau, Mo., community, Dr. Yong Kie Kim died at the age of 81 on Jan. 28, 2017, according to a Southeast Missourian article.  By Megan Wood -
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 2, 2017.  By Megan Wood -
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the methodology for online surgeon scorecards. By Laura Dyrda -
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