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Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center became the first in the state to inject AST-OPC1 into the spinal cord a recently paralyzed man as part of a new clinical trial, according to a Life Science Daily report.  By Eric Oliver -
Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman thinks political candidates sharing their medical records will "cause more harm than good," and made his point in a blog post on The Wall Street Journal. By Laura Dyrda -
The FDA posted a letter on its website critiquing pharmaceutical companies, Pain Therapeutics and Durect, for marketing an experimental drug in such a way customers would believe the drug was FDA approved, according to STAT.  By Mary Rechtoris -

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Laboratory errors result in costly consequences, based on a Hempstead, N.Y.-based Northwell Health Laboratories study, according to Medscape. Northwell Health Laboratories includes a core lab and 16 hospital labs performing more than 19 million billable tests, annually.  By Megan Wood -
Intalere launched its OptiPrice Advantage tool which provides facilities with a database of product costs in an attempt to help hospitals save on medical and surgical supply costs.  By Eric Oliver -
Keith Berend, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at the New Albany, Ohio-based Joint Implant Surgeons, discusses joint procedures in the United States.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
A surgeon performed the first spine surgery using Band-LOK's pedicle-sparing polyester band spinal technology.  By Megan Wood -

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Alphatec reached an all-time 52-week high on Sept. 20 with a price target of $10.22, according to Kentucky Post News. This target is 63 percent above the day's share price of $6.27.  By Megan Wood -
Here is a breakdown of orthopedic product sales in 2015 by market segment, according to an OrthoWorld report. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spinal Deformity shows elderly patients are undergoing surgery at a higher rate for multilevel spinal curvature. By Laura Dyrda -
The North American Spine Society named Chris Main, PhD, an honorary member. Dr. Main serves as a MedRisk International Scientific Advisory Board member.  By Megan Wood -
United Kingdom-based University of Oxford researchers developed a new treatment for spinal muscular atrophy, according to Medical Xpress.  By Megan Wood -
Orthopedic spine surgeon Vivek Mohan, MD, of The Spine Center of Dupage Medical Group in Naperville, Ill., shares his thoughts on the minimally invasive spine surgery landscape.  By Megan Wood -
The healthcare system Novant Health — which serves North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia — has expanded its neuroscience services.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
Nitin Khanna, MD, a spine care specialist at Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana, discusses the importance of personalized medicine in the spinal care field.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association claims that Medicare payments for low extremity joint replacement declined $1,166 more in hospitals participating in a bundled payments initiative, while clinical outcomes remained the same.   By Eric Oliver -
MRIs are expensive, time-consuming and unnecessary for patients 40-years-old or older who are suffering from knee pain, according to a study in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Medscape reports.  By Eric Oliver -
Western Kentucky Orthopaedic and Neurological Associates, which is under the Graves-Gilbert Clinic umbrella, filed a protest against Western Kentucky University and partnering The Medical Center over a new sports medicine complex, according to a report from the Bowling Green Daily News. By Laura Dyrda -
The digital healthcare market is expected to grow substantially through 2021, according to a Research and Markets report.  By Mary Rechtoris -
This past weekend saw three bomb attempts in two states and a spate of stabbings in a Midwestern mall. A total of 29 individuals were injured in the bomb explosions and nine individuals were injured in the stabbing attack.  By Jessica Kim Cohen -
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