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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 -

How Your Technology Environment Can Impact Your Surgery Center's Bottom Line

Learn the critical steps that you should consider to protect your data and patient information.
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 -

Microsurgery of the Cervical Spine: Advantages for the Patient and Surgeon

Learn new techniques for exposing the posterior cervical spine, along with techniques for doing minimally invasive anterior procedures and maximally invasive anterior decompressions.
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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