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Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for June 19, 2014.  
  Russell Powers, executive vice president of NuVasive, sold 9,526 shares of the company's stock this past Friday, according to an InterCooler report.  
Frank Phillips, MD, co-director of the Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, will lead a new training course for young surgeons and fellows. 
RBC Capital assumed coverage on LDR shares earlier this week, according to a WatchList News report. 
The International Journal of Spine Surgery published an article examining intraoperative three-dimensional imaging for assessing pedicle screw position. 
Here are 55 orthopedic surgeons who joined orthopedic groups or hospital physician teams in 2014 so far. 
Titan Spine received approval for the Endoskeleton interbody fusion device in New Zealand and Australia. 
Does your practice have to schedule new patients out a month or more? 
An April CBS report examined spinal fusion surgery, using Medicare-released data to discuss trends in fusion use and investigate potentially unnecessary procedures; now CBS is reporting on reaction to their original investigation. 
The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons released a list of neurosurgical tests or procedures that are commonly ordered, but not always necessary, as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.  
Stryker shares reached a 52-week high last Friday fueling some talk about potential acquisitions in the future, according to a Zack's report. 
The spine and orthopedic device markets have seen almost everything during the first six months of 2014: huge company merger/acquisition deals, initial public offerings and announcements that even some of the smaller players in the markets are going global. And by many accounts, the second half of the year will be no different. 
The Food and Drug Administration granted 39 spine- and orthopedic-related device clearances in May. 
Researchers at the Louisiana State University Health Science Center in Shreveport published a study analyzing the incidence of adverse outcomes and inpatient mortality after intramedullary spinal cord tumors and published the results in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine. 
  Mequon, Wis.-based Titan Spine expanded its Endoskeleton line of interbody devices to the United Kingdom and Spain.  
  In 2011, Cigna examined spinal fusion patients and found 87 percent of customers who had fusions were still experiencing pain and undergoing additional therapies or drugs two years later, according to a report from the Tampa Bay Times.  
  Here are 16 new medical devices for spine and orthopedic procedures.  
NuVasive released its next generation monitoring platform with computer-assisted surgery applications to enhance speed and efficiency. 
Kyle Colle, DO, a neurosurgeon with Regional Brain and Spine in Cape Girardeau, Mo., discusses trends in complex spine surgery. 
The Spinal Deformity journal recently published an article about postoperative recovery outcomes for adults with scoliosis surgery. 
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