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The Christ Hospital named a new executive director for the Joint and Spine Center, according to a Cincinnati Business Courier report. By Laura Dyrda -
Retired neurosurgeon and potential GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson, MD, weighed-in on the trending debate about whether parents should be required to vaccinate their children with a resounding "yes," according to an NPR report. By Laura Dyrda -
aap Implantate has outlined its growth strategy for 2015, which includes plans to grow specifically in the trauma sector.  By Anuja Vaidya -

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Cleveland-based St. Vincent Charity Medical Center's physician group added 12 new physicians, including two spine and neurosurgeons, according to a Crain's Cleveland Business report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Cincinnati-based The Mayfield Clinic, an academic neurosurgery group, is planning a new 45,000-square-foot headquarters in Norwood, Ohio, which will consolidate four Mayfield office sites into one convenient location.  By Anuja Vaidya -
The Food and Drug Administration cleared 27 and spine-devices in January.  By Laura Dyrda -
Patients with high pain sensitivity may report worse outcomes after lumbar spine surgery, according to a study published in Spine. By Laura Dyrda -
NuVasive COO Patrick Miles sold shares of the company's stock yesterday, according to a Mideast Times report. By Laura Dyrda -
Northwestern University researchers are studying physical activity of patients after spine surgery using Fitbit activity trackers, according to a MobiHealthNews report. The information could help surgeons monitor recovery time in the future. By Laura Dyrda -
Mazor Robotics named Sandra Adzic vice president of international sales. By Laura Dyrda -
Michael Wang, MD, a renowned spine surgeon at the University of Miami Health System, is one of the pioneers in advancing the use of minimally invasive techniques to perform lumbar fusions. By Laura Dyrda -
In the comment sections of message boards around the Internet, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane's broken arm, which he suffered in the Super Bowl, is currently being described as, ''gruesome,'' ''gross,'' ''ghastly,'' and ''looking like a pool noodle.''  By Nick Gaudio -
Precision Spine reported double-digit growth for the fifth consecutive year in 2014. By Laura Dyrda -
During the third quarter of the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril took a hard shot from a New England Patriots player and laid motionless on the turf. To protect Mr. Avril, the team put him through an examination with a new kind of software, Forbes reports.  By Nick Gaudio -
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina was among the first to roll out a policy against covering spinal fusion for patients with just degenerative disc disease, according to a report in The State. Now the company has a new tool that could shake up the industry, and spine care is smack-dab in the middle of it all. By Laura Dyrda -
According to new research out of Australia, athletes who get their beauty sleep the most consistently could also call it their ''performance sleep,'' too.  By Nick Gaudio -
SpineGuard received FDA clearance on the PediGuard products for minimally invasive spine surgery. By Laura Dyrda -
Baird upgraded Zimmer to "outperform" from "neutral," according to a Rock Hill Daily report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Zacks restated their neutral rating on shares of Stryker in a new report, according to an Intercooler Online report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
NuVasive's shares sank by 0.94 percent in the last week, according to an Ashburn Daily report.  By Anuja Vaidya -
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