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Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this week.  
The Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America awarded Richard M. Schwend, MD, the 2014 POSNA Humanitarian Award, according to an AAOS Now report. 
DePuy Synthes has cut an undisclosed number of jobs affecting the company's workforce in Warsaw, Ind., according to a Journal Gazette report.   
ChoiceSpine received U.S. Food and Drug Administration 510(k) clearance for the BLACKBIRD Posterior Cervical Spinal System.  
Opting for hospital employment over private practice has been a fast-growing trend.  
Four spine surgeons discuss the Medicare and Medicaid data recently released on spinal fusions and how data transparency is changing healthcare, for better or for worse. 
 InVivo Therapeutics named Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix a third clinical trial site for the company's acute spinal cord injury treatment.  
A study published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques compares sagittal alignment for anterior, lateral and transforaminal approaches after lumbar interbody fusion. 
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. 
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