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  Here are 11 spine and orthopedic practices that have expanded recently.  
  Medtronic shareholders filed a lawsuit in early July at the Hennepin County District Court in opposition to the company's $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien, according to an SC Times report.  
  Stryker appointed President and CEO Kevin A Lobo to Chairman of the Board.  
  The Journal of Managed Care Medicine recently accepted an economic analysis of minimally invasive spinal fusion using Baxano Surgical's AxiaLIF procedure for publication.  
A study published in Spine examines nonoperative treatment for discogenic low back pain. 
  Here are 20 hospitals and health systems that opened new orthopedic centers or significantly expanded orthopedic services over the past few months.  
Stryker reported second quarter 2014 financial results earlier this month, and Zacks came out with a new research report on the company, according to a Digital Journal report. 
Bacterin International announced second quarter preliminary unaudited financial results. 
A study recently published in The Spine Journal examines how spinal sarcoma is treated and the impact of en bloc or intralesional resection on patient outcomes. 
Orthofix had a busy month in June with a huge increase in short interest shares sold, according to a report from WKRB News & Analysis. 
Stryker released its financial report last week, reporting 6.8 percent growth in net sales for $2.4 billion in the quarter. 
  Texas state Sen. Charles Schwertner, MD, a practicing orthopedic surgeon, has been tapped to head the state Senate Health and Human Services Committee, according to The Texas Tribune.  
The Food and Drug Administration granted 15 spine-related device clearances in June. 
A study published in Spine examines the incidence of venous thromboembolic complications and pulmonary embolism in children undergoing spinal fusion surgery.  
Expanding Orthopedics has received FDA clearance for its FLXfit. Here are three things to know about the company and its newly cleared device. 
Researchers examined subject-based three-dimensional CT lumbar models for asymptomatic subjects to measure trends in foraminal height for the healthy spine and published their results in Spine.  
Here are 20 spine-focused studies to know published within the past month.  
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine has been awarded $6 million by CMS' Innovation Center for its Better Back Care program.  
  A recent study published in The Spine Journal examines and describes national trends in revision rates, complications and readmission for patients undergoing single and multilevel anterior cervical discectomy and fusion procedures.  
Surgical technology company MedTech, based in Toulouse, France, has received CE approval to begin marketing its spinal surgery robot ROSA Spine in Europe, according to a 4-traders report. 
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