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The market for acquisition of medical practices by private equity firms has shown significant growth in recent years, according to Physician's Money Digest.  By Allison Sobczak -
Premia Spine, a Philadelphia-based company specializing lumbar solutions, introduced its ProMIS Fixation System at the International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery Meeting in Las Vegas.  By Megan Wood -
Bordeaux, France-based Implanet received FDA clearance and CE mark for its Jazz Lock implant.  By Megan Wood -

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Minnetonka, Minn.-based Zyga Technology enrolled the first four patients in its EVoluSIon Clinical Study.  By Megan Wood -
The increasing geriatric population will spur the global spine surgery devices market's growth, based on a Transparency Market Research report, according to medGadget.  By Megan Wood -
By 2025, the nation will experience a physician shortage of between 46,000 physicians and 90,000 physicians, based on an Association of American Medical Colleges study. Neurosurgeon Hunt Batjer, MD, of Dallas-based University of Texas-Southwestern, wrote about the negative impact of a shortage of specialty physicians on patient care, according to Morning Consult.  By Megan Wood -
Minneapolis-based University of Minnesota Medical Center granted Sunny Kim, MD, privileges to perform complex spine surgery, according to Voice of Alexandria.  By Megan Wood -

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Mercy Health-Cincinnati is entering into a clinical partnership with Cincinnati-based Mayfield Brain & Spine, according to Cincinnati Business Courier.  By Megan Wood -
A recent study found physicians can play a significant role in helping patients find affordable care through conversations about out-of-pocket costs, according to npr.  By Mary Rechtoris -
University of Chicago Medicine will open its new orthopedic center in Orland Park, Ill., on April 6.  By Anuja Vaidya -
InVivo Therapeutics added University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville as a clinical site for the INSPIRE study.  By Anuja Vaidya -
Anika Therapeutics named Stephen R. Mascioli, MD, MPH, CMO, and Dana M. Alexander COO.  By Anuja Vaidya -
A new study published in the International Journal of Spine Surgery examines how cervical disc arthroplasty outcomes can have an impact on depression.  By Laura Dyrda -
Richard Fessler, MD, PhD, of Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center, passionately believes physicians should take on active roles in healthcare policy.  By Megan Wood -
Michael P. Bolognesi, an orthopedic surgeon with Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., performed total knee replacement surgery on Duke University Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, according to ABC 11.  By Allison Sobczak -
Our nation's top legislators implement policies that mold the healthcare landscape in years to follow. To ensure legislators better understand the ins and outs of the healthcare industry, the North American Spine Society created a strong presence in the White House through its advocacy council director role.  By Mary Rechtoris -
University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Vancouver-based University of British Columbia researchers studied the connection between spinal cord regeneration and aging, according to Healthcanal.  By Megan Wood -
Ted Price, PhD, of University of Texas Dallas, discovered a neurological mechanism that impacts pain reduction, according to Medical Xpress. Pain published the findings.  By Megan Wood -
Healthcare is the top voter issue for Democrats in 2016 with 43 percent reporting healthcare as "extremely important" to their vote in the November election; only 37 percent of Republicans said the same with healthcare falling behind terrorism, economy and government spending, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation report. By Laura Dyrda -
A new study published in Spine compares cost-effectiveness of operative and non-operative treatment for geriatric type-II odontoid fractures. By Laura Dyrda -
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