An article published in The Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques examines the incidence of pedicle breach after percutaneous screw fixation in the lumbar spine.

2. What makes the spine field attractive?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 17 October 2014 15:15
  It takes a dedicated and talented physician to focus on the spine specialty. Here, two spine surgeons discuss what about the field attracted them to it.
Here are 10 spine and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.

4. 10 big orthopedic device company lawsuit updates

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 16 October 2014 15:53
  With great power comes great responsibility, and more often than not, great controversy. Here are 10 lawsuits and settlements involving orthopedic and spine device companies in 2014.
East Meadow, N.Y.-based NuHealth named Elizabeth Fontana, MD, to lead the neurosurgery division at Nassau University Medical Center.
 There were several changes made in 2014 to healthcare coverage and spine surgeon pay; 2015 promises to bring even more updates.
A study published in Spine Deformity, the official journal of the Scoliosis Research Society, examines patients undergoing primary and revision vertebral column resection to compare correction rates and complications.
  Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Oct. 16, 2014.
A study recently published in Spine examined the cost effectiveness of using vancomycin in thoracolumbar adult deformity surgeries to curb infections.

10. Texas Sport & Spine helps organize blood drive

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 15 October 2014 13:29
Texas Sport & Spine is joining other area organizations and the Meek Blood Center to host a blood drive in Abilene, according to a Big Country Homepage report.
The AOSpine Foundation and Thieme Publishing Group have published the first volume in the AOSpine Masters Series.

12. Kansas neurosurgeon Dr. Tausif Rehman dies in plane crash

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 14 October 2014 16:00
Tausif Rehman, MD, a neurosurgeon, died in a small plane crash that occurred in a Chicago suburb, according to a Kansas First News report.
Former Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter Nate Quarry joined the The Better Way Back advocacy group as a patient ambassador and shared his story at a MIS Spine Injury Seminar at Camden County College in Blackwood, N.J., along with Jeffrey R. Gleimer, DO, according to a Philly.com report.
An article recently published in Spine examines spinal fusions for patients with pediatric idiopathic scoliosis in the United States for predictors of allogeneic blood transfusion.
A study published in The Spine Journal examines where spine-related studies registered on www.ClinicalTrials.gov end up and publication rate for completed trials.
A study published in Spine examines whether bone morphogenetic protein changes operative nonunion rates for spinal fusions.
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital decided to craft a multi-faceted media campaign to target patients with back pain and spread the word about their minimally invasive spine surgery services.

18. Dr. Chi Lim joins Orthopaedic Associates

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 13 October 2014 12:56
Spartanburg, S.C.-based Orthopaedic Associates added Chi Lim, MD, to its physician team.

19. Dr. Jeffrey Meincke joins Agnesian HealthCare

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 13 October 2014 12:52
Fond du Lac, Wis.-based Agnesian HealthCare added Jeffrey Meincke, MD, according to a report by the FDL Reporter.
  These are interesting times for healthcare providers and patients. With a few exceptions, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act has mandated all U.S. citizens must purchase health insurance. It is estimated this will bring millions of previously uninsured people into the healthcare system and many will be confused about their insurance coverage.
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