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1. Cheaper surgical option for osteoporosis patients: 4 key points

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00
Researchers at Baylor Research Institute in Dallas found that the lesser expensive vertebroplasty is just as effective as the more common kyphoplasty for osteoporosis patients. The Journal of Neurointerventional Surgery published the study.

2. AOSpine Masters Series' 5th volume released: 4 points

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00
The fifth volume of the AOSpine Masters Series has been published.
Alvin H. Crawford, MD, was awarded an Honorary Professor degree from the University of Ioannina in Greece, according to an AAOS NOW report.
A new study published in Spine examines surgical decompression outcomes for patients with cervical spondylotic myelopathy.

5. Scoliosis Research Society turns 50 — 5 things to know

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 02 September 2015 00:00
The Scoliosis Research Society is celebrating its golden anniversary — 50 years of focusing on spinal deformities and education, according to AAOS Now.

6. OrthoMaryland welcomes Dr. Bradley Moatz to practice: 5 notes

Written by Megan Wood | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
Orthopedic spine surgeon Bradley Moatz, MD, joined OrthoMaryland in Baltimore.
More than 700 healthcare professionals are expected to attend the Paralyzed Veterans of America 2015 Summit + EXPO from Sept. 1 to Sept. 3, 2015 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Neurosurgeon Anthony Jabre, MD, will head the growing Bay Pines (Fla.) VA Healthcare System's spine care program at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center.
In April, Pacific Business Group on Health expanded its Employers Centers of Excellence Network to include spine surgery. The network covers employees from large companies, including Walmart and Lowe's, sending patients to a regional "center of excellence" for certain procedures. The network initially provided hip and knee replacements to employees last year for a bundled rate and their expansion into spine heralds trends for the future.
Neurosurgeon Laura Snyder, MD, joined Barrow Neurosurgical Associates in Phoenix.

11. US spinal fusion cost variation: 5 key trends

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
A new study published in Spine examines the geographic variation in anterior cervical discectomy and fusion as well as posterolateral fusion costs.

12. 5 trends in the global spinal fusion market

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00
A new report from MedGadget examines key trends in the global spinal fusion market over the next six years.
A new study published in Spine examines the postoperative narcotic consumption among workers' compensation patients after minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion.
Georgia Pain & Spine Care in Newnan received a 2015 Small Business of the Year Award in the employer category from the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, according to a Times-Herald report.

15. 16 spine, neurosurgeons on the move in August 2015

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 31 August 2015 00:00
Here are 16 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons on the move in August 2015.

16. Neurologist Dr. Oliver Sacks dies at 82: 5 things to know

Written by Megan Wood | Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00
Neurologist Oliver Sacks, MD, died at 82 years old on August 30, according to Medscape.
Are epidural steroid injections the best nonoperative option for patients with lumbar spinal stenosis?
The North American Spine Foundation appointed Janet R. Maurer, MD, MBA, to its board of directors.
Sanford Brain & Spine Center in Fargo, N.D., welcomed cerebrovascular neurosurgeon, Alexander Drofa, MD, according to Prairie Business.
Here are seven spine surgeons and neurosurgeons in the news this past week.
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