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Vertebral compression fractures are one of the more common sequelae of osteoporosis. Untreated VCFs predispose patients to subsequent vertebral and hip fractures, precipitating a progressive, downward spiral of deformity and disability, and elevating the risk of mortality.

2. 5 recent spine center openings, expansions

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
Here are five recent spine centers that have opened or expanded to new offices.

3. Does scoliosis surgery improve quality of life? 5 key notes

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
A study recently published in the Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques examined quality of life for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients before and after surgery.
Here are 10 spine surgeons and neurosurgeons that were in the news this past week.
Five spine surgeons discuss consolidation among physician practices and whether this is a positive trend for the spine industry or a negative one.

6. 8 things for spine surgeons to know for Thursday — Nov. 20

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Nov. 20, 2014.
Length of stay at the hospital after surgery is critically important; too-short of a stay yields poor clinical quality and high readmission rates while too-long of a stay can expose patients to increased infection risk and costs the healthcare system millions.

8. 8 trends in the cervical disc replacement market

Written by Laura Dyrda | Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
The cervical disc replacement market is expected to grow through 2020, according to a Persistence Market Research report.
Saint Luke's Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute in Kansas City, Mo., opened a neurosurgery clinic in Lee's Summit, Mo., according to a Lee's Summit Journal report.
A group of researchers examined the risk factors for adjacent segment disease following spinal fusion and non-fusion surgery and published their findings in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

11. North Shore Medical Center honors Dr. Terence Doorly

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00
Several Salem, Mass.-based North Shore Medical Center physicians in the department of surgery were honored for their clinical excellence and professionalism, according to a Danvers Herald report.
A huge portion of the overall bill for surgery covers device and implant costs, and hospitals are starting to take notice. With new pressure to reduce costs wherever possible, materials managers and hospital administrators are looking for ways to reduce waste and unnecessary spending.
The AOSpine Masters Series, a co-publication of Thieme and the AOSpine Foundation, released its second volume that focuses on spinal oncology.
The Advanced Lateral Approves to the Spine 2015 Hands-On Cadaver Lab will have an event on Feb. 7, 2015 to instruct surgeons in lateral approaches to the spine.
Are epidural steroid injections cost-effective for acute lumbosacral radicular syndrome?

16. Outstanding papers in spine: 3 recipients at NASS

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
The Spine Journal and North American Spine Society awarded three Outstanding Paper Awards at the NASS annual meeting last week.

17. Tomorrow's world: Where is spine-related biologics headed?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
Gowriharan Thaiyananthan, MD, discusses where he believes biologics in spine surgery is heading.

18. 8 spine-focused NASS research grants in 2014

Written by Laura Dyrda | Monday, 17 November 2014 00:00
The North American Spine Society awarded more than $400,000 in research grants and traveling fellowships at their annual meeting last week.
The North American Spine Society awarded research and clinical traveling fellowships to three surgeons and medical professionals at their annual meeting last week.
What do Ziya Gokaslan, MD, FACS, FAANS; Raj D. Rao, MD; and Michael H. Heggeness, MD, PhD, have in common?
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