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1. NASA study: Space travel impacts astronauts' spines

Written by Megan Wood | Wednesday, 26 October 2016 00:00
A new Spine study analyzed changes in astronauts' lumbar paraspinal muscle cross-sectional area and intervertebral disc height when on an International Space Station mission for six months. Alan R. Hargens, PhD, of UC San Diego School of Medicine in Sacramento, and Jeffrey C. Lotz, PhD, of UCSF, led the NASA-funded research.
At the Congress of Neurological Surgeons annual meeting in San Diego, Russell Lonser, MD, delivered the presidential address with an emphasis on technology and big data. The meeting occurred Sept. 24 to Sept. 28.
A new study published in Spinal Deformity examines the health-related quality of life in patients with early onset scoliosis. The study authors compared patients who were treated with traditional growing rods to those who were treated with magnetically-controlled growing rods.
Jeffrey C. Wang, MD, co-director of the USC Spine Center at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles, will present findings from the study, "Reoperation Rates Following Single-Level Lumbar Discectomy," at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Boston on Oct. 26.

5. 3 things to know about sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Written by Jessica Kim Cohen | Tuesday, 25 October 2016 00:00
David A. Bomback, MD, spine and scoliosis surgeon at Danbury-based Connecticut Neck and Back Specialists, discusses sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
Here are seven key stories on outpatient spine trends and news.
Researchers conducted a proof-of-concept study for minimally invasive direct thoracic interbody fusion, analyzing perioperative outcomes for the first four patients receiving the procedure, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Park Rapids, Minn.-based CHI St. Joseph's Health welcomed Brennan Smith, DO, to its team, according to The Pilot-Independent.
Orthopedic spine surgeon Ahmed Saleh, MD, joined Maimonides Medical Center in New York City.
A new study published in Spinal Deformity examines surgery for adult spinal deformity to find the clinical benefit threshold. 
Pensacola, Fla.-based NeuroMicroSpine's Mark Giovanini, MD, performed the first outpatient transformational lumbar interbody fusion with the FDA-approved Avenue T device from Zimmer Biomet.
Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield updated its coverage policy for cervical total disc replacement to include one- and two-level procedures performed with Zimmer Biomet's Mobi-C® Cervical Disc. Anthem BlueCross and BlueShield is one of the biggest payers in the industry, covering more than 31 million Americans in 26 states.

13. 5 key thoughts on endoscopic surgery and spinal pain

Written by Jessica Kim Cohen | Monday, 24 October 2016 00:00
Anthony Yeung, MD, founder of Phoenix-based Desert Institute for Spine Care, comments on the use of outpatient spine surgery to alleviate back pain.
Researchers analyzed the outcomes associated with Inspired Spine's oblique lumbar lateral interbody fusion, according to U.S. National Library of Medicine. The Inspired OLLIF involves a surgeon approaching the disc through Kambin's Triangle, assisted by bilateral fluoroscopy.
Researchers studied the fulfillment of patient expectations following lumbar and cervical spine surgery, according to a study published in The Spine Journal. Of the patients studied, 366 underwent lumbar surgery and 133 received cervical surgery.
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines the outcomes for young patients with lumbar disc herniation who undergo surgery.
Edison, N.J.-based The Freeman Spine and Pain Institute added Orlee Hamer, DO, to its staff, the Digital Journal reports.
Philadelphia-based National Disease Research Interchange is hosting a symposium for leaders in brain injury, neurological disease and pain on Nov. 18.
Alan Van Norman, MD, will begin seeing patients once a month at Sanford Health West Dickinson (N.D.) Clinic, on Nov. 8.
A new study published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery examines the coagulation profile for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients who have posterior spinal fusions.
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