Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 23, 2017.
Seattle-based Virginia Mason Spine Clinic researchers studied whether a multidisciplinary team provided better care for lumbar spinal fusion patients.
Virginia Supreme Court's Justice Stephen R. McCullough wrote an opinion that reversed a prior trial court decision on a botched spine surgery, as reported by Legal Newsline and published by Forbes.

4. 10 spinal cord injury statistics

Written by Adam Schrag | Wednesday, 22 February 2017 19:06
Brain and Spinal Cord presented statistics on what physicians can expect from their spinal cord injury patients and what the patients can expect from their injuries.
A new study published in Spine examines the use of wearable action cameras — including the Panasonic HX-A100 action camera, Google Glass and GoPro Hero 4 — during spine surgery.
Researchers at Chicago-based Rush University Medical Center's department of orthopedic surgery believe that physicians should educate their spine patients on the potential dangers of radiation exposure from spinal imaging.
Former neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, MD, PhD, was sentenced to life in prison for intentionally injuring his patients, according to CBS DFW.
A new study published in Spine compares the short-term outcomes for primary and revision anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.

9. Coyote follows spine surgeon into his SC practice

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 21 February 2017 10:56
A coyote followed Steven Poletti, MD, into his Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based Southeastern Spine Institute office, but didn't cause trouble while in the facility, according to a report from The Post and Courier.

10. 16 things to know about spinal fusions

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Monday, 20 February 2017 21:17
Here are 16 points on spinal fusions.
A new study published in Spine examines the seven and 10-year outcomes for cervical arthroplasty compared with anterior cervical discectomy and fusion.
“I’m alive, which is better than the alternative,” a new patient once told me when I asked him how he was. The alternative to being alive, we are to assume, is death; being alive is better than being dead.
Stillwater-based Oklahoma State University inducted Barry Pollard, MD, into its Hall of Fame, according to EnidNews.com.
A new study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine examines whether mental health status is a predictor of improvement in patient reported outcomes after spinal fusion.
A few days after the Seattle Times published a report outlining concerns with Swedish Health Services' Cherry Hill Hospital Chair of Neurosurgery Johnny Delashaw, MD, the publication now reports state health regulators are investigating complaints filed against him.
Here are 13 spine surgeons who were in the news this week:

17. AMA supports Aetna's removal of barrier to opioids treatment

Written by Megan Wood | Thursday, 16 February 2017 21:56
The American Medical Association praised Aetna for its efforts to eliminate prior authorization for opioids treatment beginning March 1, 2017.
Six spine surgeons share the financial challenges they are facing.
A study by Chicago-based Loyola University Health System researchers has found that spinal cord patients are plagued by many different types of ailments after injury.  
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for Feb. 16, 2017.
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