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1. 8 Top Legislative Priorities for AANS/CNS in 2014

Written by Laura Miller | Friday, 21 March 2014 09:58
  The American Association of Neurological Surgeons and Congress of Neurological Surgeons released their 2014 Legislative Agenda.
A new prospective multicenter study evaluating whether freehand pedicle screw fixation in pediatric spinal deformity correction reduced surgeon radiation exposure was published in Spine.
 Spine surgeons trained on traditional open procedures are transitioning to less invasive procedures as quality and cost-effectiveness studies show MIS not only has advantages for the patients but also healthcare spending.

4. Spine Industry Leadership: How Does it Need to Evolve?

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 20 March 2014 13:46
  Here four spine surgeons discuss how spine industry leadership is evolving.
Andrew Moulton, MD, of Sarasota (Fla.) Orthopedic Associates, has returned from a humanitarian mission trip to the Dominican Republic, according to a Herald-Tribune report.
In a Texas Back Institute blog post, the physicians of the institute shared their opinion on which teams they expect will make the "Final Four" of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
An article recently published in Spine identified the factors impacting hospital length of stay after elective posterior lumbar fusion.
Here are eight things for spinal surgeons to know for March 20, 2014.

9. Entrepreneurial Spine Surgeons: How They're Thriving Today

Written by Laura Miller | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:57
Entrepreneurial-minded spine surgeons have a long history of opening and succeeding with their own private practices; some even built large specialty groups with multidisciplinary services.

10. Dr. Stefano Sinicropi Launches New Website

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 11:41
Stefano Sinicropi, MD, a spine surgeon, has launched a new website.

11. 4 Spine & Neurosurgeons in New Leadership Positions

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 19 March 2014 10:48
  Here are four spine and neurosurgeons who recently assumed new leadership positions.  
UCLA Chief of Orthopedic Spine Surgery Arya Nick Shamie, MD, performed spine surgery yesterday that was broadcast to Tehran University of Medical Services in Iran, according to a UCLA Center for World Health news release.
A new study published in The Spine Journal examines the cost savings of using intrawound vancomycin during posterior instrumented spine surgery.
Zoher Ghogawala, MD, is leading a three-year study at 10 U.S. medical centers to compare three different surgical techniques to treat cervical spondolytic myelopathy and will create a national outcomes registry to serve as a guide for surgeons performing CSM procedures, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

15. Lee Memorial Health System Opens Spine Center

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 11:40
Fort Myers, Fla.-based Lee Memorial Health System has opened a new spine center, according to a Naples News report.
Caring for adolescents with idiopathic scoliosis is a field ripe for development. In advanced cases, surgeons have few surgical options: fusions or complex procedures with growing systems.

17. 7 Current Trends in Cervical Spine Fusion, Decompression

Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:54
The March 15 issue of Spine includes an analysis of the current trends and demographics in cervical spine surgery outcomes.

18. Head & Neck Injuries Up for Extreme Athletes

Written by Laura Miller | Tuesday, 18 March 2014 08:52
A new study examines the head and neck injury risk among athletes participating in extreme sports, according to an AAOS news release.
Increasing surgical duration for single-level lumbar fusion is associated with a wide array of complications, according to a study in Spine.
  Sioux Falls, S.D.-based Sanford Health announced the establishment of a personalized wellness program for spine surgery patients — the Sanford Center for Spine Success.
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