In the Journals

This feature offers timely executive summaries of the most relevant journals in spine surgery. Through peer “Perspectives,” full bibliographical information and links to the original journal abstract, In the Journals are a step wider and deeper than journal reviews health care professionals may be accustomed.

In the Journals

High-risk pools may raise health care costs for all Americans

May 24, 2017
Reinstituting high-risk pools as a state option as part of the American Health Care Act that was recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives…
In the JournalsFrom OT Europe

Improved quality of life seen in patients with spine metastases treated with long-segment pedicle-screws

May 24, 2017
Patients with thoracolumbar instability due to spine metastases experienced improvements in quality of life and walking outcomes after percutaneous…
In the JournalsFrom OT Europe

Significant improvements seen in accelerometer-measured physical activity after lumbar spine surgery

May 23, 2017
Results of this study that used accelerometers to measure physical activity showed patients who underwent lumbar decompression and fusion had…
In the Journals

Similar outcomes seen with mini-open corpectomy without fusion vs open instrumented fusion

May 22, 2017
Investigators found comparable implant failure and reoperation rates up to 2-year follow-up for minimally invasive corpectomy with percutaneously…
In the Journals

Significant relationship seen between low back pain, lumbar lordotic curvature

May 17, 2017
Investigators of this study found a significant association between low back pain and decreased lordotic lumbar curvature. Researchers performed a…
In the JournalsFrom OT Europe

Study supports utility of 3-D printing for planning of complex spinal surgery

May 15, 2017
Investigators of this case report highlighted the use of 3-D printing for the development of customized prostheses and surgical planning, and noted…
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Twin study investigates recent low back pain and meeting physical activity guidelines

May 11, 2017
Physical activity guidelines outlined by the WHO were less likely to be met by people with recent low back pain compared with those who had no…
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Pain relief, patient satisfaction seen with methadone for posterior spinal fusion surgery

May 10, 2017
Compared with patients who received hydromorphone, investigators found patients who underwent posterior spinal fusion surgery and received…
In the Journals

Almost one-third of FDA-approved therapeutics had postmarket safety events

May 10, 2017
Nearly one-third of the 222 new pharmaceuticals and biologics approved by the FDA from 2001 through 2010 were subject to a postmarket safety event…
In the Journals

Greater utilization, duration of symptom-free waiting periods found among athletes with concussion

May 9, 2017
Recently published results showed greater utilization and longer duration of symptom-free waiting periods among athletes who sustained a concussion…
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