Shukla medical announces upgrade of universal spine implant removal system

September 24, 2018
Shukla Medical announced the upgrade of the Xtract-All Spine universal implant removal system. “The system includes over 115 unique drivers and…

Medtronic acquires Mazor Robotics

September 21, 2018
Medtronic plc announced it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with Mazor Robotics. Medtronic will acquire all outstanding ordinary shares…

VIDEO: Cervical osteotomy in ankylosing spondylitis

September 19, 2018
In this video from the Open Operating Theatre, Hossein Mehdian, MD, of Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham
In the Journals

Team-based health care improves patient outcomes, physician well-being

September 18, 2018
Implementing optimal team-based health care is associated with improvements in patient outcomes, the efficiency of care and the well-being and…
In the Journals

Burnout frequency varies by specialty, but exact prevalence unclear

September 18, 2018
Symptoms of burnout and career choice regret were common among U.S. resident physicians, but differed substantially by clinical specialty, according…
In the Journals

Drug prices rise twice as fast during shortages

September 17, 2018
During a shortage, drug prices increase two times as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage, according to findings published in…

NuVasive launches expandable spinal interbody implant for TLIF

September 16, 2018
NuVasive Inc. announced the launch of the TLX 20° expandable spinal interbody implant with the first-of-its-kind oblique profile intended for…

Physical-therapy-first approach may effectively treat acute back, neck pain

September 14, 2018
St. Luke’s University Health Network announced the launch of Comprehensive Spine, a physical-therapy-first approach program for the treatment…
At Issue

At Issue: Chronic low back pain

Orthopedics Today, September 2018
Dil V. Patel, BS; Benjamin Khechen, BA; Kern Singh, MD; Dennis E. Enix, DC, MBA; Nickul Jain, MD; John C. Liu, MD; Heidi Prather, DO
A study in The Spine Journal recently looked at spinal manipulation and mobilization to manage chronic low back pain and its findings were met with…
In the Journals

Increased physician awareness may decrease infection incidence, implant cost

September 13, 2018
Recently published results showed a decrease in craniotomy and ventricular shunt infection incidence, as well as significant cost savings, when…

Stryker enters agreement to acquire Invuity

September 12, 2018
Stryker announced a definitive agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Invuity Inc. for $7.40 per share, or…
In the Journals

History of multiple concussions associated with adverse health outcomes

September 11, 2018
Three or more prior concussions were associated with adverse health outcomes in former collegiate football players without professional football…
In the Journals

Chronic pain may contribute to suicide deaths

September 10, 2018
Chronic pain was prevalent in nearly 9% of individuals who died by suicide, according to research published in Annals of Internal Medicine

Past rulings may provide insight on how Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh may impact health care

September 7, 2018
The Senate Judiciary Committee began hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The former Supreme Court law clerk and…

Complex spine surgery linked with high postoperative CT scan utilization

September 7, 2018
Surgeons ordered CT scans at a high rate following complex spine surgery in recent study results and the investigators believe surgeons should…

CDC issues guideline for managing mild concussion in kids

September 6, 2018
The CDC published 19 recommendations in JAMA Pediatrics to assist physicians in diagnosing, treating and estimating the prognosis of mild traumatic…
In the Journals

Long-term opioid therapy management does not usually diminish doctor-patient trust

September 6, 2018
Patients receiving chronic opioid therapy typically reported favorable perceptions of doctor-patient trust on the subject of long-term opioid therapy…

Captiva Spine receives FDA 510(k) clearance for 3-D printed titanium lumbar cages

September 5, 2018
Captiva Spine announced it has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its TirboLOX-L 3-D printed titanium lumbar cages. According to a press release, the…

Lack of preparedness, mixed messages, delay shift to value-based care

August 30, 2018
The U.S. health care system continues to struggle in its transition from fee-for-service to value-based care.
FDA News

FDA warns 21 more websites to stop marketing illegal opioids

August 28, 2018
The FDA announced today that it sent warning letters to four more online networks that operate 21 websites ordering them to stop illegally marketing…