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

Long-term use of bisphosphonates after nerve-sparing surgery reduced recurrence of sacral giant cell tumors

July 25, 2017
Investigators found bisphosphonate used after nerve-sparing surgery for sacral giant cell tumors is an effective option.
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New link established between football, brain damage

July 25, 2017
A significant proportion of brains donated by deceased football players for research showed neuropathological evidence of chronic trauma…
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Depression linked with worse subjective outcomes after epidural steroid injection for spinal pathology

July 24, 2017
Investigators found that after lumbar epidural steroid injection for degenerative spine disease, patients with depression had worse absolute scores…
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AAP urges renewed support for pediatric team-based care

July 24, 2017
Specific investments should be made for pediatric care practices by stakeholders, including infrastructure, education and privacy-secured technology…
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No biomechanical differences seen between transient, persistent post-concussion symptoms

July 20, 2017
Results from this study indicated none of the biomechanical variables analyzed were statistically significantly different between patients who…
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Intervention improves guideline adherence, does not decrease opioid refills

July 19, 2017
A multicomponent primary care-based intervention tripled guideline-concordant opioid monitoring; however, it was not successful in reducing opioid…
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Opioid dose reduction may benefit patients with chronic pain

July 17, 2017
Reducing or discontinuing long-term opioid therapy may improve pain, function and quality of life among patients with chronic pain; however, these…
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With drastic reforms looming, Medicaid enrollees mostly satisfied with care

July 14, 2017
While the future of the program is in doubt in the current health care legislation debate, across various demographic groups and state expansion…
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Study finds no correlation between socioeconomic status, outcomes after sports-related concussion

July 12, 2017
Investigators found socioeconomic status did not influence symptom duration and missed practices among student-athletes with sports-related…
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Physician reimbursement strongly linked to traditional Medicare

July 12, 2017
In the Medicare Advantage market, set rates for traditional Medicare act as a “strong anchor” for physician reimbursement, according to…
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