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

CDC: Opioid use disorder rate quadruples among pregnant women

August 9, 2018
The number of pregnant women with opioid use disorder at labor and delivery more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, according to data recently…
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Study highlights benefits of patient-reported outcome tool to predict pain relief after lumbar surgery

August 8, 2018
According to recently published results, a patient-reported prediction tool derived from population-level data was able to explain most of the pain…
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US opioid use remained high through 2016

August 2, 2018
Despite extensive efforts opioid use did not substantial declined in the United States through the end of 2016, according to findings recently…
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MRI superior to radiograph in evaluating children for sacroiliitis

August 1, 2018
MRI interrater reliability is superior to that of radiographs — which demonstrated a significant proportion of both false negative and false…
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Axial involvement in PsA linked to greater risk for moderate, severe psoriasis

July 24, 2018
Axial involvement in psoriatic arthritis is associated with a greater risk for moderate-to-severe psoriasis, with higher disease activity and a more…
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Physicians reporting burnout twice as likely to make medical mistakes

July 9, 2018
Physicians with burnout reported medical errors at double the rate of other clinicians after adjusting for specialty, work hours, fatigue and work…
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Gabapentinoids ineffective in treatment of low back pain or lumbar radicular pain

July 3, 2018
New research shows that the use of anticonvulsants for the treatment of low back pain or lumbar radicular pain is ineffective. The study, published…
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Improvements seen with PEEK interbody fusion devices for degenerative cervical disc disease

June 26, 2018
Investigators found porous-surface PEEK may be an alternative for the improvement of osseointegration and fusion rates of interbody implants to…
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Study calls for expansion of opioid alternatives, change in role of opioids for pain management

June 22, 2018
Results of an article on prescription drug treatment for patients with low back pain in JAMA Network Open highlight opportunities for insurers and…
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Students on sports teams at higher risk for concussion

June 21, 2018
Among U.S. high school students, 15.1% reported at least one concussion in the prior year, with a higher prevalence among students who played on a…