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

No benefit to intracranial pressure monitoring in children with TBI

September 12, 2017
The use of intracranial pressure monitoring to improve functional survival outcomes in children with severe traumatic brain injury does not increase
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Duration of initial opioid prescription strongest predictor of long-term use

August 24, 2017
The number of days’ supply of the initial
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Hospital-related procedures appear unrelated to opioid epidemic

August 22, 2017
Hospital-associated proceedings do not appear to be significantly contributing to the opioid epidemic, according to findings recently published in…
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No significant change seen in obesity status after TLIF despite clinical improvements

August 17, 2017
Although investigators found improvements for function and pain, they discovered no significant change in weight after obese patients underwent…
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Survey suggests partisanship doomed health care reform, public split on many ACA components

August 16, 2017
A greater Republican division on the issue of health care reform than originally thought in addition to the Democrats’ determination to not…
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Gabapentinoids ineffective for back pain

August 16, 2017
Evidence on the use of the gabapentinoids pregabalin and gabapentin to treat chronic low back pain was limited, but indicated significant risk for…
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State access standards did not improve accessibility to specialists

August 15, 2017
The implementation of specialty access standards by state Medicaid agencies did not result in widespread, meaningful improvements in access to…
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FDA moves slowly on required postapproval drug studies; other agency procedures scrutinized

August 15, 2017
More than 3 years passed before the efficacy of most drugs given accelerated approval by the FDA from 2009 to 2013 was validated, according to…
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Limited evidence to support medical marijuana for treatment of chronic pain, PTSD

August 14, 2017
Limited scientific evidence exists to support the safety and efficacy of cannabis and cannabinoid products for patients with either chronic pain or…
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Partial Medicaid expansions under ACA pose ‘big consequences’

August 9, 2017
Just shy of 7 months into President Donald J. Trump’s presidency, there have been repeated failures to fulfill his major campaign promise to…
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