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Woman with 30cm scar uses silicone gel to help with fading

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:34:22 +0100

Emily Jackson, 20, from Leicester, was in constant pain due to scoliosis, which means she has a sideways bend in her back. After going under the knife in 2016, she was left with a 30cm scar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Woman with 30cm scar uses 'magic' cream help it disappear

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:29:24 +0100

Emily Jackson, 20, from Leicester, was in constant pain due to scoliosis, which means she has a sideways bend in her back. After going under the knife in 2016, she was left with a 30cm scar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

What is the Difference Between an Association and a Syndrome?

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:06:48 +0100

Discussion VATER association was first described in the 1970s with additional congenital malformations being added to the association so it is most often called VACTERL association. It is a highly heterogeneous, overlapping condition estimated to occur in ~1/10,000-40,000 births. The cause is unknown. In animal models, some signaling pathway gene mutations have phenotypes of VACTERL association. Experts suggest that patients having at least 2 components should be further evaluated (at least 3 for diagnosis) for VACTERL and other diseases in its differential diagnosis. There are more than 30 syndromes, mutations and diseases that have components of the malformations in VACTERL association. Alagille syndrome , CHARGE Syndrome, Blackfan-Diamond anemia, Holt-Oram syndrome, and Caudal regressi...

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 21:41:00 +0100

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Source: AAFP News)

Building a healthy heart through cardiac fitness

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 16:35:29 +0100

This spring, Joao DeToledo will be stepping onto the volleyball court to play for his high school team for the first time. It will be a proud moment for the high school senior from Somerville — playing a competitive sport is a goal he hadn’t dreamt possible just a few years ago. Though Joao has always loved sports, he was born with Ebstein’s anomaly, a congenital heart condition that, until recently, has forced him to spend a lot of time on the sidelines. When Joao expressed frustration at not being able to participate in gym and sports as much as he’d like, his cardiologist, Dr. David Fulton, recommended the Cardiac Fitness Program at Boston Children’s Hospital. The program, one of the first of its kind, offers kids and adults with congenital heart disease a chance to exercise i...

USPSTF: Data Insufficient for Scoliosis Screening USPSTF: Data Insufficient for Scoliosis Screening

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 14:48:42 +0100

In a revised recommendation statement on routine scoliosis screening of adolescents, the USPSTF no longer advises against the practice, but stops short of recommending it.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Final USPSTF Recommendation Says Not Enough Evidence For or Against Scoliosis Screening

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:44:39 +0100

There's not enough evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of screening for idiopathic scoliosis in youth aged 10 to 18 years, according to a... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence to Screen Kids for Scoliosis (CME/CE)

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:45:00 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Change from 2004 recommendation against screening (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)

U.S. doctors not certain all kids need scoliosis screening

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 18:02:57 +0100

(Reuters Health) - It ’s unclear if all children and teens can benefit from routine screening for scoliosis, according to a new statement from a panel of U.S. medical experts. (Source: Reuters: Health)

The five emotions of raising a child with infantile scoliosis

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:36:04 +0100

One night, while doing our son’s usual bath routine, I saw what looked like a hump on his back. Avery was 6 months old at the time. At first, I thought that it was just something I was imagining, but the hump never went away. In fact, it seemed to get worse. When Avery was 13 months old, he was officially diagnosed with infantile scoliosis, a rare form of scoliosis that occurs in children under 2 years of age. The first hospital we were referred to would not even consider treating Avery until he was at least 18 months, and that was not a guarantee, so after doing some research, we came to Boston Children’s Hospital for a second opinion. We were referred to Dr. Michael Glotzbecker, one of the surgeons in the Spinal Program at Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center that specializes ...

What Are Cutaneous Lesions Associated with Occult Spinal Dysraphism?

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:49:29 +0100

Discussion Neural tube defects are a group of disorders that arise during embryogenesis. They include anenephaly, exencephaly, meningmyelocoeles and encephalocoeles and other malformations including occult spinal dysraphism. Occult spinal dysraphism (OSD) has incomplete fusion of the midline elements of the spine including the bony, neural, and mesenchymal tissues but the abnormalities are covered by skin (ectodermal tissues) and therefore are not obvious. OSD has a higher risk of tethered spinal cord syndrome or other neurological/neurosurgical problems. Normally the caudal end of the spinal cord, the conus medullaris, hangs freely within the spinal column but is stabilized by the filum terminale. As the spinal column grows faster than the spinal cord, there is relative ascension of the c...

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NuVasive wins expanded FDA nod, launches interbody fusion devices

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 20:44:02 +0100

NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) said today it won expanded FDA 510(k) clearance for its Cohere cervical interbody fusion device and that it launched the Coalesce thoracolumbar interbody fusion device. Both the launch and updated clearance comes from the company’s acquisition of Vertera Spine, which it closed last September. The Cohere and Coalesce implants use porous version of the material polyetheretherketone, or PEEK, and are designed to provide three-dimensional achitecture to elicit and encourage bone growth, San Diego, Calif.-based NuVasive said. “Our strategy in building our AMS portfolio is to provide unprecedented, innovative technologies that enhance the surface, structure and visualization properties of these implants. Our launch of Coalesce and the expanded clearance o...

Medical News Today: What is dextroscoliosis?

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 17:00:00 +0100

Dextroscoliosis refers to an abnormal, right-leaning curvature of the spine. It is a type of scoliosis. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

Simon Cowell pays £175,000 for teenager's spine surgery

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 01:25:11 +0100

Scoliosis sufferer Julia Carlile helped her team MerseyGirls earn standing ovations on Britiain's Got Talent. Simon Cowell was so touched by her bravery that he paid for £175,000 surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

How Do You Perform the Adams Forward Bend Test?

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:37:41 +0100

Discussion Scoliosis is a lateral and rotational curvature of the spine from a plumb line hanging from C7 to the floor. Idiopathic scoliosis is the most common form. A review of scoliosis and its differential diagnosis can be found here. Depending on the age, 2-4% of adolescents have a positive Adams Forward Bend Test when assessed and ~2% may have idiopathic scoliosis of > 10 degrees. Curve progression relates to the magnitude of the curve and the patient’s age. Thus increased risk of progression occurs in patients with higher curvature magnitude at diagnosis, females (earlier start of puberty and therefore possibly not identified or have great curvature to start with), younger children (same reason), being skeletally immature, symptomatic (pain or other neurological problems),...

20 Canadian ideas to improve child health win Grand Challenges funding

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:13:50 +0100

Twenty Canadian projects have won Grand Challenges funding, among them an Uber-like connection that can help get pregnant women in Kenya to health care; a 3D printer project to provide orthotic devices for Nepali children with clubfoot and scoliosis; and a microchip that can figure out what pathogen is causing diarrhea in children in Bangladesh. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Straightening scoliosis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0100

In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute we hear the story of a little boy with a bad case of scoliosis and what doctors did to treat him. To listen, click the link below. Straightening Scoliosis (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Age-Adjusted Alignment Goals Potentially Reduce PJK Age-Adjusted Alignment Goals Potentially Reduce PJK

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 04:14:45 +0100

What are the effects of age-specific alignment targets on proximal junctional kyphosis?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem Early

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:00 +0100

Title: Scoliosis Screenings Can Help Catch Spine Problem EarlyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 10/17/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/18/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)

FDA expands indication for NuVasive ’ s TLX spine implant

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 12:46:10 +0100

NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) said today the it won expanded 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its TLX implant used in spinal fusion surgery. San Diego-based NuVasive said the new clearance covers an new, expandable 20° cage and new indications for use covering allogeneic bone grafts and more spine levels. “With the additional clearance for our latest TLX system, we now provide the leading tools for [transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion] procedures with our MAS TLIF solution, validating our commitment to improving spine solutions,” strategy, technology & corporate development EVP Matt Link said in prepared remarks. “This clearance highlights our persistent investment in transforming spine outcomes by developing spine’s leading procedures, materials, expandables,...

Kyphosis and incident falls among community-dwelling older adults - McDaniels-Davidson C, Davis A, Wing D, Macera C, Lindsay SP, Schousboe JT, Nichols JF, Kado DM.

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 07:41:49 +0100

Hyperkyphosis commonly affects older persons and is associated with morbidity and mortality. Many have hypothesized that hyperkyphosis increases fall risk. Within this prospective study of older adults, kyphosis was significantly associated with incident f... (Source: SafetyLit)

Mum blames politicians for child's spinal surgery wait

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:15:26 +0100

A 14-year-old County Antrim girl with scoliosis of the spine may have operation delayed by a year. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

EOI Announces FDA Clearance for the FLXfit15, the Only 3D Articulated Expandable Cage With 15 degrees of Lordosis Correction

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 15:00:55 +0100

FLXfit™15, unique anatomical fit for sagittal and coronal alignment OR AKIVA, Israel, September 28, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Expanding Orthopedics Inc. (EOI), a privately-held medical device company focused on developing and co... Devices, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery, FDA Expanding Orthopedics Inc., FLXfit15, 3D Expandable Cage (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Actress Rula Lenska, 69, answers our weekly health quiz

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:16:59 +0100

The veteran performer has long suffered with a problematic neck due to scoliosis (a twisted spine), but still enjoys her vices: chips doused in vinegar and occasional packs of cigarettes. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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First Scoliosis Surgery of Takin ™ Spinal Posterior Fixation System Successfully Completed

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:05:24 +0100

(Source: Microport News Release)

NuVasive wins FDA nod for redesigned Magec system

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 16:04:54 +0100

NuVasive Inc. (NSDQ:NUVA) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its redesigned Magec magnetically controlled growth modulation system. The San Diego, Calif.-based company’s Magec system uses magnetic technology and adjustable growth rods to treat early-onset scoliosis, and features the company’s Reline small stature system. The Reline small stature platform is a pediatric deformity fixation system which is designed to improve construct strength and reduce the systems implant profile. “As a low-profile pediatric fixation system, Reline Small Stature is the first-of-its-kind system to offer competitively-sized pediatric implants that accept up to a 5.0mm rod. The clearance for our redesigned Magec system with Reline small stature highlights our speed to market and ou...

ApiFix Signs Distribution Agreement in Canada; Completes First Cases in North America at IWK Health Centre Hospital, Halifax

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 13:10:28 +0100

MISGAV, Israel, Sept. 5, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Medical device company ApiFix Ltd., a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group (SGX: 42T) (OTCQX: TRNLY), announced it signed an exclusive distribution agreement in Canada with Jo... Devices, Orthopedic, Neurosurgery, Distribution ApiFix , Joint Solutions Alliance, Idiopathic Scoliosis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Thoracic kyphosis in those over 50 may not be a predictor of physical decline

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research) A recently published study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that using CT scans to evaluate early signs of hyperkyphosis (extreme forward curvature of the upper spine) in people over age 50 does not help to identify those at risk of subsequent physical function decline. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Shriner's Hospital for Children launches app to spot signs of scoliosis in children

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:39:31 +0100

Parents of growing children have a checklist of things to monitor: ears, eyes, body temperature, the works. Yet aside from scheduling a visit with the doctor, there aren ’t a whole lot of ways to check for signs of scoliosis. That’s where SpineScreen enters the picture.   (Source: mobihealthnews)

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7 medtech stories we missed this week: August 11, 2017

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 18:06:54 +0100

[Image from]From Xtant Medical’s 510(k) extension to Varian Medical’s distribution deal, here are seven medtech stories we missed this week but thought were still worth a mention. 1. FDA extends Xtant Medical’s 510(k) for Calix C spinal implant Xtant Medical announced in an Aug. 9 press release that the FDA has cleared its product line extensions for the Calix-C cervical inter body cages. The clearance allows for two larger footprints to be added for use with allograft. The Calix-C Cervical Interbody Spacer is designed for spinal fusion procedures at level one in patients who are skeletally mature. It is supposed to be used with spinal fixation systems like Xtant Medical’s Spider Cervical Plating and Certex Spinal Fixation Systems. 2. Life Spine touts first...

One vs Two Surgeons in Adult Scoliosis Deformity Surgery One vs Two Surgeons in Adult Scoliosis Deformity Surgery

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 04:08:56 +0100

Might an additional surgeon help improve adult scoliosis deformity surgery efficiency and outcomes?Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

The ApiFix Spinal Implant Receives TGA Certification

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:12:12 +0100

MISGAV, Israel, Aug. 8, 2017 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- ApiFix, a portfolio company of The Trendlines Group, received TGA certification through its distributor Orthotech Pty. Ltd. to begin marketing the ApiFix system in Australia for the... Devices, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery, Regulatory ApiFix , Trendlines Group, Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis, spine surgery (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

A Better Cervical Collar: Old Myths and New Realities

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 19:59:00 +0100

Cervical immobilization has long been considered an essential first step in addressing trauma patients. For forty years, there has been controversy over risk/benefits of a semi-rigid collar. Some studies have even suggested that collars can even be omitted as long as patients are immobilized until arrival at an ED or trauma center. Because radiologists have the final say in diagnosing normal vs fracture of cervical spine, we were asked to undertake a study to find the best solution for cervical immobilization. To address this controversy, we used state of the art radiology techniques in assessing jugular venous return and spinal curvature with and without various collars. A new vacuum collar has become available that we're now comparing to semi-rigid collars. This SIPQuick (Stabilize ...

A bond between sisters made stronger by scoliosis

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 14:03:04 +0100

Growing up, sisters will often share many things — and not always willingly. But it’s not often they will end up sharing the same condition, one that keeps them stuck in a rigid and uncomfortable back brace for most of the day. But then again, April and Mary Miller are not your average sisters. The Miller sisters were both diagnosed with idiopathic scoliosis at the end of their fifth grade years. April, the oldest sister, was diagnosed in 2011, while younger sister Mary’s diagnosis came in 2013. One diagnosis, two separate journeys Scoliosis is relatively common, with idiopathic scoliosis being its most common form. The condition affects about 1 in every 40 people and tends to occur more frequently in certain families. For families with a history of idiopathic scoliosis, a family ...

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Yoga Could Help Heal Chronic Back Pain

Mon, 19 Jun 2017 21:38:26 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – Healing your back with the help of yoga. It is a simple solution for people suffering from chronic back pain. A new study, conducted right here in Boston, has found yoga may be an easy answer for some. Judith Zaborowski, who has significant arthritis in her spine, takes yoga. The 74-year-old says the practice helps ease her back pain. (WBZ-TV) “I’m much more comfortable with movement,” Judith explains. Now a new study from Boston Medical Center backs that up. Researchers looked at more than 300 low-income patients with chronic lower back pain. Some took yoga classes designed for back pain once a week while others did physical therapy. Dr. Rob Saper, a family medicine physician at BMC, led the study. “We found the yoga was as effective as physical therapy f...

Experiencing how spinal fusion treats scoliosis before surgery day

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 13:04:10 +0100

The Spinal Program at Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center has partnered with the Simulator Program to offer a unique simulation experience to patients who will undergo surgical treatment for scoliosis, a procedure called spinal fusion, this summer. “In my experience, patients do better when they are well prepared for surgery,” says Dr. Michael Glotzbecker, a pediatric spine specialist and surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital, who performs dozens of spinal fusion surgeries each year to treat children with scoliosis. That’s why Glotzbecker teamed up with Brianna O’Connell, a child life specialist and program lead of simulation programs for patients and caregivers at the Boston Children’s SIMPeds Simulator Program, to create an immersive day fo...

Scoliosis severity index could help identify progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS)

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 21:14:41 +0100

A study published in the June 1 issue of the journal Spine attempts to identify an early detectable severity index for progressive adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).  (Source: Orthogate - Latest News)

Evidence Lacking to Support Screening Kids, Teens for Scoliosis

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 18:55:00 +0100

A recently issued U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation says evidence is insufficient to recommend screening for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis in patients ages 10-18. (Source: AAFP News)

USPSTF: Not Enough Evidence to Recommend Routine Scoliosis Screening (FREE)

Wed, 31 May 2017 00:00:00 +0100

By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says there's not enough evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of screening … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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100 Most Influential Publications in Scoliosis Surgery 100 Most Influential Publications in Scoliosis Surgery

Mon, 29 May 2017 05:15:14 +0100

This article highlights the 100 most important publications in the field of scoliosis surgery research.Spine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

BGT dancer Julia uses money to fund scoliosis surgery

Sun, 21 May 2017 16:59:49 +0100

Julia from the Wirral suffers from scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, a fact the 5ft teenager immediately revealed to the judges and the ten million-strong television audience. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

The life of conjoined twins who refuse to be separated

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 18:19:55 +0100

Carmen and Lupita Andrade, 16, from Connecticut, were born joined at the chest wall. The twins can't be separated and one of them has scoliosis which puts them at risk of dying. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Are we prescribing our patients too much pain medication? Best predictors of narcotic usage after spinal surgery for scoliosis - Grant DR, Schoenleber SJ, McCarthy AM, Neiss GI, Yorgova PK, Rogers KJ, Gabos PG, Shah SA.

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:29:29 +0100

BACKGROUND: Physicians play a role in the current prescription drug-abuse epidemic. Surgeons often prescribe more postoperative narcotic pain medication than patients routinely need. Although narcotics are effective for severe, acute, postoperative pain, f... (Source: SafetyLit)

Reading to teach and heal: Best books for 8-12 year olds

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 14:53:35 +0100

Books are great tools for teaching empathy to children. They can help kids understand what it’s like to walk in someone else’s shoes — someone with a physical or mental disability, chronic illness or learning difference. They can also help kids with medical issues see how other kids cope — which can be validating or even help spark new ideas. And books help younger generations recognize that no matter what obstacle they may face, they’re still just kids, and they’re not alone. Today, many children’s book authors are weaving characters with medical conditions into their stories with appropriate sensitivity to both inform and create a sense of understanding among readers. Here are four must-reads for 8-12 year olds:   An unexpected curve Featured book: BRACED, by...

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What Are the Clinical Symptoms Associated with Friedreich Ataxia?

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:48:31 +0100

Discussion Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) was first extensively described in a series of papers from 1863-1877 by Nikolaus Friedreich at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. In 1996 the genetic mutation was described. It is an autosomal recessively inherited, homologous expansion of the GAA repeat in intron 1 of the frataxin gene on chromosome 9q13. It causes a transcription error leading to a decrease in frataxin which is a mitochondrial protein involved in iron metabolism and other cell functions. Frataxin is seen mainly in the central and peripheral nervous systems, heart, pancreas and skeleton. Frataxin is produced but in decreased amounts, and lack of frataxin causes in-utero lethality of the embryo. FRDA is the most common cause of autosomal recessive ataxia. Point estimates are up to p...

Cervical Spine Fusion for the Treatment of Refractory Idiopathic Cervical Dystonia Cervical Spine Fusion for the Treatment of Refractory Idiopathic Cervical Dystonia

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 16:33:04 +0100

Case study illustrating the multifaceted approach necessary to treat refractory cervical dystonia with concomitant rigid cervical kyphosis, in the face of neuromuscular pathology.HSS Grand Rounds Complex Cases (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

Location of spinal correction influences risk of proximal junctional kyphosis development

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 23:04:49 +0100

A new study reports that PJK risk following lumbar spinal fusion depends on the level of the spine fused. Specifically, the authors – who include members of the International Spine Study Group (ISSG) from multiple academic centers – found that fusing the lower portion of lumbar spine results in a decreased risk of PJK. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Make the Diagnosis: Cryptic Grip

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:39:48 +0100

(MedPage Today) -- Case Findings: A 23-year-old presents with a spontaneous pneumothorax, but additional examination reveals a distinctive thumb sign, as well as scoliosis. What is your diagnosis? (Source: MedPage Today Endocrinology)

Comorbidities Linked to Hospital Resource Use After Childhood Spinal Fusion Comorbidities Linked to Hospital Resource Use After Childhood Spinal Fusion

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:26:55 +0100

Several chronic conditions of children with medical complexity (CMC) are associated with increased readmissions and hospital costs after spinal fusion for scoliosis, according to a retrospective analysis. (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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'Results were amazing' when teens with scoliosis did specialized exercises

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:12:47 +0100

Specialized physiotherapy exercises can help teenagers with scoliosis, a painful curvature of the spine, a randomized trial in Alberta shows. (Source: CBC | Health)

Specialized physical therapy helps teens with scoliosis get ahead of the curve

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:58:57 +0100

Researchers advocate for exercise management to be added to the standard of care for scoliosis for patients in Canada. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Providence Medical closes $11m equity round

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 21:20:41 +0100

Cervical spine-focused Providence Medical said today it closed a $10.5 million equity financing round, with proceeds slated to support commercialization and portfolio expansion. The round was led by new investor MVM Life Science Partners, who will join the company’s board. Also joining the round were Stanmore Medical Investments, Aphelion Capital and existing private investors, Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Providence Medical said. “Providence’s unique product suite addresses key unmet needs in cervical spine fusion surgery. MVM is delighted to support the business through the next phase of growth and to be working with such a high-quality CEO and management team,” MVM partner Dr. Bali Muralidhar said in a prepared statement. “I am thrilled MVM is joining our ...

Spinal deformities in pediatric burn patients - Moulton DL, Yngve DA, Evans EB.

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 05:17:25 +0100

INTRODUCTION: Extensive third-degree burns in pediatric patients can be associated with the development of spinal deformities. METHODS: Forty pediatric burn patients with scoliosis and one with kyphosis were identified based on a retrospective revi... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Adult scoliosis: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0100

Scoliosis is not a condition that develops in just teenagers. The S-shaped or C-shaped curve in the spine can happen to anybody at any age. In this Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute, orthopedic surgeon?Dr. Paul Huddleston?talks about detecting and treating scoliosis, including surgical options. To listen, click the link below. Adult Scoliosis (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)


Tue, 13 Dec 2016 07:00:00 +0100


Matilda actress Lucy-Mae Beacock appeals for £175k for life-changing operation

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:07:50 +0100

Lucy-Mae Beacock, from north London, was warned by doctors that the end of her acting career could be over after she developed scoliosis last year. She is now fundraising for an operation in the US. (Source: the Mail online | Health) +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for November 28, 2016

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 20:00:49 +0100

Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. Navidea deals NA Lymphoseek rights to Cardinal Health in $310m deal Navidea Biopharmaceuticals said today that it inked a definitive asset purchase agreement with Cardinal Health for Navidea’s Lymphoseek product. Dublin, Ohio-based Navidea said that it will receive $80 million at closing for it’s lymphatic mapping and lymph node biopsy product, plus the opportunity for $230 million in miles...

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B. Braun ’ s Aesculap puts nearly $3m into ApiFix

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:21:52 +0100

B. Braun’s Aesculap division today invested $2.8 million into ApiFix’s $5 million Series B financing round to help support ApiFix’s minimally invasive, non-fusion spinal implant system designed to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The ApiFix device, which won CE Mark clearance for use in the European Union in 2012, is designed to correct adolescent idiopathic scoliosis without the use of fusion to avoid the potential for loss of spine mobility, the company said. Get the full story at our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post B. Braun’s Aesculap puts nearly $3m into ApiFix appeared first on MassDevice. (Source: Mass Device)

B. Braun / Trendlines Partnership Leads to ApiFix Investment

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:53:34 +0100

MISGAV, Israel and TUTTLINGEN, Germany, Nov. 28, 2016 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- B. Braun Melsungen, The Trendlines Group and ApiFix jointly announced B. Braun's lead position in ApiFix's B round financing; ApiFix is a Trendlines portfol... Devices, Orthopaedic, Neurosurgery, Venture Capital B. Braun, Trendlines Group, ApiFix, Scoliosis (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)

Giving thanks: Stories of volunteerism, gratitude and giving back

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 13:00:38 +0100

Thanksgiving Day is a time rich in family, gratitude and appreciation. In honor of the holiday, we are celebrating the patient families who have traveled through our doors and the selfless acts of kindness and volunteerism that follow. Donating platelets and cycling for a cause Ten years ago, Adam Nussenbaum’s son Max was treated at Boston Children’s and overcame a life threatening illness. Today, Adam gives his time — and platelets — to help those in need, and he is doing so in celebration of Max; his daughter Kate, who donated her bone marrow to help her brother; and the clinicians, who made his son’s recovery possible. Shari Abramowitz, Adam, Kate, and Max Nussenbaum For the past eight years, Adam has participated in the Pan Mass Challenge and raised ove...

Detecting Early Stages of Idiopathic Scoliosis Spinal Deformity

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 20:52:53 +0100

3D symmetry recognition system detects early stages of idiopathic scoliosis, a curvature of the spine (Source: Disabled World)

A new system to detect spinal deformity

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 05:00:00 +0100

(Hokkaido University) Researchers have developed a symmetry-recognition system for the surface of the human back that can three-dimensionally detect the early stages of idiopathic scoliosis, a type of spinal deformity, without the help of a specialist doctor. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

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Engineering students creating scoliosis brace that focuses on comfort, fit, design

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 19:52:32 +0100

Mechanical engineering students are collaborating with a local doctor and a private company to create a brace that, well, fits like a glove —and is just as comfortable. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Seeing Phoenix

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 12:26:58 +0100

It seems like people have been looking at our son Phoenix — without seeing him, without talking to him — since before he was born. When I was pregnant and the ultrasound showed severe spina bifida and kyphosis (an excessive forward curve in his spine), the specialist told us he had never seen a spine like Phoenix’s. He wasn’t sure how it could be treated and recommended terminating my pregnancy. My husband Mike and I chose not to. Phoenix was born on June 29, 2009, with a lesion at the base of his spine. His spinal cord and nerves were exposed, so his first surgery was a skin graft to cover the lesion. On top of spina bifida and kyphosis, our son was diagnosed with clubfoot and hydrocephalus. It felt like Phoenix was a patient before he was baby. He had 16 specialists — an orthop...

FDA clears components for K2M ’ s Mesa spine implant

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 13:49:54 +0100

K2M (NSDQ:KTWO) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for screw and connector components used as part of the company’s Mesa spinal system. The newly cleared components from the Leesburg, Va.-based company are designed to be used as part of a growing rod construct designed to accomodate growth in pediatric patients 10 years and younger. “We are excited to receive FDA clearance for a growing spine application, which will provide surgeons with a new treatment option for correcting spinal deformity among a specific subset of the pediatric spinal deformity population,” prez & CEO Eric Major said in a press release The company said that with its cleared devices, operating physicians can use selective components fron traditional fusion constructs to create growth-enabling...

Girl who was being crushed to death by curve in her back saved by TITANIUM spine

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:17:07 +0100

Ellisha Hockham, 11, from Ipswich, was diagnosed with neuromuscular scoliosis - an abnormal curvature of the spine - while still in her mother's womb. She underwent 12 grueling spinal surgeries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

How Common are Herniated Disks in Children?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:31:31 +0100

Discussion Intervertebral disk herniation occurs at the same locations in pediatric patients as adults with L4-L5 and L5-S1 being the most common. Patients often (30-60% for lumbar disk patients) have a direct trauma or sports related injury that is identified before the onset of pain. There is also a group of morbidly obese patients who probably have degenerative disease. In adults and children, lumbar disk herniation is also seen with repetitive or excessive axial loading, poor conditioning, decreased range of motion and history of prior back injury. Disk herniation is caused by vertebral motion that causes increased intradisk pressure including axial compression, lumbar flexion and/or rotation. Presentation is usually acute low back pain and/or lower extremity radiculopathy. Pediatric p...

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Zebrafish May Unlock Mystery of Human Idiopathic Adolescent Scoliosis

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 10:24:34 +0100

No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)

Student will graduate 4 inches TALLER after surgery to straighten her curved spine

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 11:25:54 +0100

Danielle Foster, 25, from London, was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was 16. She recently had surgery to correct it after it became so bad it was causing her spine to bend at a 80 degree curve. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Woman with metal rods in her spine reveals how POLE DANCING helped her recover

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 08:13:04 +0100

Daniella Smith, from Birmingham, was born with spinal scoliosis – a curvature of the spine – and had two metal rods bolted into her back to correct it before she discovered pole-dancing. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Teena diagnosed her skeletal condition after watching a programme about King Richard III  

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 10:48:44 +0100

Student Jennifer White, 19, from Birmingham, West Midlands, was diagnosed with scoliosis and X-rays revealed her spine was bent at a shocking 63 degree angle. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

Scenes from a young scoliosis patient's 'Halo Off Party' (Photos)

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:27:25 +0100

A big smile on a young girl going through scoliosis treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children speaks volumes for the hospital's programs. Last week, the smile came courtesy of a program created by Susan Gallegos, a certified child specialist for Shriners, along with a co-worker. The pair introduced the “Halo Off Party” approximately four years ago for children going through the lengthy gravity traction treatment for scoliosis, a spinal deformity. The pre-surgery treatment can take up to… (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:00:00 +0100

Title: KyphosisCategory: Diseases and ConditionsCreated: 5/1/2008 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/23/2016 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Arthritis General)

Back to School Means Heavy Backpacks And Back Pain

Sat, 20 Aug 2016 17:44:13 +0100

With school is just around the corner, children will be abandoning the playground and returning to the classroom. With an emphasis on providing a sound education for this young generation, children are given a literal "heavier" workload year after year. This has translated into more books and more accessories, which greatly contributes to the normalcy and reliance on carrying backpacks. However, despite their usefulness, backpacks can cause serious back pain if overloaded or worn improperly. To understand how heavy backpacks contribute to back pain, it's important to look at the composition of the back. The adolescent spine is composed of 33 bones called vertebrae with discs between them that act as natural shock absorbers. When a heavy backpack is incorrectly placed over a child's sho...

One mom ’s insights: Navigating care for children with behavior differences

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:36:56 +0100

Diba Jalalzadeh, now 12, paces energetically around the waiting room. She has been coming to Boston Children’s Hospital since she was a baby. She sees plastic surgeon Dr. John Mulliken for her craniofacial condition, known as Crouzon syndrome. But he’s just one of her many doctors. Diba is followed by Dr. Linda Dagi (Ophthalmology), Dr. Bonnie Padwa (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery), Dr. Mark Proctor (Neurosurgery), Dr. David Coulter (Neurology), Dr. Laurie Ohlms (Otolaryngology) Dr. John Emans (Orthopedic Surgery), Dr. Carolyn Bridgemohan (Developmental Medicine), Dr. Dascha Weir (Gastroenterology and Nutrition) and Dr. Roger Breitbart (Cardiology). “We touch on all the departments,” says Monir, Diba’s mother. Diba has had a shunt placed in her brain to relieve pressure inside he...

What Medical Problems Can Patients with Turner Syndrome Have?

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:50:50 +0100

Discussion Turner Syndrome (TS) is one of the most common genetic disorders in females. It was first described by Dr. Henry H. Turner in 1938. It affects 1 in 2000-2500 births and ~70,000 girls and women have TS in the United States. It is caused by the absence of all or part of the second X chromosome. The most common variation is 45X which affects about 50% of TS patients and usually has the most complications, but there are other variations. Phenotypes vary and therefore the age of diagnosis varies. Mean age of diagnosis unfortunately is 15 years. Diagnosis is made by chromosomal analysis. Haploinsufficiency of the SHOX gene is associated with short stature in Turner syndrome. Patient presentations depend on age and phenotype. Most (almost all) TS patients have short stature and primar...

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Kernicterus screening ‘not beneficial’ reports PHE

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:00:00 +0100

National committee rejects screening for kernicterus, toxoplasmosis and scoliosis Related items fromOnMedica Department of Health rejects call for MenB vaccine for all children Key developmental premature baby checks may have been missed Experts call for earlier screening of gestational diabetes Newborn screening for lethal genetic disorder works Foetal alcohol syndrome must be better recognised (Source: OnMedica Latest News)

Catching up with Abby

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:34:01 +0100

When you look Abby DiCocco, a 13-year-old from Clifton Park, N.Y, it’s hard to believe that the rising eighth grader, avid swimmer and budding triathlete ever had any problems with her spine. Abby was diagnosed with scoliosis when she was in first grade and had surgery to remove a Chiari malformation, an abnormal meeting between the brain and spinal cord, at Boston Children’s Hospital. One year after that surgery, Abby’s orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Emans, director of the Boston Children’s Spinal Program, prescribed a brace to treat her scoliosis. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, Abby’s scoliosis progressed as she grew, and her curve reached 65 degrees by age 11. That’s when Emans suggested a new option — MAGEC surgery. Remote-controlled magnetic rods are surgicall...

Severity of kyphosis and decline in lung function: The Framingham study

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0100

( < i > Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research < /i > ) Researchers from the Harvard affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife Institute for Aging Research, have published a recent article in Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, suggesting that preventing or slowing progression of hyperkyphosis may reduce pulmonary decline in older adults. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

Gorham-Stout disease: 12 years, two patients and one innovation

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 12:00:24 +0100

Dan and Alex, a few weeks after Alex’s surgery for Gorham-Stout disease (Photo Susanne Malloy) On a snowy Saturday in January, two mothers sat sipping tea and conversing about their sons. It was an ordinary scene, but the women’s conversation was far from ordinary. The scariest thing a doctor can tell you is ‘I don’t know. I’ve never seen this before.’ To find two doctors who treated this before and then to see Dan doing so well is tremendously gratifying. ~ Susanne Malloy Susanne’s son Alexander Malloy, 14, had been recently diagnosed with Gorham-Stout disease. Gorham-Stout, also referred to as “vanishing-bone” disease, triggers a process that destroys bones and typically affects a single area like the shoulder, jaw hip, rib or spine. “It was shocking,” recalls S...

7 Ways Your Height Affects Your Health

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 15:12:49 +0100

At 6 feet, 8 inches, Dr. Eeric Truumees literally stands out. “People remember who I am,” says the orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas. But despite height’s association with social and professional benefits, such as appearing more attractive and earning more money, towering over others has downfalls, too. “The bane of my height has been hitting my head on things,” Truumees finds, “and as I get a little slower and little less flexible, I find I’m doing that more often.” That’s just the start of height’s influence on health. Here are seven medical issues that may disproportionately affect people who are taller or shorter than average: 1. Longevity From an evolutionary perspective, there’s a price for enjoying the perks o...

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Some major scoliosis surgeries can be avoided, look-back study suggests

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 19:11:29 +0100

In a look-back study of medical records, researchers concluded that a major operation to fuse the spines of children with a rare form of severe, early-onset scoliosis can be eliminated in many cases. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Look-back study suggests some major scoliosis surgeries can be avoided

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(Johns Hopkins Medicine) In a look-back study of medical records, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine concluded that a major operation to fuse the spines of children with a rare form of severe, early-onset scoliosis can be eliminated in many cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)

New Device Helps Locate Perfect Spot For Epidural

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 21:33:01 +0100

BOSTON (CBS) – Millions of women undergo epidurals to ease the pain of childbirth but as many know, sometimes getting the needle in the right place can be challenging. But as Dr. Mallika Marshall reports, a hand-held device could make placing that needle a lot easier for the doctor and the patient. “There’s a large failure rate in epidural injections,” says Kevin Owen, Co-Founder of Rivanna Medical, “And obviously we worked in an ultrasound research lab, so it was a good idea, and easy for us to try and develop something to solve this problem.” Owen and Co-Founder Will Mauldin came up with the idea in a science lab at the University of Virginia. Their invention scans the skin for the spot to insert the needle, something that’s normally done “blind”. Accuro...

Scoliosis Screening: Should it Be Universal?

Tue, 05 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0100

One expert argues for regular screening for all children – here's why. (Source: U.S. News - Health)

Centinel Spine wins Australian clearance for Stalif L implant

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 22:39:28 +0100

Centinel Spine said yesterday it won Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration clearance for its Stalif L no-profile lateral lumbar integrated interbody system. Centinel Spine touts the Stalif L as the only lateral device to offer a no-profile, compressive lag fixation device with proprietary anti-backout technology and 12-degrees of lordosis, as well as a large chamber for bone graft to support fusion. “This clearance expands our International No-Profile, Integrated Interbody market. Stalif has enjoyed a long successful history in Australia and now Stalif L exemplifies our continued commitment to being the gold standard in Integrated Interbody devices.  We are excited to bring the Stalif advantage to minimally-invasive spinal fusion surgery in Australia,” CEO John Visc...

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Radiological prediction of posttraumatic kyphosis after thoracolumbar fracture

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 04:00:00 +0100

(Bentham Science Publishers) A new paper determines risk factors (AO classification, age, gender, localization) that may lead to progressive kyphosis after a thoracolumbar fracture. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)

Tranexamic Acid Reduces Blood Loss, Need for Transfusion in Scoliosis Surgery

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 03:20:26 +0100

No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)

Scoliosis linked to disruptions in spinal fluid flow

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:08:06 +0100

Irregular fluid flow through the spinal column brought on by gene mutations is linked to a type of scoliosis that can affect humans during adolescence, a new study in zebrafish suggests. Also found in people, these genes damage the hair-like projections called motile cilia that move fluid through the spinal canal and lead to a curvature of the spine. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

[Report] Zebrafish models of idiopathic scoliosis link cerebrospinal fluid flow defects to spine curvature

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 22:00:00 +0100

Idiopathic scoliosis (IS) affects 3% of children worldwide, yet the mechanisms underlying this spinal deformity remain unknown. Here we show that ptk7 mutant zebrafish, a faithful developmental model of IS, exhibit defects in ependymal cell cilia development and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow. Transgenic reintroduction of Ptk7 in motile ciliated lineages prevents scoliosis in ptk7 mutants, and mutation of multiple independent cilia motility genes yields IS phenotypes. We define a finite developmental window for motile cilia in zebrafish spine morphogenesis. Notably, restoration of cilia motility after the onset of scoliosis blocks spinal curve progression. Together, our results indicate a critical role for cilia-driven CSF flow in spine development, implicate irregularities in CSF flow as ...

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UCLA medical students conquer huge odds to become doctors

Fri, 03 Jun 2016 02:27:33 +0100

Some 200 students in the Class of 2016 will receive their medical degrees June 3 during the Hippocratic Oath Ceremony for the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Earning an M.D. requires grueling hours, demanding classes and unwavering focus. The following students hurdled enormous obstacles to achieve that goal, making their accomplishments all the more remarkable. Teen mother overcomes lifetime of abuse to achieve M.D. Rebecca Lopez, 37, from Covina in the San Gabriel Valley, survived childhood abuse, became a mother at age 14 and endured a violent marriage, but never surrendered her dream of becoming a doctor. At 27, she returned to college at UCLA and was chosen for a prestigious Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in medical school. Her project helped pregnant girls in East Los Angel...

Meghan’s advice: 6 ways to shine after scoliosis surgery

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 12:22:18 +0100

Meet Meghan Dwyer ­— a typical busy high school student who loves field hockey, Disney movies and dance. Like thousands of other Massachusetts middle and high school students, Meghan participated in regular well-child and school screenings for scoliosis. Everything checked out fine. Early in Meghan’s sophomore year; however, her mother Tricia, a nurse, noticed her daughter’s back appeared a bit crooked. She made an appointment with Dr. Dan Hedequist, an orthopedic surgeon in the Boston Children’s Hospital Spinal Program. “We didn’t think the curve was too bad and were shocked to find out it had progressed to 50 degrees,” recalls Tricia. With a 50-degree curve, Meghan needed spinal fusion surgery. Less than 1 percent of girls with scoliosis have curves that require surgery, s...

Scoliosis X-rays are safer with lower-radiation technology

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 14:20:39 +0100

Treatment Terms Scoliosis and other spinal abnormalities Additional SEO Keywords scoliosis, spinal curvature, curvature of the spine, spinal curve, X-ray, X-ray radiation, radiation exposure SEO Meta Description Scoliosis requires Ellie Garman to have frequent X-rays. New EOS low-radiation dose technology makes those X-rays safer. Author MaryAnn Fletcher Overview New technology helps Duke doctors monitor Ellie Garman’s scoliosis (curvature of the spine) while reducing her X-ray radiation exposure. Hero Image elliegarman_blog_0_0.jpg Preview Image Content Blocks Content Ellie, who's eight years old, wears a brace as part of her scoliosis treatment. “It hugs me like a turtle shell hugs a turtl...

Stung by Yelp reviews, health providers spill patient secrets

Tue, 31 May 2016 20:58:12 +0100

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica. The story was co-published with The Washington Post. Burned by negative reviews, some health providers are casting their patients’ privacy aside and sharing intimate details online as they try to rebut criticism. In the course of these arguments — which have spilled out publicly on ratings sites like Yelp — doctors, dentists, chiropractors and massage therapists, among others, have divulged details of patients’ diagnoses, treatments and idiosyncrasies. One Washington state dentist turned the tables on a patient who blamed him for the loss of a molar: “Due to your clenching and grinding habit, this is not the first molar tooth you have lost due to a fractured root,” he wrote. “This tooth is no different.” In California, a ch...

Providence Medical touts 2-year cervical fusion data, $2.9m funding round

Mon, 23 May 2016 20:47:34 +0100

Cervical spine-focused Providence Medical last week released 2-year radiographic and clinical outcomes from a study of its DTrax system of instruments and implants and announced a $2.8 million round of equity financing. Results from the single-arm, multi-center study were presented at the Spine Week 2016 conference in Singapore last week, the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based company said. “The 2-year results of this study are promising and suggest DTrax technology is a valuable addition to the armamentarium of options for surgeons treating patients with cervical radiculopathy,” Dr. Kris Siemionow of Chicago’s University of Illinois said in a press release. Data from the study of 53 patients who underwent posterior cervical fusion for spondylotic radiculopathy using the DTrax ...

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National study supports bracing for kids with scoliosis

Fri, 13 May 2016 17:57:41 +0100

For more than 50 years, orthopedic surgeons at Boston Children’s Hospital and elsewhere have prescribed rigid back braces for some kids with scoliosis. In theory, bracing prevents worsening of the curvature and might allow the child to avoid surgery to correct the curve. But the treatment can be challenging. Subjecting a child to a bulky back brace during the emotionally vulnerable teen years is not high on any parent’s or physician’s wish list. Plus, until last week’s study published in New England Journal of Medicine, some physicians weren’t sure if bracing was effective. “Although Boston Children’s Orthopedic Center always believed bracing worked and recommended it for appropriate patients, we wanted to have robust controlled data that prove or disprove that bracing is wor...

Untwist scoliosis by clipping wings of an overactive 'ladybird'

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:43:10 +0100

People with scoliosis, a twisting of the spine that can occur as a birth defect or more commonly starts during the teen years, are now closer to a genetic explanation for their condition. An overactive gene, called ladybird homeobox 1 (LBX1), is the start of a genetic chain reaction that causes the spine to grow abnormally. The report is the first to demonstrate the functional association of scoliosis with LBX1. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)

Eos Imaging wins FDA nod for spineEos 3D planning solution

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:13:34 +0100

EOS Imaging (EPA:EOSI) said it won pre-market approval from the FDA for its spineEos 3D planning software for spinal surgeries. Paris-based Eos won CE Mark approval in the European Union in February for the system, which is designed to use 3D imaging to create optimized treatment plans for pediatric patients with scoliosis and adults with spine conditions. “We believe that patients’ spines are complex 3D systems that need a personalized 3D planning of the intended surgery. We’re excited about the interest we’ve seen in our spineEOS planning software from surgeons inside and outside of our current installed base, as well as from our industry partners. We look forward to this next important step toward our broader goal of expanding our EOSapps planning software suite ...

Mayo Clinic Q and A: Untreated Moderate to Severe Scoliosis May Continue to Progress

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:00:00 +0100

  DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is wearing a brace full-time the only treatment option for a child with scoliosis? What are the risks of not getting treatment? ANSWER: Although braces commonly are used to treat scoliosis, they aren’t the only option. The right treatment choice depends mainly on a person’s age and the size of the [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)

Link Between Age, Complications in Adult Scoliosis SurgeryLink Between Age, Complications in Adult Scoliosis Surgery

Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:00:00 +0100

Does increasing age lead to a greater risk for complications associated with scoliosis surgery? Spine (Source: Medscape Orthopaedics Headlines)

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