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Study highlights depression as predictor in revisional spine surgery outcomes

What if a spine surgeon could predict patient outcomes by doing a simple, pre-op psychological test? A longitudinal study published in the March 2012 issue of The Spine Journal has

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Study shows that new magnetically-controlled growing rods can treat scoliosis in children without repeated invasive surgery

A first-in-man study published by The Lancet shows that new magnetically-controlled growing rods can treat scoliosis in children by being extended using a non-invasive technique as their spine grows, without

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High-strength silk scaffolds improve bone repair

Biomedical engineers at Tufts University’s School of Engineering have demonstrated the first all-polymeric bone scaffold material that is fully biodegradable and capable of providing significant mechanical support during repair. The

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Scientists discover genes that increase the risk of osteoporosis and fractures

Researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have identified the genetic variations that are believed to cause osteoporosis. The study, published in Nature Genetics and involving

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Men who do load-bearing exercise in early 20s may be shielded from osteoporosis

Young men who play volleyball, basketball or other load-bearing sports for four hours a week or more increase bone mass and might gain protection from developing osteoporosis later in life,

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Acupuncture can improve skeletal muscle atrophy

A team of Japanese researchers revealed study results at the Experimental Biology 2012 meeting that show how acupuncture therapy mitigates skeletal muscle loss and holds promise for those seeking improved

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Lumbar spine is the most common MRI scan, reports clinic

The Newcastle Clinic, which currently houses the only ‘open sided’ MRI scanner in the entire North of England, has revealed that lumbar spine scanning is the most common procedure accounting

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Risk of blood loss in childhood back surgery varies with cause of spine deformity

The relative risk of blood loss during corrective spine surgery in children appears linked to the underlying condition causing the spinal deformity, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins

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High doses of ‘load’ slows loss of bone in spinal cord injury

Loss of bone density leads to brittle bones that fracture easily. It is a major complication of spinal cord injury (SCI), which affects about 250,000 Americans every year. A new

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Antidepressant proves effective in alleviating osteoarthritis pain

Antidepressants can play a key role in alleviating painful conditions like osteoarthritis and may result in fewer side effects than traditionally prescribed drug regimes, such as anti-inflammatories and opioids, according