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Friday, 21 July 2017  

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John F Kennedy

Researchers trace the history behind JFK’s four spine surgeries

The fact that US President John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was plagued by ill-health, from scarlet fever to chronic pain, is not widely-known. However, a new article published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine investigates his years of back pain and reviews the success of his numerous surgical treatments.

Amniox Clarix

Positive pain relief and function results for Amniox Clarix 100 in lumbar microdiscectomy

The results of a clinical study on the efficacy of Amniox’ Clarix 100 cryopreserved amniotic membrane in lumbar microdiscectomy surgery have demonstrated greater improvements in both pain reduction and function from six weeks post-surgery than a control group.

Video interview

Philip Breedon

Philip Breedon: Co-robotics, telerobotics and the innovative Scolibot system

Philip Breedon, professor of Smart Technologies at Nottingham Trent University (Nottingham, UK), takes Spinal News International through the latest developments in co-robotics and telerobotics, including his department’s innovative Scolibot system.


John Mayor

Emerging technologies, education and evidence in the spinal world

In a market booming with new technologies and therapies, spinal surgeons are spoilt for choice when it comes to implants and other devices. Stryker’s John Mayor talks to Spinal News International about emerging technologies, education and the evidence behind the hype.

Product news

Novarad OpenSight

World-first Microsoft HoloLens augmented-reality discectomy takes place in USA

Novarad’s OpenSight augmented reality system has been used in what the company believes may be the first surgical use of Microsoft’s HoloLens. The system was used in an automated percutaneous lumbar discectomy.

Zimmer Biomet logo

David Dvorak resigns as Zimmer Biomet president and chief executive officer

David C Dvorak has stepped down as Zimmer Biomet’s president, chief executive officer and member of the Board of Directors after 10 years at the helm of the company. He will remain in an advisory capacity to the company for the time being.

Simplify Disc

Simplify Medical closes US$21 million for two ongoing pivotal trials

The new funds will be used to complete two ongoing US pivotal clinical trials of the Simplify Disc, studying its use in one level of the spine and in two adjacent levels of the spine as a treatment for cervical degenerative disc disease.



26–29 July
NASS Summer Spine Meeting

San Diego, USA

20–25 August

Istanbul, Turkey


28–30 July
Coventry SpineMasters

Coventry, UK

3–6 September

Denver, USA


4–6 August

Malacca, Malaysia

6–8 September

Buenos Aires, Argentina

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