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Wednesday, 20 June 2018  

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Many surgeons do not use patient-reported outcome measures in spine care

Almost one third of spine surgeons do not routinely use patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), Asdrubal Falavigna (Department of Neurosurgery, Caxias do Sul University, Caxias do Sul, Brazil) tells audiences at the Global Spine Congress (1–5 May, Singapore). The research received the prize for Best Paper.


Novel approach proves mixed reality is a feasible option for future intraoperative visualisation

A preliminary study has demonstrated the feasibility of using a novel visualisation approach as a valuable adjunct tool for minimally invasive percutaneous procedures. This is the conclusion of Gerard Deib (Baltimore, USA) and colleagues following a feasibility study, recently published in The British Medical Journal (BMJ).


A hydrogel restores breathing after spinal cord injury in animal models

The use of a hydrogel after spinal cord injury is responsible for the restoration of independent breathing control in rats, according to The Journal of Neuroscience published research. Researchers Angelo Lepore and Yinghui Zhong (both Philadelphia, USA), developed a gel that binds to the neuro-stimulating agent brain-derived neurotrophic factor, and releases this nerve-repair protein at the site of injury.

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- Bruce Dall argues patients are suffering due to spine societies' neglecting education on the sacroiliac joint
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- Case report: A complex adolescent idiopathic scoliosis case, and the influence of the NSpine Winter Masterclass
- Profile: Raja Rampersaud

Industry news


icotec receives FDA clearance to market BlackArmor® Carbon/PEEK interbody cages

The latest line of icotec interbody cages, designed to optimise bony integration and post-operative visualisation, has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance.


Fortilink-TS and –L IBF systems with TETRAfuse 3D technology launches commercially

The commercial launch of Fortilink-TS and –L IBF systems (RTI Surgical) with TETRAfuse 3D technology has added to a growing series of interbody fusion devices featuring RTI Surgical’s proprietary TETRAfuse 3D technology.


European Commission approves Prolia for patients with glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis

The European Commission (EC) has approved a new indication for Prolia (denosumab) for the treatment of bone loss associated with long-term systemic glucocorticoid therapy in adult patients at increased risk of fracture.



22–23 June

Ultrasound Guided Lumbar Procedures

Burr Rudge, USA


11–14 July

25th IMAST

Los Angeles, USA


29 July–02 August

Spine Across the Sea: Strategies for Elderly Patients with Spinal Disorders

Kauai, USA