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Transforaminal injection of steroids is a viable alternative for lumbar radicular pain surgery
Friday, July 30, 2010 11:20 AM

A recent study from Australian researchers determined that transforaminal injection of steroids was a viable alternative to surgery for lumbar radicular pain due to disc herniation. Full details of the study appear in the August issue of Pain Medicine, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Academy of Pain Medicine, the Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, and the International Spine Intervention Society.

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Ortho Kinematics: 23 patients enrolled in KineGraph VMA clinical study
Thursday, July 29, 2010 3:50 PM

Ortho Kinematics, a privately held spine diagnostics company focused on revolutionizing spine motion analysis, announced today that it has begun a multi-site clinical study of the KineGraph VMA™, and that the initial 23 patients have been enrolled. The study will help determine which types of patients are best evaluated with KineGraph VMA testing. The KineGraph VMA is designed to provide functional diagnostic information to spine surgeons to be used in conjunction with MRI and plain X-rays.

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Medtronic reports FDA Panel's affirmative votes on AMPLIFY rhBMP-2 Matrix for posterolateral spine fusion
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 2:42 PM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel today voted 9 for and 4 against (1 abstention) on safety and 10 for and 3 against (1 abstention) on effectiveness, that data including results from a large, prospective randomized clinical trial demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of AMPLIFY™ rhBMP-2 Matrix for fusions of the lower spine in patients with degenerative disc disease.

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Regeneron second-quarter total revenues increase to $115.9 million
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 1:47 PM

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced financial and operating results for the second quarter of 2010. The Company reported a net loss of $25.5 million, or $0.31 per share (basic and diluted), for the second quarter of 2010 compared with a net loss of $14.9 million, or $0.19 per share (basic and diluted), for the second quarter of 2009.

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Brainlab launches ExacTrac Infrared Monitoring device for patient positioning during radiation therapy
Monday, July 26, 2010 8:10 PM

Brainlab announced the availability of ExacTrac® Infrared Monitoring, an add-on device to existing treatment machines for monitoring patient positioning during radiation therapy treatments, at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting last week.

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HPM recognizes 19 Michigan health care providers for outstanding quality, service
Friday, July 23, 2010 8:02 PM

The 19 Michigan health care providers were identified as the top primary care offices through a rigorous selection process that was based on Health Plan of Michigan's 2009 quality incentive plan. "We wanted to show our gratitude to our highest ranking health care providers for their excellence in quality and service," said Raymond D. Pitera, Vice President of Provider Service for Health Plan of Michigan. "We truly appreciate the access to quality services they provide to our Medicaid Members."

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Spinal orthopedics company AxioMed raises $14.5 million
Friday, July 23, 2010 10:11 AM

AxioMed® Spine Corporation , a spinal orthopedics company focused on the development of products designed to restore spinal function in patients with degenerative spine disease by advancing the standard of care beyond fusion and first generation disc replacement, announced today that it has raised $14.5 million in two tranches from both current and new investors.

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Trinity receives USPTO Notice of Allowance for monoplanar pedicle screw method, system and kit
Thursday, July 22, 2010 2:35 PM

Trinity Orthopedics LLC, a medical device company that develops and markets products for minimally invasive spine surgery, announced today that it has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for a monoplanar pedicle screw method, system and kit. Trinity currently markets the posterior fixation system in the United States under the ReStor name.

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Applied Spine Technologies receives U.S. Patent for stabilization device with travel-limiting functionality
Thursday, July 22, 2010 12:29 PM

Applied Spine Technologies, a medical device company focused on motion preservation of the lumbar spine, received a Notice of Allowance on July 12, 2010 from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. To be clinically useful, a dynamic stabilization device needs to allow the spine to move, but not move excessively.

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FSH selects HMS to provide clinical, financial information system applications for neuro-spine facility
Thursday, July 22, 2010 11:36 AM

Foundation Surgical Hospital has selected Healthcare Management Systems, Inc. to provide a full suite of integrated clinical and financial information system applications for the 64-bed orthopedic and neuro-spine facility, located in the Greater Houston market.

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