Optical topographic imaging seen as efficient, accurate navigation technique for cervical spine

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Healio

According to a presentation from the American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting, optical topographic imaging is an efficient, novel technique that allows for initial and repeat registration of the cervical spine and had accuracy similar to other spinal neuronavigation systems.

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Age no barrier for back surgery benefits

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Medical Xpress

Seniors can benefit from herniated disc surgery, according to the results of a study conducted by Mattis A. Madsbu, a medical student at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and colleagues at the Department of Neurosurgery at St. Olavs Hospital in Trondheim, Norway. Madsbu’s supervisor was NTNU consultant neurosurgeon Sasha Gulati.

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Presenter discusses factors that impact sagittal balance after TLIF

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Healio

A world-first study has shown that specific physical activity benefits the discs in our spines and may help to prevent and manage spinal pain.

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Exercise good for the spine

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Medical Xpress

A world-first study has shown that specific physical activity benefits the discs in our spines and may help to prevent and manage spinal pain.

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Study supports utility of 3-D printing for planning of complex spinal surgery

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Healio

Investigators of this case report highlighted the use of 3-D printing for the development of customized prostheses and surgical planning, and noted the technology can make complex spinal surgery less difficult.

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Generating improvement in spinal cord injuries
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Medical Xpress

A new therapy to treat spinal cord injuries in people who have lost all motor and sensory function below the injury site shows additional motor function improvement at 6-months and 9-months following treatment with 10 million AST-OPC1. The positive efficacy results from an ongoing research study were announced on Jan. 24 in a conference held by Asterias Biotherapeutics, Inc., the biotechnology company that manufactures AST-OPC1.

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Location of spinal correction influences risk of proximal junctional kyphosis development
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Science Daily

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.

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Spinal cord injury patients face many serious health problems besides paralysis
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Newswise

Spinal cord patients also are at higher risk for cardiovascular disease; pneumonia; life-threatening blood clots; bladder, bowel and sexual dysfunction; constipation and other gastrointestinal problems; pressure ulcers; and chronic pain, according to a report published in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports.

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New trial may revolutionise treatment of spinal cord injury patients
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Medical Xpress

Queensland researchers are launching a world-first clinical trial aimed at improving recovery from spinal cord injuries.

In the study, led by The University of Queensland and The Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital, a new anti-inflammatory drug will be given to participants within hours of spinal trauma in an effort to minimise tissue damage.

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