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  • D-dimer levels predict DVT in cervical spinal cord injury

    For patients with acute traumatic cervical spinal cord injury (SCI), D-dimer levels can predict the likelihood of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to a study published in the Nov. 1 issue of The Spine Journal. Read more Source: Medical Xpress

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  • New method of closing the incision during scoliosis surgery nearly eliminates infections

    Patients with scoliosis who undergo surgery may be less likely to develop an infection or other complications after the procedure when a novel wound closure technique pioneered at NYU Langone Medical Center is utilized, according to new research. The study was published online this past July in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. Read more Source: […]

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  • Favorable effect of exercise on BMD continues as women age

    For early-postmenopausal osteopenic women, exercise is consistently favorable for bone mineral density (BMD) over a prolonged period, according to a study published online Aug. 1 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. The researchers observed a continuous increase in the lumbar spine (LS)-BMD differences between the EG and CG (2.4, 3.1, 3.9, and 4.5 […]

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  • Spines of boys and girls differ at birth

    Looking at measurements of the vertebrae – the series of small bones that make up the spinal column – in newborn children, investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles found that differences between the sexes are present at birth. Results of the study, now online in advance of publication in the August issue of the Journal […]

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  • One in four senior women in US has osteoporosis: CDC

    The weakening bones of osteoporosis greatly raise a person’s odds for dangerous fractures, and a new report finds that one-quarter of all American women aged 65 or older suffer from the condition. Close to 6 percent of men in this age group also have osteoporosis, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease […]

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  • Persistent severe back pain could signify rare spine infection: new IDSA guideline

    Patients with back pain that doesn’t go away despite therapy may have a spine infection that could lead to paralysis or death if not diagnosed and treated correctly, note the first U.S. guidelines on vertebral osteomyelitis, released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America and published in the journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases. Vertebral osteomyelitis […]

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  • Former professional rugby players have greater cervical spine degeneration

    Clinical examinations and magnetic resonance imaging studies have determined whether retired professional rugby players experience more serious symptoms of cervical spine degeneration than people in the general population. To the best of the authors’ knowledge, this is the largest study of its kind covering any professional contact sport, and it confirms greater cervical spine degeneration […]

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  • Lumbar spine BMD ups Fx risk in women with discordant T-scores

    Lumbar spine (LS) bone mineral density (BMD) increases fracture risk among women with lower LS T-score than femoral neck (FN) T-score, according to a study published online Aug. 4 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, and colleagues examined the impact of LS BMD on fracture risk in individuals […]

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