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2011-07-25 07:01:00

BROOMFIELD, Colo., July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lanx®, Inc., a privately held medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative devices for spinal surgery, announced its Aspen(TM) Spinous Process Fixation System (Aspen) was featured in two poster presentations at The 18th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 13th to 16th. Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer, Lanx, commented, "These scientific...

2011-06-28 20:50:54

Physical exercise has a positive effect on the formation of cells in the intervertebral discs. This is shown by a study from the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS), which is currently taking place in Gothenburg. The study from the Sahlgrenska Academy shows that physical activity has a positive effect on cells in the intervertebral discs. The result is based on rats undergoing...

2011-05-23 13:04:55

Article in Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery will be subject of educational video When two adjacent discs in the low back wear out, become compressed and cause unmanageable pain, numbness or other symptoms, replacement with artificial discs can be a viable alternative to standard fusion surgery, based on two-year post-surgery data from a randomized, multicenter trial recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Previous studies have compared single-disc replacement with fusion...

2011-05-06 13:52:43

As a rule all mammals have the same number of vertebrae in their necks regardless of whether they are a giraffe, a mouse, or a human. But both sloths and manatees are exceptions to this rule having abnormal numbers of cervical vertebrae. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal EvoDevo shows how such different species have evolved their unusual necks. Birds, reptiles and amphibians have varying number of vertebrae in their necks, swans have 22-25, but mammals, regardless...

2011-01-31 00:35:02

Singapore, Jan 31, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - At KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH), a five-year old girl with severe curvature of the spine was among the first in Southeast Asia to have a "titanium rib" implant. Also known as the Vertical Expandable Prosthetic Titanium Rib (VEPTR), the adjustable titanium rib is designed to treat Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome in skeletally immature patients. Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome refers to the chest's inability to support normal growth of the...

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2010-12-09 10:14:37

Researchers at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa have developed innovative techniques that could have profound effects on congenital cervical vertebrae malformation research. In the cover-featured research article of the November issue of Molecular Reproduction and Development, researchers looked into congenital cervical vertebrae malformation in humans that can cause neural problems and increase susceptibility to stillbirth in women. Research advancement on...

2010-11-11 01:00:00

LA CROSSE, Wis., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Neurosurgeons at Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wis., offer an artificial disc replacement surgery, called disc arthroplasty, which can restore motion and improve patients' quality of life. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/gundluth/43810/ (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101111/MM99045 ) (Photo:...

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2010-10-19 06:15:00

New research by scientists at the University of Cambridge in England gives insight into how sloths, one of the few mammals with more than seven neck vertebrae, evolved their uniquely long necks. The mystery of how the three-toed sloth came to have as many as 10 neck vertebrae has long puzzled scientists, given that most of the 5,000 mammal species have exactly seven vertebrae in their necks. Other animals, such as birds and lizards, vary greatly in the number of vertebrae in their...

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2010-04-27 12:15:00

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia researchers reveal process of making ribs Like all vertebrates, snakes, mice and humans have in common a skeleton made of segments, the vertebrae. But a snake has between 200-400 ribs extending from all vertebrae, from the neck to the tail-end, whereas mice have only 13 pairs of ribs, and humans have 12 pairs, in both cases making up the ribcage. In the latest issue of Developmental Cell(*), researchers from the Instituto Gulbenkian de...

2009-10-28 05:30:00

EATONTOWN, N.J., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Osteotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTE), a leader in the emerging field of biologic products for regenerative healing, announced today that MagniFuse PC (Posterior Cervical) Bone Graft, a new tissue-based product built upon the Company's proprietary MagniFuse bone graft technology platform, has been used for the first time in a spinal surgery in the United States. Utilizing MagniFuse PC, Dr. Orin Atlas, an orthopedic spine surgeon and chief of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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