Latest Vertebra Stories

2009-10-27 14:48:34

Consortia of European scientists show new role for master patterning genes in defining number of vertebrae in spine Vertebrates have in common a skeleton made of segments, the vertebrae. During development of the embryo, each segment is added in a time dependent manner, from the head-end to the tail-end: the first segments to be added become the vertebrae of the neck, later segments become the vertebrae with ribs and the last ones the vertebra located in the tail (in the case of a mouse, for...

2009-02-22 06:30:00

Study finds that using statins may be useful in treatment for degenerative disc disease LAS VEGAS, Feb. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Back pain, a hallmark of degenerative disc disease, sends millions of people to their doctor. In fact, more than 80 percent of patients who undergo spine surgery do so because of disc degeneration. And part of the answer may be as close as a patient's medicine cabinet. In their quest to discover ways to stop or reverse degenerative disc disease, orthopaedic...

2009-01-14 07:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Engine Yard today introduced its answer for the application-related problems of computing in the cloud: Engine Yard Solo and Vertebra. Together, these offerings tackle the challenges of developing, deploying, managing, and securing large-scale applications for the cloud. Solo lets customers take advantage of cloud services today, while Vertebra "future proofs" for the clouds of tomorrow. "The cloud is still an evolving market, with lots of...

2008-12-01 07:10:00

Experimental minimally invasive spinal surgery at University of Michigan is helping many people with severe scoliosis ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Since the time Tricia Ann Vinson was first diagnosed with scoliosis in sixth grade, the condition had become increasingly painful and debilitating. Vinson -- now 23 -- started with pain in her right shoulder blade, then pain in her lower back, and then constant back pain that began when she was pregnant. The pain...

2008-01-22 18:00:10

By LAURA CUMMING THERE are relatively few fatalities on the table," the surgeon cheerily announced, "though you obviously have to be careful with the carotid artery. We go in through the front of the neck, whip out the discs and replace them with filigree metal." At the time I thought he said something about gold but perhaps I was just flustered with amazement. For this was a revelation. Nobody had yet suggested that whatever was wrong with me might warrant actual surgery. Nine months...

Word of the Day
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'