Dynamic braces for kids with scoliosis now in development

(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) A team led by Sunil Agrawal, professor of mechanical engineering and of rehabilitation and regenerative medicine at Columbia Engineering, has won a $1 million grant from the NSF's National Robotics Initiative to develop a dynamic spine brace that is more flexible than the rigid braces now in use for treatment of scoliosis.
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news

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Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: DEFORMITY Source Type: research
Conclusion. ARSN can be clinically used to place thoracic and lumbosacral pedicle screws with high accuracy and with acceptable navigation time. Consequently, the risk for revision surgery and complications could be minimized. Level of Evidence: 3
Source: Spine - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: SURGERY Source Type: research
Concave paravertebral muscle tone and stiffness were greater than those on convex side in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis patients. The asymmetric biomechanical characteristics of paravertebral muscles are closely related to the severity of scoliosis.
Source: Clinical Biomechanics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Tags: Lecture Source Type: research
ConclusionsIncorporating high-fidelity copy of the entire 3D shape of the patient ’s trunk and multiple 3D-reconstructed bony images into an anatomical reference avatar resulted in moderate-to-good prediction of brace effect in three quarters of patients.Graphical abstract These slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Conclusion3D T2-weighted spin-echo MRI underestimates minimal pedicle width by only 9.4 - 10.3% compared to CT. 3D T2-weighted MRI appears as a valuable alternative to CT for preoperative measurements of vertebral pedicles in AIS.
Source: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging - Category: Radiology Source Type: research
AbstractWe implemented a pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic (PK/PD) based optimization algorithm recommending intraoperative Remifentanil and Propofol infusion rates to minimize time to emergence and maximize the duration of analgesia in a clinical setting. This feasibility study tested the clinical acceptance of the optimization algorithm ’s recommendations during scoliosis surgical repair for 14 patients. Anesthesiologist accepted 359/394 (91%) of the recommendations given on the basis of the optimization algorithm. While following the optimization’s recommendations the anesthesiologist decreased Propofol infusi...
Source: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing - Category: Information Technology Source Type: research
oni L Abstract Crisponi/Cold-induced sweating syndrome (CS/CISS) is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by a complex phenotype (hyperthermia and feeding difficulties in the neonatal period, followed by scoliosis and paradoxical sweating induced by cold since early childhood) and a high neonatal lethality. CS/CISS is a genetically heterogeneous disorder caused by mutations in CRLF1 (CS/CISS1), in CLCF1 (CS/CISS2) and in KLHL7 (CS/CISS-like). Here, a whole exome sequencing approach in individuals with CS/CISS-like phenotype with unknown molecular defect revealed unpredicted alternative diagnoses. This ...
Source: Clinical Genetics - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Authors: Tags: Clin Genet Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe proposed method is able to automatically determine the spine shape in biplanar radiographs and calculate anatomical and posture parameters in a wide scenario of clinical conditions with a very good visual performance, despite limitations highlighted by the statistical analysis of the results.Graphical abstractThese slides can be retrieved under Electronic Supplementary Material.
Source: European Spine Journal - Category: Orthopaedics Source Type: research
Conclusions: Large, rigid curves can achieve equivalent correction to flexible curves with HGT. Forty-three percent of the total correction achieved occurred during traction. Thirty percent of the total correction occurred at implantation of the MCGR in the HGT group versus 28% in the non-HGT group. At most recent follow-up HGT patients had statistically maintained their major curve correction better than non-HGT patients. Level of Evidence: Level III—therapeutic study.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Spine Source Type: research
Conclusions: The children in group A demonstrated results very similar to the children of group B. Thus, the extra burden of shoulder straps and frequent radiographs are unnecessary. Level of Evidence: Level III.
Source: Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics - Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Spine Source Type: research
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