Could Secret Sales Bar Your Ability to Patent a Medical Device?
A recent Supreme Court decision could have a significant impact on medical device manufacturers. These companies must continue to exercise caution in engaging in confidential sales and offers with outside partners—such as in contracts for device prototype development or stockpiling of products—before filing patent applications. Medical device manufacturers should ideally file patent applications before entering into such agreements or, if not feasible, structure the agreements to reduce the risk of triggering the on-sale bar. These guidelines are based on the Helsinn Healthcare v. Teva P...
Source: MDDI - April 23, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Michelle Nyein and Michael J. Pomianek Tags: Regulatory and Compliance Source Type: news

Operative Treatment Seems Most Effective for Adult Lumbar Scoliosis
FRIDAY, Feb. 22, 2019 -- In as-treated analyses, surgery is superior to nonoperative care at two years among patients with adult symptomatic lumbar scoliosis, according to a study published in the Feb. 20 issue of The Journal of Bone& Joint... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - February 22, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Medtronic Launches Mazor X Stealth Edition for Robotic-Assisted Spine Surgery
Just four months after first announcing its acquisition of Mazor, Medtronic has launched the Mazor X Stealth Edition for spine surgery. The system offers a fully-integrated procedural solution for surgical planning, workflow, execution, and confirmation, the company noted. The first commercial use of the system was at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY and Reston Hospital Center in Reston, VA. "It is rare that huge sectors of technology such as robotics and navigation merge into a sole platform as found in the Mazor X Stealth Edition," said Jeffrey Gum, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Norton Leatherman Spine....
Source: MDDI - January 28, 2019 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Orthopedics Software Source Type: news

Scoliosis Linked to Gene Variant Inhibiting Manganese Utilization
No abstract available (Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter)
Source: Lippincott's Bone and Joint Newsletter - January 16, 2019 Category: Orthopaedics Tags: Trends and Innovations Source Type: news

Student claims doctors labelled her 'SUPERFICIAL' for wanting scoliosis surgery
Emma Hall, from Sligo, Ireland, discovered her spine was different at the age of 13, but doctors predicted her condition wouldn't get worse. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bones Are Growing Faster, Affecting Orthopedics
Earlier skeletal maturity affects the timing of treatment for certain orthopedic conditions in children, such as leg-length differences and scoliosis. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 9, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Robot which can perform more accurately than humanely possible could revolutionise spinal surgery
Patients with scoliosis need spine-straightening surgery involving drilling. The robot was developed by a team of scientists at Nottingham Trent University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 7, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy, 19, whose scoliosis-ridden spine was 'crushing him to death' stands tall after operation
John Sarcona, 19, spent the better part of 17 years in and out of operating rooms to stabilize his spine as it twisted due to scoliosis and kyphosis. Surgical reassembly of his back lets him stand tall. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WATCH: 19-year-old has miraculous recovery after battling severe scoliosis
A hospital saved John Sarcona's life as his spine was "bending by the hour." (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

19-year-old has miraculous recovery after battling severe scoliosis
John Sarcona has amazing transformation after severe scoliosis nearly "crushed" him to death. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - December 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: GMA Source Type: news

Latest RESPONSE Scoliosis System Meets U.S. Food and Drug Administration Standards
The RESPONSE 4.5/5.0mm Scoliosis System is designed for treating the needs of pediatric patients with spinal deformities. The system’s hybrid implant technology provides the option of 4.5 mm rod (cobalt-chromium) or 5.0mm rod (titanium or cobalt-chromium) and multiple implant connector options. The product features proprietary set screw thread design and pedicle screw head that accepts multiple rod diameters in either cobalt chrome or titanium.This story is related to the following:Medical Equipment& Supplies (Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies)
Source: Industrial Newsroom - Health, Medical and Dental Supplies - December 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Source Type: news

NuVasive wins FDA nod for Cohere XLIF implant components
NuVasive (NSDQ:NUVA) said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for Cohere porous PEEK implants that are part of its Extreme Lateral Interbody Fusion surgical spinal procedures. The San Diego-based company touted that its porous PEEK technology offers both three-dimensional architecture and the radiolucent properties of PEEK, which it claims provides “increased clarity in postoperative x-rays and imaging.” “Cohere XLIF with its one-of-a-kind Porous PEEK technology provides surgeons the best implant for treating patients. It is designed to allow early incorporation of bone into the inter-body spacer, whic...
Source: Mass Device - November 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Spinal Nuvasive Source Type: news

Surgical home program for spinal fusion achieves long term success
(Children's National Health System) A standardized care pathway for children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis undergoing spinal fusion surgery reduces the need for opioid pain medications and shortens hospital stays at Children's National Health System. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Instagram star, 25, declines surgery to fix the 80-degree curve in her spine
Hayley Wakefield, 25, from Scottsdale, Arizona, was diagnosed with scoliosis at just nine years old when her parents noticed her hips were uneven. Her research revealed no-one has died from the disorder. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood Conservation Techniques in Scoliosis Surgery Blood Conservation Techniques in Scoliosis Surgery
Find out what there is to know about blood conservation strategies in the setting of scoliosis surgery.Current Orthopaedic Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

ME AND MY OPERATION: Collapsed discs can cause a curved spine like Eugenie, but new op banishes pain
Adult scoliosis is different from the type children like Princess Eugenie develop - as Roger Neuberg, 77, from Leicester,experienced first-hand. This is his story. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Princess Eugenie's dress showed off her scoliosis scar
14-year-old Georgie says Princess Eugenie’s decision to wear a wedding dress that showed off her scoliosis scar was “an inspirational thing to do.” (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Princess Eugenie's wedding dress reveals scar
The queen's granddaughter has a scar down her back due to surgery for scoliosis when she was 12 years old (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Princess Eugenie wedding: Bride reveals scoliosis 'scare’ - symptoms of back condition
PRINCESS EUGENIE, 28, is having her wedding with Jack Brooksbank, 32, today. The bride was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2002 - a condition that causes back pain. These are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis to be aware of. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Princess Eugenie wedding: Bride scoliosis scar visible in dress - symptoms of condition
PRINCESS EUGENIE, 28, is having her wedding with Jack Brooksbank, 32, today. The bride was diagnosed with scoliosis in 2002 - a condition that causes back pain. These are the signs and symptoms of scoliosis to be aware of. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scoliosis linked to inability to utilize manganese
A curvature of the spine known as scoliosis has been linked to the body's inability to utilize the essential dietary mineral manganese, according to a study. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scoliosis linked to essential mineral
(Washington University School of Medicine) An inability to properly use the essential mineral manganese could be to blame for some cases of severe scoliosis, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What is Hemiephysiodesis?
Discussion Angular deformities of the lower extremities are common problems and can be idiopathic, congenital or acquired. Idiopathic knee deformities are usually managed by monitoring and family reassurance as these often improve with time or are minimal and do not cause problems. Those ≤ 10 degrees are considered non-problematic. Genu varus usually peaks between 1-3 years and if problematic can cause waddling gait, lateral thrust and ligamentous laxity. Genus valgus usually peaks around 3-6 years and if problematic can cause circumduction gait, anterior knee pain and patellofemoral instability. Treatment options are m...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 8, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Alternatives to Spinal Fusion Surgery in Pediatric Deformity Alternatives to Spinal Fusion Surgery in Pediatric Deformity
What are the alternatives to bracing and spinal fusion for scoliosis correction in pediatric patients?Current Orthopaedic Practice (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Orthopaedics Journal Article Source Type: news

New AAFP Recs: Pelvics, Glucose Checks, Transfusions; More New AAFP Recs: Pelvics, Glucose Checks, Transfusions; More
Other items on the list: herpes, testicular cancer, and scoliosis screening.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Hemidystrophic thorax mimicking scoliosis
(Bentham Science Publishers) Pectus excavatum, pectus carinatum, Poland syndrome, sunken chest deformity, barrel chest deformity, body builder deformity, and long upper chest wall are chest wall deformities that are documented in the medical literature. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

OrthoBethesda sells to Connecticut-based private equity firm
Bethesda-based OrthoBethesda has a new owner. The orthopedic services provider has been acquired by Stamford, Connecticut-based Atlantic Street Capital, a private equity firm that targets middle market companies “poised for the next level of growth.” Terms of the deal were not disclosed. OrthoBethesda, founded in 1965, operates four care centers: Washington Joint Institute, Washington Shoulder Institute, Washington Spine and Scoliosis Institute, and OrthoTraumaBethesda. It also employs a team… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 5, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Michael Neibauer Source Type: news

Does Patient Care Suffer When Physicians Can't Be Sued?; More Does Patient Care Suffer When Physicians Can't Be Sued?; More
Does care suffer when physicians can't be held liable?; Sued more often, orthopedic surgeons fare better in court; Botched scoliosis surgery leads to record award; Jury absolves ob/gyn of malpractice.Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

New scoliosis surgery 'could be revolutionary,' says Halifax surgeon
The IWK Hospital in Halifax is the first facility in North America to offer a new surgery to correct curves in the spine. The surgeon performing the procedure says it's less invasive and less expensive, but warns there is no long-term research to test the results. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

New scoliosis surgery 'could be revolutionary,' but Halifax surgeon says questions remain
The IWK Hospital in Halifax is the first facility in North America to offer a new surgery to correct curves in the spine. The surgeon performing the procedure says it's less invasive and less expensive, but warns there is no long-term research to test the results. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Nova Scotia Source Type: news

NuVasive Launches Next-Gen Reline Spine Fixation System
NuVasive has launched its Reline MAS Midline (RMM), the next evolution of its Reline system designed to provide procedural versatility in a compact midline construct. The San Diego, CA-based company said the RMM incorporates extremely low-profile modular implants and advanced system instrumentation to address alignment and potentially reduce adjacent segment transition syndrome. The system, when combined with NuVasive access and interbody technologies, is designed to provide a minimally invasive approach to bilateral decompression under complete visualization, interbody fusion, and stabilization with pedicle scre...
Source: MDDI - July 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Orthopedics Source Type: news

New 'train track' implant being trialled by doctors for scoliosis
Researchers at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust have created the MESA Rail to treat scoliosis. The condition causes the spine to twist and curve. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

OrthoPediatrics announces Femur pediatric nailing platform FDA nod, Q1 earnings
OrthoPediatrics this week announced it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Femur pediatric nailing platform and released its first quarter earnings, beating sales consensus but missing on loss-per-share expectations on Wall Street. The Warsaw, Ind.-based company’s Femur system is designed to accompany two pediatric-specific nail offerings, and is an upgrade to an earlier version of the device. OrthoPediatrics said the clearance of the device is the “next step” in the evolution of its intramedullary nailing franchise. “Our team is excited about the pediatric nailing platform. We worked alongside pe...
Source: Mass Device - May 15, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Business/Financial News Food & Drug Administration (FDA) MassDevice Earnings Roundup Orthopedics Regulatory/Compliance Wall Street Beat OrthoPediatrics Corp. Source Type: news

Scoliosis Surgery Found Beneficial for Cerebral Palsy Patients
TUESDAY, April 10, 2018 -- Scoliosis surgery in patients with cerebral palsy (CP) leads to a significant improvement in health-related quality of life (HRQoL), which is maintained five years following surgery, according to a study published in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

First dynamic spine brace -- robotic spine exoskeleton -- characterizes spine deformities
(Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science) Columbia Engineering researchers have invented a new Robotic Spine Exoskeleton, a dynamic spine brace that enabled them to conduct the first study that looks at in vivo measurements of torso stiffness and characterizes the three-dimensional stiffness of the human torso. This device may solve current bracing limitations and lead to new treatments for children with spine deformities such as idiopathic scoliosis and kyphosis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cardiff teen goes to Germany for scoliosis surgery on spine
Erin Morgan-Ring is the third Welsh child to go abroad for the operation which is not available on the NHS. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scoliosis surgery in children with cerebral palsy -- quality of life benefits outweigh risks
(Wolters Kluwer Health) For children with severe cerebral palsy (CP), surgery for scoliosis (sideways curvature of the spine) significantly improves the quality of life (QoL) for them and their caregivers, reports a study in the April 4, 2018, issue of The Journal of Bone& Joint Surgery. The journal is published in partnership with Wolters Kluwer. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Transfusion Outcomes Differ by Race for Peds Scoliosis Surgery
MONDAY, April 2, 2018 -- In the surgical correction of pediatric scoliosis, black race is independently associated with increased estimated blood loss, increased rate of blood transfusion, and increased amount of blood transfused, according to a... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 2, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Scientists develop elastic metal rods to treat scoliosis
(National University of Science and Technology MISIS) NUST MISIS scientists jointly with their colleagues from the Ecole de Technologie Superiore (Montreal, Canada) have experienced a new combination of alloy processing that produces solid and durable implants that are fully compatible with the human body. The research article is published in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Scoliosis Screening: Do We Need to Change? Scoliosis Screening: Do We Need to Change?
In light of nonsurgical options to manage children with scoliosis, should screening practices change to identify children earlier? Medscape spoke with Jennifer Winell, MD, from CHOP to find out.CHOP Expert Commentary (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

Woman with 30cm scar uses silicone gel to help with fading
Emily Jackson, 20, from Leicester, was in constant pain due to scoliosis, which means she has a sideways bend in her back. After going under the knife in 2016, she was left with a 30cm scar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Woman with 30cm scar uses 'magic' cream help it disappear
Emily Jackson, 20, from Leicester, was in constant pain due to scoliosis, which means she has a sideways bend in her back. After going under the knife in 2016, she was left with a 30cm scar. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What is the Difference Between an Association and a Syndrome?
Discussion VATER association was first described in the 1970s with additional congenital malformations being added to the association so it is most often called VACTERL association. It is a highly heterogeneous, overlapping condition estimated to occur in ~1/10,000-40,000 births. The cause is unknown. In animal models, some signaling pathway gene mutations have phenotypes of VACTERL association. Experts suggest that patients having at least 2 components should be further evaluated (at least 3 for diagnosis) for VACTERL and other diseases in its differential diagnosis. There are more than 30 syndromes, mutations and diseas...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 5, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

USPSTF: Evidence Lacking on Scoliosis Screening in Kids, Teens
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a final recommendation statement on Jan. 9, saying that evidence is insufficient to recommend screening patients ages 10-18 for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 11, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Data Insufficient for Scoliosis Screening USPSTF: Data Insufficient for Scoliosis Screening
In a revised recommendation statement on routine scoliosis screening of adolescents, the USPSTF no longer advises against the practice, but stops short of recommending it.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - January 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Final USPSTF Recommendation Says Not Enough Evidence For or Against Scoliosis Screening
There's not enough evidence to weigh the benefits and harms of screening for idiopathic scoliosis in youth aged 10 to 18 years, according to a... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 10, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

USPSTF: Insufficient Evidence to Screen Kids for Scoliosis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Change from 2004 recommendation against screening (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - January 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

U.S. doctors not certain all kids need scoliosis screening
(Reuters Health) - It ’s unclear if all children and teens can benefit from routine screening for scoliosis, according to a new statement from a panel of U.S. medical experts. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news