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Increased Risk of Postoperative Infection When Spinal Fusion Surgery Closely Follows Lumbar Epidural Steroid Injection

Research conducted at the University of Virginia suggests that patients may wish to take a 1 to 3 month break from lumbar epidural steroid injections (LESIs) before undergoing lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Why? An increased risk of infection has...
8-Mar-2017 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Candidates for Bionic Hand Reconstruction


Researchers offer a treatment algorithm, or protocol, for identifying patients with global (flail arm) brachial plexus injuries who are likely to benefit from trading in their insensate and nonfunctional hand for a myoelectric prosthetic device.
11-Jan-2017 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Graded Aerobic Treadmill Testing in Children and Adolescents with Sports-Related Concussion

Graded aerobic treadmill testing is safe, tolerable, and useful in evaluating and managing cases of sports-related concussion in children and adolescents. This is the finding of a new study reported in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.
6-Sep-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites



Researchers used biomechanical sensors to investigate exposure to head impacts during practice sessions and games in 9- to 11-year-olds engaged in a youth football program. A higher proportion of head impacts greater than 60g occurred in tackling...
17-Aug-2016 9:25 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Abusive Head Injury: An Epidemiological Perspective

Researchers examined the case files of all patients younger than 5 years of age who had been admitted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital between 2009 and 2014 for abusive head injury. The authors’ goal was to identify patient demographics and...
5-Jul-2016 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Saving Racecar Drivers’ Lives


The authors recount how Dr. Robert Hubbard, a biomechanical crash engineer, and his brother-in-law, Jim Downing, a racecar driver, joined forces to create the HANS® device, which was designed to prevent the occurrence of shear injuries between the...
5-Jul-2016 9:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Risk Factors for Unplanned Hospital Readmission Following Pediatric Neurosurgery

Researchers have determined specific risk factors associated with hospital readmission following pediatric neurosurgery. Some are related to the specific surgical procedure performed (for example, cerebral spinal fluid [CSF] shunt placement or CSF...
12-May-2016 7:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Double-Blinded Randomized Controlled Trial of the Xiao Procedure in Children

Researchers studied children and adolescents with myelomeningocele or lipomyelomeningocele who underwent spinal cord detethering with or without addition of the Xiao procedure to assess the procedure’s effectiveness in achieving bladder control....
27-Apr-2016 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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AANS, CNS, & Joint Cerebrovascular Section Endorse Interventional Thrombectomy in Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and the Joint AANS/CNS Cerebrovascular Section strongly endorse interventional thrombectomy in the treatment of acute ischemic stroke based on findings of the...
24-Mar-2015 9:05 AM EDT

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