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Missing Spondy/Pelvic Floor Muscle Link; $6 Million for Bone Infection Research; OrthoCarolina Adds 40th Location

(L to R) X-ray of the lateral lumbar spine with a spondylolisthesis L5-S1 and the muscles of the pelvic floor. / Source: Wikimedia Commons, Lucien Monfils, and OpenStax

Are hysterectomies the missing link for degenerative spondy? Telephus Medical has received a $6 million NIH grant for translational research on bone infection. And OrthoCarolina continues to expand, now adding its 40th location.

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Two Surprising Keys to Cervical Realignment; New Bone Fracture Target: Air Pollution; J&J’s New “Engineering Studio” in Texas

Source: Wikimedia Commons and Stillwaterising

New research finds that the two critical factors for cervical realignment are sagittal vertical axis and T1-slope. Fascinating work! Other new research finds a link between air pollution and bone density and rising rates of fracture. Finally, J&J and Texas Medical Center team up to promote orthopedic innovation.

Exactech To Be Sold for $625 Million to Private Equity Firm

Courtesy of Exactech, Inc.

Exactech is being sold for $625 million to Texas based TPG Capital, formerly Texas Pacific Group. Exactech’s co-founder and longtime CEO, Dr. Bill Petty is a Mayo Clinic trained orthopedic surgeon. His vision of creating a physician, patient and science centric company became the hallmark of Exactech’s popularity and success. Now a new chapter begins.

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Unrest at Swedish Health in Seattle

Source: Photo creation by RRY Publications, Wikimedia Commons, National Atlas, and Swedish Medical Center Cherry Hill Campus courtesy of Swedish Medical Center

When Providence Health in Seattle acquired their local competitor, Swedish Health in 2011, a new focus on volume and revenue shook up existing ways of doing business. Providence brought in Johnny Delashaw, M.D., to pump up revenues. The money came in, but so did the infighting. Professional jealousy? Or did Delashaw cross the line?

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