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Medicine: Back Surgery #951798

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 05, 2009
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(Studio: Katie Couric) "New England Journal of Medicine" statistics on back fractures and treatment cited.

(Studio: Jon LaPook) Research finding that the vertebroplasty†† procedure for treating back fractures from osteoporosis by cementing the cracks does not work featured; diagram shown; statistics on the number of procedures and the cost cited. [Patient Sister Rogene FOX†- comments.] [Mayo Clinic study author Dr. David KALLMES†- comments on the results showing no difference between the procedure and a placebo.] [Pain management specialist Dr. Kenneth CHAPMAN†- reacts to the findings.] [Dartmouth-Hitchcock spine surgeon Dr. James WEINSTEIN†- says patients must be empowered.] [July 15, President OBAMA – says his focus is on how to stop putting money into things that aren’t making people healthy.]

Couric, Katie;
LaPook, Jon

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