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NASA Study Shows That Space Travel Affects Spine of Astronauts

How does space travel affect the spine? Astronauts on long missions in space have atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine—which don't return to normal even several weeks after their return to Earth

The results provide new insights into the elevated rates of back pain and spinal disc disease associated with prolonged spaceflight, report Dr. Douglas G. Chang of University of California, San Diego, and colleagues. "This could provide helpful physiological information to support a manned mission to Mars," the researchers write. Six NASA crewmembers were studied before and after spending four to seven months in "microgravity" conditions on the International Space Station. To read the full article for free, click HERE​.

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News: Big Differences in U.S. Healthcare Costs for Fixing Back Pain

How much does spinal fusion surgery cost? The answer depends on what part of the country you live in, reports a study in the September 1 issue.

Dr. W. Ryan Spiker and colleagues at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, analyzed 2012 Medicare data on the costs of two common types of spinal fusion surgery: anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and posterior lumbar fusion (PLF). Costs for spinal fusion vary substantially by region, with costs being lowest in the Midwest and highest in the Northeast. The researchers note, "This data sheds light on the actual cost of common surgeries throughout the United States, and will allow further progress towards the development of cost effective, value driven care."

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February 1, 2017

  • Reduction of Inpatient Hospital Length of Stay in Lumbar Fusion Patients with Implementation of an Evidence Based Clinical Care Pathway 
    Farrokh Farrokhi
  • Defensive Medicine in U.S. Spine Neurosurgery
    Ryan Din
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    Shearwood McClelland
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