Ann Hanford

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Letter to the editor: We read the article “Vertebral augmentation versus conservative therapy for emergently admitted vertebral compression deformities: An economic analysis” (Pain Physician 2013; 16:441-445) (1) with great interest. The authors compared 39 inpatients who had undergone vertebral augmentation (VA) with 209 medically treated patients. The(More)
Life support approaches for Mars missions are evaluated using an equivalent system mass (ESM) approach, in which all significant costs are converted into mass units. The best approach, as defined by the lowest mission ESM, depends on several mission parameters, notably duration, environment and consequent infrastructure costs, and crew size, as well as the(More)
BACKGROUND Vertebral augmentation (VA) performed on inpatients with painful osteoporotic vertebral compression fractures (VCFs) has been shown to facilitate discharge, decrease analgesic requirements, and improve pain. OBJECTIVE The purpose of our study was to compare the overall cost, length of stay, and readmission data for patients hospitalized with(More)
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