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Gene variants affect pain sensation in children after surgery

In the first genome-wide analysis of post-surgical pain in children, paediatric researchers have identified variations in genes that affect a child’s need for pain-control drugs, suggesting that in the future

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Can injuries to the skin be painless?

Teams at Inserm studying lesions in patients with an ulcerative tropical disease have discovered an analgesic mechanism that limits the transmission of pain signals to the brain. In an article

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No evidence of long-term PTSD risk in patients with awareness during surgery

Patients who have experienced episodes of awareness during anaesthesia and surgery are not at increased risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other problems with psychosocial well-being, according to the

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Regional anaesthesia cuts length of hospital stay after hip surgery

The use of regional compared with general anaesthesia is associated with a modest reduction in the length of hospital stay according to a study of more than 56,000 adults undergoing

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Beta-blockers before coronary bypass may not improve outcome

The use of beta-blockers in patients undergoing non-emergency coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is not associated with better outcomes, according to research carried out by William Brinkman and colleagues

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How the brain ‘reboots’ after anaesthesia

A new study by scientists at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has provided important clues for one of the great mysteries of anaesthesia: the processes used by

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Electrical switch during labour could be faulty in overweight women

Overweight women have a higher likelihood of irregular contractions and are more likely to require a caesarean section than other women, according to the findings of a studypublished in Nature