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Pain linked to non-medical prescription opioid use in young adults

Physical pain – often “self-medicated” without help from healthcare professionals – is an important contributor to non-medical prescription opioid (NMPO) use by young adults, suggests a study in the Journal


Ultrasound guidance improves the accuracy of epidurals

Anaesthetists at Liverpool Women’s Hospital are taking advantage of ultrasound guidance to administer epidurals Consultant anaesthetist Dr Abraham Ssenoga explained: “Liverpool Women’s is a specialist obstetrics and gynaecology hospital that


Watching a film can replace general anaesthesia for children undergoing radiotherapy

Children with cancer could be spared dozens of doses of general anaesthesia by projecting a film directly on to the inside of a radiotherapy machine during treatment, according to research presented


Aching knee or sore back? New app helps doctors treat pain

Danish researchers have developed a system that lets patients visually draw their pain using an app on the phone. Doctors can then study the symptoms as images or video, saving time and improving treatment.