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New Cochrane review: Intravenous versus inhalational maintenance of anaesthesia for postoperative cognitive outcomes in elderly people undergoing non-cardiac surgery

The use of anaesthetics in the elderly surgical population (more than 60 years of age) is increasing. Postoperative delirium, an acute condition characterised by reduced awareness of the environment and a disturbance in attention, typically occurs between 24 and 72 hours after surgery and can affect


Helping surgical patients taper off opioids safely and successfully

A unique pain program is helping complex surgical patients wean off opioids safely and effectively, while offering alternative ways to cope with their pain and improve how they function. A


University of Derby research shows mindfulness improves sleep in fibromyalgia patients

Researchers at the University of Derby have conducted the first-ever study focusing on exploring the effects of mindfulness for improving sleep in individuals with fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic and debilitating


What are the lessons to be learnt from the “Morecambe Bay Scandal”

James Watts, consultant in anaesthesia and critical care, looks at the important lessons to be learned following recent events that occurred at Morecambe Bay Trust Obstetric Unit   The recently


Bioengineers use magnetic force to manage pain

UCLA bioengineers have demonstrated that a gel-like material containing tiny magnetic particles could be used to manage chronic pain from disease or injury. Broadly, the study demonstrates the promising use