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Common painkiller linked to increased risk of major heart problems

The commonly used painkiller diclofenac is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, compared with no use, paracetamol use, and use of

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Mental imagery manages pain independent of opioid system

Mentally reframing pain as a pleasant experience is an effective regulation strategy that acts independently of the opioid system, finds new human research published in JNeurosci. The study supports clinical use

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Potential target for treating pain during surgery

A research team lead by faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine has published a study that improves the understanding of the pain-sensing neurons that respond to tissue

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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What are the lessons from the Gosport report?

James Watts, Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care, looks at the recently published report into the events that occurred at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. The recently published report into the events that occurred

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Anaesthesia and surgery linked to decline in memory and thinking

In adults over 70, exposure to general anaesthesia and surgery is associated with a subtle decline in memory and thinking skills, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The study analysed