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ECT in the time of COVID

Dr Karen Butler and Dr Jim Watts, both consultants at East Lancashire NHS Trust, Blackburn, Lancashire, discuss electro convulsive therapy services during the COVID-19 pandemic Electro convulsive therapy (ECT) is


Further evidence does not support hydroxychloroquine for patients with COVID-19

The anti-inflammatory drug hydroxychloroquine does not significantly reduce admission to intensive care or death in patients hospitalised with pneumonia due to covid-19, finds a study from France published by The BMJ recently.


Welcome to a world where point-of-care ultrasound is no longer a tool, but rather a partner for clinicians

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Inspired, informed and improved by thousands of hours working side-by-side with clinicians on the front lines of medicine, Sonosite PX point-of-care ultrasound system delivers the most advanced image


Sex bias in pain research

It is increasingly clear that male and female humans and rodents process pain in different ways. And that there are important differences in the underlying mechanisms involved at genetic, molecular,


Novel electric impulses relieve the pain

Chronic pain can be reduced by stimulating the vagus nerve in the ear with electrodes. In a microanatomic study, the human ear has now been analysed on a micrometer scale.


Anaesthesia’s effect on consciousness solved

Surgery would be inconceivable without general anaesthesia, so it may come as a surprise that despite its 175-year history of medical use, doctors and scientists have been unable to explain


Pathophysiology of COVID-19: Myocarditis

Dr Helen Dixon MbChB, anaesthetic trainee at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, reviews the presentation, diagnosis and management of myocarditis in COVID-19 . On the 31st December 2019, Wuhan Municipal


Spider venom key to pain relief without side-effects

Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief. University of Queensland researchers have designed a novel tarantula venom


7-9 September 2020, European Respiratory Society International Congress 2020; Virtual

The 30th anniversary of the ERS International Congress, taking place on 7–9 September, 2020, will be an innovative and interactive virtual event. Our annual congress is a showcase of excellence across the


Anaesthetists on the front lines of treating COVID-19 patients

A recent study examined the knowledge and attitudes of anaesthetists regarding the strategies used to treat suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients needing to be operated on or cared for after