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Epidural analgesia not to blame for fever in labouring women

A study from the August issue of Anesthesiology provides evidence contrary to prior reports that fever in laboring women is associated with epidural analgesia.In recent years, maternal temperature elevations during

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Durham University’s “It’s A Pain” events series to tackle modern curse of chronic pain

A new series of events on how to deal with chronic pain makes its debut on October 18th. “It’s A Pain” will address how we attempt to live with pain

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Surgery more profound effect than anaesthesia on brain pathology, cognition in Alzheimer’s mice

A syndrome called “post-operative cognitive decline” has been coined to refer to the commonly reported loss of cognitive abilities, usually in older adults, in the days to weeks after surgery.

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New Health Secretary meets NHS Heroes on first hospital tour

Patients and staff at a London hospital spoke of their experiences of the NHS during a visit by new Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Mr Hunt was given a tour of

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‘Substantial variation’ in stocks of essential antidotes at UK hospitals

There is “substantial variation” in the stocks of essential antidotes used to treat various types of life threatening poisoning incidents in UK acute hospitals, finds research published online in Emergency

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Survival after general anaesthetic dramatically improved worldwide over past 50 years

Survival after a general anaesthetic and within 48 hours of surgery has greatly improved worldwide over the past 50 years, according to an article published in The Lancet surgery-themed issue.

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Aspirin before heart surgery reduces the risk of post-operative acute kidney failure

Aspirin taken for five days before a heart operation can halve the numbers of patients developing post-operative acute kidney failure, according to research presented at the European Anaesthesiology Congress in

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European Society of Anaesthesiology calls for new research on improving surgical outcomes for patients

The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) is calling for new research into how to improve the surgical outcomes of patients, including better ways of monitoring and preventing complications in those

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The contribution of genetics, environmental factors and demographics to the side effects of opioid pain killers

A study published in Anesthesiology analyses why some patients are more susceptible to problems caused by opioids, corner stone medications for the treatment of acute and chronic pain. The Stanford

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Inhaled pain relief in early labour is safe and effective

Inhaled pain relief appears to be effective in reducing pain intensity and in giving pain relief in the first stage of labour, say Cochrane researchers. These conclusions came from a