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Quick, simple test to identify patients who will not respond to the painkiller tramadol

French researchers have found a way to quickly identify the 5-10% of patients in whom the commonly used painkiller, tramadol, does not work effectively. A simple blood test can produce

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The Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM) extends their membership offering

Following a decision by the Founding Council, membership has now been extended so non-medical full members of UK medical royal colleges and faculties can now join FMLM. The numbers now

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Regional anaesthesia reduces complications and death for hip fracture patients

In a study of more than 18,000 patients having surgery for hip fracture, researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of

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FDA appeals ruling preventing importing of drugs for lethal injections into US

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is appealing a recent court ruling, preventing drugs facilitating the administration of the lethal injection to be imported into US prisons. In US

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New ‘Evidence Updates’ from NHS Evidence

NHS Evidence – a service provided by NICE – is producing new style Evidence Updates to help health and social care professionals keep up-to-date with new research, and support them

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Study finds inflammasome impacts lung injury in patients who receive mechanical ventilation

Mechanical ventilation is often lifesaving, but can also initiate or aggravate lung injury. A new study in Anesthesiology examined the role of one particular receptor in the inflammatory pathway, the

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Pain relief app for mothers-to-be launched on Smartphones and tablets in 35 languages

The Obstetric Anaesthetists’ Association (OAA) at its annual national conference this week is launching a new Smartphone and tablet application for mothers-to-be in 35 different languages. This new development means

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Poor evidence for non-drug approaches in labour

There is better evidence for the effectiveness of drug-based approaches for relieving labour pains than non-drug approaches. These are the findings of an all-encompassing publishing in The Cochrane Library, which

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New data finds musical benefit for patients undergoing minor surgery

Playing music in the operating theatre reduces anxiety and could improve healing time for the millions of patients who undergo operations under a local anaesthetic each year, says a new

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Pain relief through distraction – it’s not all in your head

Mental distractions make pain easier to take, and those pain-relieving effects aren’t just in your head, according to a report published in Current Biology. The findings based on high-resolution spinal