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GMC to reduce the stress on doctors by piloting fitness to practise changes

The General Medical Council (GMC) has launched two pilot schemes to speed up fitness to practise cases and reduce their impact on doctors. One of the pilots will involve cases


Innovations in training: real-time feedback to the trainer – Breaking the barriers

  In the modern era it is comparatively easy for trainers to provide feedback to their trainees via e-portfolio platforms with varying methods of assessment – from simple procedural observation


Congratulations Cyprian Mendonca!

The editorial board of JAP congratulates one of its board members Cyprian Mendonca on his selection as the AAGBI Featherstone Professor 2016. Cyprian is a consultant anaesthetist at University Hospitals Coventry and


Using spinal cord stimulation to treat chronic pain

Chronic pain affects up to 20 per cent of people in developed countries, and represents not only a profound impact on individuals and their families but also a sizeable burden


Case report – Massive paradoxical embolic stroke in a patient with postoperative bilateral pulmonary emboli and a latent patent foramen ovale

Abstract Patent foramen ovale (PFO) is the most common congenital heart anomaly of fetal origin and is present in approximately 25 per cent of general adult population, a common finding


Cutting nerves during breast cancer surgery is associated with chronic pain

An analysis led by McMaster University researchers has found that women who undergo armpit lymph node surgery for breast cancer are much more likely to develop chronic pain. CMAJ published


Elliott Absorbent Products builds on record sales with global launch of clinical absorbent pad

Following a surge in sales in the UK and Ireland, Elliott Absorbent Products is launching its medical absorbent pad Bulksorb® to clinical sectors globally. The medical pad provides a safe,


Compound shown to reduce brain damage caused by anaesthesia in early study

An experimental drug prevented learning deficits in young mice exposed repeatedly to anaesthesia, according to a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published in June in


Female patients need more anaesthesia than males

An article recently published in the Anesthesia Progress has confirmed that female patients need to be more heavily sedated than males. The research, using new methodology, found females tend to


New research may help to develop effective pain killers

The nerve cells that transmit pain signals in the body are called nociceptors. When activated they release pro-inflammatory neuropeptides. In order to recognise harmful external influences, nociceptors are equipped with