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Consider sleep – and caffeine – to reduce postoperative pain

Sleep is essential for good mental and physical health, and chronic insufficient sleep increases the risk for several chronic health problems. Now, a new study focuses in on the role


Evidence does not support the use of gabapentinoids for chronic low back pain

Existing evidence on the use of gabapentinoids in chronic low back pain (CLBP) is limited, and demonstrates significant risk of adverse effects with no benefits on pain relief, according to


Belgian Bart Morlion to lead European Pain Doctors

On 6 September 2017, Belgian Professor Bart Morlion will officially become the new President of the European Pain Federation (EFIC), a multidisciplinary professional organisation in the field of pain research and


Partnerships for progress in Somaliland

Safe Anaesthesia for Somaliland (SANSOM) drew together partners from across four continents to help Somalilanders improve their anaesthesia services. The global health community is slowly waking up to the huge


Gradian wins Saving Lives at Birth award

US-based company Gradian Health Systems has been awarded a grant from Saving Lives at Birth to scale up the Universal Anaesthesia Machine (UAM) and surrounding capacity building in Zambia. They join an impressive list of organisations


Caffeine shortens recovery time from general anaesthesia

Caffeine helps quickly boost wakefulness following general anaesthesia, a new study from the US finds. The stimulant appears to alter physiological function in two different ways to shorten recovery time.


Errors in clinical measurement: What and why?

Mohamed Mahmoud and Oliver Pratt highlight the most common clinical measurement errors encountered in daily practice and advise as to how they may be avoided   Abstract The recording of accurate


Ingestible drug-delivery materials may help patients comply with treatment regimens

Hydrogel-based ingestible capsules could expand and reside in the GI tract for days, slowly releasing medication Around half of all medications for chronic diseases are not taken as prescribed,and this noncompliance


Tuning out arthritis pain with radio energy

Pain medicine specialists at Rush University in the US have helped develop, and are among the first in the country to provide, a noninvasive treatment for knee arthritis that uses


CMS supports AfPP with Swab Management Guidance

PROMOTIONAL FEATURE Central Medical Supplies (CMS), a supplier of medical equipment, has joined forces with the Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) to provide advice for safe perioperative practice. CMS is