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GPs need training to tackle chronic opioid use

GPs must be better-equipped to support patients to manage the psychological challenge of reducing their opioid use – according to new research from the University of East Anglia. The recommendation


Multiple brain regions moderate and link depressive mood and pain

Depression is linked to diminished activity in parts of the brain believed to regulate mood, which previous research suggests may explain why depressed persons display a lessened ability to govern


New opioid speeds up recovery without increasing pain sensitivity or risk of chronic pain

Morphine and other opioid-based painkillers are very effective at treating pain initially, but studies have shown that the drugs can make patients more pain-sensitive, prolonging their discomfort and increasing their


First Golden Jubilee patients for UK ‘chronic pain’ trial

Researchers at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital have recruited the first patients for a new trial which aims to reduce chronic pain following open lung surgery. The first patients have


Laughing gas helps to unravel rapid function of antidepressant mechanisms

Ketamine is commonly used in emergency medicine as an anaesthetic drug. Later it was discovered to have rapid-acting antidepressant effects, but the mechanisms by which ketamine alleviates depression are still


Air Ambulance appoints anaesthesia expert to its Board

An international expert in intensive care and the battle to reduce deaths from Sepsis has joined the Board of Trustees at Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex, the life-saving time critical