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Virtual reality used to help manage pain at London hospice

A hospice in west London is using virtual reality (VR) technology to help its patients manage anxiety and pain. Meadow House, a 15-bed inpatient unit and day hospice located at


Laughing gas helpful for labour pain, but epidural still top choice

Women report being very satisfied with nitrous oxide to manage labour pain, experiencing no adverse side effects to the baby, although more than half of the women ultimately opted for an


A more accurate way to gauge pain in mice, yielding potential to help chronic pain patients

For decades, biomedical researchers have used mouse behaviour to study pain, but some researchers have questioned the accuracy of the interpretations of how mice experience pain. Now, Rutgers University–Camden neuroscientist Nathan Fried and colleagues


Vygon Group acquires Pilot, specialist in ECG central venous catheter tip location and navigation devices

Company news Vygon Group, a specialist single-use medical devices group, recently announced its acquisition of Italian firm Pilot, which specialises in ECG guidance devices. The financial terms of the agreement have


Codeine misuse in Australia reduced by prescription-only changes

The move to prescription-only codeine in Australia has seen a 50 per cent reduction in the monthly rate of codeine-related poisoning calls and halved codeine sales, finds new research led


Urinary catheters not needed for joint replacement surgery

Patients undergoing joint replacement under epidural anaesthesia have no increased risk for postoperative adverse genitourinary (GU) complications by skipping preoperative indwelling urinary catheters, according to a study published in the


New approach to pain treatment in diseases of the pancreas

One of the worst symptoms associated with inflammation or cancer of the pancreas is severe chronic pain. Pancreatic pain is difficult to treat, because many painkillers prove ineffective in pancreatic


Getting to grips with ultrasound-guided pain control in Zambia

Promotional feature   Consultant and trainee anaesthetists from Surrey travelled to Lusaka with a point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system, to train Zambian colleagues in ultrasound-guided regional anaesthesia. Dr Madankumar Narayanan describes


Molecular link between chronic pain and depression revealed

Researchers at Hokkaido University have identified the brain mechanism linking chronic pain and depression in rats. Their research, which was recently published in The Journal of Neuroscience, could lead to the