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Sex bias in pain research

It is increasingly clear that male and female humans and rodents process pain in different ways. And that there are important differences in the underlying mechanisms involved at genetic, molecular,


Novel electric impulses relieve the pain

Chronic pain can be reduced by stimulating the vagus nerve in the ear with electrodes. In a microanatomic study, the human ear has now been analysed on a micrometer scale.


Anaesthesia’s effect on consciousness solved

Surgery would be inconceivable without general anaesthesia, so it may come as a surprise that despite its 175-year history of medical use, doctors and scientists have been unable to explain


Pathophysiology of COVID-19: Myocarditis

Dr Helen Dixon MbChB, anaesthetic trainee at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, reviews the presentation, diagnosis and management of myocarditis in COVID-19 . On the 31st December 2019, Wuhan Municipal


Spider venom key to pain relief without side-effects

Molecules in tarantula venom could be used as an alternative to opioid pain killers for people seeking chronic pain relief. University of Queensland researchers have designed a novel tarantula venom


7-9 September 2020, European Respiratory Society International Congress 2020; Virtual

The 30th anniversary of the ERS International Congress, taking place on 7–9 September, 2020, will be an innovative and interactive virtual event. Our annual congress is a showcase of excellence across the


Anaesthetists on the front lines of treating COVID-19 patients

A recent study examined the knowledge and attitudes of anaesthetists regarding the strategies used to treat suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients needing to be operated on or cared for after


Scientists unveil how general anaesthesia works

Hailed as one of the most important medical advances, the discovery of general anaesthetics helped transform dangerous and traumatic operations into safe and routine surgery. But despite their importance, scientists


Rapid coronavirus test speeds up access to urgent care and will free up beds ahead of winter

The first analysis of a new point-of-care “nucleic acid test” for SARS-CoV-2 in a UK hospital setting shows these machines dramatically reduce time spent on COVID-19 ‘holding’ wards – allowing