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New spinout Empower Therapeutics sets its sights on reducing pain ‘chronification’

The University of Birmingham, UK, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore have created a new spinout, Empower Therapeutics, to commercialise a simple, reliable electroencephalography (EEG)-based biomarker for pain sensitivity.  The biomarker


Maternal voice reduces pain in premature babies

A team from the University of Geneva (UNIGE), in collaboration with the Parini Hospital in Italy and the University of Valle d’Aosta, observed that when the mother spoke to her


Statistical model defines ketamine anaesthesia’s effects on the brain

By developing the first statistical model to finely characterise how ketamine anaesthesia affects the brain, a team of researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory and Massachusetts General


A game changer: Virtual reality reduces pain and anxiety in children

A study published in JAMA Network Open shows that virtual reality can decrease pain and anxiety in children undergoing intravenous (IV) catheter placement. For nearly two decades, Jeffrey I. Gold, an


Experts make weak recommendation for medical cannabis for chronic pain

New guidance aims to address confusion around the role of medical cannabis in the management of chronic pain. In The BMJ recently, a panel of international experts make a weak recommendation


Global COVID-19 surgery study scoops scientific world record

A study led by University of Birmingham and Edinburgh experts has been awarded the Guinness World Records title for the world’s largest scientific collaboration – involving over 140,000 patients in 116 countries. The


Central Medical Supplies makes business branding investment

Promotional feature Specialist medical equipment provider Central Medical Supplies (CMS) has re-energised its brand and redeveloped its website, to make it more user friendly and informative for users. The updates