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2009-09-11 08:44:34

Researchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have identified the genetic region in rats responsible for cardiovascular collapse during anesthesia. While it is well known that people have different cardiovascular sensitivity to anesthesia causing some to collapse even when low doses are administered, the mechanism responsible for this susceptibility is not clear. "By identifying a genetic susceptibility for cardiovascular collapse to low dose propofol, our findings may provide...

2009-08-04 13:55:00

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers nerve-block anesthesia, with advantages including improved pain reliefWhen planning for surgery, patients too often don't consider the kind of anesthesia they will receive. In fact, the choice of anesthesia can improve recovery, even outcomes.Regional nerve blocks, an anesthesia technique available at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, are known to improve pain relief, reduce side effects and allow patients to go home sooner when compared with general...

2009-07-28 20:57:03

U.S. researchers found in a preliminary study that the use of anesthesia during delivery was not harmful to the baby. The Mayo Clinic study, published in Anesthesiology, found the incidence of learning disabilities was equal between children who were delivered vaginally and those who were delivered via C-section but with general anesthesia. Study co-author Dr. Randall Flick said the study also found babies delivered by Cesarean using an epidural anesthetic -- which numbs only the lower region...

2009-07-28 10:25:00

Mayo Clinic researchers have found that children exposed to anesthesia during Cesarean section are not at any higher risk for learning disabilities later in life than children not delivered by C-section. These findings are reported in the current issue of the journal Anesthesiology."We found that the incidence of learning disabilities was equal between children who were delivered vaginally and those who were delivered via C-section but with general anesthesia," says Juraj Sprung, M.D., Ph.D.,...

2009-07-23 09:27:19

A major concern for people when having surgery is whether or not they will be safe while under anesthesia. New research is showing a new, potentially safer form of general anesthesia. Physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed a new anesthetic called MOC-etomidate that may be safer for critically ill patients. MOC-etomidate is a chemically altered version of an existing anesthetic. It does not cause a sudden drop in blood pressure as seen with most anesthetics, or...

2009-07-23 08:43:07

A team of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physicians has developed a new general anesthetic that may be safer for critically ill patients. In the August issue of Anesthesiology, they describe preclinical studies of the drug called MOC-etomidate "“ a chemically altered version of an exiting anesthetic "“ which does not cause the sudden drop in blood pressure seen with most anesthetics or prolonged suppression of adrenal gland activity, a problem with the original version of...

2009-07-14 07:00:00

SAN DIEGO, July 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Novalar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a dental specialty pharmaceutical company today announced that OraVerse(R), the company's premier dental pharmaceutical product, has been selected by leading dental industry magazine Dentistry Today as one of its Top 100 Products for 2009. The full results of the 23rd annual competition were published in the July issue. OraVerse is the first and only local anesthesia reversal agent that accelerates the return to normal...

2009-07-08 11:11:06

Parental acupuncture, clown doctors, hypnotherapy, low sensory stimulation and hand-held video games are promising non-drug interventions that are likely to help reduce children's anxiety during the onset of their anesthetic, is the main conclusion of a new Cochrane Systematic Review.The review was conducted because undergoing a general anesthetic can be a frightening experience for a young child and distressing to parents. Children can be given a "premed" to sedate them when anesthesia is...

2009-07-07 12:34:19

Giving a local anesthetic during a Caesarean section helps manage pain after the operation and can reduce consumption of painkillers, according to Cochrane Researchers. The researchers recommend local anesthetics as part of integrated pain management strategies for Caesarean section operations, provided that consideration is given to the cost."This review is particularly important in light of the growing number of women giving birth by Caesarean section," says lead researcher, Anthony...

2009-04-16 11:02:34

Children's Hospital Boston scientists say they've created a slow-release anesthetic drug-delivery system that could potentially revolutionize pain treatment. The researchers said their National Institutes of Health-funded work might change the way physicians treat pain during and after surgery, as well chronic pain. The scientists said they used specially designed fat-based particles called liposomes to package saxitoxin, a potent anesthetic, and produced long-lasting local anesthesia in rats...


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