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2009-04-16 07:23:54

 Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have developed a slow-release anesthetic drug-delivery system that could potentially revolutionize treatment of pain during and after surgery, and may also have a large impact on chronic pain management.In NIH-funded work, they used specially designed fat-based particles called liposomes to package saxitoxin, a potent anesthetic, and produced long-lasting local anesthesia in rats without apparent toxicity to nerve or muscle cells. The research...

2009-04-04 11:40:00

 A collaboration of University of Pennsylvania and University of Wisconsin chemists and anesthesiologists have identified a fluorescent anesthetic compound that will assist researchers in obtaining more precise information about how anesthetics work in the body and will provide a means to more rapidly test new anesthetic compounds in the search for safer and more effective drugs.The study is published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.Using the fluorescing...

2009-03-16 07:51:20

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration says it is starting a project to study the effects of anesthetics and sedatives on children and infants. The FDA said the SAFEKIDS project -- Safety of Key Inhaled and Intravenous Drugs in Pediatrics -- involves five partner agencies and is designed to address major gaps in scientific information about the neurocognitive development of children who are treated with anesthetics and sedatives. Research by the FDA's National Center for Toxicological Research...

2009-02-27 05:45:00

CHICAGO, Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Novalar Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a dental specialty pharmaceutical company today announced the launch of OraVerse(TM), the company's premier dental pharmaceutical product. OraVerse is the first and only local anesthesia reversal agent that accelerates the return to normal sensation and function for patients who want to avoid the unwanted and unnecessary lingering soft tissue anesthesia following routine dental procedures in which a local anesthetic containing a...

2009-02-24 04:00:00

Like general anesthesia without the risks   CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- General anesthesia (GA) remains a popular anesthetic for cosmetic surgery. More enlightened surgeons and anesthesia providers avoid GA for cosmetic surgery. Unfortunately, the attitudes of their national organizations still lag behind these safety-first visionaries.   The public should not confuse 'safer than before' GA with 'safest achievable' anesthesia.   Were 'safest achievable'...

2009-01-16 16:51:21

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning of potentially life-threatening side effects of skin numbing products. The products, known as topical anesthetics contain lidocaine, tetracaine, benzocaine and prilocaine in a cream, ointment or gel. The FDA is concerned the anesthetic drugs, if used improperly, may cause life-threatening side effects, such as irregular heartbeat, seizures, breathing difficulties, coma or even death. The agency said two women died using topical anesthetics...

2009-01-13 19:11:08

Previous studies have overestimated the risks of severe complications of epidurals and spinal anesthetics, British researchers said. The study, published in the British Journal of Anesthesia, concluded that the estimated risk of permanent harm following a spinal anesthetic or epidural is lower than 1 in 20,000 and in many circumstances the estimated risk is considerably lower. The study found that the odds of being badly injured by an epidural or spinal anesthetic are considerably better...

2009-01-12 15:31:18

The largest ever prospective study into the major complications of epidurals and spinal anesthetics published in the British Journal of Anesthesia today (Monday 12 January 2009) concludes that previous studies have over-estimated the risks of severe complications of these procedures. The study concludes that the estimated risk of permanent harm following a spinal anesthetic or epidural is lower than 1 in 20,000 and in many circumstances the estimated risk is considerably lower. The study...

2008-12-14 10:00:00

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- A Phase II trial of a single intraoperative administration of EXPAREL (DepoBupivacaine) resulted in significantly reduced pain with activity in the first 8 to 24 hours following surgery, when pain is generally greatest, compared to conventional treatment. The results of the multicenter, randomized, double-blind study were presented in a poster at the Annual Postgraduate Assembly in Anesthesiology in New York City today, by lead investigator...

2008-11-25 17:36:47

A commonly used anesthetic can produce changes associated with Alzheimer's disease in the brains of living mammals, U.S. researchers said. Massachusetts General Hospital investigators in Boston show how administration of the gas isoflurane can lead to generation of the toxic amyloid-beta protein -- associated with Alzheimer's disease -- in the brains of mice. These are the first results indicating that isoflurane can set off a time-dependent cascade inducing cell death and enhanced levels of...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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