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2013-07-29 16:20:06

University of Utah study shows isoflurane may provide alternative to electroconvulsive therapy Although electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) has long been considered the most effective treatment of medication-resistant or refractory depression, millions of people who might benefit don't take advantage of it because of the treatment's side effects and public misperception of the procedure. If the results of a campuswide collaboration of University of Utah researchers are borne out by larger...

Anesthesia More Similar To Sleep Than Originally Understood
2012-10-26 15:07:30

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Close your eyes, inhale slowly, and then exhale. Lie back and feel your body slowly relax as you melt into the cushion. Everything fades away as darkness slowly takes over and a feeling of peace passes over. For those who love sleep, the aforementioned sentiments might seem familiar. They might even seem familiar to those who have been anesthetized for surgery, where the brain turns off and tunes into sleep mode. In...

2012-03-02 01:18:42

MGH researchers find desflurane may be safer anesthetic option for patients with Alzheimer's disease The association of the inhaled anesthetic isoflurane with Alzheimer's-disease-like changes in mammalian brains may by caused by the drug's effects on mitochondria, the structures in which most cellular energy is produced. In a study that will appear in Annals of Neurology and has received early online release, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers report that administration of...

2011-09-23 07:18:31

(Ivanhoe Newswire) — Administering Ritalin, a commonly used stimulant, to patients recovering from anesthesia sped up the process. This study is the first to demonstrate in mammals what could be a safe and effective way to induce arousal from general anesthesia. "Currently at the end of a surgical procedure, the anesthesiologist just lets general anesthetic drugs wear off, and the patient regains consciousness," Emery Brown, MD, PhD, of the MGH Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care...

2011-09-21 13:05:22

MGH study demonstrates what may be first feasible method to induce arousal from anesthesia Administration of the commonly used stimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) was able to speed recovery from general anesthesia in an animal study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The report, appearing in the October issue of Anesthesiology, is the first demonstration in mammals of what could be a safe and effective way to induce arousal from general anesthesia. While there are...

2010-11-12 13:12:33

First inclusive report published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease There is growing global concern regarding the potential neurotoxicity of anesthetics. Biophysical and animal model studies have identified molecular changes simulating Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology after exposure to inhaled anesthetics. This research has alerted anesthesiologists, neuropsychologists, surgeons and other clinicians to initiate in-depth clinical research on the role of anesthetics in post operative cognitive...

2010-04-21 09:22:50

New research study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder affecting millions of people worldwide and has become a major global concern. Uncontrolled oligomerization (aggregation) of AÃŽ² peptide is the hallmark of AD and it is believed to be causally related to AD pathomechanism. Intensive research (biophysical, animal model and clinical) is underway to investigate the cause of this unexplained aggregation of...

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2010-02-18 12:51:25

A team of researchers from the Canary Islands has developed a technique for automatically controlling anaesthesia during surgical operations. The new system detects the hypnotic state of the patient at all times and supplies the most appropriate dose of anaesthetic. "This is an efficient control technique which regulates anaesthesia in operating theatres by computer, with the aim of adapting the dose of the drug administered according to the individual characteristics of each patient", Juan...

2008-12-02 04:00:00

CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Internationally recognized anesthesiologist, Dr. Barry L. Friedberg was an invited speaker for this year's annual meeting of the Mexican Society of Anesthesiologists. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080327/LATH006) His first lecture 'Why is minimally invasive (or 'Goldilocks') anesthesia important?' was followed by his second entitled 'PK 101, minimally invasive anesthesia for minimally invasive surgery.' Said...

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...


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