Anaesthesiology
Study reveals patients operated on at night twice as likely to die as patients who have daytime operations

Study reveals patients operated on at night twice as likely to die as patients who have daytime operations

Hong Kong: New research presented at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong (28 Aug – 2 Sept) shows that patients who have surgery during the night are twice as likely to die as patients operated on during regular working hours. more

Scientists discover and test new class of pain relievers

Scientists discover and test new class of pain relievers

Washington: A research team at Duke University has discovered a potential new class of small-molecule drugs that simultaneously block two sought-after targets in the treatment of pain. more

Local anaesthetic may affect development of children’s teeth

Local anaesthetic may affect development of children’s teeth

London: A study led by Dr Bing Hu at Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry and involving other researchers from China and Switzerland, suggests that the use of local anaesthetic may affect tooth cell growth and the development of children’s teeth. more

New painkiller offers longer-lasting effects

New painkiller offers longer-lasting effects

New York (IANS): US researchers have discovered a new compound that offers longer-lasting painkilling effects, and shows promise as an alternative to current anaesthetics. more

Researchers find spinal cord injuries can cause brain inflammation and degeneration

Researchers find spinal cord injuries can cause brain inflammation and degeneration

Washington: Most research on spinal cord injuries has focused on effects due to spinal cord damage and scientists have neglected the effects on brain function. University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) researchers have found that spinal cord injuries (SCI) can cause widespread and sustained brain inflammation that leads to progressive loss of nerve cells, with associated cognitive problems and depression. more

VEINROM, a technology to minimize drug administration errors

VEINROM, a technology to minimize drug administration errors

New Delhi: At any healthcare centre, the most common form of intervention recommended for a patient by a physician is drug therapy. Things go awry when medications are wrongly administered for reasons that could be lack of professional practice or other unintentional human errors, incompetent healthcare products and lax procedures and systems. Observational studies all over the world have identified that errors associated with medications are the most frequent cause of adverse medical events. more

Centipede venom component could treat pain

Centipede venom component could treat pain

Sydney: Australian and Chinese researchers have identified a molecule in centipede venom with the potential to be developed into a painkiller as effective as morphine. more

Researchers design variant of main painkiller receptor

Researchers design variant of main painkiller receptor

Washington: Opioids, such as morphine, are still the most effective class of painkillers, but they come with unwanted side effects and can also be addictive and deadly at high doses. Designing new pain-killing drugs of this type involves testing them on their corresponding receptors, but access to meaningful quantities of these receptors that can work in experimental conditions has always been a limiting factor. more

Men taking long-acting chronic pain medications likely to have low testosterone levels

Men taking long-acting chronic pain medications likely to have low testosterone levels

Washington: Men taking long-acting opioid medications for chronic pain were nearly five times more likely to have low testosterone levels than those taking an equivalent dose of short-acting opioids, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the Clinical Journal of Pain. more

Researchers uncover how morphine increases pain in some people

Researchers uncover how morphine increases pain in some people

Toronto: For individuals with agonizing pain, it is a cruel blow when the gold-standard medication actually causes more pain. Adults and children whose pain gets worse when treated with morphine may be closer to a solution, based on research published in Nature Neuroscience. more