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Hydrocodone rescheduling becomes official
Pain Medicine News
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's reclassification of hydrocodone-combination products from Schedule III agents to the more restrictive Schedule II went into effect Oct. 6. The rescheduling of the combination agents, which often include the opioid analgesic hydrocodone (a Schedule II drug) and an over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen, has been written in the stars for some time.
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Citing past successes, new focus is entire perioperative period
Anesthesiology News
Professor Francois Clergue, director of anesthesia of the University Hospitals of Geneva, challenged attendees of the European Society of Anaesthesiology annual meeting to extend their demonstrated success in improving anesthesia safety to address the entire perioperative period. The goal: Reduce postoperative mortality by 20 percent.
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Rising prevalence of sleep apnea in US threatens public health
Medical Xpress
Public health and safety are threatened by the increasing prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea, which now afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S., according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Several new studies highlight the destructive nature of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression. Data previously published in the American Journal of Epidemiology show that the estimated prevalence rates of obstructive sleep apnea have increased substantially over the last two decades, most likely due to the obesity epidemic.
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Electrical median nerve stimulation eases nausea, vomiting during C-section
Anesthesiology News
Electrical median nerve stimulation effectively reduced nausea and vomiting in women undergoing cesarean delivery with combined spinal–epidural. Investigators also found that patient satisfaction was significantly greater in the nerve stimulation group than in controls. Electrical median nerve stimulation already has been shown to reduce nausea and vomiting in general anesthesia.
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Florida, Texas expand Medicaid — for kids
Health News Florida
Republican lawmakers in Florida and Texas snubbed the Affordable Care Act's Medicaid expansion for adults, but their states did broaden the program this year — for school-age children. Those states were among 21 that were required to widen Medicaid eligibility for children between the ages of 6 and 18 by 2014. That little-known provision of the health law is a key reason hundreds of thousands of kids gained coverage in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor.
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Pre-op atrial fibrillation likely to recur post-op
Anesthesiology News
A new screening tool, the aFlame score, may help identify cardiac surgery patients at risk for developing postoperative atrial fibrillation. But this tool is not necessary for patients with the condition before surgery, as the overwhelming majority of them will still develop it after the conclusion of surgery, according to a study from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
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Periarticular injection superior to epidural analgesia in TKA
Medical Xpress
For patients undergoing total knee arthroplasty, periarticular injection is superior to epidural analgesia for pain control, according to a study published in the Sept. 3 issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. Researchers conducted a prospective, randomized controlled trial involving 111 patients scheduled for unilateral total knee arthroplasty to compare the clinical efficacies of epidural analgesia and periarticular injection.
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