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Study questions safety of common anesthesia drug
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
More concern about the safety of a common anesthetic has been raised in a new study. Patients who received the anesthesia drug etomidate during surgery might be at increased risk for cardiovascular problems or death, according to the study, which was published in the December issue of the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia.
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Researchers identify technique to reduce children's post-op pain
Medical Xpress
Researchers at Children's Hospital of Orange County (CHOC Children's), one of the nation's 50 best children's hospitals, have identified a new technique that will significantly decrease pain for children following high-risk urology surgeries. Findings of the pain management technique were published in the December 2013 online issue of the Journal of Pediatric Urology.
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Type of surgical anesthesia might influence prostate cancer's return
HealthDay News via Doctors Lounge
For men having prostate cancer surgery, the type of anesthesia doctors use might make a difference in the odds of the cancer returning, a new study suggests. Researchers found that of nearly 3,300 men who underwent prostate cancer surgery, those who were given both general and regional anesthesia had a lower risk of seeing their cancer progress than men who received only general anesthesia.
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What anesthesia can teach us about consciousness
The New York Times
More than a decade ago, a 43-year-old woman went to a surgeon for a hysterectomy. She was put under, and everything seemed to be going according to plan, until, for a horrible interval, her anesthesia stopped working. She couldn't open her eyes or move her fingers. She tried to breathe, but even that most basic reflex didn't seem to work; a tube was lodged in her throat. She was awake and aware on the operating table, but frozen and unable to tell anyone what was happening.
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Tech-savvy hospitals honored
Health News Florida
Five Florida hospitals have received the industry's highest award for managing the shift to a paperless environment. The "Stage 7" designation is the highest level on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model developed by HIMSS Analytics. It measures how hospitals use information technology applications.
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Will opioid scrutiny spur NSAID overuse?
Anesthesiology News
In the wake of FDA changes to labels for extended-release/long-acting opioid pain relievers, clinicians and patients may be looking elsewhere for ways to manage moderate pain. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) offer a potential alternative, but some clinicians are urging that a possible increase in NSAID consumption should be met with caution.
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Georgetown report raises more questions about Florida Medicaid reform
Orlando Sentinel
A new Georgetown University report is questioning whether Florida's handover of millions of Medicaid patients to managed-care companies will be able to achieve the twin goals of cutting costs and improving health. In short, the first steps of the changeover had some "glitches" and left some patients in Metro Orlando confused and concerned about whether profit-seeking HMOs would have their interests at heart, the report's author said.
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