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Modern Developments In Anaesthetic Technique

A new study showed a development in perioperative analgesia and mortality scoring systems, changes to intra-operative anaesthetic technique and strategies to reduce the requirement for blood transfusion.  Patients suffering a hip fracture are usually elderly, with a median age of 83 years, and co-existing chronic illnesses. Around 30% of patients with hip fracture also suffer from cognitive dysfunction and the requirement for urgent surgery in this patient group can be challenging to the anaesthetist.

Advanced Placental Perfusion MR Imaging in Pregnancies Complicated by CHD

In pregnancies complicated by fetal congenital heart disease (CHD), global placental perfusion was significantly decreased and regional variation of placental perfusion significantly increased as pregnancies progressed, findings that point to non-invasive imaging providing an early warning of placental dysfunction. A Children's National Health System (CNHS) researchers report placental perfusion abnormalities in pregnancies complicated by fetal CHD measured using non-invasive fetal MRI techniques.

Being Aware of Memory Loss Lessens the Risk of Dementia

In a study published today in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, based on patients' awareness of their memory problems, researchers have identified a useful method to predict who won't develop Alzheimer's disease. People who were not aware of their memory loss, a condition called anosognosia, were more likely to progress to Alzheimer's disease and those who were aware of memory problems were unlikely to develop dementia.

SPARTAN device improves IVS success

The microfluidic device, which can be used in clinics, is dubbed SPARTAN, short for Simple Periodic ARray for Trapping And IsolatioN. It uses a field of three-dimensional posts that create an obstacle course for the swimming sperm cells. The strongest and healthiest sperm get through this array the fastest and then are collected at the outlet to be used in the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process.