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Regional Anesthesia Technique Reduces Pain

Women undergoing mastectomy for breast cancer experience improved postsurgical pain relief and reduced opioid when given to pectoralis nerve plane (PECS) block prior to surgery, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY ®  2018 annual meeting. The PECS block is a newer regional anesthesia technique that works by injecting long-acting anesthetics, guided by ultrasound, to numb the front of the chest wall before surgical incision. 

Palliative Care Patients Perspective

Massage & Myotherapy Australia have today called upon all political parties contesting seats in the Victorian state election to answer to what the community and doctors are telling them about the needs of palliative care patients.

Mrs. Hughes, Massage & Myotherapy Australia CEO, said that in the absence of adequate policies and funding that recognize their role, many professional therapists are asked to provide their services for free. In the long-term this is untenable. Among the palliative care community, massage is well known for its benefits in improving the quality of life of patients.

Use Of Antipsychotics Shown Ineffective For Delirium In ICU Patients

Critically ill patients in intensive care units (ICUs), according to the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health. The multi-site team that conducted the trial found no evidence that treatment with antipsychotic medicines haloperidol or ziprasidone affected delirium, survival, length of ICU or hospital stay or safety.

The findings from the Modifying the Impact of ICU-Associated Neurological Dysfunction-USA (MIND-USA), the study was published in  The New England Journal of Medicine.

Astronauts Living In Microgravity Provided With Spacemedicine

Imagine you are an astronaut on the surface of Mars, driving to rover down an incline into a crater. The vehicle's specially designed tires slip on the steep surface, and the rover begins to slide uncontrollably toward a large rock at the floor of the crater. The impact is sudden, you are thrown forward against the restraint straps, and your head hits the inside of the space-suit helmet. 

Efficient Topical Treatment Choice In Psoriasis

Topical treatment choices in psoriasis depend on the patient's need. For most patients with psoriasis , topical treatments play a considerable role in therapy. Nearly 80% of patients experience limited-to-moderate psoriasis disease, and topical therapies account for the majority, if not all, of their treatment. But, finding a treatment protocol that works with your lifestyle can be difficult.

Health Insurance Policy May Pay For Emergency Room Visits

While symptoms like chest or belly pain might reasonably drive you to the emergency room with worries about a heart attack or appendicitis, your insurance company might decide not to pay if it turns out your fears were unfounded, a new study suggests.

With the price of emergency room care going up, US insurance companies have been looking for ways to contain the costs, sometimes by refusing to pay for visits that turn out not to have been emergencies after all.

Inner Body's Biological Clock Tested By Blood

Timing is everything, and it also has a huge impact on your health. Now there's a blood test to better understand your internal time clock and optimize it for better well-being. The TimeSignature test was developed by researchers at Northwestern Medicine scientists.

It requires two blood draws. It offers insights through gene expression markers into the time in your body compared to time in the external world. For instance, it may be 8 am, but your body may be operating as if it's 6 am Previously, determining a person's internal clock could only be done by drawing blood multiple times over a specific span.

Stem Cells And Their Role In Tissue Regeneration

Cells in the body have specific purposes, but stem cells are cells that do not yet have a specific role and can become almost any cell that is required. Stem cells are undifferentiated cells that can turn into specific cells, as the body needs them.

Scientists and doctors are interested in stem cells as they help to explain how some functions of the bodywork, and how they sometimes go wrong. Stem cells also show promise for treating some diseases that currently have no cure.