Veterinarians have a new resource on opioid-sparing methods for treating animal pain that may also help mitigate the opioid abuse epidemic seizing the nation.
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Buprenorphine can be safely continued during perioperative pain management in patients taking it for opioid use disorder, researchers report. "Contrary to conventional thinking, continuation of buprenorphine at low to moderate doses doesn't make pain control more difficult and has benefits beyond pain management, such as avoiding withdrawal and relapse during the peri-operative period," Dr. Yi Zhang.
Neuraxial labor analgesia is recognized as the most effective method of providing pain relief during labor. Little is known about variation in the rates of neuraxial analgesia across US states. Identifying the presence and extent of variation may provide insights into practice variation and may indicate where access to neuraxial analgesia is inadequate.
The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) launched an update of the International Standards for A Safe Practice of Anaesthesia, co-published with the World Health Organization (WHO) for the first time as an official WHO guideline.
It is unclear if anaesthesia maintenance with propofol is advantageous or beneficial over inhalational agents. This study is intended to compare the effects of propofol vs. inhalational agents in maintaining general anesthesia on patient-relevant outcomes and patient satisfaction.
A rare case of anaphylaxis during operation has been published in the Indian Journal of Anaesthesiology . Dr Rajnish Kumar at the Department of Anesthesiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Patna, Bihar India and colleagues have reported the case.
An advisory panel to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended prescribing the opioid overdose reversal drug, naloxone, along with addictive painkillers.
The FDA warned that they should not be used to relieve teething pain in children or to provide sensory stimulation to persons with special needs, such as autism or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The FDA has received reports of death and serious injuries to infants and children, including strangulation and choking, caused by teething jewelry, such as amber teething necklaces.
In a study published today by the Journal of the American Medical Association ( JAMA ), McMaster University reviewed 96 clinical trials with more than 26,000 participants and found opioids provide only small improvements in pain, physical functioning and sleep quality compared to placebo.
Jen Godfrey could not shake the "deep cloud" that lingered even after she found an antidepressant she could tolerate. Then a string of stressors hit—five years of fertility treatment and an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy that left her with persistent pain; a close relative's suicide; another who went missing; and her own divorce. It was all too much for Godfrey, a recovering alcoholic with a family history of depression.
Researchers at Melbourne are embarking upon a worldwide study to see if there is a risk of relapse of cancers among persons who have undergone surgeries. The team hypothesizes that while undergoing a surgery using gas anesthetics, those with cancer are at a greater risk of a cancer relapse.