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Identified And Prioritised End-Of-Life Care Needs

Research have found that local authorities across England have failed to prioritise palliative and end of life care, despite the health care challenges posed by a rapidly ageing population. It is based on an analysis of the Health and Wellbeing Strategies of 150 local authorities across England, which found that only 4% cited end of life care as a priority. The study was published in the journal Palliative Medicine.

Anesthesia Care Team Composition and Surgical Outcomes

According to a new study, researchers examine that anesthesia care team composition is not associated with surgical outcomes. The study was published in Anesthesiology. Nurse anesthetists may practice nationwide, whereas anesthesiologist assistants are restricted to 16 states.

To inform policies concerning the expanded use of anesthesiologist assistants, the authors examined whether the specific anesthesia care team composition (physician anesthesiologist plus nurse anesthetist or anesthesiologist assistant) was associated with differences in perioperative outcomes.

Mathematics Help For Sleepless Nights

Researchers concerned about disruptions in the body’s day/night cycle, often called its circadian rhythm, are increasingly turning from the sleep lab to mathematics to work out thorny problems in how best to handle jetlag, shift work, and weekend lifestyle patterns.

The research draws on known factors influencing circadian rhythms and sleep, such as the effect of light, caffeine, napping, and even an increasingly sophisticated understanding of the body’s circadian pacemaker, a group of about 20,000 nerve cells in the hypothalamus, a tiny region of the brain that controls a number of important metabolic processes.