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AAPM announces recipients of 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

AAPM announces recipients of 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award

The American Academy of Pain Medicine is pleased to announce its 2015 Pain Medicine Fellowship Excellence Award Recipients in recognition of a Pain Medicine Fellowship Program that provides an exceptional learning experience to its fellows, preparing them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients with pain. [More]
Researchers develop noninvasive method to detect kidney cancer early

Researchers develop noninvasive method to detect kidney cancer early

If kidney cancer is diagnosed early — before it spreads — 80 percent of patients survive. However, finding it early has been among the disease's greatest challenges. [More]
Study investigates effects of antidepressant treatment in pain catastrophizing patients

Study investigates effects of antidepressant treatment in pain catastrophizing patients

A select population of patients having surgery experience what is called pain catastrophizing - an irrational thought process that leads a patient to perceive pain as worse than it actually is. Antidepressant medications reduce negative mood and might change this way of thinking, but according to a study published in the April edition of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, that may not be the case, at least for acute pain. [More]
Anesthetics interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons that transmit signals

Anesthetics interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons that transmit signals

Anesthetics have been used in surgical procedures for more than 150 years, but the mechanisms by which inhaled anesthesia actually work are poorly understood. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have discovered that anesthetics bind to and interfere with certain proteins in excitatory neurons, which are necessary for these neurons to transmit signals involved in anesthesia and the perception of pain. [More]
BD announces completion of CareFusion acquisition

BD announces completion of CareFusion acquisition

Becton, Dickinson and Company today announced that it completed its acquisition of CareFusion Corporation pursuant to the terms of its previously announced Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated October 5, 2014 (the "Merger Agreement"). [More]

Participation in anesthesiology simulation program boosts practice improvements

In 2010, the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®) introduced a mannequin-based simulation program to satisfy the American Board of Anesthesiology requirements for Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology (MOCA). [More]
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS announce new initiative to enhance genetic testing practices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, UMHS announce new initiative to enhance genetic testing practices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the University of Michigan Health System are collaborating with physicians and laboratories across the state as part of a new initiative to improve genetic testing practices. [More]
UIC researchers identify genetic variation that increases MS risk in women

UIC researchers identify genetic variation that increases MS risk in women

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have identified a genetic variation that in women significantly increases their risk of developing multiple sclerosis. [More]
Harris Health LBJ Hospital's Level III trauma center designation reverified

Harris Health LBJ Hospital's Level III trauma center designation reverified

The Texas Department of State Health Services has reverified the Level III trauma center for Harris Health System's Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a distinction the hospital has held since 1996. [More]
NYU Langone becomes first center in New York City to start outpatient hip replacement program

NYU Langone becomes first center in New York City to start outpatient hip replacement program

NYU Langone Medical Center in January became the first academic medical center in the New York City area to initiate an outpatient hip replacement program after successfully discharging a patient the same day of surgery. [More]
FAA to issue new obstructive sleep apnea guidance for aviation medical examiners

FAA to issue new obstructive sleep apnea guidance for aviation medical examiners

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it will issue new guidance for aviation medical examiners (AMEs) regarding the screening and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in commercial pilots. The new guidance, which hopes to treat pilots fairly while at the same time increasing aviation safety, was created and approved with input from the industry, Congress, and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). [More]
LGTmedical issued U.S. patent for Kenek Core audio waveform technology

LGTmedical issued U.S. patent for Kenek Core audio waveform technology

LionsGate Technologies, Inc., a privately-held medical device company, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for its pulse oximetry technology based on the Kenek Core proprietary audio waveform platform. [More]
STS releases first publicly accessible national report of surgical outcomes from CHSD

STS releases first publicly accessible national report of surgical outcomes from CHSD

Continuing its commitment to increase public awareness and understanding of cardiothoracic surgical outcomes, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has released the first publicly accessible national report of surgical outcomes from its Congenital Heart Surgery Database (CHSD). [More]
Investigators caution parents, health care providers about use of general anesthetics in children

Investigators caution parents, health care providers about use of general anesthetics in children

A group of anesthesiologists and toxicologists today issued a caution to parents and health care professionals about the use of general anesthetics in children. [More]
Frailty assessment test can accurately predict complications after major operation

Frailty assessment test can accurately predict complications after major operation

Frailty has been used to predict how well a patient may recover from a major operation. Because frailty assessments are not routinely utilized in busy surgical practices, surgeons at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta have discovered that a short, approximately one-minute assessment can accurately determine how likely a patient is to have complications after an operation. [More]
New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

New planning tool helps identify patients' risks of chronic pain after surgery

There are many variables that contribute to a patient's risk of chronic pain after surgery; physicians are still exploring ways to identify those variables prior to surgery. [More]
Penn State researchers explore hydrogen sulfide's probable role in regulating blood pressure

Penn State researchers explore hydrogen sulfide's probable role in regulating blood pressure

Widely considered simply a malodorous toxic gas, hydrogen sulfide is now being studied for its probable role in regulating blood pressure, according to researchers. [More]
New compound appears to play role in development of opioid tolerance

New compound appears to play role in development of opioid tolerance

While opioids are a widely used treatment for pain, patients who take them on a regular basis can become tolerant, requiring a higher dose for continued pain relief. In a study published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, researchers identified a compound that appears to play a role in the development of opioid tolerance. [More]
Patient questionnaire can help measure disability risk following surgery

Patient questionnaire can help measure disability risk following surgery

Freedom from disability is one of the most important patient-centered outcomes after surgery, but there is currently no validated instrument to measure postoperative disability. [More]
UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

UMHS opens Massey Emergency Critical Care Center

They come from highway accident scenes and nursing home beds, from factories and farm fields, from suburban homes, downtown sidewalks and small community hospitals. [More]
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