Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 2017
Length of incision may affect pain after cesarean delivery
Both short and long surgical incisions for cesarean births are associated with increased pain after delivery, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Hip and knee replacement patients using fewer opioids to manage pain after surgery
Opioid use in patients recovering from hip and knee replacement decreased by one-third between 2006 and 2014, reflecting success in efforts to promote a multimodal approach to pain management (using a variety of methods to manage pain) rather than using opioids alone, reveals new research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Diabetes boosts risk of cognitive issues after surgery, especially in seniors, study finds
Older patients with diabetes may be at an 84 percent higher risk of developing postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) than those who are not diabetic, suggests new research being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Patients often overestimate postoperative pain, study finds
Patients significantly overestimate the anticipated amount of pain they'll experience following surgery, which researchers say can cause unnecessary anxiety in patients, according to a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Perioperative Surgical Home reduces death, ER visits in elderly hip fracture patients
Elderly patients who had emergency repair of a fractured hip were much less likely to die or make a return visit to the emergency room (ER) after discharge if they received care under the Perioperative Surgical Home (PSH) model of care, suggests research presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Acetaminophen may help reduce postoperative shivering
Administering acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, during surgery may reduce the incidence of postoperative shivering, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY® 2017 annual meeting.

Ketamine may help treat migraine pain unresponsive to other therapies
Ketamine may help alleviate migraine pain in patients who have not been helped by other treatments, suggests a study being presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2017 annual meeting.

Groundwater and tundra fires may work together to thaw permafrost
Groundwater may play an unrecognized role in thawing Arctic permafrost following wildfires, according to new research.

Vaquita Porpoise rescued as part of VaquitaCPR conservation project, then released
Scientists with the VaquitaCPR conservation project announced they succeeded in locating and rescuing a highly endangered vaquita porpoise yesterday, but in an abundance of caution the vaquita, which was a calf, was released.
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