• Isoflurane May Protect Brain After Intracranial Hemorrhage: The anesthetic agent isoflurane may be a useful treatment for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) a type of stroke caused by bleeding inside the brain, reports a study in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).
  • Is Anesthesia Dangerous? In pure numerical terms, anesthesia-associated mortality has risen again. The reasons for this are the disproportionate increase in the numbers of older and multimorbid patients and surgical procedures that would have been unthinkable in the past.
  • Molecular Mechanisms Offer Hope For New Pain Treatments: By working with individuals suffering from a severe disorder that causes sensory neurons to degenerate, researchers at the University of Montreal Hospital and CHU Sainte-Justine Hospital have discovered how a specific genetic mutation causes their patients’ condition, which in turn has revealed more information about the mechanisms in our bodies which enable us to sense pain.
  • Healthy Habits Can Add 15 Years to Your Life: Women with a healthy lifestyle such as a Mediterranean diet, regular exercise, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight, are more likely to live 15 years longer than their less healthy counterparts, while for men, the effect of such healthy habits appears to be less, nearly 8.
  • Vertebroplasty And Balloon Kyphoplasty To Treat Vertebral Fractures; Review Calls For More Research And Systematic Approach To Osteoporosis Management: A working group of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) has issued a literature review of prospective controlled studies comparing the efficacy and safety of two minimally invasive techniques for vertebral augmentation after spine fracture: vertebroplasty (VP) and balloon kyphoplasty (BKP).
  • In The Battle To Relieve Neck And Back Aches, Researchers Create Bioengineered Spinal Disc Implants: Every year, millions of people contend with lower back and neck discomfort. With intent to ease their pain, Cornell University engineers in Ithaca and doctors at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City have created a biologically based spinal implant that could someday spell relief for these countless sufferers.
  • Even A Little Exercise Is Good For Reducing Heart Disease Risk: If you want to reduce your coronary heart disease risk, remember that even a little bit of exercise helps, it is better than none at all, and the more you do the better the benefit, researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health reported in Circulation.
  • Yoga Reduces The Physical And Psychological Symptoms Of Chronic Pain In Women With Fibromyalgia: The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. The condition, which predominantly affects women, is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue; common symptoms include muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal discomfort, anxiety and depression.
  • Study Shows Unique Characteristics Of Acute Vs. Chronic Low Back Pain: By some estimates, up to 85 percent of Americans have experienced low back pain and research reported in The Journal of Pain showed that pain intensity ratings, pain location and sensory and affective variables differ among individuals with acute and chronic low back pain.
  • Brain Activity In Patients With Chronic Low Back Pain Captured By New Imaging Technique: Research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) uses a new imaging technique, arterial spin labeling, to show the areas of the brain that are activated when patients with low back pain have a worsening of their usual, chronic pain.
  • Non-cocaine, Topical Anaesthetics Can Kill Pain When Repairing Skin Wounds: While some pain killers need to be injected into the damaged tissue in order to work, topical anaesthetics only need to be spread on the surface. The earliest examples of “topical” anaesthetics contained cocaine, but now a new systematic review has shown that newer agents that don’t contain cocaine can effectively treat pain caused by torn skin.
  • Raise Your Muscle Mass And Reduce Your Type 2 Diabetes Risk: Building muscle can lower your insulin resistance risk, which in turn lowers your chances of developing pre-diabetes, and ultimately protecting you from ever suffering from diabetes type 2, researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles revealed in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
  • Avandia May Help Prevent Neuropathic Pain: The diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) can control inflammation leading to nerve damage and abnormal pain responses, suggests a paper in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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