Medications

Pain relief without opioids

The United States has approximately 5 percent of the world's population, but accounts for 99 percent of the world's consumption of hydrocodone, an opioid used to treat long-term pain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Surgery

Remove false teeth before general anesthetic, doctors warn

False teeth need to be taken out before a general anaesthetic, doctors warn in the journal BMJ Case Reports after a 72 year old's dentures got stuck in his throat during surgery to remove a harmless lump in his abdominal ...

Cardiology

Procedure to open blocked carotid arteries tested

(Medical Xpress)—Doctors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are investigating a minimally invasive procedure to open blocked carotid arteries in patients whose poor health or advanced age makes the ...

Surgery

Anesthesia, surgery linked to decline in memory and thinking

In adults over 70, exposure to general anesthesia and surgery is associated with a subtle decline in memory and thinking skills, according to new Mayo Clinic research. The study analyzed nearly 2,000 participants in the Mayo ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Does general anesthesia increase dementia risk?

There are concerns that exposure to general anesthesia during surgery may contribute to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. To investigate, researchers compared exposure to general anesthesia versus regional anesthesia ...

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