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February 2016 Briefing - Anesthesiology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for February 2016. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Preemies Have Lasting Risk for Anesthesia Adverse Events

FRIDAY, Feb. 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Preterm children have an increased risk of developing sedation/anesthesia adverse events, which continues up to age 23 years, according to a study published online Feb. 25 in Pediatrics.

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Suggestions for Optimizing Practice Feedback Effectiveness

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In an article published online Feb. 23 in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 15 suggestions are presented to optimize the effectiveness of practice feedback.

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American Pain Society Releases Guideline on Postoperative Pain

TUESDAY, Feb. 23, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The American Pain Society has issued recommendations on the management of postoperative pain. The clinical practice guideline was published in the February issue of the Journal of Pain.

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High-Dose Sugammadex Speeds Reversal of Neuromuscular Block

FRIDAY, Feb. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Sugammadex at a dose of 4 mg/kg−1 of ideal body weight allows for shorter reversal of deep neuromuscular blockade in morbidly obese patients, according to a study published in the March issue of Anaesthesia.

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Geriatric Events in Cancer Surgery Common in Elderly

THURSDAY, Feb. 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Geriatric events are common among elderly patients who undergo major surgery for cancer, according to research published online Feb. 16 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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Many Med Schools Appear Unwelcoming Regarding Disability

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 17, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most medical schools need to post, update, or clarify technical standards (TSs), required under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), that detail what a school will do to accommodate a student with a disability, according to a study published online Jan. 19 in Academic Medicine.

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Functional Imaging Beneficial for Analgesic Drug Development

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Functional magnetic resonance imaging with central sensitization can be used in early human drug development, according to a study published in the January issue of Anesthesiology.

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CDC: Number of Uninsured Persons in U.S. Down Since 2013

FRIDAY, Feb. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The percentage of uninsured persons is decreasing in the United States, according to a report published by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

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Physicians Concerned By Increasing Cost of Generics

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Pennsylvania physicians have called for state- and national-level medical associations to take an active role in addressing the issue of increasing generic drug prices, according to an article published by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

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Botox May Reduce Chronic Neuropathic Pain

TUESDAY, Feb. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Subcutaneous botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) injections appear to safely and effectively reduce chronic neuropathic pain in patients with spinal cord injury, according to a study published online Jan. 27 in the Annals of Neurology.

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AMA Highlights Issues Relating to Medical Liability Reform

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Medical liability reforms are likely to be advanced and challenged in 2016, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Doctors Offer Suggestions for Electronic Health Records

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians recently met in Seattle to discuss the difficulties and benefits associated with electronic health records (EHRs) in a third town hall meeting on the subject, according to a report published by the American Medical Association.

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Guided Meditation, Music Cuts Anxiety During Breast Biopsy

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Listening to guided meditation or music significantly lowers patient anxiety and fatigue during imaging-guided breast biopsy, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.

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Vagal Nerve Stimulation Can Lead to Cardiac Complications

FRIDAY, Feb. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stimulation of the vagus nerve as part of intraoperative neuromonitoring (IONM) during thyroid surgery can result in severe cardiac complications, according to a case report published online Feb. 1 in Head & Neck.

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Patient-Centered System Recommended for Medical Billing

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Simplification, consolidation, and real time point-of-care information could address the inefficiencies in the medical billing system, according to an Ideas and Opinions piece published online Feb. 2 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Video Games Offer Educational Methods for Med Students

THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Video games can play a role in medical education, offering new methods for teaching medical students, according to a report published by the American Medical Association (AMA).

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Surgical Safety Checklist Linked to Drop in 90-Day Mortality

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of a surgical safety checklist (SSC) correlated with a reduction in 90-day, but not 30-day, mortality among patients undergoing surgery, according to a study published online Feb. 3 in JAMA Surgery.

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