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Antibiotics Alone Are a Successful Treatment for Uncomplicated Acute Appendicitis in Children

Using antibiotics alone to treat children with uncomplicated acute appendicitis is a reasonable alternative to surgery that leads to less pain and fewer missed school days, according to a pilot study. The research is the first prospective study on nonoperative management of acute appendicitis in pediatric patients in the United States.

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Bio-Engineered Vaginas, How Do They Work? UPDATE: Watch Pre-Recorded Q&A

Newswise hosts the first live, interactive virtual event for major research finding for journalists. Newswise and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are collaborating to offer direct access to the investigator via Newswise Live, an interactive virtual event.

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'Nano-Anesthesia': A New Approach to Local Anesthesia?

A technique using anesthesia-containing nanoparticles—drawn to the targeted area of the body by magnets—could one day provide a useful alternative to nerve block for local anesthesia in patients, suggests an experimental study in the April issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Inpatients Account for Most Canceled Operating Room Time

Hospitalized patients account for at least half of cancelled operating room time, suggests a study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Adding Dexmedetomidine Reduces Anesthesia Dose Required for Surgery

For patients undergoing surgery, adding a sedative drug called dexmedetomidine can reduce the necessary doses of other anesthetic drugs, reports a study in the April issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS).

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Study Explores Reasons for Pain after “Successful” Spinal Surgery

Researchers will present findings at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting on the study that sheds light on the basis of neuropathic pain that persists after apparently successful surgery.

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For Frail, High-Risk Seniors, Surgery Decisions Should Be Patient-Centered, Team-Based and Physician-Led

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Surgery for frail, senior citizen patients can be risky. A new patient-centered, team-based approach to deciding whether these high-risk patients will benefit from surgery is championed in an April 10 Perspective of the New England Journal of Medicine. The Perspective suggests that the decision to have surgery must balance the advantages and disadvantages of surgical and non-surgical treatment as well as the patient’s values and goals in a team-based setting that includes the patient, his or her family, the surgeon, the primary care physician and the physician anesthesiologist.

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IV Acetaminophen Shown Safe, Effective Managing Pain in Craniotomy Patients

Researchers will present findings of a study testing a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of IV acetaminophen in post-craniotomy patients at the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting.

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