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Does General Anesthesia Affect Babies' Brains?

Posted 1 Sep 2017 by

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 – Babies who receive general anesthesia for surgery before they're 1 year old may have less white matter in their brains, a small study suggests. The researchers said they also found that the integrity, or structure, of the white matter might have been affected. White matter is tissue that connects different parts of the brain. "The most rigorous previous study in humans ...

A Shot of Caffeine May Speed Wake-Up After Anesthesia

Posted 21 Aug 2017 by

MONDAY, Aug. 21, 2017 – Caffeine may help patients wake up more quickly after general anesthesia, an animal study suggests. Adult rats were given a 3 percent concentration of a general anesthetic for one hour to simulate effects of a brief surgical procedure. During the last 10 minutes of anesthetic exposure, they received an injection of either caffeine or a salt solution (the control group). ...

What Men Need to Know About ED Drugs and Anesthesia

Posted 26 Jun 2017 by

MONDAY, June 26, 2017 – Men who take erectile dysfunction drugs need to alert the anesthetist before having surgery or other medical procedures, hospital experts say. Erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis contain nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and relaxes muscles. If they are combined with anesthesia and other medication used during surgery, a patient's blood pressure may ...

A Movie Instead of Anesthesia for Kids' Radiation Therapy

Posted 9 May 2017 by

TUESDAY, May 9, 2017 – For children with cancer, watching movies during radiation therapy might eliminate their need for general anesthesia, a new study suggests. Kid-friendly movies such as "SpongeBob SquarePants" and "Cars" helped reduce the risks, trauma and costs of treatment for kids evaluated in the small European study. Cancer is rare in children, but those who develop tumors in their ...

Preparing for Anesthesia: 5 Tips You Should Know

Posted 7 Apr 2017 by

FRIDAY, April 7, 2017 – If you have surgery on your calendar, don't wait until the last minute to start preparing, especially if you're going to need anesthesia. The American Association of Nurse Anesthetists says you're more likely to avoid complications if you follow these five tips: Stop taking unnecessary medications. Only use necessary, approved prescriptions ahead of time. If you have had ...

Steep Bills Surprise Patients Who Go 'Out-of-Network'

Posted 17 Jan 2017 by

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2017 – Patients using specialists outside their health-plan network often receive surprise bills for services that cost far more than what Medicare considers a fair rate, a new study suggests. Most insurers use rates set by Medicare – the publicly funded insurance program for the elderly – as the benchmark for what they'll pay health care providers. But a look at 400,000 U.S. ...

'Don't Cut Yet, Doc, I Can Hear You'

Posted 20 Dec 2016 by

MONDAY, Dec. 19, 2016 – Far fewer surgical patients become conscious while under general anesthesia than previously believed, researchers report. Of 260 patients examined on the operating table, less than 5 percent showed consciousness in response to stimuli, an international team of researchers found. The patients were tested before the start of surgery. None of them remembered being awake ...

FDA Issues Anesthesia Warning for Pregnant Women, Kids Under 3

Posted 14 Dec 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 14, 2016 – Repeated or lengthy use – longer than three hours – of general anesthetic and sedation drugs may harm the developing brains of fetuses and children younger than 3 years old, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Wednesday. After reviewing the latest published studies, the agency announced that these warnings need to be added to the labels of these drugs. The ...

Anesthesia Safe for Kids, Doctors' Group Says

Posted 16 Jul 2016 by

FRIDAY, July 15, 2016 – Anesthesia eases the pain of millions of children who must have surgery every year, but parents who are worried about the safety of these medications should talk to their anesthesiologist about their fears, experts advise. "Particularly in infants and toddlers, surgery is only recommended when necessary for the child's health, so parents should not avoid an important ...

Anesthesia Safe for Infants, Toddlers, Study Says

Posted 7 Jun 2016 by

TUESDAY, June 7, 2016 – General anesthesia doesn't seem to harm young children's mental development, new research concludes. "A number of animal studies have suggested that exposure to commonly used anesthetic agents in early development could lead to deficits in learning, memory, attention and other cognitive functions," said study author Dr. Lena Sun. She is a professor of pediatric ...

'Preemie' Babies May Face Long-Term Anesthesia Risks

Posted 25 Feb 2016 by

THURSDAY, Feb. 25, 2016 – Children born prematurely may be at risk for complications from anesthesia and sedation at least into young adulthood, a new study suggests. "Perhaps we should look at these children differently and provide different care to them," said study lead author Dr. Jeana Havidich, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H. Premature ...

Minds of Older Women Fuzzier After General Anesthesia Than Men's

Posted 21 Jul 2015 by

TUESDAY, July 21, 2015 – Older women are much more likely than men to suffer brain dysfunction after surgery with general anesthesia, a new study finds. Researchers who analyzed data from hundreds of older adults in the United States found faster declines in mental function and brain volume for both women and men who had surgery with general anesthesia compared to those who had no surgery. But ...

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