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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). The experiment was repeated three times with increasingly higher amounts of caffeine. Each time, rats in the caffeine group woke faster than the others. At the highest dose, the rats in the caffeine group woke up 55 percent sooner than the control group. The researchers said caffeine appears to shorten anesthesia recovery time in two ways. Caffeine boosts levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), a compound that regulates cell function. Previous studies have found an increase in cAMP ... Read more

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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. physicians' charges found many doctors bill their private-paying patients two, three, even six times more than what Medicare pays for the same services, the study revealed. The highest markups – four or more times greater than the Medicare rate – were for certain specialty services, including anesthesiology, interventional radiology, emergency medicine and pathology. Anesthesiologists had the highest markup, charging six times what Medicare considers a reasonable amount, the researchers ... Read more

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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 agency also issued a Drug Safety Communication to inform health care providers, parents and caregivers of the potential danger. "We recognize that in many cases these exposures may be medically necessary, and these new data regarding the potential harms must be carefully weighed against the risk of not performing a specific medical procedure," Dr. Janet Woodcock said in an agency news release. She is director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. "Parents and caregivers are often ... Read more

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'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 babies often face medical issues that require diagnostic tests and procedures, even as they grow older, the study noted. And physicians know prematurity puts these people at higher risk when they need to be sedated, Havidich said. "We have a sense of heightened awareness, a gut feeling that these children are more challenging to manage," she added. But it's not clear, she said, at what point that risk goes away. The new study attempted to answer that question. The researchers examined the medical ... Read more

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