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Common Stimulant May Speed Recovery From General Anesthesia by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Thu 22 Sep 2011 7:40pm Administration of the commonly used stimulant drug methylphenidate (Ritalin) was able to speed recovery from general anesthesia in an animal study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  The report, appearing in the October issue of Anesthesiology, is the first demonstration in mammals of what could be a safe and effective way to in ... Read on »
Coma and General Anesthesia Demonstrate Important Similarities by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Sun 02 Jan 2011 3:55pm The brain under general anesthesia isn’t “asleep” as surgery patients are often told — it is placed into a state that is a reversible coma, according to three neuroscientists who have published an extensive review of general anesthesia, sleep and coma, in the Dec. 30 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. This insight and others reported ... Read on »
No Link Between General Anesthesia and Dementia by A4M Posted Wed 05 Jun 2013 10:08pm Posted on June 4, 2013, 6 a.m. in Alzheimer's Disease Surgery It is known that some elderly patients have problems with cognitive function for weeks, and somet ... Read on »
A New Tool For Understanding The Mechanism Of General Anesthesia by David Smith, MD Posted Tue 24 Nov 2009 10:03pm A team of investigators led by Roderic Eckenhoff recently published their identification of a fluorescent anesthetic compound that should assist in obtaining more precise information about the mechanism of anesthetics and allow more rapid testing of potential new anesthetic drugs.   The compound, 1-aminoanthracene, is anesthetic, potentiates GA ... Read on »
Renal failure after general anesthesia by David Smith, MD Posted Mon 05 Oct 2009 10:03pm Kheterpal et al identified a group of 15,102 patients out of a population of 65,043 cases who underwent major, non cardiac surgery and who had an estimated pre operative creatinine clearance greater than 80 ml/min.   Of this group 9,078 patients had a creatinine measured during the first seven post operative days and formed the basis of this st ... Read on »
Survival After General Anesthesia Vastly Improved by Medline Plus Posted Thu 20 Sep 2012 7:00pm However, the trend is seen mostly in developed countries, researcher says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: After Surgery , Anesthesia , Surgery Read on »
General Anesthesia Not Linked to Raised Risk for Dementia by Medline Plus Posted Wed 01 May 2013 12:00pm No long-term mental changes associated with the procedure in older surgical patients, study says Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Alzheimer's Disease , Anesthesia , Dementia Read on »
Anesthesia's Role in Hip, Knee Replacement Infections Studied by Medline Plus Posted Wed 28 Jul 2010 1:00pm Greater risk noted in patients who had general versus spinal/epidural method, researchers say By Randy Dotinga Wednesday, July 28, 2010 WEDNESDAY, July 28 (HealthDay News) -- Patients are less likely to develop infections at the sites of total hip or knee replacements if they undergo epidural or ... Read on »
The syndrome of post anesthesia mumps by David Smith, MD Posted Mon 05 Oct 2009 10:03pm John Tanner, M.D., Ph.D. relates the following case:  A 50 year old African American woman opted for interventional radiologic treatment (embolization) of her uterine fibroids rather than surgery.   She had a history of mild asthma and GERD.   She underwent the procedure under general anesthesia (induced with fentanyl, propofol, and succinylcho ... Read on »
Alzheimer's and Anesthesia by Bob DeMarco Patient Expert Posted Mon 11 Jun 2012 2:37pm Alzheimer's and anesthesia don't mix well. Some physicians are advising their patients that are already diagnosed with Alzheimer’s to avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary. By Sydney S. Farrier, LCSW Sydney S. Farrier How often have you heard the comment about an older person who recently underwent ... Read on »