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September 28, 2020

Substance Use Trends During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are characterized by the repetitive use of alcohol or drugs that results in either addiction or impairment ...
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August 31, 2020

The Physiology of Endorphins

Endorphins are naturally synthesized neuropeptides whose primary function is to produce analgesia, in addition to being involved in natural reward circuits.i Three opioid peptides –   α-endorphin, β-endorphin, and γ-endorphin – comprise ...
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August 3, 2020

Reversing the Effects of Direct Oral Anti-Coagulants in the Perioperative ...

Warfarin and heparin have been the standard of care in anticoagulation for many years for patients with atrial fibrillation and other thrombotic conditions. ...
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July 6, 2020

How COVID-19 Affects Obstetric & Pediatric Care

The recent outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the associated disease COVID-19 raises many concerns about disease ...
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June 30, 2020

The Quadratus Lumborum Block

Truncal nerve blocks were first described in 2001 with the transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block. Increasing clinical use of ultrasound ...
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May 6, 2020

Barhemsys (Amisulpride) for Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

Anesthesia is given worldwide to more than 75 million surgical patients annually. Untreated, one third will suffer postoperative nausea, vomiting, ...
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April 17, 2020

Meditation during the Preoperative Period

Surgery can be a stressful time for patients and their families. The perioperative period can elicit feelings of fear and anxiety1 as well as ...
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March 27, 2020

Cannabinoids in Chronic Pain Management

Roughly eighty percent of the world population has no or insufficient access to treatment for moderate to severe pain. In particular, ...
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March 2, 2020

Sevoflurane: Biological Mechanisms, Surgical Applications and Side Effects

Sevoflurane is one of the most commonly used anesthetic drugs, ranking closely with isoflurane, desflurane and nitrous oxide.1 It was ...
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February 25, 2020

Morphine: Biological Mechanisms, Clinical Applications and Adverse Effects

Morphine is the prototypical opioid drug to which all other opioids are compared.1 Despite a century of opioid research, there ...
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February 21, 2020

Propofol: Biological Mechanisms, Surgical Applications, and Side Effects

Propofol is one of the most commonly used intravenous agents for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia. Characterized by fast ...
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February 5, 2020

Enflurane: Biological Mechanisms, Surgical Applications and Side Effects

Enflurane is an inhaled drug used for general anesthesia.1 It is a clear, colorless, stable liquid often sold under the ...
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January 31, 2020

Mobile Apps for Postoperative Pain Management

In the age of the Internet and other types of innovative technology, digital health care solutions are becoming widespread.1 These ...
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January 29, 2020

Cognitive Processes in Anesthesiology

When humans are responsible for performing a task or making a decision, there is always a certain level of “human ...
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January 14, 2020

Anesthesia for Spine Surgery

Anesthesiology is a field with a number of subspecialties, including cardiac, obstetric, pediatric, geriatric, neurologic, regional, critical care and pain ...
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January 6, 2020

An Engineer’s Perspective on Anesthesia Machines

Anesthesia machines are a complex array of mechanical, electrical, and digital components. The safety of anesthesia administration relies on both ...
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January 3, 2020

Ketamine for Anesthesia

Ketamine is a well-known drug used to induce anesthesia and reduce pain in humans and animals.1 People also use ketamine ...
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December 31, 2019

Locum Tenens: A Viable Employment Option for Anesthesiologists

The term “locum tenens” comes from Latin, meaning to “hold one’s place.” Traditionally, locum tenens doctors were hired on a ...
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December 24, 2019

Anesthesia and Alcohol Use

In 2017, 86.3 percent of adults in the United States reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their ...
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December 17, 2019

Anesthesia for Emergency Surgery

Preoperative assessment and preparation are vital to successful anesthesia administration, reduced intraoperative complications and rapid postoperative recovery.1 However, in cases ...
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December 9, 2019

Anesthesia for Space Flights

In the future, if humans embark on more prolonged journeys into space, the crews manning the ships will need to ...
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November 4, 2019

Anesthesia Residents Compensation Report

Physician training involves many years of education and work, including a minimum of four years of medical school, three to ...
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October 21, 2019

Market Overview: Injectable Anesthesia

General anesthesia medications are split into two main categories, based on route of administration: injectable or inhaled.1 Injectable anesthetics can ...
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September 11, 2019

An Overview of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF)

The Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF) was founded in 1985 as the first of patient safety organizations formed as an ...
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June 28, 2019

Verily’s Focus on Leveraging Data to Improve Health Care

The evolution of artificial intelligence is leading to a paradigm shift in the healthcare sector. This change has largely been ...
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