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Docs Say iPads Work Like Sedatives for Kids Pre-Surgery

The non-pharmacological approach appears to work as well as, if not better than, sedatives

(Newser) - For kids at least, tablets are as good as sedatives. So report doctors in a press release after presenting their findings at this year’s World Congress of Anaesthesiologists. The team studied 4- to 10-year-olds prior to surgeries and found that the decreased anxiety levels of those given midazolam (a... More »

Anesthesia Now Required in Utah Abortions After 20 Weeks

To 'minimize any pain that may be caused to an unborn child'

(Newser) - Women who receive an abortion in Utah after they've reached the 20th week of their pregnancy can expect to do so heavily sedated: On Monday, Gov. Gary Herbert signed into law a bill requiring anesthesia for patients who reach this mark, USA Today reports. The "Protecting Unborn Children"... More »

Anesthesia May Harm Young Kids' Brains

Study finds lower intelligence, language development

(Newser) - A new study out of the University of Cincinnati suggests that kids who need general anesthesia before the age of 4 might suffer the consequences years later with lower IQs. In the study published in Pediatrics, researchers looked at 106 kids ages 5 to 18, half of whom had surgery... More »

Study Delves Into Horrors of Waking Up During Surgery

Finds that the worst part for many patients is the paralysis

(Newser) - "It felt as though nothing would ever work again—as though the anesthetist had removed everything apart from my soul." That's a quote from a woman who woke up during dental surgery some 15 years ago but was unable to move because of the paralyzing drugs she... More »

Dentists See Rising Tooth Decay in Preschoolers

Cavities on the rise, along with anesthesia use: NYT

(Newser) - Gone are the days of visiting the kiddie dentist as a tot to get a cavity or two filled: These days, an increasing number of preschoolers are getting knocked out with general anesthesia so dentists can fix extensive problems, in procedures that cost parents anywhere from $2,000 to $5,... More »

Lawyers for Doc: Michael Jackson Killed Himself

Sleepless pop star administered lethal dose of drug, defense will argue

(Newser) - Michael Jackson, foiled in his quest for sleep despite the use of a powerful anesthetic, gave himself the drug overdose that killed him, Conrad Murray's lawyers plan to argue. The pop legend's personal physician, who has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, will contend that Jackson was addicted to Propofol and... More »

Usher Wife Was in Coma After Liposuction Heart Attack

She's recovering now with family at her side

(Newser) - Usher's wife was in a coma following a heart attack during liposuction surgery, according to the latest details to emerge in the medical emergency at a Brazilian hospital, reports Stuff.co.nz. Tameka Foster went into cardiac and respiratory arrest as she was being anesthetized, Brazilian papers are reporting. Doctors... More »

Reuse of Syringes at Nev. Clinic Triggers Health Alarm

Practice may have spread hepatitis, HIV

(Newser) - Six people with serious cases of hepatitis are just the beginning of what's expected to be a major health problem after a Las Vegas clinic gambled with the lives of tens of thousands of patients by reusing syringes, reports AP. The practice may have exposed patients to HIV and could... More »

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