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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 »

Jacko Doc May Have Dozed During IV Drip

Cops think Murray awoke to find singer already dead

(Newser) - Conrad Murray told police he gave Michael Jackson a powerful IV drip hours before he died, but authorities suspect the doctor dozed off only to awaken and find the singer already dead of heart failure, reports TMZ. Experts consider it “reckless” to administer Propofol without using an EKG to... More »

Coroner Grills Jacko Dermatologist

(Newser) - Investigators probing Michael Jackson's death have quizzed his dermatologist and subpoenaed records from his office, ABC News reports. Arnold Klein's lawyer says his client—a personal friend of Jackson's and his dermatologist for more than 20 years—is cooperating fully with the investigation. Klein denies prescribing the singer any of... More »

Half of US Docs Prescribe Placebos

Many physicians believe in psychological impact of prescriptions

(Newser) - Half of US doctors admit prescribing drugs to patients just for the placebo effect—to make them think they are taking something beneficial, reports the Chicago Tribune. As many as 56% prescribed antibiotics, painkillers, vitamins, and sedatives in cases where they didn't expect them to have any benefit physically, but... More »

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