Have No Fear: Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Risks Low for Childbirth

Study shows rate of complications under 3 percent

epidural spinal anesthesia risks low for women during childbirth

New research shows that the risks for epidural and spinal anesthesia are very low for women during childbirth.

According to a new study, the risks associated with receiving an epidural and spinal anesthesia during childbirth are extremely low, with the overall rate of complications just under 3 percent. Data from more than 80,000 women who received an epidural or spinal anesthesia was used in the research, and the most common complications involved medications, either from receiving too much/too little anesthesia or being administered unintended or expired medications.

The biggest fear among women receiving an epidural or spinal anesthesia is the dreaded “spinal headache,” or post-dural puncture headache as it’s formally known. However, this new research found that the experience only occurred in 0.2 percent of patients. The study and its findings were presented at the most recent annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists in New Orleans.

To read more about the new study, click here: Risks From Epidural, Spinal Anesthesia Low: Study.

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3 Uses for Peripheral Nerve Blocks You Didn’t Even Know About

The common regional anesthetic procedure is finding more uses in non-surgical settings

Peripheral nerve blocks can be used in many non-surgical procedures

Peripheral nerve blocks are already used in a variety of surgical and post-op procedures, but the technique is beginning to find more use in non-surgical settings as well.

Peripheral nerve blocks have proven to be a welcome relief for patients and physicians alike, with the ability to lessen the need for opioids as well as provide minimal complications during recovery. Now, anesthesia providers and pain management practitioners are starting to use nerve blocks in other non-surgical settings, including use in diagnosing and treating chronic conditions.

Here are three alternative uses for peripheral nerve blocks making the rounds in the medical community:

  1. Shingles - This disease causes a painful rash and can leave what’s called post-herpetic neuralgia, or a burning or aching sensation on the affected skin and nerves. Since the shingles rash and neuralgia often occur in the same area by the same particular neural pathway, patients have begun seeking relief through nerve blocks. Pain management practitioners suggest blocking the nerves early for the best results, saying it might even help to ease the outbreak’s symptoms.
  2. Phantom limb pain - Researchers have found that nerve blocks could be used to quiet phantom limb pain experienced by some patients. A team of Israeli and Albanian researchers concluded that intraforaminal epidural blocks “rapidly and reversibly extinguished” phantom pain, although more evidence may be needed to determine the overall rate of success.
  3. Headaches - Many patients suffering from a traumatic brain injury are probably familiar with headaches, and run the risk of developing them into a more serious chronic condition. But researchers in Canada have found that peripheral nerve blocks administered into the scalp are able to provide an immediate therapeutic effect not only in adult patients, but in pediatric patients as well. The results were published in the May 2014 issue of Headache.

For more information on alternative uses for peripheral nerve blocks, click here: Alternative Uses for Peripheral Nerve Blocks.

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Military Chronic Pain to Receive 5 Year, $22 Million Research Project

Federal agencies will work together across 13 separate research trials

Federal government begins study on chronic pain in military

A new 5 year, $22 million research project is underway to tackle the issue of chronic pain in the military.

In order to combat the treatment of chronic pain in the U.S. military, a new five year, $22 million research project is underway, and will be spread across multiple federal agencies and 13 separate research trials. Led by the National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Health Services Research and Development Division, the project will focus on non-drug approaches for treating chronic pain, as well as conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse and sleep problems.

In addition to studying active military and U.S. veterans, the research will also look at the effects chronic pain has on family members. According to another large scale study, chronic pain in the U.S. military following deployment was reported by 44 percent of subjects compared to 26 percent in general population. Opioid use was seen in 15 percent versus 4 percent, respectively.

“The need for non-drug treatment options is a significant and urgent public health imperative,” said Dr. Josephine Briggs, MD, director of the NCCAM.

For more information on the research project, click here: Massive Research Project Targets Chronic Pain in the Military.

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American Veterinary Medical Foundation Names “America’s Favorite Veterinarian”

2014 winner is Dr. Tim Hunt from Marquette, MI

Dr. Tim Hunt of Marquette, MI. The 2014 Winner of America's Favorite Veterinarian

Dr. Tim Hunt is the 2014 winner of “America’s Favorite Veterinarian.”

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF) recently announced the 2014 winner of the “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” contest. The title went to Dr. Tim Hunt of Bayshore Veterinary Clinic in Marquette, Michigan, and was announced on September 30. A native of Detroit, Dr. Hunt was nominated for the contest by Kris Mitchell, a client at Bayshore Veterinary Clinic, which Dr. Hunt began in 1993.

The contest was established last year by the AVMF as a way to celebrate the relationship between pet owners, their pets and their veterinarians. This year the public was allowed to vote to select the winner, and twenty finalists were selected from across the country. Dr. Hunt received over 12,000 votes to win.

Dr. Hunt earned his undergraduate degree and Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University, and also serves as a volunteer veterinarian in Alaska for the Iditarod. He also founded the Alaska Veterinary Rural Program, where he conducts spay/neuter clinics and provides animal care in impoverished villages.

For more information on Dr. Hunt, click here: American Veterinary Medical Foundation Announces the 2014 Winner of “America’s Favorite Veterinarian”.

Be sure to check out the AVMF website and the “America’s Favorite Veterinarian” website for more news and information on the contest, Dr. Hunt and the AVMF.

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Regional Anesthesia Cuts Pain and Hospital Stay in Half

Study shows femoral nerve block effective in younger patients with knee surgery

Chart with info on regional anesthesia and femoral nerve blocks

New research shows femoral nerve blocks can reduce pain and hospital stay in half for younger patients undergoing knee surgery.

According to a study by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia procedure called a femoral nerve block can significantly reduce postoperative pain many young patients experience after knee surgery. The technique even allows most patients to go home that same day, reducing the need for a night in the hospital.

The research was published in the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and even suggests that femoral nerve blocks can reduce the need for narcotics before and after surgery. The study looked at 376 patients between the ages of 7 and 18 who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery between January 2009 and January 2011. Roughly one-third of those patients received a femoral nerve block in addition to general anesthesia.

Today, Children’s uses femoral nerve blocks about 150 to 200 times a month, which is up since 2010. The hospital is following up the research with additional studies on the technique.

For more information on the new study, click here: Anesthesia Cuts Pain, Hospital Stay in Half for Younger Patients with Knee Surgery.

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New President, Officers for the American Academy of Periodontology

Leaders installed at AAP’s 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting 

Newly elected president and officers for the American Academy of Periodontology

Newly installed President Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH; President-Elect Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD; Vice President Terrence J. Griffin, DMD; Secretary/Treasurer Steven R. Daniel, DDS; and Immediate Past President Stuart J. Froum.

The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) officially announced their newest president, Joan Otomo-Corgel, DDS, MPH, at the organization’s 100th Anniversary Annual Meeting in San Francisco. Dr. Otomo-Corgel runs her own private periodontal practice, is the chair of research at the Greater Los Angeles Veteran’s Affairs Health Care Center and works as an associate clinical professor in the Department of Periodontics at the University of California Los Angeles‘ (UCLA) School of Dentistry.

She graduated from UCLA in 1979, earning her dental degree, and received her Masters of Public Health from the UCLA School of Public Health in 1980.

Other newly installed AAP officers include President-elect Wayne A. Aldredge, DMD; Vice President Terrence J. Griffin, DMD; and Secretary/Treasurer Steven R. Daniel, DDS. Stuart J. Froum, DDS, is now the AAP’s immediate past president.

For more information on all newly elected AAP officials, click here: American Academy of Periodontology Installs New President, Officers.

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The Most Surprising Misconceptions of Dermatology

Four ways you’re misinformed abut the dermatology profession 

Tablet with the medical specialty Dermatology on the display

A new study reveals that the majority of Americans are misinformed about the dermatology profession.

According to a recent survey, most people living in the U.S. have a misconception about dermatology and what dermatologists actually do. Not only do the results express a “lack of understanding of the day-to-day realities of dermatology,” but more importantly some are worried that the misconception could result in people not seeking out the proper care for skin diseases.

Here are the four most common misconceptions the general public has concerning dermatology:

  1. Dermatologists spend the majority of their time working on cosmetic procedures – The survey revealed that 27 percent of Americans think that dermatologists spend the majority of their time doing cosmetic procedures. In reality, about 10 percent of their work involves cosmetic procedures, while the remaining 90 percent is made up of surgery and managing medical conditions.
  2. Dermatologists only deal with medical conditions like acne, skin cancer and melanoma – Although skin cancer and melanoma are some of the most common diseases they diagnose, dermatologists treat over 3,000 different kinds of diseases.
  3. Dermatologists don’t see as many patients as other types of doctors – Dermatologists tend to work fewer hours than other specialties, but report seeing more patients.
  4. Dermatologists are overpaid for what they do – While dermatologists do tend to make more than the average primary care physician, they still earn less than other specialty fields like cardiologists and plastic surgeons.

To read more on the misconceptions of dermatology study, click here: Many Think of Dermatology as Superficial: Survey.

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Gift or Curse: Surgical ‘Black Box’ Could Be Future of Operating Room

Debate over proper use still in question 

Surgical black box could benefit or harm

Researchers in Canada have developed a surgical black box that could track procedures and operations for later analysis.

Researchers in Canada are developing a surgical “black box,” like the ones used in airplanes, which could change the face of modern surgery. The hope is that the box could become an tool for surgeons, where operations could be tracked and analyzed, mistakes could be improved upon and complications before, during and after surgery could be significantly reduced.

However, some are wondering if the tool could backfire. If data could be used in court, it could become a potential mess in the malpractice department and ultimately become counterproductive to those it was meant to help.

“We have to ensure the black box is used as an educational tool to help surgeons evaluate their performance and improve,” said Dr. Teodor Grantcharov, a minimally invasive surgeon at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.

For more information, click here: Surgical Black Box Could Reduce Errors.

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Fusion Guided Biopsies Promise Improved Prostate Cancer Diagnosis

New technology combines MRI, ultrasound for better results 

Fusion guided biopsy shows better image for prostate cancer diagnosis

Fusion guided biopsies could potentially lead to better diagnoses of prostate cancer and fewer repeat biopsies.

A new cancer-fighting tool is now available to help detect prostate cancer, and it’s currently being used at the Cleveland Clinic to examine patients in the biopsy procedure room. It’s called fusion guided biopsy, and it uses a mixture of MRI and ultrasound in order to provide better results for doctors and patients.

Fusion guided biopsies work by combining MRI scans with live, real-time ultrasound images of the prostate. After a patient undergoes a scan and a radiologist reviews it for suspicious areas, an ultrasound probe is inserted into the patient, and the fusion software shifts the MRI image accordingly and gives a detailed 3-D ultrasound/MRI view. Doctors can then use the fused image to guide biopsy needles directly to the area that’s needed for sampling, reducing the “randomness” of current prostate biopsies.

To read more on fusion guided biopsies, click here: Fusion Guided Biopsy: A Smarter Way to Look for Prostate Cancer.

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Lyme Disease Still a Risk for Humans and Pets

Veterinarian and pediatrician groups issue reminders on safety and prevention 

Lyme disease a big risk for humans and pets

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases are still a big risk for humans and pets this time of year.

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are issuing reminders about the risk of Lyme disease in humans and pets. Since most pets and pet owners spend a lot of the same time in places where disease-transmitting ticks are found, the risk of infection is high, even as summer comes to a close.

According to both organizations, people whose animals have been given a Lyme disease diagnosis should consult their physician immediately about their own risk of exposure, just as people already carrying the disease should talk with their veterinarians about their pet’s chances of getting infected.

In animals, the clinical signs might not be so obvious, but symptoms of Lyme disease can include a lack of appetite, lameness and joint swelling. For a person or pet diagnosed with Lyme disease, it’s likely that other family members or pets living in the same household could also be exposed, and families are encouraged to contact their physicians and veterinarians for information on further testing and disease prevention.

To read the full report from the AVMA, click here: Veterinarian and Pediatrician Groups Issue Reminder about Risk of Lyme Disease in Humans and Pets.

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