6 Out Of 10 Children Prescribed Opioids After Tonsillectomy

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An analysis of insurance claims data found 60% of privately insured children undergoing tonsil removal received opioids, with the average prescription lasting from six to 10 days. "Our findings suggest that it may be possible to reduce opioid exposure among children who undergo this common surgery without increasing the risk of complications," says lead author …

Major Surgery Associated With Small, Long Term Decline In Brain Functioning

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Major surgery is associated with a small long-term decline in cognitive functioning — equivalent, on average, to less than five months of natural brain ageing, according to a study in The British Medical Journal. But the odds of substantial cognitive decline also increase after surgery — approximately doubling — although the likelihood of this is …

Researchers Identify Key Proteins For The Repair Of Nerve Fibers

Actin Turnover Promotes Axon Regeneration
A group of proteins that help to regenerate damaged nerve cells has been identified by scientists at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE). It is commonly accepted that neurons of the central nervous system shut down their ability to grow when they no longer need it; this occurs normally after they have found their …

Climate Change Likely To Increase Human Exposure To Neurotoxic Methylmercury

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One more item to add to the ever-growing list of the dangerous impacts of global climate change. Warming oceans are leading to an increase in the harmful neurotoxicant methylmercury in popular seafood, including cod, Atlantic bluefin tuna and swordfish, according to research led by the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences …

Intuitive Eating – A Diet That Genuinely Makes Sense

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Diets for weight loss usually involve restriction. The 5:2 diet relies on restricting calories, and the ketogenic diet relies on restricting particular types of food. Research suggests, however, that restrictive dieting can lead to a higher body mass index (BMI) over time and a greater future likelihood of being overweight. There is also evidence suggesting …

The Uganda Vaccine Trial – How African Researchers Are Tackling Ebola

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In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: the Ebola vaccine is a gift from Guinea to West Africa and the world. This was just after the preliminary results of the “Ebola ça suffit” trial that proved the safety …