Happy Birthday, BioBeat
This month, our blog that highlights NIGMS-funded research turns four years old! For each candle, we thought we’d illuminate an aspect of the blog to offer you, our reader, an insider’s view. Who are we? Over the years, the editorial team has included onsite science writers, office interns, staff scientists and guest authors from universities. Kathryn, who’s a regular contributor, writes entirely from her home office. Chris, who has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and now manages the blog, used to do research in a lab. Alisa has worked in NIGMS’ Bethesda-based office the longest: 22 years! She and I remember when we first launched Biomedical Beat as an e-newsletter in 2005. You can read more about each of the writers on the contributors page and if you know someone who’s considering a career in science communications, tell them to drop us a line.” How do we come up with the stories? We get our story ideas from a range of sources. For instance, newspaper articles about an experimental pest control strategy in Florida and California prompted us to write about NIGMS-funded studies exploring the basic science of the technique. A beautiful visual from a grantee’s institution inspired a short post on tissue regeneration research. And an ongoing conversation with NIGMS scientific staff about the important role of research organisms in biological studies sparked the idea for a playful profile of one such science superstar. A big change in ...
High-risk patients receiving either a self-expandable CoreValve Evolut R or a balloon-expandable SAPIEN 3 valve under either local or general anesthesia had similar outcomes in SOLVE-TAVI.Medscape Medical News
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I was called to your room in the middle of an overnight shift. There you were, breathing quickly, neck veins bulging and oxygen levels hovering despite the mask on your face. I placed my stethoscope on your back and listened to the cacophony of air struggling to make its way through your worsening pneumonia. “We’re going to place a tube down your throat to help you breathe,” I told you. Your eyes were pleading, scared. “We’ll put you to sleep. It’ll help you breathe more comfortably. Okay?” You nodded. You had already told the doctors who cared for you during the day that if your b...
In conclusion, the collateral pathway did not appear to be only for temporary use to compensate for drainage from the edematous limb but appears more stable as a component of a compensating lymphatic system. These new dilated vessels, although functional at this point, may still be susceptible to disturbance by further alteration to the lymph vessels. PMID: 30234249 [PubMed]
The procedure, which can be carried out without an anaesthetic, uses a machine that directs blasts of ultrasound energy at the kidneys. The waves break up troublesome crystals which are passed through urine.
CONCLUSIONS: No definitive conclusion can be drawn about the type of anesthetic used and its relation to occurrence of POCD. However, the information presented is crucial, which can help to improve anesthetic usage and patient safety. PMID: 30236581 [PubMed - in process]
We report a case of an 85-year-old chronic smoker with controlled diabetes mellitus who needed an emergency laparotomy for a perforated gastric ulcer. Unfortunately, there was a shortage of ICU backup. With the successful conduct of an early surgery using combined general and regional anesthesia, the use of sugammadex (Bridion, Merck Sharp &Dohme Corp, Oss, the Netherlands) as a reversal agent, a skilled surgeon, and good postanesthesia care, the patient did not require ICU admission. He recovered fast and was discharged home 4 days after surgery. This case study aims to contribute to the literature on experience ...
CONCLUSIONS: Study results can be used as a basis to provide patients with clarifications about surgeries during the presurgery period and as a means of decreasing their anxiety about surgery and anesthesia. PMID: 30236573 [PubMed - in process]
CONCLUSION: The use of a simple rehydration protocol reduced the incidence of PONV in patients with prolonged fasting times. Time and personnel constraints were identified as barriers that prevented full compliance with the protocol. PMID: 30236569 [PubMed - in process]