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November 2012 Briefing - Anesthesiology

Here are what the editors at HealthDay consider to be the most important developments in Anesthesiology for November 2012. This roundup includes the latest research news from journal articles, as well as the FDA approvals and regulatory changes that are the most likely to affect clinical practice.

Political Leaders Face Voter Opposition to Medicare Cuts

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- The majority of those who voted for President Obama in the 2012 election favor implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), while those who voted for Republican officeholders are likely to oppose parts or all of the implementation of the ACA; both sides oppose cuts to Medicare as a means to balance the budget, according to an analysis of newly released polls published as a Special Report online Nov. 28 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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State Cost of Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion Modest

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 28 (HealthDay News) -- Implementation of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Medicaid expansion will likely result in modest state costs by 2022, but will gain health care coverage for more than 20 million uninsured Americans, according to report published by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Doc Earnings Growth Lags Behind Other Health Professionals

TUESDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with other health professionals, in the last 15 years there has been considerably less growth in the earnings of physicians in the United States, according to a research letter published in the Nov. 28 issue the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Obama Administration Moving Forward With Health Care Law

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Three rules have been proposed by the Obama administration to further facilitate implementation of the Affordable Care Act, according to a Nov. 20 press release from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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Mental Illness, Job Stress Both Factors in Physician Suicides

FRIDAY, Nov. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The presence of mental illness or job problems may make physicians more vulnerable to suicide than non-physicians, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in General Hospital Psychiatry.

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Social Network Profile May Harm Medical Applicants

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Social networking profiles may harm an applicant's chances of admission to medical school or a residency program, according to a study published online Nov. 8 in the Postgraduate Medical Journal.

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Human Pain Models Predict Clinical Drug Efficacy

MONDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Experimental pain studies on humans to evaluate the efficacy of analgesics show good correlation with efficacy in the clinic, suggesting that human models could be an effective tool in developing new analgesics, according to a review published online Oct. 19 in the British Journal of Pharmacology.

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Pain Management Varies Among Palliative Care Centers

MONDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) -- The management of pain outcomes for terminally ill cancer patients varies widely between inpatient palliative care centers and is affected by organizational factors such as human resources adequacy, according to a study published in the Nov. 15 issue of Cancer.

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Playing Videos Reduces Anxiety Before Pediatric Surgery

FRIDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Children who watch a video clip of their choice during induction of inhaled anesthesia are less anxious than children who receive traditional distraction methods, according to a study published in the November issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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Neuraxial Anesthesia Beneficial for Bilateral Knee Arthroplasty

THURSDAY, Nov. 1 (HealthDay News) -- For patients undergoing bilateral total knee arthroplasty (BTKA), use of neuraxial anesthesia correlates with significantly lower rates of blood transfusions, according to research published in the November/December issue of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine.

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