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If You Smoke Pot, Your Anesthesiologist Needs To Know

Observations and initial research show that marijuana use may affect patients’ responses to anesthesia on the operating table — and, depending on the patient’s history of using the drug, either help or hinder their symptoms afterward in the recovery room.

FDA Study: Does Anesthesia in Children Cause Learning Deficits?

The FDA has announced a study in conjunction with the International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) to determine if anesthesia causes long-term learning deficits in children. Called SmartTots (Strategies for Mitigating Anesthesia-Related neuroToxicity in Tots), the program is aimed at resolving conflicts among previous studies, some of which showed long-term learning…

Does Anesthesia Cause Dementia in the Elderly?

Which is true: Exposure to General Anesthesia Could Increase the Risk of Dementia in Elderly by 35 Percent, Science Daily, June 1, 2013. Or: No Link Between Anesthesia, Dementia in Elderly, Science Daily, May 1, 2013 This is so annoying. Two studies published exactly one month apart in the same…