PARK RIDGE, Ill., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Society of Anesthesiologists will hold its 48th annual meeting and scientific presentations on October 23-27, 2004 in the Las Vegas, NV Convention Center. More than 1,300 scientific sessions featuring the latest medical research, techniques and equipment for providing safe anesthesia care and pain medicine will be presented by experts from the U.S. and abroad. Below are a few highlights from the meeting. A complete list of abstracts and research topics can be found at http://www2.asahq.org/web/index.asp . -- Anesthesiologists Find That Locksmiths Are Full of Lead: Anesthesiologists from southern California are keyed up about research showing high lead concentrations in locksmiths. This small population warrants special consideration by health care practitioners. -- Sex, Drugs and Anesthesia's Role: Since the very first days of its use, anesthesia has stirred controversy concerning its little-understood ability to cause sexual hallucinations in some patients. A new study looks at anesthesia's role in this peculiar phenomenon. -- 'Seeing Is Relieving,' Especially While Watching a Favorite Flick: Aware of how movies help people escape from everyday life, researchers were curious and pleasantly surprised to see how films distracted patients during surgery requiring regional anesthesia. -- Is the End of Pain in Sight? Anesthesiologists Use Groundbreaking Technology to Visualize Pain Transmission: Groundbreaking technological advancements are allowing anesthesiologists to map pain processes in the spinal cord. Such technology could lead to a better understanding of pain transmission in the body. -- Anesthesiologists Develop Stethoscope That Keeps an Eye on You: Anesthesiologists in Japan are keeping their fingers on the pulse of cardiac-related technology with a new device that allows them to "see" detailed heart sounds as three-dimensional images on a computer screen. -- Quickly Equals Queasy for Rapid Metabolizers: Advances in gene research will someday allow anesthesiologists to deliver "ultra tailored" medications and prevent drug dosage errors. In theory, prior knowledge about how genes work will help to limit conditions like postoperative nausea and vomiting. -- Caffeine Could Do More for Your Brain Than You Think: Caffeine's effects on those who are slow to wake in the morning are well documented. A new study, though, reveals that caffeine could play an important role in protecting the brain for patients with traumatic head injuries. -- Could a Career in Medicine Be in Your Future?: After spending the day tinkering with fiberoptic scopes designed to thread down the throat and seeing how an anesthesia simulator is used to teach trainees, some local high school students, hosted by the American Society of Anesthesiologists, might decide that medicine could be a viable career option. FOR COMPLETE PROGRAM AND MEDIA REGISTRATION INFORMATION: Online: http://www2.asahq.org/web/miscfiles/04mediareg.asp E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 847-825-5586 The American Society of Anesthesiologists is an educational, research and scientific association of physicians organized to raise and maintain the standards of the medical practice of anesthesiology and improve the care of the patient.
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