Anesthesiologists Gather to Explore the Latest in Research, Techniques and Technology

Oct 05, 2004, 01:00 ET from The American Society of Anesthesiologists

    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 .
     --  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
     --  '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
     --  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
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     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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