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Long-lasting Nerve Block Could Change Pain Management

Injectable local anesthetic shows promise for prolonged pain relief without toxicity

April 13, 2009

Boston, Mass. -- Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have developed a slow-release anesthetic drug-delivery system that could potentially revolutionize treatment of pain during and after surgery, and may also have a large impact on chronic pain management.

In NIH-funded work, they used specially designed fat-based particles called liposomes to package saxitoxin, a potent anesthetic, and produced long-lasting local anesthesia in rats without apparent toxicity to nerve or muscle cells. The research will be published online on April 13 by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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April 23 and 24 -- 8th Annual International Bioethics Forum: Sustainability

Where:  BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, Madison, WI
When:  April 23-24, 2009

OVERVIEW: Join us for a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding this important - and often challenging (sometimes controversial) - topic! This year's program is designed to allow participants to explore these questions: How do we define “sustainability” and what are the causes of “unsustainability?” What are the most relevant technologies for us to understand? How are various sectors and organizations responding to these issues, e.g. governmental units, research/educational institutions, businesses and faith communities? What is the role of the individual decision-maker? Does what one person does - or does not do - matter?


Jaimie P. Cloud, M.A. (President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education)
Calvin B. DeWitt, Ph.D. (Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison)
Lewis S. Gilbert, Ph. D. (Associate Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison)
Regina Hauser, J.D. (Executive Director, The Natural Step Network)
Mary Ann Lazarus (Senior Vice President, Sustainable Design Director, HOK)
Robert Streiffer, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison)
Paul B. Thompson, Ph.D. (Professor, W. K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University)

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