Barriers to pain relief for cancer patients
A patient suffering from cancer and their home carer have different worries about the use of analgesia for the relief of pain. Thirty five patients and their carers in the USA were given an individual questionnaire to identify when pain relief was required and when it was requested. It showed that although both parties registered anxiety about the alleviation of pain, who worried the most was not consistent. It is important that doctors are aware of such worries by either carer or patient and they are treated accordingly.
Publication Name: Nursing Times
Bisphosphonates in bone cement inhibit PMMA particle induced bone resorption. (polymethylmethacrylate)
Adding chemicals called bisphosphonates to bone cement might prevent the loosening of artificial joints. Bisphosphonates inhibit bone loss. Researchers used bone cell cultures to study the effect of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) on bone in the presence and absence of the bisphosphonate drug etidronate. PMMA is a plastic used in the manufacture of artificial joints. In the presence of PMMA, bone loss occurred, but bone loss was inhibited in the presence of PMMA and etidronate.
Publication Name: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
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