Category Archives: Medical research

Which painkillers are best for acute pain after surgery?

Investigating which painkillers give the best pain relief


The Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group has brought together the evidence on the effectiveness of painkillers for adults in acute pain after surgery. This is essential reading for nurses caring for patients post-surgery. Click here to read the Evidently Cochrane blog which summarises the key points you need to know.

If you want to read more about the two new reviews, click here: ¬†‘Comparing single doses of oral analgesics for acute pain in adults after operation‘ and here: ‘Adverse events after single doses of oral analgesics for acute pain after operation in adults‘.


How research at Bournemouth University is helping improve our understanding of heart function

What can the heart of a fly tell us about the human heart?

Research using fruit flies named¬†Drosophila (from Greek meaning “dew loving”), lead by Dr Paul Hartley, a geneticist at Bournemouth University, has produced results that could help in our understanding of heart disorders in humans. By reducing the gene production of a protein called SPARC (Secreted Protein Acidic Rich in Cysteine) in the flies, cardiomyopathy was apparently “cured”. It raises the tantalising question of whether targeting this protein could help human cardiomyopathy sufferers in future…

To see a cool picture of a fly’s heart, and to find out more about this amazing research, click here.