Articles from July 2010

Hospital experts debate wisdom of using stun guns to control violent patients

By Leslie Tamura Washington Post Staff WriterTuesday, July 20, 2010 Police officers in many jurisdictions use stun guns to incapacitate suspects, but the weapons have started to show up in hospital settings as well, a migration that has raised some concerns.On July 8, a security guard used a stun gun on the 25-year-old nephew of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas after he allegedly became...

Dr. Brennan Accepts Invitation

The National Institutes of Health has invited Timothy Brennan, M.D., Samir D. Gergis Professor of Anesthesia, Vice Chair for Research, to serve as a member of the Surgery, Anesthesiology and Trauma Study Section, Center for Scientific Review. Dr. Brennan will serve in this capacity from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014. Please take a moment to read more about this appointment.

Drs. Timothy Brennan and Richard Rosenquist Receive Awards from the American Pain Society

Timothy Brennan, M.D., Ph.D., Samir Gergis Professor of Anesthesia, Vice Chair for Research, will receive the Frederick W. L. Kerr Basic Science Research Award from the American Pain Society (APS) during the group’s annual meeting held May 6-8, 2010. This award was established in 1987 in honor of Frederick W. L. Kerr, an APS founder, to recognize individual excellence and achievement in pain...

UI physical therapist Sluka comments on chronic pain

"When pain gets chronic, people do less," says Kathleen Sluka, professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation science at the University of Iowa. "Their muscles get weaker and their bodies get tighter, and they think about pain a lot more. Movement techniques help them relax, make them stronger and reduce stress levels, so maybe they can think about something other than pain for a bit."Read more...