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An epidural takes up to 45 minutes to work, so if the baby’s coming it could be too late. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Explainer: what is an epidural for labour?

Epidurals were developed for pregnant women to address the severe pain of labour. In Australia approximately one in three pregnant women in labour has an epidural for pain relief.
Doctors currently have no perfectly reliable way of ensuring patients are adequately unconscious before an operation begins. from shutterstock.com

Scientists find way to predict who is likely to wake up during surgery

Measuring certain kinds of brain activity may help doctors track and predict how patients will react to anaesthesia before going under for surgery, our research has found.
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Ohio execution: lethal injections are based on guesswork

Ever since the time of the guillotine, doctors have been at the centre of the death penalty. Joseph Guillotin, the physician who suggested the device be used in 18th-century France, was actually against…

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