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Regular updates by our President, MHAUS staff, and guest contributors.

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The Malignant Hyperthermia Registry from an SRNA’s Point of View
Guest Contributor
May 16, 2014
I am currently a second year nurse anesthesia student at the University of Pittsburgh who had a wonderful opportunity to work alongside some of the most dedicated professionals I have ever met. I spent approximately 60 hours assisting at the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry (NAMHR) in Pittsburgh, PA as …
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Far Reaching New Information Concerning the Diagnosis and Management of MH and Exertional Heat Stroke
Dr. Henry Rosenberg MD, CPE
March 20, 2014
I believe that it is now safe to conclude that a significant percent of patients who experience heat stroke are MH susceptible according to the testing procedures currently available. One of the implications of this finding bears on the new formulation of dantrolene.
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What does it take to educate people about Malignant Hyperthermia (MH)?
Sharon J. Hirshey Dirksen, Ph.D.
June 20, 2013
It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I stopped working for MHAUS and started to teach writing at the college level. So, when I was invited to write a blog about my experience working for MHAUS as Scientific Officer (from 2007-2012), I thought, that might be …
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My Time at the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry: A Student Nurse Anesthestist’s Perspective
Valerie Pomerantz RN, BSN
May 14, 2013
I recently had the opportunity to participate at the North American Malignant Hyperthermia Registry (NAMHR) as part of my Research Practicum course at the University of Pittsburgh Nurse Anesthesia Program.
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Association of Operating Room Nurses Meeting
Dianne Daugherty, MHAUS Executive Director
March 25, 2013
We arrived in San Diego to beautiful weather and sunshine, a welcome change from Upstate New York's overcast and wintry seasonal weather. Once we checked into our hotel and got our bearings, we set up the exhibit booth with anticipation of receiving visits from many of the over 5,000 attendees there. We were not disappointed!
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Geoff Keller Celebration Concert - Atlanta, GA
MHAUS Staff
February 8, 2013
Celebrating the life of Geoff Keller Link to Event Link to Donate the Geoffrey Warren Keller Fund Link to Geoff Keller Group Page Celebrate the life of Geoff Keller and build awareness about malignant hyperthermia with his family and friends at The Glenn Memorial United Methodist Church, Emory Campus, 1660 …
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Malignant Hyperthermia Trigger Drug May Be Replaced
MHAUS Staff
February 1, 2013
by MHAUS President Henry Rosenberg, MD One of the most useful drugs in the armamentarium of anesthesia providers, and emergency medicine physicians is succinylcholine (also called Anectine). Succinylcholine is a drug that produces intense paralysis within seconds of injection which lasts (in most patients) for about 5-8 minutes. This is …
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MHAUS Board of Directors Welcomes Georgirene Vladutiu PhD
MHAUS Staff
January 29, 2013
Malignant Hyperthermia Association of the United States welcomes Georgirene Vladutiu Ph.D. of State University of New York at Buffalo to the MHAUS Board of Directors. Dr. Vladutiu is Professor of Pediatrics, Neurology and Pathology & Anatomical Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo where she is the …
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MHAUS President Henry Rosenberg, MD talks with OpenAnesthesia
MHAUS Staff
January 25, 2013
MHAUS President Henry Rosenberg, MD talks with Edward Nemergut, MD of OpenAnesthesia.org about malignant hyperthermia during an interview that was recorded in January. Click this link to listen. About OpenAnesthesia: OpenAnesthesia (OA), sponsored by the International Anesthesia Research Society, is an online multimodal toolkit specifically designed to advance graduate medical education in …
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Should You Stock Dantrolene?
MHAUS Staff
January 4, 2013
Should You Stock Dantrolene If you use succinylcholine or anesthesia, the answer is yes. See this article written by Shanie Wasek and published by Outpatient Surgery for more information. Healthcare facilities that use succinylcholine should always stock dantrolene to treat potential episodes of malignant hyperthermia (MH), according to research in the latest Anesthesia & …
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Important developments and changes at MHAUS
MHAUS Staff
January 2, 2013
by MHAUS President Henry Rosenberg, MD With this communication, "The President's Blog" will come to an end. No, it is not because I have decided to do other things or have nothing more to say, it is because I believe that this blog or forum should be open to others …
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Six-Year-Old Death in the Emergency Department
MHAUS Staff
December 29, 2012
Death in the Emergency Department: An Unrecognized Awake Malignant Hyperthermia-Like Reaction in a Six-Year-Old. This abstract was published by Anesthesia & Analgesia; click link for more information. A healthy 6-year-old boy developed lower extremity rigidity, trismus, and fever after playing in a splash pool. On arrival in the emergency department, …
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Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Receives Letter
MHAUS Staff
December 17, 2012
Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority Receives Letter to the Editor About Malignant Hyperthermia. Pa Patient Saf Advis 2012 Dec;9(4):152. Click here to see original post. I wish to thank you and to applaud you for the efforts that you have made to improve patient safety within your state and for making your information available …
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New Zealand Publishes Malignant Hyperthermia Brochures
MHAUS Staff
December 17, 2012
New Zealand Health Network makes Malignant Hyperthermia pamphlets and brochures available for download. Click this link for original post.  Malignant Hyperthermia Mum and Two Boys Pamphlet providing general information about Malignant Hyperthermia topics such as: Muscle Biopsy Testing For Susceptibility To Malignant Hyperthermia, patient information, Childbirth, and more. MidCentral District …
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Dantrolene May Help Fight Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
MHAUS Staff
December 14, 2012
This excerpt is from a Science Daily post on a recent article in the in the peer-reviewed journal Science Translational Medicine, "Dantrolene Enhances Antisense-Mediated Exon Skipping in Human and Mouse Models of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy." Click here to read more. Drugs are currently being tested that show promise in treating patients …
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Estimate of the Relative Risk of Succinylcholine for Triggering Malignant Hyperthermia
MHAUS Staff
December 11, 2012
The paper "Estimate of the Relative Risk of Succinylcholine for Triggering Malignant Hyperthermia" written by: Franklin Dexter, MD, PhD*, Richard H. Epstein, MD, CPHIMS , Ruth E. Wachtel, PhD, MBA, and Henry Rosenberg, MD has been posted on the website for Anesthesia & Analgesia. Click here to see the entire post. Abstract BACKGROUND: …
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Do you know what Malignant Hyperthermia is? I know I Didn't
MHAUS Staff
December 10, 2012
Mrs. Joseph Wood recently commented on her son's susceptibility to Malignant Hyperthermia in a December 9 post "When your travels take unexpected turns God remains faithful!" on her Blog "A Moment with M.O.M." Read the full article. It was 10:30 on Friday night when we finally pulled into Topeka, Our semi …
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Succinylcholine for Triggering Malignant Hyperthermia
MHAUS Staff
December 8, 2012
Estimate of the Relative Risk of Succinylcholine for Triggering Malignant Hyperthermia This abstract was published by Anesthesia & Analgesia and written by: Franklin Dexter, MD, PhD*, Richard H. Epstein, MD, CPHIMS , Ruth E. Wachtel, PhD, MBA, and Henry Rosenberg, MD. From the *Division of Management Consulting, Department of Anesthesia, University of Iowa, …
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New abstract on the sarcolemmal cation channel announced
MHAUS Staff
November 30, 2012
New abstract relating to Malignant Hyperthermia announced on PubMed. Nonspecific sarcolemmal cation channels are critical for the pathogenesis of malignant hyperthermia. link to PubMed article. Eltit JM, Ding X, Pessah IN, Allen PD, Lopez JR. Source *Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, USA; Abstract Malignant hyperthermia …
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How likely are severe reactions to anesthesia ?
MHAUS Staff
November 29, 2012
From Ask Doctor K. - Dr. Anthony Komaroff, Harvard Medical School - In Association with Harvard Health Publications - Posted October 16, 2012, 2:13 PM  link to article.   DEAR DOCTOR K: I'm scheduled to have surgery soon, and I have never been under general anesthesia. How can I be …
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