Anesthetic Neurotoxicity Meets Big Data: Reasons to Be Cheerful?

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(Anesthesiology. 2016;125(2):263–265)The potential risk to the developing human brain of general anesthetic exposure has been a topic of interest to both anesthesiologists and the public. Several research endeavors in addition to those by the public/private International Anesthesia Research Society/US Food and Drug Administration initiative SMARTTots ( and the European Society of Anaesthesiology-sponsored (Brussels, Belgium) EuroStar” consortium (http// have been undertaken in an attempt to elucidate the effects of anesthesia and keep parents informed as they make decisions regarding surgery and anesthesia in their infants and young children.

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