Operation Game Boy

Facing anesthesia can be a scary prospect for patients of any age. But for kids at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston, it is literally child's play. Doctors there are trying out a toy-like device called PediSedate for putting kids to sleep without anxiety. Meant for kids ages 3 to 9, the gadget looks like a big, plastic version of a pilot's headset--in a choice of blue or cranberry--with a snorkel attached. The contraption is connected to a Nintendo Game Boy or, for music lovers, a portable CD player. When it's time for surgery, the...

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