That is dynamite! An explosive that was once used to crack vaults could reduce the effects of a stroke
An explosive that was once favored by safe-crackers can help improve the outcome of stroke patients.
During a stroke, blood flow to the brain is dramatically reduced, which can quickly damage the brain; this can result in a handicap or be fatal.
One in six people will have a stroke at some point, with 32,000 deaths each year as a result of a stroke.
A skin patch containing nitroglycerin may improve the outcome of patients who have had a stroke by increasing blood flow to the brain
A trial is now underway to see whether a skin patch containing nitroglycerin can improve blood flow and thereby limit damage and long-term effects.
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Botox jabs have been found to relieve muscle pain that may occur after a stroke.
Brain damage can cause a malfunction of signals transmitted between muscles and the brain, causing arm and leg muscles to involuntarily contract for long periods of time.
This can be very painful. In the study at Haywood Hospital, Stoke-on-Trent and other centers throughout Europe, injections of botulinum toxin (or a placebo) were given to 273 patients with stroke spasticity.
According to the research results, reported in the Journal of Pain Symptom Management, 54 percent of those treated with botulinim toxin had a pain reduction of more than 30 percent 12 weeks after treatment, compared to 29 percent in the placebo group.
The patch is applied by paramedics while patients are on their way to the hospital in an ambulance, within three hours of having a suspected stroke.
In addition to being used as an explosive, nitroglycerin is also used to treat people with angina – chest pain associated with narrowed arteries to the heart.
This is because it is converted by the body into nitric oxide, a compound that relaxes blood vessels, lowers blood pressure and improves blood flow.
The new patch works according to the same principles.
There are two main types of stroke: the most common – accounting for 85 percent of cases – is an ischemic stroke, where blood flow is blocked by a clot in the blood vessels that feed the brain; a hemorrhagic stroke occurs when a weakened blood vessel that feeds the brain bursts and causes bleeding.
While medicines for & # 39; clot burning & # 39; To help improve outcomes for people who have had an ischemic stroke, treatment with hemorrhagic stroke is aimed at controlling bleeding and reducing the pressure caused by it, as well as medication to lower blood pressure.
However, often brain tissue is irreversibly damaged before treatment is administered.
In addition to being used as an explosive, nitroglycerin is also used to treat people with angina – chest pain associated with narrowed arteries to the heart
We hope the new patch can help. An earlier study with 312 patients who received a similar nitroglycerin patch but within six hours of the occurrence of the stroke, found that it reduced the risk of severe disability and death and lowered blood pressure, the journal Stroke Research and Treatment in 2016 reported.
In the new study, under the supervision of the University of Amsterdam, half of the 1,400 participants will receive the patch, while the rest will receive the usual care for stroke patients.
After 90 days, the level of disability in the two groups of patients will be compared.
Dr. Yaqoob Bhat, clinical director of stroke medicine at the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said about the new patch: "This is an important study to assess the effect of early blood pressure reduction on the outcome of stroke patients.
"The results are interesting to see."
Secrets of an A-list body
This week: The bottom of Scarlett Johansson
The actress exuded glamor at the premiere of her new film Jojo Rabbi, in a close-fitting silver dress that accentuated her buttocks.
In preparation for her roles, Scarlett conducts a powerful regime of plyometrics (such as jumping and bounding), yoga, weightlifting and gymnastics.
What to try : Deadlifts are great for working on the gluteal muscles. Use a weighted bar or while holding a weight (or large bottle) in each hand.
Stand with your feet hip-width apart, hold the weights in front of your hips, palms facing the thighs. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and hinge on the hips and then on the knees.
Bend forward, lower the weights along the front of the legs and pause when your upper body is parallel to the floor.
Push through your feet to return to the standing position while keeping the weights close to the body. Straighten the hips and knees and squeeze your gluteal muscles at the top of the movement. Repeat 12 to 15 times.
Lotus bites (package of 17 g, £ 1.60, lotusbites.co.uk) are roasted lotus seeds rich in iron – good for maintaining energy levels – and phosphorus, necessary for bone health.
Less than 80 calories per pack, they are also free from dairy and gluten.
Everyday things can rob our bodies & # 39; of important nutrients.
This week: Alcohol
Long-term regular drinking can influence the absorption of vitamin A by the body, which is necessary for healthy eyesight and immunity.
The liver is so busy processing the alcohol that it is less effective at its other functions – including storing vitamin A.
Alcohol can also affect the absorption of B vitamins – which in turn can affect our absorption of other nutrients.
This is because alcohol is a diuretic and B vitamins (essential for keeping the nervous system healthy) are water-soluble so that they are flushed out of your system, reducing their absorption.
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