Computer assisted surgeries, orthopaedic future

It is no secret that technology has invaded our lives almost completely, it is getting more the difficult by the days to look for something that is not computer based. Only a few years ago it was unthinkable that something as serious and dangerous as surgery could be carried out by a machine and not by a human being. But those days are clearly over as Robots and computers have been proven to have a positive effect on certain surgical procedures, at times, being even more precise than the human eye.

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How to detect a Stroke

Cerebral vascular accident (or Stroke) is one of the most common conditions in the world. Only in the UK, there are 100,000 cases per year, that is one every 5 minutes. It is a very serious problem that can devastating consequences for the rest of the person’s life.

A stroke (or Cerebral Vascular Accident) is a serious problem and happens when the flow of blood to the brain tissue is decreased or stopped

Although it is believed that it affects only the elderly, more than a third of the people that suffer a stroke are under 65 years old. A stroke happens when the flow of blood to the brain tissue is decreased or stopped by a blockage or the rupture of a vessel carrying the blood to the brain.

There are two main types of  Cerebral vascular accident, isquemic stroke occurs when there is a blood clot that blocks the free flow of blood to the tissue, making the tissue starve from oxygen and die. This clot can come from another part of the body and block the blood vessel, this is called an embolic stroke. However, this block can build up in the actual vessel within the brain (thrombotic stroke).

Another possibility is to suffer a haemorrhagic stroke. In this case the blood vessel is ruptured and the blood flows out of the vessel. This also prevents the brain tissue from receiving blood.

The symptoms of a Cerebral vascular accident are a very painful headache, dizziness, problems when walking, blurred vision, difficulty understanding others or paralysis. In the case of suffering a stroke time is key, the damage can be significantly reduced if the treatment is started as early as possible. That’s why experts have created an acronym to help people detect as soon as possible the situation. The BE FAST technique helps you detect very early the symptoms that another person or yourself is suffering a stroke. “B” stands for balance, the loss of it can be an indicator. E stands for eyes, the loss of vision/double vision. F is for face dropping, A is for weakness of an arm, S is for speech difficulty and finally T stands for time to call for an ambulance.

With this easy tip we can detect very early a stroke and speed up the process of getting to help, reducing the damage produced.

Revolution in the treatment of multiple sclerosis

Advances in the treatment of multiple sclerosis provide hope to thousands of sufferers in the world. In Spain alone, it affects 47,000 people and, every year, 1,800 new cases of multiple sclerosis are diagnosed, according to the Spanish Society of Neurology (SEN). Among these advances for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, the emergence of new drugs that have led to a change of approach to the disease stands out.

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New discoveries for the treatment of multiple sclerosis

Medical research advances to solve many current diseases. One of them is multiple sclerosis. Until now, the causes of this disease were unknown, which meant that the options for multiple sclerosis treatment were even more limited. A recent research study, however, has discovered certain molecules that could act as immunological markers in the most severe forms of the disease. This discovery could help individualise treatments for patients at higher risk.

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New developments in the treatment of epilepsy

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders in the world. As such, it is essential for specialists to keep up to date on the latest scientific advances in this field, such as the latest developments in diagnosis, pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments, and clinical and epidemiological aspects. This ensures that patients will receive the best possible treatment.

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New diagnostic technique for inoperable epilepsy patients

Epilepsy is a chronic neurological disorder that affects people of all ages. It is characterised by recurrent seizures. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), it affects about 50 million people in the world, which makes it one of the most common neurological disorders. About 70% respond to treatment, but some cases, in which attacks cannot be controlled with medication, are inoperable. Until now. An ambitious research project has discovered a diagnostic technique that will make surgical intervention possible.

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