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Thursday, March 24, 2011

A Nicotine Patch To Help Your Wounds Heal Faster And How Almonds Can Cut Cholesterol Levels

Health stories from around the world this week include a German study that found nicotine patches used just four weeks before surgery can help wounds heal faster. Also, patients who ate a handful of almonds every day reduced their bad cholesterol by more than 30 per cent.

Nicotine patches could help to speed up recovery after surgery.

New research shows smokers who use patches to help them quit just a few weeks before a scheduled operation are half as likely to have problems with wounds healing.

Smoking is known to be a risk factor for a poor rate of recovery after surgery.

Toxins in cigarette smoke reduce the amount of oxygen that circulates in the blood.

Healing wounds need a constant supply of oxygen-rich blood to produce healthy new tissue and reduce scarring after an operation. Failure to heal properly is one of the most common complications after surgery.

The German study shows starting nicotine patches just four weeks in advance can have a major impact.

Researchers found only 14 per cent of smokers who used either patches or chewing gum suffered problems with wound healing.

Among those who did not, the complication rate was 28 per cent.

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