Omega 3 reviews
1. Half a gram needed for heart benefits: Compelling evidence from studies involving almost 40,000 participants supports daily EPA plus DHA intakes of at least 500 mg per day for healthy individuals, while people with known heart disease or heart failure should aim for up to 1,000 mg daily, according to a review published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
2. Omega 3 fish oils linked to better semen quality: Infertile men have lower levels of omega 3 fatty acids in their sperm than fertile men, suggests new research that opens up the possibility for supplements to boost sperm quality. The ratio of omega to omega was also found to be higher in infertile men, according to findings from a study with 150 men in Iran in the peer reviewed journal Clinical Nutrition.
3. More omega 3 less omega 6 for colorectal protection: Increasing the intake of omega 3 fatty acids, and decreasing intakes of omega 6, could reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, suggests a new study from China. The highest dietary ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 was associated with a 95 per cent increase in the risk of women developing colorectal cancer, according to results of a study with 73,242 Chinese women participating in the Shanghai Women's Health Study. The study, published in Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention, adds to a small but growing body of evidence supporting the importance of balance between omega 3 omega 6 fatty acids.
4. Omega 3 may improve blood pressure in kidney disease patients: A combination of omega 3 fatty acids and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) may decrease blood pressure and heart rate in kidney disease patients. People with chronic kidney disease (CKD), which increases the risk of heart disease two to 50 fold, experienced improvements in both blood pressure and heart rate following supplementation with four grams of omega 3 fatty acids, according to findings published in the Journal of Hypertension. Furthermore, when take in combination with coenzyme Q10 the blood pressure reducing benefits were enhanced, despite CoQ10 alone not being associated with any improvements on its own, report researchers from University of Western Australia and Royal Perth Hospital.
5. Omega 3 may protect diabetics from heart failure: Increased intakes of omega 3 fatty acids may protect diabetics from heart failure, according to a new study from the Netherlands. A protective effect of high intakes of omega 3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) was also observed in women, but this was only a tendency, according to findings published today in the European Journal of Heart Failure. Non diabetic men, however, and the study population in general, did not receive any benefits from high intakes of the omega 3 fatty acids.
Intra arterial injection by mistake
In the operating room the patient was being induced by the anesthesiologist with thiopentone when suddenly the patient developed intense pain down the injection site followed by pallor, cyanosis, edema and finally gangrene of the limb.
This is a very dreadful combination, which arose due to intra arterial injection of thiopentone especially when it is injected in ante cubital vein. Because of its high alkalinity it gets precipitated in blood leading to thrombus formation and ischemia. Therefore, intravenous injections with such drugs should be given at sites where the vein is not in close proximity to the artery.
Letter to the editor
Observation: How could the nurse give 100 tablets of alprazolam without cross checking with the doctor? She is a qualified nurse she should know the doses as well. 100 tablets are not prescribed for any medicine. This example does not seem real. Could u please check? If it is true what action was taken against the nurse? Dr Suman Sinha
A: Thanks. Alprazolam IR is available in 0.25 mg, 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg strength oral, orally disintegrating tablets. Alprazolam Extended Release is available in 0.5 mg, 1 mg and 2 mg 3 mg strength oral.
This was a real happening. The COPD patient was a NRI and the nurse was a private nurse hired from an agency. The patient personal drug box had a supply of alprazolam 2 mg strength which was prescribed to him earlier in Argentina. He was given 12 tablets of the drug by an error. He later recovered. It is also a common mistake that regular nurses do not do their work when a personal private nurse is hired by the patient. And also most private agency nurses are B grade nurses.