Dry 'computer eyes' soothed by fish oil pill: Supplement thought to help by reducing inflammation and promoting circulation

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  • Study of 478 people with dry eye as a result of excessive computer use
  • Participants were given either two omega-3 pills a day, or placebo pills
  • Those taking fish oil had more of the cells responsible for lubrication

 Dry eye can be eased with fish oil supplements, according to new research from India.

In a three-month study, 478 people with dry eye as a result of excessive computer use were given either two omega-3 pills a day, or placebo pills that contained olive oil.

The results, published in the journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye, showed that those taking fish oil experienced a greater reduction in symptoms than the olive oil placebo.

They also had more conjunctival goblet cells on the surface of the eye - these cells are responsible for lubrication.

Omega-3, which is also found in walnuts & small oily fish is thought to help by reducing inflammation and promoting circulation to improve eye health and increase tear production.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Contact Lens & Anterior Eye.

Breath test tells if your heart is at risk

A simple breath test has been developed to identify patients with heart failure and speed up diagnosis.

Cardiologists at the Cleveland Clinic in the U.S. collected breath samples from 41 patients who had been admitted to hospital with different heart problems, some of whom had heart failure. 

The researchers looked for chemicals known as volatile organic compounds, which have been linked to heart failure - a condition where the heart doesn't pump efficiently.

The results, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, found that the breath test was 85 per cent accurate in distinguishing between patients with and without the condition. 

The researchers say there is potential for the technique to be used in hospitals to help diagnose heart failure more conveniently and quickly.

Electric shock can heal wounds faster

Stimulating a wound with electricity makes it heal faster, a study by the University of Manchester has found.

Researchers gave 40 people harmless cuts on both arms with a device used for taking biopsies. One of the wounds was left to heal naturally, while the other was treated with 30 minutes of electric pulses, four times over the two-week study.

Results published in PLOS ONE showed there was a substantial increase in growth of new blood vessels in the treated wound, which made it shrink faster.

Electrical stimulation is thought to trigger the release of growth factors as well as immune cells needed to heal a wound.

The researchers are now working on developing and testing new bandages based on the technology.

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