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Magnetic Pulses to Brain May Ease Ringing in the Ears

Small study found it helped half of those with tinnitus.

Magnetic pulses to the brain may provide lasting relief to many people with tinnitus, new research suggests.

The nearly 45 million Americans with tinnitus hear a persistent ringing, buzzing, hissing or other sound even when there is no external sound source. Tinnitus can interfere with people’s ability to sleep or concentrate, and it is sometimes disabling, the study authors explained.

Currently, there are no proven treatments for tinnitus, the researchers said.

The new study included dozens of patients who’d had tinnitus for at least a year and underwent “transcranial magnetic stimulation” sessions on 10 consecutive workdays, receiving 2,000 magnetic pulses per session.

Tinnitus symptoms were eased for at least six months in half of the patients who received the active treatment versus a “sham” treatment, according to the study published July 16 in the journal JAMA Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery.

“For some study participants, this was the first time in years that they experienced any relief in symptoms. These promising results bring us closer to developing a long-sought treatment for this condition that affects an enormous number of Americans, including many men and women who have served in our armed forces,” Robert Folmer, an associate professor of otolaryngology/head and neck surgery at Oregon Health & Science University, said in a university news release.

Folmer is also a research investigator with the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research at the VA Portland Health Care System.

“The results of the joint National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research/OHSU study are promising for tinnitus patients everywhere,” said Melanie West, chair of the board of directors at the American Tinnitus Association.

Currently, the only approved use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in the United States is for treating depression.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

My Food

Lunch

The Menu

  • Grilled Portobello Fajitas
  • Chickpea Salad

Baklava – A Traditional Greek Pastry

Ingredients

Pastry

1 lb package frozen phyllo
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar mixed with 1½ Tbsp ground cinnamon
2½ cups unsalted roasted pumpkin seeds, lightly chopped

Syrup

1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
1½ Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup liquid Manitoba honey

Method

Pastry

  1. Thaw phyllo.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  3. Line 11″ by 13″ pan with parchment paper. Using a pastry brush, paint parchment paper with melted butter.
  4. Take one sheet of phyllo, fold it in half, lay it in pan.
  5. Using pastry brush, lightly paint phyllo sheet with melted butter.
  6. Sprinkle about 1-1/2 Tbsp of cinnamon/sugar mixture evenly onto buttered surface.
  7. Repeat steps 4 to 6, two times to create 3 double layers of phyllo.
  8. Sprinkle 1/2 to 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds evenly over the top layer, spreading the seeds to the phyllo edges.
  9. Take one sheet of phyllo, fold it in half, and place it on top. Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9, three more times for a total of 4 layers of pumpkin seeds.
  11. Fold each of the (3-4) remaining phyllo sheets in half, place on the baklava, brush with butter, and layer with cinnamon and sugar. Brush butter on the top sheet.
  12. Score baklava into squares before baking.
  13. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until medium golden brown.
  14. Prepare syrup while baking.

Syrup

  1. In a heavy sauce pan over medium heat, simmer water, sugar, lemon juice and vanilla until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Add honey and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and immediately pour on the hot baklava, making sure to coat the score marks and the top surface.
  4. Leave uncovered overnight and slice before serving.

Makes 15 pieces.

Source: ciao!


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