Palsy treatment steroid 'key'18th October 2007
Researchers from Scotland have discovered that a commonly-prescribed steroid can help people recover from the effects of a disfiguring facial condition.
The study of Bell’s Palsy – which can result in paralysis on one side of the face and affects one in 60 people - found 95% of sufferers who were treated early with prednisolone completely recovered within nine months.
Scientists found the relatively cheap steroid prednisolone was the best treatment and had significantly better recovery rates than the anti-viral agent acyclovir. The study was led by Dundee University supported by universities at Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Scottish GPs.
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