New research suggests frosted-glass window pane helps reduce risk of stroke


New research has found that frosted or tempered glass can help prevent stroke.

Researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Medicine in Ann Arbor found that a glass pane of glass on a standard frame helped protect against a stroke risk by up to 10 per cent.

The research, published in the Journal of Stroke Rehabilitation, used a computer simulation model to estimate that the average risk of having a stroke in people who had a high blood pressure or high cholesterol level was less than one per cent if they had the glass pane, which was tested on 300,000 people with strokes in the US.

Researchers also tested different types of glass and compared the effect of different types on strokes.

The researchers used a mathematical model to predict the stroke risk of people with and without the pane, with and with no pane, and found that the risk was similar.

But what about the risks of other types of tempered glass?

The study authors said that the findings show tempered glass could have benefits that are not currently known.

“The data show that a high-quality tempered glass is a powerful and safe preventive tool against stroke,” said Dr Michael Schmitt, lead author of the study.

“And we also find that the protection against stroke is comparable to other protective measures we’ve found in the medical literature, including physical exercise and low-dose aspirin.”‘

Frosted glass’ could be a lifesaverFor the researchers, the findings also have practical implications.

Dr Schmitt said that a number of factors could be at play in preventing strokes, including a lack of physical activity and lack of cholesterol-lowering drugs.

“In the US, our prevalence of stroke has increased substantially in recent decades and many of the conditions that are associated with high blood pressures and heart disease are also associated with low levels of exercise and medications,” he said.

“For many people, these factors might explain the risk of a stroke, but the data suggests that a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms could potentially provide a way to reduce that risk.”

The study was funded by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Scientific Research.

Dr Mark Wertz, a clinical assistant professor of medicine at the School of Public Health and the University Health Services Research Institute, who was not involved in the study, said the study showed that the glass could help prevent strokes.

“This is a major step forward for understanding the mechanisms that might be responsible for the protection of the human brain from stroke,” Dr Werts said. 

“But the more important thing is that the evidence shows that tempered glass, when used appropriately, is a lifesaving tool for the prevention of stroke.”

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