Weight loss transformation for army veteran with PTSD

An ex-soldier who suffers from PTSD achieved a dramatic weight loss transformation after experiencing a mental health crisis during lockdown.

Richard Wilcox, from Cannock in Staffordshire, left the army in 2001 and has struggled with weight gain and his mental health – but it was during the UK’s first lockdown where he reached his crisis point.

Lockdown meant crucial mental health services were on pause and Richard says he was using food to cope with his feelings. At his heaviest he weighed 18 stone (114kg).

After watching videos of ultra running online, Richard was inspired to take up the sport and began to transform his life for the better.

He signed up for a 100-mile race and spent the year training for the event and lost eight stone (50kg) as a result.

In a happier and healthier place, Richard wants to inspire others and is now taking on a 30 marathons in 30 days challenge to raise money for the mental health charity Combat Stress.

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New Therapies, Drugs As Govt Changes Treatment Protocol, Health News, ET HealthWorld

KOLKATA: With the number of Covid cases surging fast in Bengal, the state health department has issued a new treatment protocol that officials believe will make Covid care more effective.

The new guideline also included two new therapies/drugs — monoclonal antibody cocktail and Molnupiravir — for the asymptomatic but high risk patients and symptomatic patients with certain co-morbidities to prevent the disease from progressing towards severe infection.

“Monoclonal antibody cocktail no doubt is very effective in preventing hospitalisation. We have used it on about 70 patients and found it more effective on the elderly with co-morbidities than younger patients with no co-morbidity,” said pulmonologist Raja Dhar of CMRI.

Other doctors in the city, who have been using monoclonal antibody cocktail, also vouched for this cocktail therapy which is a mix of two drugs — casirimivab and imdevimab.

The health department, too, had used about 300 vials of this on patients, including about 40 at state-run ID&BG Hospital, and found it effective. New protocol from the health department however has a rider mentioning the cocktail not much effective against Omicron.

The guideline has specified distinct protocol for three categories of the infected — asymptomatic, symptomatic with certain co-morbidities and symptomatically infected

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