BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2988 (Published 18 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2988

Helicopters make all the difference. Data from the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry show that the shortest hospital arrival times and highest rates of thrombolysis were in patients with ischaemic strokes who were transported by helicopter. Of over 21 000 patients with ischaemic stroke admitted to 32 stroke units between 2003 and 2009, 905 (4.1%) were brought in by emergency helicopter, and the shortest transport times, of 90 minutes or less from onset of stroke to hospital arrival, were achieved with direct ambulance accompanied by a doctor, or with direct emergency helicopter (Stroke 2011;42;1295-300, doi:10.1161/strokeaha.110.604710).

Data collated using an online tool called “Moodscope” suggests that the royal wedding in the UK brought about a 7% mood lift amongst women on the big day, achieving more than the sunny weather the previous weekend. Men, on the other hand, enjoyed a peak in good mood on Good Friday, 3% higher than on the wedding day. Moodscope was designed to help people understand their moods; its founder says, “the key here was that the royal wedding was a huge social event, with lots of …

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