Archive - Nov 2012

Archive - Nov 2012

November 4th

Luck of the Irish

***The following essay is from my essay to the CNN Fit Nation: 2013 Triathlon Challenge.
****I'll add a link to my video once I have posted. I'd be honored for this dream to become a reality.

"Luck of the Irish"

As I’ve spent the last few days watching iReport videos from last year’s “Lucky Seven” and this year’s FitNation hopefuls, I’ve been in awe of the stories and experiences I’ve listened to and read. Everyone seems to have a great reason for applying and there is no doubt that they make a very strong case as to why they should be chosen, but I am going to give this awesome opportunity a shot nonetheless.

November 3rd

Temporal Patterns for SCA Outside Hospitals: Highest Risk from 9:00 AM-Noon, Saturday-Monday, and from October-December

Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), when normal blood circulation stops due to the heart failing to contract effectively, is a serious manifestation for people with underlying heart disease. Survival rates for SCA are typically poor and drop to 10 percent or less when patients experience SCA outside the hospital. However, little is known about when SCA is most likely to occur.

In a new study led by Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) fellow Akshay Bagai, MD, researchers set out to learn whether there are temporal patterns of SCA occurrence outside of a hospital setting. The study reviewed data from 911 dispatch centers, emergency medical service providers, and hospitals in 35 communities across the United States and stored in the Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES). Researchers analyzed data from more than 31,000 out-of-hospital SCA events between 2005 and 2010.

Penn Researchers Report on Success of Crowdsourcing AED Project

Study Highlights:

  • Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places.

  • Although more AEDs are being placed in gyms, schools, shopping malls and public buildings, their exact location is often unknown, and their use remains low.

LOS ANGELES — Participants in a “crowdsourcing” challenge in Philadelphia used a smart phone application to locate, photograph and map more than 1,400 automated external defibrillators in public places, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012.

Crowdsourcing is when the public conducts tasks traditionally done by a company, individual or a group with special skills.

November 2nd

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges FDA to Reconsider Reclassification of AEDs

The Food and Drug Administration is in the process of reclassifying "pre-amendment class III devices," including automated external defibrillators (AEDs). This proposed increase in regulations will have significant public health consequences, due to reduced access to early defibrillation for the nation's victims of sudden cardiac arrest. If regulatory hurdles increase, access to lifesaving treatment with AEDs will decrease. Following is our letter to the FDA.

We urge you to express your concerns to the FDA as soon as possible, before a determination is made. Sign this petition. Or use the sample letter below.

More coverage: Journal of Emergency Medical Services

November 1st

New Study Reports ADHD Drugs Do Not Raise Heart Risks

Children who take drugs to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not at increased risk for serious heart problems, according to a new review that confirms previous findings.

University of Florida researchers analyzed data from 1.2 million U.S. youths in Medicaid programs in 28 states, and found that the per-year risk of any child suffering a severe cardiac event was about one in 30,000. Severe cardiac events include sudden cardiac death, heart attack and stroke, and are typically caused by underlying heart disease.

Children taking ADHD drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin did not have a greater risk of severe cardiac events than other children, according to the study published recently in the British Medical Journal.

The results confirm previous studies that concluded that the use of such stimulants by children and young adults does not increase the short-term risk of serious heart problems.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation Urges Colleges to Ensure Campuses Are Prepared to Prevent Unexpected Cardiac Death Among Students, Faculty, and Visitors

Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death in the U.S., affecting about 1,000 people each day, including college students, faculty and visitors. Survival rates could increase from 8 to 38% if more people understood the need for immediate bystander intervention with CPR and user-friendly automated external defibrillators. Colleges are microcosms of the community at large. It's time to plan for sudden cardiac emergencies that can happen to anyone, of any age, in any setting--including college campuses. Learn more at

"I just can't believe what they did for me. They literally gave me the gift of life." -- Walter Watts, 21

Pittsburgh, PA (PRWEB) November 01, 2012

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