Archive - Jul 26, 2013

Archive - Jul 26, 2013

Hypothermia is Making a Comeback in Medicine

Cooling patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can lessen damage to the brain; now researchers are looking for other ways to use induced hypothermia.

The last Dr. Peter Franklin remembers, he was lying on a table in the cardiac catheterization lab in a Miami hospital when his chest started to hurt.

Then he died. The medical team raced to restart Franklin’s heart, then placed a stent in a blocked artery to allow blood to again flow freely. His doctors also worked to save his brain, using a technique that’s as old as ancient Greece — hypothermia.

Don't Skip Breakfast!

Skipping breakfast increases the risk of heart attack among middle-aged men by more than a quarter, a study has found.

The evidence suggests the old adage about breakfast being the most important meal of the day might be right.

Researchers in the US analysed diet and lifestyle data on 26,902 male health professionals aged 45 and over.

Over a period of 16 years, men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% greater risk of having a heart attack or dying from heart disease than those who did not.

The same men were more likely to smoke, drink more alcohol, be unmarried and to be less physically active.

However, these factors and others, such as body weight, medical history and overall diet quality, were taken into account by the scientists.

DC Metro Moves AEDs Out of Reach; Riders Concerned

WASHINGTON, D.C.--Multiple signs hang over an automated external defibrillator cabinet at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro station, helping riders to spot the life-saving device.

This cabinet, however, is empty except for an instruction sheet. At the Gallery Place F Street entrance, the AED has been moved into the manager's kiosk. It's something that has apparently happened at other stations as well.

An AED can be used by a person without medical training to shock a person's heart back to a normal rhythm.

Relocating the emergency device, which was first brought to light by the Metropolitan Transit Advocacy Group, is a concern to Metro riders.

"When seconds count, you don't have time to go looking for a manager," says rider John Vallejo. "Your hope is that (the AED) is in the box where it should be."

Metro has released the following statement:

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