October 11, 2011

Heroes among Us

1 Teachers Save Young Girl Whose Heart Stopped

Kristen Goodgion and Brent Reese, teachers at a TX middle school, relied on their CPR training and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to save the life of Kylee Shea, a 12-year old student whose heart had stopped as she walked through a school hallway. Had it not been for the rapid response of the teachers - and the availability of the AED - Kylee would have had a 3% chance of survival say doctors who treated the girl for a previously undetected heart condition after she was airlifted to a local hospital. She was implanted with a pacemaker. “I think [having AEDs in schools] should be a nationwide mandate,” said Sheryl Shea, Kylee’s mother in a recent interview. The entire rescue was caught on the school’s security cameras.

More at Today.msnbc.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Wireless Defibrillators Could Become a Reality

Tags: CPR, Defibrillator, Heart Disease, Automatic External Defibrillator, Kylee Shea, Kristen Goodgion, Brent Reese, Pacemaker, Teachers Save Child Whose Heart Stopped, Girl's Heart Stops, Undetected Heart Disease, Heart Condition, Undetected Heart Condition

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One Full Minute of Jumping Jacks

2 Do Jumping Jacks Today for World Record

First Lady Michelle Obama has always been a solid supporter of exercise for kids and she’s hoping her passion for health will help break the Guinness World Records for the most people doing jumping jacks over a 24-hour period. In order to break the current record, more than 20,000 people need to do jumping jacks for one minute and she’s starting things off on the South Lawn of the White House with a group of school kids. According to the rules, the jumping jacks must be done during a 24-hour period that begins at 3PM ET today, and the exercise must be done for one full minute without any breaks. The record-breaking attempt is being sponsored by National Geographic Kids.

More at CNN Living | Posted 6 years ago by Marty Shaw

Tags: Guinness Book of World Records, Michelle Obama, Child Health

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Easier on Stomach

3 Intestinal Inflammation Reduced with Ginger

A study that looked at 30 people who either took a 2 gram ginger root extract pill or placebo for four weeks found that the amount of intestinal inflammation was lower by an average of 28 percent in the ginger group. Previous research has found that it does lower inflammation but does not damage the stomach lining like the NSAID aspirin. Chronic gut inflammation due to conditions like inflammatory bowel disease increases the risk of developing colon cancer so scientists hypothesize that taking ginger root may lower the risk. The herb is found in food such as ginger snaps, Asian dishes and supplements and effectively alleviates nausea and vomiting. Recommendations to take ginger cannot be made until larger studies are conducted to determine if it does reduce the risk of colon cancer.

More at Yahoo! HealthDay | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Ginger/Feverfew Combo Brings Migraine Relief, Ginger May Prevent Diabetic Cataracts

Tags: Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Ginger Root Extract, Gut Inflammation, Colon Cancer Risk Factors

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