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For some years now, automated external defibrillators (AED) have greatly increased the likelihood of surviving a cardiac arrest in the U.S. In Japan, however, lay usage of AEDs was not authorized until July 2004.Hideo Mitamura (2008). Public access defibrillation: advances from Japan. Nature Clinical Practice Cardiovascular Medicine DOI:10.1038/ncpcardio1330This recent article by Hideo Mitamura details some of the societal, legal and attitudinal changes in Japanese society since 2000 that led ........ Read more »
Some places are just safer to live than others.A study by Nichol et al in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association estimates one's chances of surviving a cardiac arrest in 10 different sites in North America: Regional Variation in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Incidence and Outcome.Nichol G, Thomas E, Callaway CW, Hedges J, Powell JL, Aufderheide TP, Rea T, Lowe R, Brown T, Dreyer J, Davis D, Idris A, Stiell I. (2008). JAMA, 300 (12), 1423-1431Their study populatio........ Read more »
Nichol G, Thomas E, Callaway CW, Hedges J, Powell JL, Aufderheide TP, Rea T, Lowe R, Brown T, Dreyer J, Davis D, Idris A, Stiell I. (2008) This Article • Full text • PDF • JAMA Report Video • Send to a friend • Save in My Folder • Save to citation manager • Permissions Citing Articles • Citation map • Citing articles on HighWire • Co. JAMA, 300(12), 1423-1431. DOI: http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/300/12/1423
In the tight-sphinctered world of academic medicine, it's always delightful to find a journal that still has a sense of humor. The following satirical paper from the British Journal of Medicine made me laugh and laugh.Smith GCS, Pell JP. (2003). Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ, 327(7429), 1459-1461. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.327.7429.1459In a nutshell, this paper rightfully points out that no ........ Read more »
G Smith. (2003) Parachute use to prevent death and major trauma related to gravitational challenge: systematic review of randomised controlled trials. BMJ, 327(7429), 1459-1461. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.327.7429.1459
We all eat to live. Most of us also eat for enjoyment. Many of us overeat for various reasons. A very few of us overeat as a competitive sport.What's in it for the winners? For the eliter eaters, one can earn an annual 5-figure income. Plus, if you don't mind eating on the Anaconda Plan (Eat the Whole Pig. Â Right Now.), there's all that free food at the contests.What does it take to choke down chow at a world-class pace? There seem to be many ninja tricks to help one ........ Read more »
I've been taking cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes periodically since medical school many years ago. For me, one of the hardest part of these classes has been keeping track of the ever-changing Official Ratio™ of chest compressions to breaths. Is it 5:1? 15:2? That's one reason why the following recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caught my eye:Bobrow, B.J. (2008). Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation by Emergency Medical S........ Read more »
Bentley Bobrow. (2008) Minimally Interrupted Cardiac Resuscitation by Emergency Medical Ser vices for Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest. JAMA, 299(10), 1158-1165. info:PMID/18334691
If Google led you here thinking this was a post about a lost sequel to Douglas Adams' holistic detective, turn back! Instead, it concerns a widespread movement to reduce radiation dosage in children.A recent article by Brenner and Hall raised important concerns about safety in patients undergoing computed tomography (CT).Brenner, D.J., Hall, E.J. (2007). Computed Tomography -- An Increasing Source of Radiation Exposure. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(22), 2277-2284. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM........ Read more »
D Brenner, & E J Hall. (2007) Computed Tomography -- An Increasing Source of Radiation Exposure. New England Journal of Medicine, 357(22), 2277-2284. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMra072149
M Goske, K E Applegate, J Boylan, P F Butler, M J Callahan, B D Coley, S Farley, D P Frush, M Hernanz-Schulman, D Jaramillo.... (2008) The Image Gently Campaign: Working Together to Change Practice. American Journal of Roentgenology, 190(2), 273-274. DOI: 10.2214/AJR.07.3526
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