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I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. -- Galileo Galilei

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

You know, I just don’t know how I learned anything without the internet.

In the news today is an artricle about American Heart Association changes for performing CPR. So, I looked up “new cpr”on Google so I could find an article that I could easily copy and paste from. (Yahoo news gives me such a hard time.) Among the results was this article from 2003.

The new CPR: flip the patient
By Ben Wyld June 28 2003

Flipping a patient over and performing heart massage on their back could be a better way of restoring blood flow than the standard resuscitation method, according to research that may challenge decades-old orthodoxy.

A study of reverse cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on six critically ill intensive care patients found significant increases in their blood pressure. The patients' hearts had stopped and they had failed to respond to standard resuscitation

After 45 minutes of standard CPR without response, doctors at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Centre turned the patients on to their stomachs and gave them a further 15 minutes of CPR applied to their backs. They found the systolic blood pressure improved dramatically, compared to that measured in the final 15 minutes of the standard technique. Blood flow through the arteries also increased.

None of the patients survived, but the researchers claim the results demonstrate, for the first time, that CPR applied to the back may have distinct benefits. The technique is already used when patients suffer an arrest while they are face down for surgery. But it has never been directly compared to standard CPR.
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Dr Weisfeldt believes the technique allows for firmer compression of the heart muscle. This is because the spine is less easily damaged than the sternum and ribcage.
Thinking about it, it makes sense that there would be more pressure applied to the heart by doing CPR on the back. The spine is meant to flex so it would be easier to press the spine and put more pressure on the heart easier. The breastbone and the ribs aren’t really supposed to move that much. Seems to me too that as long as they can flip the victim over safely then a weaker person would be able to do the compressions.

Now after finding the above article in the Google results I then found this article on MSNBC from earlier this year. Dr. Gorden Ewy, director of the Sarver Heart Center at the University of Arizona says that there is a better way to do CPR. He’s convinced city of Tucson, Ariz., the fire department and the paramedics that his was the right way to do CPR. Dr. Ewy’s way is to skip the rescue breathing entirely and do 100 chest compressions per minute.
Ewy says the big problem with CPR as it is currently practiced is those breaths to the mouth, which interrupt chest compressions. During that interruption, he says, the critical flow of blood to the brain also gets interrupted.

And more important, surveys show most people won't blow into a stranger's mouth.
. . .

"The paramedics in the field are reporting that it's an easier way to resuscitate code arrests and they are seeing a lot better response from the patients," says Joe Gulotta, deputy chief of the Tucson Fire Department.
And from this article, New CPR method improves results 500%
Dr. Arthur Sanders from the Sarver Heart Center, says "We improved survival from 13% for people receiving ventilation and compression, to 80% survival rate where they were getting continuous chest compressions."
. . .

Richard White from the Southern Arizona Red Cross says, "They are learning [at Red Cross classes] tried and true tested techniques internationaly respected that have been saving lives for more than 50 years."
Funny thing about what Richard White says, it’s completely opposite from information I’ve gotten from various CPR teachers. In fact my last CPR teacher pretty much said “most people stay dead when you do CPR” but it’s better than doing nothing. Look at the statistics, 13% saved the conventional way or 80% saved with the continuous chest compressions. Perhaps it’s time to change things a bit?

I think one of the important things about the new CPR guidelines is that they say it can be taught in about 20 minutes instead of the 4 hour class.
The study found that just five minutes of training on defibrillator use and 20 minutes of instruction in CPR was as effective as the standard four-hour course.
I think the Red Cross will miss some of the money the 4 hour classes brought in but if they can teach more people faster in a way that can be remembered then that’s a good thing. The last CPR class I was in took about 4 hours but only about an hour was used to teach the important part, the CPR. The CPR portion, including using the defibrillator, was taught at the end of the class when everyone was tired and bored. I can’t help but think that more was forgotten that day then was remembered.

Now if they can come up with an automated external defibrillator (AED) that can be used with clothes on. That’s my problem with using it. You have to cut off the top and bra, if you’re working on a woman, to use it correctly. I’m just not comfortable with stripping someone in public, even if it is for a good cause. If there’s ever a need, I hope I can get over it

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

"The rejection of ballot measures in three states that would have rolled back taxes or limited spending may indicate a cooling of American voters' ardor for tax cuts."
Taxpayers love their tax cuts. Maybe the difference here is that politicians are trying to cut programs that the voters think should be paid for with their tax money. Head Start. I’ll help pay for that. Social Security. I’ll put in my share. Clean air and water. No problem, I’ll pony up my portion. There are lots of things that taxpayers will be happy to pay for.

Washington voters succumbed to warnings that roads and bridges were crumbling and that the gas tax was needed to avert disaster.
. . .

. . . for the past several years voters had been willing to increase taxes or approve bond issues when they were designated for tangible improvements.

On Tuesday, voters in Maine, New York and Ohio approved bond issues totaling nearly $5 billion to pay for transportation projects, water systems, college buildings and research programs.
If I had my choice I’d stop paying for corporate welfare and that high-tech bridge in Alaska among other things.

Why can’t lawmakers just shift the wasted money to projects that taxpayers approve of?

Monday, November 07, 2005

Drunk Death Row Escapee Captured in La.

”You know who I am,” Thompson told officers when asked his name. Asked again, he identified himself as Charles Thompson, Martin said. Police said Thompson was too drunk to be interrogated Sunday night.

Cleaves Acquitted of Rape Charges

Prosecutors claimed Neal, 21, and Cleaves, 23, raped the visiting University of New Haven player, who was finishing a one-week stint as a La Salle basketball camp counselor, as she vomited in a sink after drinking eight shots of high-proof alcohol.

Here we have a drunk who had already been found guilty of murdering two people and even though he’s drunk, he’s quick enough to say “You know who I am.” The police can’t interrogate him; he’s under the influence. Next we have a 19 year-old student, vomiting into a sink after multiple drinks and the guys who had sex with her claim that she wanted to have sex with them, while she was vomiting. SAY WHAT??

The worst part of this is that a majority of the jury went along with the consensual sex claim.

Now really, think about it. The last time you were puking up your guts, did it make you want to have sex? I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some kind of puking fetish out there but I’d lay odds against it being widely practiced.

All I can figure is that the majority of the jury decided to blame the victim. You know how stupid people can be, she was dumb enough to drink with strangers so she must have been asking for it. This just doesn’t make sense.

I have a co-worker who was on the jury and didn’t go with the majority. I really don’t want to bring up my coworker’s gender since so many people decide that gender is the deciding factor on how people will view this kind of case. My co-worker said this case “put women’s safety back 50 years. It’ll make more girls afraid to standup for themselves.”

All I know is that there is something really wrong when a drunken convicted double murderer gets more consideration than a drunken innocent student

I don’t like Philadelphia quite as much as I used to. Oh, and the La Salle Brothers need to teach more ethics.

Friday, November 04, 2005

Simply, Amir Taheri is a male gossipmonger. To read his account of the riots around Paris this past week, it is all the fault of one woman.

Why Paris is Burning

How did it all start? The accepted account is that sometime last week, a group of youg boys in Clichy engaged in one of their favorite sports: stealing parts of parked cars.

Normally, nothing dramatic would have happened, as the police have not bee present in that suburb for years.

The problem came when one of the inhabitants, a female busybody, telephoned the police and reported the thieving spree taking place just opposite her building. The police were thus obliged to do something -- which meant entering a city that, as noted, had been a no-go area for them.

Once the police arrived on the scene, the youths -- who had been reigning over Clichy pretty unmolested for years -- got really angry. A brief chase took place in the street, and two of the youths, who were not actually chased by the police, sought refuge in the cordoned-off areaa housing a power pylon. Both were electrocuted.

Seems to me the problem came when a bunch of kids weren’t taught right from wrong. Seems to me the problem came when a citizen expected the police to do what they should have been doing for years.

Can’t help but wonder if the author of the article would have said a ‘male’ busybody. There was no reason to point out a gender or make a judgement on what kind of person would, God forbid, call the police when they see a crime taking place. Amir needs to go back to remedial writing class.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

This almost seems like a ‘no duh’ moment and someone I know will probably read this and say “Yup, that’s me.”

Tongue has built in taste for fatty food.

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The tongue may indeed have a taste for cheesecake, french fries and butter cookies, according to study published Tuesday.

In experiments with rodents, French scientists identified a receptor on the tongue that appears to detect dietary fat. This counters the traditional view that the taste buds pick up only five basic flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and "umami," — a flavor associated with the food additive monosodium glutamate (MSG).

The fact that the tongue harbors receptors for fatty acids could shed new light on appetite control and obesity, according to the researchers, led by Philippe Besnard of the University of Bourgogne.

They report their findings in the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Scientists have speculated that the tongue may have a receptor designed to detect fat, but this study is the first to pinpoint one, according to Besnard and his colleagues. The receptor, a protein called CD36, is already known to exist in many tissues and is involved in fat storage, among other jobs; it is also goes by the name of fatty acid transporter, or FAT.

Rats and mice, not to mention many humans, have a natural preference for fatty food, and rats have already been shown to have CD36 proteins in their taste buds.

To see whether CD36 might be the tongue's fat detector, Besnard and his colleagues studied rats and mice that were either normal or had the gene for CD36 "knocked out," inactivating the protein.

They found that while the genetically normal animals naturally opted for fattier fare when given the choice, the CD36-deficient mice had no such preference. And when the researchers put fatty acids on the tongues of the normal animals, this alone triggered a release of fat-processing substances from the digestive organs. Again, the same was not true of mice lacking CD36 activity.

Though the body's regulation of fat intake is complex, these findings point to the importance of CD36 receptors on the tongue, Besnard told Reuters Health.

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