Carbon Monoxide isn't called a silent killer for nothing...it can mimic the flu, and can't be diagnosed without a blood test. Now, a new device can come to the rescue by helping emergency responders quickly figure out CO levels, without even taking a drop of blood. The RAD-57 from Masimo clips onto a finger tip and measures oxygen and carbon monoxide blood gas in seconds. The non-invasive device uses multiple wavelengths of light to read the arterial pulse and calculate the gas levels. The monitor is already being rolled out to emergency units and hospitals in the U.S.
Airplane travel for kids can be torture if they get that piercing ear pain on take-off or landing. Doctors form the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia say keeping your child's mouth busy can relieve the pressure change and prevent the pain. A bottle, cup, or even a pacifier will help kids swallow frequently, and, try not to let them nap since swallowing occurs less often during sleep.
We're all guilty of making a list of resolutions and then falling off the wagon by mid January! To help you prevail, psychologists at the University of Alabama at Birmingham say charting your successes every day will help keep you motivated...and honest! The researchers say three's a charm when it comes to keeping resolutions, and that three days of not working on your goal means you're slipping and you need to get re-motivated.