If you saw a stranger collapse in a public place, would you be able, or even want, to start CPR? The American Heart Association says that the answer most people give is "No". According to the AHA, only 15% to 30% of cardiac arrest victims receive CPR from bystanders before emergency personnel arrives at the scene and surviving a heart attack becomes less likely as each minute passes without treatment. In its statement, the American Heart Association calls bystander CPR rates "woefully inadequate", resulting in too many missed opportunities to save lives. The study says that people generally have 3 fears - that they'll catch something, that they'll get sued, or that they won't do it right.
Some over-the-counter dietary supplements may interact with treatment for prostate cancer. Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that the hormonal components of some supplements may actually fuel prostate cancer or decrease the effectiveness of cancer drugs. Hormones, like testosterone, may not always be listed on the supplements ingredient labels. Researchers encourage patients to discuss the issue with their doctors before taking any herbal or hormonal supplements.
If you are looking to shed a few pounds this year, you may want to pack a pedometer into your fitness routine. A University of Michigan study finds that people who used a pedometer in their walking program increased the distance they walked per day. The researchers only studied women and found that they lost significant weight in the process- whether they changed their diet or not. The study is published in the Annals of Family Medicine.