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New Studies on CPR, Pets, Falls and Diets

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In case you have gotten too busy with life to keep up with all the health news - it's impossible, after all, to hear and read everything - here are a few interesting, if not unrelated, tidbits I've come across recently...

Hands-Only CPR: It will be a great relief to many people to know that no longer is mouth-to-mouth contact necessary to accompany chest compressions. (There are so many people who are not only unsure of their skill in doing this somewhat difficult combination, but who are also intimidated and frightened by the untold germs and diseases they might pick up.) According to the American Heart Association, if you're a bystander who witnesses the sudden collapse of an adult, after you've dialed 911, start chest compressions immediately, pushing hard and fast in the middle of the victim's chest. And if you don't know how fast to compress, sing that old song by the BeeGees, Stayin' Alive. Its 103 beats per minute come very close to the recommended speed of 100 beats a minute.

Don't Trip: I can relate to this, having done it (and luckily and miraculously surviving intact) and having too many close calls to count. There's a new study out from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. It says that over 86,000 people are seen each year in the emergency room with injuries suffered from tripping over the family pet. That figure really surprised me. It translates into about 240 people a day - which is about 1% of all fall-related ER visits. Although cats can get underfoot, the bulk of these mishaps are from our best friend, the dog, and usually happen when we're out walking them. (But watch out for those toys scattered around the house, too.) That's when my fall happened - I was taking care of a friend's dog, who crossed right in front of me and literally swept me off my feet. Now, whenever I go out to walk my own dog, I always grab my cellphone and take it with me, just in case I have to call for help. You just never know.

Low-Fat vs. Low-Carb Diets. With all the diets out there, you've probably tried both of these, right?

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