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Best news for #hearthealth: the +SBB CFF FFS will equip trains with defibrillators and train staff.

It was about time but better late than never.
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As a past speaker at +Curious Courses I am very happy to let you know that the next Curious Courses Day is open for registrations. This invigorating day will leave you inspired and buzzing with new ideas, new knowledge and new friends.

Curious Courses Day is about "Inspiration. Stimulation. And of course Curiosity!"

You can choose 6 out of 18 short taster courses and thus create your personal and tailored experience.
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Are you planning to travel to India in the near future? Make sure you've updated your polio immunisation.

Between January and spring 2014 alone, the World Health Organization​ WHO reported 74 new polio cases worldwide. Now, an active strain of the virus was found in samples of sewage water in southern India, even though it was formally declared polio-free in 2014.

Generally, a booster every 10 years is recommended if you travel to high risk countries in Africa and Asia including Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan and now India.

http://www.usnews.com/news/news/articles/2016-06-15/indian-state-on-alert-as-polio-strain-found-in-sewage-water
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Fantastic news: Ohio passes bill requiring CPR instruction for high-schoolers. This should be mandatory everywhere!
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We've updated our tick post from last year and added some new links.

Finding correct and unbiased information on ticks and the situation in Switzerland is difficult. With this in mind, we ran annual tick presentations for a number of years. But we realised there are so many questions about ticks, the one hour we had scheduled was never enough. Now we publish a blog post on the topic, up-to-date, well researched and thorough.

If you have any further questions or would like to purchase a tick removal card, send us an email at info@healthyandsafe.ch.

#ticks #lymedisease #tickborneencephalitis #fsme #tickremoval
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We are involved in an interesting discussion on Twitter today.

According to a study published by the European Society of Cardiology in March this year (http://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/Last-5-years/women-less-likely-to-receive-basic-life-support-for-cardiac-arrest-from-public), women less likely to receive basic life support for cardiac arrest from the public. THAT'S SHOCKING!

While one point raised in the discussion was that bystanders might believe that women are too fragile to have CPR performed on them, we see this very differently: in our role as first aid instructors, when running courses for the general public, we see many more women register and participate than men. Meaning, they KNOW how to recognise cardiac arrest and they know how to perform CPR. This is not a feminist issue but may be an issue of ignorance? Whatever the reasons are, we MUST change this.

When was the last time (or have you ever?) you took a CPR course? Would you be able to recognise when a person is suffering from cardiac arrest? Have you heard of sudden cardiac arrest? Do you know that young athletes are at a particular risk? Do you know what a defibrillator is and how it works? Is your workplace equipped with defibrillators? Do you actually know where they are? Would you use one?

So many questions - we answer them in all our Basic Life Support (CPR and AED) Courses. Learning the theory is not enough, learn to save a life means putting your hands on a manikin and practice CPR because EVERYONE should know how to perform CPR because EVERYONE CAN LEARN TO SAVE A LIFE.

If you want to follow this and other discussions on Twitter, you can find us at twitter.com/HealthyASafe
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A must-read review of Alternative medicine, Integrative medicine, or as it now brands itself, Complementary Alternative Medicine (CAM). Often  referred to as the gentler, better approach to western medicine and pharmaceuticals, without the side effects or the money gouging. But is that true?
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We published a new blog post on our website, something that has been bothering us for a long time: Hollywood Style Resuscitation – Myths & Mistakes

After a long course yesterday, I decided I deserved a relaxing evening in front of our new TV. I was channel hopping when my attention was grabbed by a hospital scene: there it was, another in-hospital resuscitation scene. I heard a voice shouting “cardiac arrest” and then a stream of medical professionals rushed into the room, sending a very scared looking family member out of the room. The camera moved to the monitor and I saw a flatline on the ECG, the patient was dead. Within no time, a defibrillator was at hand, the patient’s chest exposed, a doctor rubbed big paddles against one another, placed them on the patient’s chest and delivered an electric shock from which the patient’s body jumped what looks like a meter high.
I have seen so many of them on TV and as always, I was angry at the (excuse the expression) rubbish shown. If it’s of any reassurance, reality is not like the scene I watched. There are so many “non-truths” on TV when it comes to medicine and resuscitation, it’s scary and sad. You would think that over decades of hospital and doctor’s series and soap operas, their medical advisors would teach them to correct these mistakes. But last night I decided it was time to talk about just a few of them.

Read the full post on our website. 
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How can this happen? As doctors, we take a Hippocratic oath! We are shocked and sad.
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A must-watch video about our sugar intake, thought provoking: Are you overdosing your kids on sugar? And not just your kids, what about yourself? The recommendation is a maximum of nine added teaspoons for men, six for women and five for teenagers; added meaning not in fruit or vegetables.
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