World Aids Day on December 1st

The (RED)™ project has an announcement on their blog about World Aids Day on the 1st of December. They’re hoping to further raise awareness by turning things red both online and off line.

The worlds of Facebook and Twitter are now important parts of any campaign, and global campaigns like the fight against AIDS and the movement to raise awareness about the prevention and management of the disease, are all the more able to use these new media to increase their footprint in popular consciousness.

That raised awareness is what World Aids Day is all about. People all over the world will wear red ribbons to show their solidarity with the cause, and to educate and inform those who are not as aware of the issues. Some cities have taken on this call for red on a larger scale, planning major public events and large public displays with a red theme to add to the exposure this gets.

Have a look at their site, do your bit, and above all else be aware. The major factor helping the spread of diseases such as these is ignorance, an affliction that does have a cure.

[from http://blog.joinred.com/2009/11/december-1-is-world-aids-day-one-color.html]

Processed Red Meat Linked to Prostate Cancer

A big research study of over 175,000 men in the United States has found that those who eat more red meat and processed meats have a higher risk of developing prostate cancer and specifically advanced prostate cancer. It was also found that the process of grilling or barbecuing the meats contributed to raising the risk of prostate cancer.

Researchers at the National Cancer Institute studied 175,343 men aged 50 to 71 for nerly a decade, surveying what they ate, how much they eat and what cooking methods were used in their foods. Over that period, 10,313 men from the study group developed prostate cancer and 419 died.

It was found that 20% of men with high consumption of red meat ,including pork, were 12% more likely to develope prostate cancer and nearly a third more likely to develop advanced prostate cancer. Processed red meat consumption poroduced similar restults.

Roasting and toasting were associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, which had to do with higher levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), alpha-pyrene, benzo and related substances in their foods. PAHs are chemicals released when meat is cooked at high temperatures, and they are known to cause cancer in animals. Chemicals used in the curing and processing of meats such as bacon and sausages were also increased cancer risks.

Red Cross CPR Guidelines and Training Online

In emergency situations where someone suffers cardiac arrest or pulmonary arrest, i.e. their heart stops beating or they stop breathing, CPR can be used to keep their vital organs healthy until more extensive medical help arrives, or until the patient regains their vital signs.

CPR stands for Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which basically involves sqeezing and releasing the heart by pressure to maintain blood flow and inflating and deflating the lungs to maintain the bare minimum oxygenation of the person’s blood to prevent tissue damage due to lack of oxygen.

You will find plenty of resources online to learn the basics of CPR and how it works, but the Red Cross has specific guidelines and techniques it considers as standard requirements to allow health care and emergency service professionals to aquire basic skills and advanced certification in CPR techniques to make them more effective in the field. Here are some of the main starting points online to explore the Red Cross CPR techiniques, training and certification for both professionals and lay persons.

  • Prepare for Emergencies with American Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Courses by taking a class. Details of procedures and requirements at various location scan be found on the Red Cross’s own site.
    American Red Cross first aid, CPR and AED programs
  • This site on American Red Cross online training lets you learn valuable lifesaving skills at your own pace and on your own time. It also includes more situation specific information and and more details as to which areas the training is available in.
    American Red Cross online training
  • Here is a more general interest introduction to the subject of CPR and the Red Cross recognised guidelines for the procedure and eHow.
    American Red Cross CPR Guidelines
  • CPR Dude gives American Red Cross CPR, AED, and First Aid training to laypersons. This site provides information about CPR, and also help with very specific emergency situations, such as choking, and various useful CPR related resources and FAQs.
    CPR Dude
  • If you’re more of an audio-visual person, this sample introductory video on the subject of CPR might be a good place to start for basic information, and YouTube has plenty more to browse through on th subject.

Hope this short list of resources gets you started in your quest for Red Cross CPR guides and information.