Barbecues, avoid rubbing alcohol!

Accidents of barbecues, are, like those of domestic fires, sometimes responsible for deep Burns extended, that go beyond the skin to attack underlying tissues and muscles. Deaths occur in 10% of cases. Attention so when you prepare Grill and especially when you avivez home with alcohol to burn or any other flammable liquid.

Rare, barbecue accidents are serious. Because it is a happy male task, they are in two thirds of cases of men, ages often of less than 40 years. Children are however not spared and represent 15% of these accidents. Most often the projection of embers, is the use of methylated spirits or a flammable liquid that is at the origin of the fire: the products to which it is better to give up. It is recommended to use ‘light-barbecues’, but knowing that they can then be toxic for young children. Don’t let not within their reach.

avoid rubbing alcohol

Install the barbecue in a stable location
To avoid accidents, the main prevention measures are:
A never leave Grill unattended, especially if children are nearby;
At install to an authorized location, away from vegetation and protected from the wind, on good ground if it is removable, or better to build if you can barbecue hard with a fireplace in your garden or on your balcony. Continue reading “Barbecues, avoid rubbing alcohol!”

Gestures of emergencies: where to train?

Different organizations provide Attestation of training in first aid (AFPS), which allows to obtain the diploma of first aid. Next to the French Red Cross and firefighters, include other associations whose status follows the law of 1901, the order of Malta, the Civil Protection and a myriad of small organizations such as the white cross.

The certificate of formation to first aid
What the body of the AFD is little or less the same, because he obeyed a Government order of 1991 relating to the first-aid training. This learning can be followed from the age of 10 years. At this age, muscle strength starts to become sufficient to perform an external cardiac massage.

Gestures of emergencies

The Red Cross, these courses cost between 38.11 and €53,36 uros (or between 250 and), but those in financial difficulty will be able to follow them for free. They last from eight to ten hours and are provided, as appropriate, in the form of full days, sessions on weekends or two hours during the night. Continue reading “Gestures of emergencies: where to train?”

Generalization of defibrillators: there is urgency!

ardiac arrest cause 50,000 deaths each year. Against this scourge, the quick use of defibrillators could save many lives. Must be able to access…

Nearly 110 people die each day of cardiac arrest. Facing this vital emergency, every minute that passes reduces the survival rate of 10%. To react quickly and well, better training to first aid actions and quick access to a simple external cardiac defibrillator for use are essential.

Generalization of defibrillators

Objective: Save 10,000 lives a year
Cardio-respiratory arrest is responsible in France from 40 to 50 000 deaths per year. Faced with this scourge and in case of ventricular fibrillation, the issuance of an adequate rapid electrical shock to restore a normal heart rhythm. In the absence of support in less than 10 minutes, the chances of survival are stabilisation. On the other hand, if the victim receives an electric shock during the first minute, they are greater than 90%. And in 70% of cases of cardiac arrest, witnesses are present and may act. It to access to use simple solutions. Continue reading “Generalization of defibrillators: there is urgency!”

Cardiac defibrillator: 4 minutes to save lives!

More than 40 000 people die each year in France of a cardiac arrest. Several thousand of them could be saved by a defibrillator. A campaign stresses the relevance of their generalization in public places.

Between 40 to 60 000 people die each year in France of a cardiac arrest. However, if the defibrillators were more widespread in public places, thousands of lives could be saved. But today a THS Healthcare survey, 9 out of 10 French know what a defibrillator but more than a third of them are not ready to use it. In order to educate the public and Government, several initiatives were initiated to facilitate access to such devices and better train the public.

Emergency cardiac defibrillation

Act quickly in the event of cardiac arrest
Cardiac arrest occur in 70% of cases before one or more witnesses1. But the speed of the response is vital, each minute decreases by 10% the chances of survie1. The campaign of the RMC – BFM association therefore insists on the need to respond quickly through a film of awareness for the spread of defibrillators. Continue reading “Cardiac defibrillator: 4 minutes to save lives!”

Start a physical activity with a plan

You decided to lose a few pounds! To achieve your goal, you will change your diet and spend you! It is an excellent initiative, but be careful not to do anything! Some precautions should be taken, especially if one starts from zero or one has significant weight problems.

1 – A check-up is required
First, it must be sure that you do not have contraindications or health conditions that may prohibit certain occupations. Consult a doctor of sport for example. And don’t worry, it will always be an activity that suits.

physical activity with a plan

2 – Buy a pedometer
Quite honestly, a pedometer will not actually allow you to evaluate your physical activity in detail and the corresponding calorie expenditure. For example, if you climb a staircase, the unit will count as normal steps. Nevertheless it can help you to get an idea of where your location. Should normally be 10,000 steps per day. Continue reading “Start a physical activity with a plan”

Improve stroke

No less than 130 000 accidents strokes occur each year. At the end of the first month, about 20% of patients die while 75% of survivors have permanent sequelae. It is the leading cause of disability acquired from adults, often aged in Western countries. With the increase in life expectancy, this disease will take in the next few years an unprecedented magnitude. To cope, a restructuring of its management is necessary.

The stroke is an abrupt shutdown of the blood flow to the brain. Cerebral vascular accidents (CVAS) are mostly due either to a clot in the artery (is the case three times out of four), hemorrhage, is kind of breach of the walls of the vessel. The ageing of the population suggests an increase in incidence and the burden of this disease for the company.

Improve stroke

Reform the Organization of care
For several years, the experts point out the vital interest of the stroke as an extreme emergency, such as myocardial infarction. Only radiological tests to distinguish the type of strokes and thus to choose the appropriate treatment. The treatment of the stroke requires a multidisciplinary support. Continue reading “Improve stroke”

Genetic testing: real prevention tool?

One might assume that the discovery of a genetic predisposition to a disease encouraged to follow the guidance of prevention or screening. Evidence of a certain fatalism or a real lack of awareness, studies indicate the opposite.

One of the consequences of the deciphering of the human genome is to pave the way for predictive medicine. By looking for the presence of genes associated with a predisposition to cancer or cardiovascular disease in a person, for example, it would be possible to prevent the onset of these conditions by a stricter life hygiene, in the case of heart disease, or early detection for an effective treatment in the case of cancer. So much for the theory, because in practice, the analysis of all articles published on the subject1 casts a serious doubt on the effectiveness of this predictive medicine.


No more precautions
The genetic predispositions to cancer have been the most studied. Curiously, several studies show that people with a family history of cancer of the colon or prostate are not more than the general population screening recommendations. Women with a history of breast cancer in their family, without knowing if they have the predisposition undergo slightly more often than the other screening mammograms. When they decided to carry out a genetic test, they state in 80% of cases do so primarily to increase the frequency of mammograms and possibly resort to preventive surgery. However, when the test turns out positive, they do no more adhere to mammography screening recommendations that women have not had2genetic test. It must be said that in both the membership rate remains quite high (68%). Continue reading “Genetic testing: real prevention tool?”

Statins: from the heart to the brain

Effective to lower cholesterol, Statins are part of the most innovative drugs in recent years in cardiology. Recent work suggests that their indications could also expand to many other diseases.

Hyperlipidemia is part of the most important risk factors for atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. No one calls into question the importance of combating this excess fat in the blood, to prevent the risk of cardiovascular events. In this area, the arrival of Statins (which include Tahor ®, Crestor ® or Zocor ®), some 15 years ago has been an undeniable progress.

These molecules are called “penicillin of the heart”, in reference to their effectiveness and the bacteria (Penicillium citrinum) of which the oldest is extracted.

heart to the brain

Reduce bad cholesterol
Their great originality is to slow down the production of cholesterol by inhibiting a key enzyme in synthesis: HMG CoA reductase (3-hydroxy-3methylglutaryl-coenzyme A). Taking a Statin thus translates into a lower total cholesterol and especially its harmful fraction, LDL-cholesterol. Other favorable actions have been more recently put in evidence, such as a decrease in inflammatory phenomena, cell proliferation and the formation of clots at the level of the atherosclerotic plaque. Continue reading “Statins: from the heart to the brain”

Robots surgeons put of the heart

A surgeon who operates virtually 3D, a hyper-performance computer screen, and a robot that actually does the work on the patient. This is the new face of the operating block.

“Is not a robot working for you, it’s me”. And at the outset, Pr Daniel Loisance, heart surgeon (hospital Henri Mondor, Creteil) presents the clocks at the time with his patients: it’s the “robot” which is the assistant to the surgeon, not the other way around.

surgeons put of the heart

A wizard that is revolutionizing surgery, cardiology as in other specialties. The goal of this new computer assisted surgery? Simply operations without incision, without scars, but without pain, and fatigue… Finally almost. Continue reading “Robots surgeons put of the heart”

The research against the bad cholesterol

How to reduce the level of bad cholesterol and increase good? This cruel dilemma researchers rely on several factors. In addition to the search for new drugs, they were able to focus on prevention: nutrition and physical activity. But for young victims of cardiac accident, the cause of the problem might be genetic.

Blood cholesterol is transported by the lipoprotein (FAT + protein). Certain lipoproteins, LDL, favour the formation of the atherosclerotic plaque that can lead to a blood flow filling and a heart attack or a stroke.

bad cholesterol

Others are rather beneficial because they allow the elimination of excess cholesterol in the cells: these are the HDL or good cholesterol. Protect from cardiovascular disease and reduce the risk of heart attacks. Continue reading “The research against the bad cholesterol”