Do Brain Trainer Games Work?

A friend has looked for ways to improve his memory capacity and cognitive response, and thought that brain trainer games and software might work. As we get older, our brains decline in operating speed and performance. He’s been playing brain trainer games at Lumosity, which advertise that their subscription game service will “improve your brain[…]

How to Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack

The Wall Street Journal published an article about how to reduce the risk of a heart attack entitled “The Guide to Beating a Heart Attack”.  It’s well known that most of the risk of a heart attack is associated with factors that are within a person’s control, including cholesterol, blood pressure, physical activity, smoking and[…]

Boston Marathon Hands Only CPR Instructional Video

The Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Boston Marathon, produced a “hands only” CPR instructional video.  The Boston Marathon will be held on April 16th, and creating awareness of hands only CPR may save lives of participants and viewers. Cardiac arrest happens at races more frequently at than you’d expect, but the long race puts[…]

Statins and Cholesterol: New Drug May Enhance or Replace Statins

Recently, I wrote about the negative side effect of statins on memory.  Researchers announced a new drug, early in the clinical testing stages, that may enhance the cholesterol-lowering benefits of statins or replace them entirely.  The new drug is an antibody called REGN727.  REGN727 works by blocking the action of a protein produced in the[…]

Statins and Memory Loss: The Tradeoff With Anti-Cholesterol Medication

In a recently released advisory notice, the FDA acknowledged a relationship between statins and memory loss, something many patients taking anti-cholesterol drugs and their doctors already knew.  Specifically, the notice advised that “cognitive impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users”. Tara Parker-Pope writes in the New York Times[…]

Hands Only CPR Video with Ken Jeong

Awareness of hands-only CPR is being raised through a series of clever ads starring well-known personalities. Earlier this year, the British Heart Foundation released an instructional video aimed at British audiences starring actor, soccer star Vinnie Jones. The American Heart Association originally released their hands-only CPR video starring Ken Jeong in 2011.  Ken Jeong is not only an[…]

Find a CPR Class in Chicago

Chicago CPR Now is a well-reviewed CPR training service and provides an online class finder tool and class calendar to find a CPR class in Chicago.  Their classes provide American Heart Association Heartsaver certified CPR/AED (and optionally First Aid) training, are about 4 hours long, and cost $45. Couples Day Discount Chicago CPR also offers a discounted[…]