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Ladies of the night to use AEDs


A well known Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, writes about an interesting initiative among prostitutes in the Ticino region of Switzerland. Lugano, a city in this region, is known to be somewhat of a sex capital with more than 38 sex clubs, which are frequently visited by man from neighboring Italy. Some of these man do not come home alive. Let’s just say they died happy, if you know what I mean 😉

However, this is in no way good for business, so lovely ladies who work in these clubs decided to do something about it. They want to get trained in CPR, as well as equip their work place with automated external defibrillators (AED). An AED is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the potentially life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

Way to go girls, you rock! Fantastic initiative indeed.
To learn how to start an AED program in your community, visit American Heart Association if in US, or Arrhythmia Alliance in UK.

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Two interviews

Recently I gave two interviews regarding my scientific research of medical blogs and the Health Blogs Observatory.

The first one was conducted by Ed Silverman, a prize-winning journalist who used to maintain the extremely popular Pharmalot blog. He now contributes to the Association of Health Care Journalists blog, where the actual interview was published.

The second one was conduced by Norina Wendy Di Blasio, a member of the editorial staff of Il Pensiero Scientifico Editore, an Italian publisher established in 1946.Among books and journals, this Company publishes a weekly newsletter sent to 11 thousands Italian doctors. Currently they are publishing a series of interviews on Health 2.0. My interview was eventually published in both Italian and English.

Hope you will read the interviews and consider joining our team in conducting scientific research of the medical blogosphere at the Health Blogs Observatory.

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