NASCAR Starts 2017 Season with Concussion Testing
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was confident NASCAR recently took the right step when it beefed up its concussion protocol by adding a consistent screening rule at all venues.
"Good to see progress being made and implemented. Health and safety is top priority," Earnhardt tweeted .
Earnhardt, long NASCAR's most popular driver, was sidelined for the second half of last season with a concussion. Earnhardt missed the final 18 races with nausea, vision and balance issues after at least the fifth concussion of his career following a June wreck.
New York State Bill Would Make Obstructing Firefighters Performing EMS a Crime
The New York State Senate passed a bill making it a crime if a person intentionally obstructs the efforts of a firefighter performing emergency medical services.
The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Rich Funke (R, 55th District) passed 43-0 on Tuesday.
It's intended to close a legal loophole by ensuring that firefighters receive the same protections during the delivery of emergency medical care as they do during the performance of other duties.
Under the bill, any person who purposefully gets in the way of a firefighter performing care on a sick or injured person is guilty of "obstructing firefighter operations," a misdemeanor.
Amazon's 'Alexa' Able to Give CPR Instructions
The voice-activated Amazon Echo device answers thousands of everyday requests, like setting a timer, playing music, ordering a pizza or changing a thermostat.
Now, this device can help save someone’s life.
Alexa, the friendly voice of the Amazon Echo, will for the first time give all three instructions for CPR, heart attack and stroke warning signs. The information is crucial because prompt medical attention can make the difference between life or death, or significant disability, said Robert Neumar, M.D., Ph.D., chair of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School.
“Any system that can reliably reduce delays in medical care for cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke has the potential to improve health outcomes,” Neumar said.
To access this new information, people simply ask Alexa, starting with the phrase “Alexa, ask American Heart” to ensure they’re hearing the science-based information from the American Heart Association. So, you would say:
- “Alexa, ask American Heart … how do I perform CPR?”
- “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs of a heart attack?”
- “Alexa, ask American Heart … what are the warning signs for stroke?”