Study finds 30-minute CPR classes just as effective as multi-hour courses

Southwestern Medical Center researchers have found that a user-friendly, 30-minute, video-based cardiopulmonary resuscitation training session is just as effective as the traditional three- to four-hour course in teaching basic life-saving techniques to laypersons. In addition, at six months after the training    
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Physicians Breathe Life Into Cutting-edge Stem Cell Procedure
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physicians-breathe-life-into-cutting-edge-stem-cell-procedurePatients living with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) may breathe easier thanks to a rare bone marrow transplant procedure performed at The Bone Marrow Transplant Program at University of California, San Diego Medical Center, the only program in the western United States that has attempted this procedure.

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a rare neuromuscular autoimmune disease where the body's immune system, which normally protects the body, mistakenly attacks itself. The transmission of nerve impulses to muscles is interrupted, which ultimately prevents the muscles from contracting. Without the    ... Read Full Article

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Though Colder Than Earth, Saturn's Moon Titan Is Tropical In Nature

though-colder-than-earth-saturn-s-moon-titan-is-tropical-in-natureIf space travelers ever visit Saturn's largest moon, they will find a tropical world where temperatures plunge to minus 274 degrees Fahrenheit, methane rains from the sky and dunes of ice or tar cover the planet's most arid regions. These conditions reflect a cold mirror image of Earth's tropical climate, according to scientists at the University of Chicago.

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Melanoma Drug Activates Immune Cells To Fight Cancer

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