Texting for CPR Feasible in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest —City's EMS system to alert nearby trained laypersons raised rates of early CP
by Crystal Phend, Senior Staff Writer, MedPage Today
Reprinted with permission by Michelle Nostheide, American Heart Association
Pulling in nearby CPR-trained lay people via mobile-phone dispatch while paramedics are on their way to an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest appears feasible, a Swedish study showed.
The rate of bystander CPR jumped to 62% with use of a mobile-phone positioning system in Stockholm that could instantly locate and dispatch one of about 6,000 mobile-phone users within 500 m (less than a third of a mile) who were trained in CPR and volunteered to be available.
By comparison, that rate…
Breathing Fresh Air Into The School Grading Debate
Copyright Francis P. Koster Ed.D.
I know how to make sure local school kids score higher on statewide ranking tests - you do it by letting the students breathe clean air.
The quality of indoor air has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. Nearly half of all school buildings have unhealthy levels of indoor air pollution, according to the EPA. Dirty air in schools lowers academic performance. 
One Michigan study found that middle schools located in areas with high air pollution had twice the failure rate on statewide standardized tests compared to schools located in areas with low air pollutio…
Plastic Microbeads In Toothpaste
By Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
If you buy Crest toothpaste, it has little plastic pieces in it - put there on purpose.
It even tells you on the label. Go to the little “inactive ingredients” text on the side of the box, and you will find the word “polyethylene”.
About 18 months ago, the general public began to be aware of this when dentists and dental hygienists found little pieces of plastic stuck in patients infected or swollen gums. The original concern was that the plastic bits were causing harm to patients. Since that time, a bigger concern has begun emerging.
After brushing your teeth, once you rinse your mouth, those little plastic bits go down the drain,…
An Electrifying Idea - Community Solar Gardens
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
One of my favorite statements by a corporate leader goes something like this: “If change outside of your organization is happening faster than change on the inside, the end is near.” (Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric). This is happening to a lot of organizations that provide you energy.
In August of 2015, the average American home spent around $1,100 per year on electricity.  About two-thirds of that comes from very polluting and climate-changing coal and natural gas. Things are ”heating up,” as you may have noticed. Heading off trouble is going to require a lot of effort and expense to eliminate the greenhouse gas and p…