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CPR Resource Center

Nearly 1,000 Americans are felled each day by a cardiac arrest. Most die, even though many are just inches away from life-sustaining treatment—someone who can do cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Someone like you. Don't know how? The American Heart Association, American Red Cross, and other organizations offer classes in almost every city in the country. You can teach yourself at home with the heart association's CPR personal learning program. In a pinch, you can teach yourself. This page offers a step-by-step guide to doing CPR, information on using a defibrillator to jump start a heart, and other life-saving resources. The best way to learn CPR is to take a class. The easiest way to find one in your area is to look up online, or call, the American Heart Association (toll-free, 877-AHA-4CPR) or the American Red Cross (202-303-5000). If you like to learn things at your own rate, or in privacy, the American Heart Association has something for you. The Family & Friends CPR Anytime Personal Learning Program is a kit that comes with a videodisc, an instruction manual, and an inflatable mannequin so you can get the feel of doing CPR and practice at home. The AHA says the $35 kit can teach you the basics of CPR in just 22 minutes. Completing the lesson doesn't give you certification in CPR, but it does give you the skills you need to perform CPR if you ever need to. You can order the kit online at or by calling the AHA (toll free) at 877-AHA-4CPR. More »

School Lunches

Working all morning at school burns up a lot of energy, so children need healthy lunches to refuel. Children also need lunch to provide enough energy and nutrients to keep healthy and grow as well as possible. Be sure you encourage your child to eat a nutritious lunch every day, either from the school cafeteria or brought in from home. However, just because the cafeteria offers healthy food or you pack a nutritious lunch for your child, doesn't mean your child will actually eat it. You must teach your child to make healthy choices. Remember to start by setting a good example at home with your own eating habits. More »

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children

Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a brain problem that can make it hard for kids to behave appropriately. It can also make time in the classroom challenging, interfere with schoolwork, and affect a child’s social and emotional development. Brain imaging studies suggest that kids with ADHD have brains that work a little differently than the brains of kids without this condition. ADHD tends to run in families. More »

Acute bronchitis

Acute bronchitis is an infection and inflammation of the lining of the bronchial passages. These are the large airways that connect the windpipe to the lungs. Although bronchitis makes you cough, it is not an infection of the lungs like pneumonia. However, when acute bronchitis does not get better, it can develop into pneumonia. Acute bronchitis often begins with an upper respiratory infection in the nose, sinuses, ears, or throat that is usually caused by a virus. Infection with bacteria can sometimes follow a viral infection. Infants, young children, older people, smokers, and those with lung or heart disease are more vulnerable to developing acute bronchitis from upper respiratory infections. They are also more likely to develop pneumonia from bronchitis. When symptoms last a long time or come back again and again—which often happens in smokers—the condition is called chronic bronchitis. More »

Measles (Rubeola)

Measles, also known as rubeola, is an infection, mainly of the nose, windpipe and lungs that is very contagious, meaning it spreads easily from person to person. The measles virus usually spreads when someone comes into contact with droplets from another person that contain the virus. This can happen when someone with the virus coughs or sneezes. It also can happen when people touch used tissues, share drinking glasses or touch hands that have infected droplets on them. Once the virus gets into the body, the infection spreads throughout the nose, windpipe and lungs, into the skin and other body organs. A person with measles can spread the virus to others from one to two days before any symptoms begin (or three to five days before the rash) to four days after the rash appears. More »

What you need to know about: vaccines

All adults are advised to get flu vaccines each year. However, immunization doesn’t last a lifetime, so you should check to see if all of your vaccinations are current. You need a tetanus booster every 10 years. All adults 65 or older should get the pneumonia shot once (and a second time after age 65 if the first shot was given when they were younger than 65). The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the shingles vaccine for people ages 50 and older; however, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices continues to recommend that vaccination begin at age 60. More »