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Submission + - 'Staying Alive' keeps Saving Lives

Hugh Pickens writes: "Wired reports that doing chest compressions to the beat of the BeeGees' disco classic 'Stayin' Alive' can get a person's heart going again after cardiac arrest and has saved more than one life. After Tom Maimone, an experienced jogger who'd been given a clean bill of health by his doctor, suffered a heart attack during a 10 mile run and collapsed in the street, a passerby stopped to perform CPR recalling that the latest CPR technique could be done to the 1970's disco hit and was able to maintain the proper rhythm until EMTs arrived to take over. The song saved another person recently in Massachusetts as a woman was taking a walk in the woods with her 53-year-old husband one morning when suddenly he collapsed. As it turns out, 'Stayin' Alive' has a beat that's almost exactly 100 beats per minute — the same rate the American Heart Association now recommends for chest compressions during CPR. Going too slow doesn't generate enough blood flow, and going too fast doesn't allow the heart to fill properly between compressions. Just as importantly, nearly every American born in the last half-century knows the song by heart. Interestingly enough, the reason the song has such an unchanging rhythm throughout the song is that 'Stayin' Alive' was recorded without a live drummer. The BeeGees selected two bars from already-recorded "Night Fever," re-recorded them to a separate track, and proceeded with sessions for "Stayin' Alive". As a joke, the group listed the drummer as "Bernard Lupe" who became a highly sought-after drummer — until it was discovered that he did not exist."

Submission + - DOSBox v0.73, and an Interview With the Developers

An anonymous reader writes: The DOSBox team has released a new version (0.73) of the emulator at the end of the last month. Besides the tons of tweaks and fixes, it sports a new, faster OPL2 and OPL3 core (for Sound Blaster emulation), and it emulates more video modes (more acurate EGA and VGA modes, 3 SVGA chipsets instead of one). Other notable features include a new ARM dynamic recompiler and Coremidi support on Mac OS X. > Downloads are this way.

Sir Arthur's Den has an interview of Peter Veenstra a.k.a. Qbix, one of the DOSBox autors, commenting the release.

Submission + - Microsoft to unveil Morro: A Free Antivirus (reuters.com)

N!NJA writes: A Microsoft spokesman said on Wednesday that the world's biggest software maker is testing an early version of the product with its own employees. Microsoft would "soon" make a trial version, or product beta, available via its website, he added, but declined to provide a specific date. [...] Microsoft has said that Morro will offer basic features for fighting a wide range of viruses, which would likely make it comparable to low-end consumer products from Symantec and McAfee that cost about $40 per year. Their top-selling products are security suites that come with features including encryption, firewalls, password protection, parental controls and data backup.

Patient "Roused From Coma" By a Magnetic Therapy 123

missb writes "Could the gentle currents from a fluctuating magnetic field be used to reverse the effects of traumatic brain injury? New Scientist reports on a patient in the US who was in a coma-like state, but can now speak very simple words after being given transcranial magnetic stimulation. This is the first time TMS has been used as a therapy to try and rouse a patient out of a coma."

Comment Re:Other possible applications of this tech? (Score 1) 88

Surgery isn't needed to tune the CNS. This study shows that fMRI feedback allows to modulate the pain perception. People (chronic pain pain patients and control subjects) were able to learn to voluntarily deactivate the brain region that links pain perception and emotion, thereby reducing their subjecive painful experience.

BTW, although acute pain is indeed a useful signal, the nervous system sometimes goes awry and becomes permanently sensitzed to pain or even sometimes generates pain. In these chronic pain conditions, the pain becomes the disease, and treating it is a good solution.

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