Oct 19

Medical researchers at the University of Illinois say the 1977 disco hit “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees has the perfect beat to perform CPR.

At 103 beats per minutes, the song is the perfect CPR metronome, said Dr. David Matlock of the university’s Peoria campus.

Matlock’s research confirms the work of Dr. Alson Inaba, an emergency room doctor in Honolulu, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Research conducted by Matlock and Inaba show the song and its beat stuck with test subjects performing CPR, yielding heart compression rates within the 100-per-minute range recommended by the American Heart Association, the Tribune reported.

CPR can triple a heart-attack victim’s chances of survival, but the proper rhythm is essential, said Matlock, who is to present his findings at an American College of Emergency Physicians meeting.

Oct 19

We like to take beautiful or unusual buttons and swap them in place of the cheesy and cheap buttons that often come on a blouse or coat.

Here’s a couple of tips to safeguard precious buttons during cleaning:

1) If dry cleaning, ask your cleaner to put your garment in a net bag. That way, if a button falls off it won’t get lost and you can later reattach it.

2) Use Velcro to pad the buttons so they don’t break or chip:

vecro.jpgCut both pieces of Velcro to a size slightly larger than the button. Cut one of the pieces up the center to the middle and slip it over the button so the button is resting on the Velcro, as seen here.

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Take the other piece and press it on the piece with the button and you then have the padded button protector, seen right.