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FireLife is dedicated to all things “off-duty” that are of interest to firefighters while they are not working/training. Some of the regular columns we will feature in the health section include:

  • Fire Station Cooking

    -- Craig Nelson creates his own recipes and solicits them from departments across the country. Each article contains a quick introduction to those submitting the recipe, their department, their recipe, and any stories that may surround the legendary dishes. He also “scores” each recipe on ease of preparation, time, cost, and how many it feeds. Nelson has been in the fire service for nine years, working as a volunteer, paid-on-call, and a full-time firefighter/EMT. He works for the Fargo (ND) Fire Department and works part-time at Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead as a fire instructor.
  • On Fitness

    -- Strength, stamina and conditioning is particularly important to all firefighters.  This popular monthly column from Fire Engineering will be imported to FireLife and will soon be accompanied by a regular video section for the viewer to work out along side.
  • To Your Health

    -- The latest news and information and research studies on firefighter health and wellness.  Updates on medicine, recalls and leading a healthy lifestyle.
  • Yoga for Firefighters

    -- Claire Diab and Dennis Boyle dedicate this section to keeping firefighters balanced both on and off the job.  She is the author of several books and DVDs on Yoga including "Yoga for Firefighters."  He is a retired fire diretor and acting chief with the West Orange (NJ) Fire Department.

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Fire Life Health Articles

Expanding the Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer, Part 2

Mary Jane returns with the second part of her series on the dangers of prostate cancer, an issue highly relevant to firefighters.

Expanding the Treatment Options for Prostate Cancer, Part 1

Mary Jane Dittmar offers Part 1 of this two-part look at the strides being made in the fight against prostate cancer.

LODDs: More Immediate Medical Assistance for Firefighters Who Collapse During and After Fighting a Fire

Mary Jane Dittmar focuses this new To Your Health on the bane of the fire service: line-of-duty deaths and their association pre- and post-fire activities.   

Reports from the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society

In her newest column, Mary Jane Dittmar examines antibiotic resistance, cardiovascular benefits and oats, “new” heart tissue that beats, and health benefits of dark chocolate.

When Life Throws You a Curve: One Person’s Journey

We are looking into the personal journey of Emile Allen, M.D., a successful urologist, who suddenly was faced with such decisions, as he describes it in Eaten by the Tiger.

Some Reasons to Be Vigilant on the “Healthground”

Mary Jane Dittmar looks into the phenomenon of genetically modified foods in this edition of "To Your Health."

Anxiety, a Suicide Risk; Acetaminophen and Serious Skin Reactions; FDA and Gluten-Free Labels

Mary Jane Dittmar returns with more info from the world of medicine that could impact firefighters' health.

Heart and Kidney Notes

In this month's To Your Health, Mary Jane Dittmar discusses new study's concerning cigarettes, Vitamin D deficiencies, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Preplan for Health Battles as for Firegound Battles

Virtually all of us have had an encounter with a cancer diagnosis and the roller coaster of emotions it causes to course through the patient, family members, friends, coworkers, and others who are part of the diagnosed person’s life. 

New Research: Exercise and Statins; COQ10 and Heart Function

Often, it is bewildering to know what is really good for us and what might harm us even though it seems to be the Gold Standard for medical care.

Some Recent News Relative to Cardiovascular Disease

In April, the EuroPRevent 2013 Congress of the European Society of Cardiologists was held in Rome. The two studies described below were presented at the Congress. They add to the international discussion of factors that may associated with the development of cardiovascular disease.

Getting Through the Flu Season

We are in the middle of the flu season, which health experts have identified as a “bad” season. Some hospital emergency rooms have had to resort to turning flu patients away.

Physical Activity at Any Level Can Add to Life Expectancy

According to the National Institutes of Health, physical activity "even if done at relatively low levels and regardless of body weight, can extend life expectancy."

Tea: From the Perspective of a Health Aid

According to researchers at the 5th International Scientific Symposium on Tea and Human Health, held on September 20, 2012, at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), you may be overlooking a pretty remarkable health-improvement aid.

Recognizing Ischemic Stroke Victims, Cardiac Arrest in Athletes, West Nile Virus

In the never-ending quest to lower the number of deaths from cardiovascular events for first responders and the overall population of the United States, we continue to search for ways to prevent and to treat these conditions more effectively.  One of this column’s objectives is to present information that could possibly bring us closer to these goals by presenting more “clues.”