Latest Medical News Around the Web

Latest Medical News Around the Web

The Joslin Diabetes Center is an affiliation of Harvard Medical School with the goal of beating diabetes through cutting-edge research and innovative approaches to clinical care and education. For over 100 years their work has been at the forefront of diabetes research and education.

As a leader in educating people with diabetes on how take care of themselves and look for a cure, we were excited to see  the Joslin Diabetes Center reinforce the Importance of Wearing a Medical Alert Bracelet.

ADA Jewelry“Medical alert bracelets enable rapid identification of patients with a number of illnesses, including diabetes, which can make them unable to communicate their illness to others, according to Shamai Grossman, M.D., Director of the Cardiac Emergency Center and Clinical Decision Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.”

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Last Minute Holiday Sale

There are only 10 days til Christmas left! Have you checked everyone off your list yet?

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If you have delayed buying a medical ID for your loved ones (or even yourself) we have a great savings for you.

Now until December 17, take $10 off your purchase of $50 or $20 off your purchase of $100 or more. Just enter discount code PC416 at checkout to automatically receive this discount.

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Caring for Yourself While Being a Caregiver

You don’t always plan on taking control of the care for a loved one, in many cases it can happen in the blink of an eye. There’s no question that you would do everything possible for your spouse, parent, or child to make sure they get the care they need, but don’t forget about yourself in the process.caregiver-id

Below are several ways to help take the added stress off as a caregiver, if even for a brief time.

Ease your mind – Leaving the house for work or even errands can be a worrisome activity. What if something happens while you’re out to you or your loved one? With a medical ID you can engrave your contact information for your loved one to wear and on an ID for you to wear you can engrave information stating you are a caregiver. This will give emergency personnel the resources needed to make sure that everyone is informed and receives the care they need.
Example: Liz, do you have an image of AMID jewelry with caregiver information engraved?

Ask for help – If you have friends and family stopping by and asking if they can assist in some way, do not feel bad taking them up on their offer. Keep a list on the fridge of things that need to be done, such as, grocery shopping, laundry, etc. When someone asks if there is something they can do for you use the list so they can pick which item they can do and one less thing is on your to-do list. There are also many organizations out there that provide a variety of levels of assistance.

Take time for yourself – Many times when taking on the responsibilities of caring for someone else the first thing to go is your relaxation time. Take at least 20 minutes to do something that relaxes you and you love, whether it be going for a run, reading a book, or even just sitting in a dark room. It is important to take time for yourself to avoid getting run down.

Find support – You are not the only one going through this, the AARP reports that over 44 million Americans are caregivers for a loved one. Find a support group either locally or online based to help answer the questions you face and let you know what to expect. Having that group to lean on can significantly decrease the stress of wondering what to do next. Today’s Caregiver is a bi-monthly magazine and online resource for the large population taking care of their loved ones and a place to start looking for support.

If you are a caregiver, what are some ways you keep from getting overwhelmed?

How to Stay Healthy During This Year’s Flu Season

Last year the H1N1 influenza virus (swine flu) created the first influenza pandemic in more than 40 years. With the peak of the new flu season nearing people are still going to great lengths to keep them and their families safe from new strands going around.how to prevent flu

Because the strands of the flu virus change every year, there is no set flu season. However, the peak for flu season is normally January or February and can last all the way to May.  Because flu season is a moving target the CDC collects data year round and reports this information every week from October through May.

On average between 5 and 20% of the U.S. population is affected by the flu each year.   Below are the ways to help prevent the flu:

Vaccination – The best way to stay healthy during the flu season is to make sure you get your flu shot at the beginning of the season.  The vaccine takes about two weeks for antibodies  to develop and provide protection (it is still beneficial to get your vaccination this year). Although the effectiveness of the vaccine depends on how well the strands predicted  match to the strands produced, on good years the vaccine is between 70 and 90% effective.

Don’t touch your face – Your eyes, mouth and nose serve as pathways for the virus to enter. By keeping your hands away from your face you block one of the most common ways of allowing the virus to enter your body.

Wash your hands – Wash your hands thoroughly (20 to 30 seconds with hot water and soap) regularly. By keeping your hands clean you can avoid passing germs from one area to another, and keep from infecting yourself.

Use hand sanitizer – Sometimes you just can’t get to a sink, especially when out running errands; for these times keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on you. By using a quarter-sized amount of sanitizer and rubbing it all over your hands for 10 to 15 seconds the alcohol in the sanitizer can break down the proteins in the disease and deactivate it.

Keep your distance – When someone sneezes or coughs they spray virus packed droplets that can land up to three feet away. Although it is common practice for most, many do not cover the mouth when sneezing, so it is best to keep your distance from anyone you think may be infected.

For more information about the flu, how to prevent, and how to treat, check out FLU.GOV.

Lynx Medical Alert Bracelets

American Medical ID is having a blowout sale on the Lynx bracelet line offering each style at up to 50% off the original price.

Are you looking for a stylish ID bracelet that can withstand your daily activities without scratching? The Lynx bracelet line is the ID for you.

Lynx Arc Medical Alert BraceletWith 4 different styles it’s easy to find something you love.

My favorite part of these bracelets is their unique watch-like style instead of the standard chain. This gives it heft and a bold a look. All 4 of the Lynx Trilogy Medical ID Bracelet styles are made with stainless steel allowing you to live your life like normal without worrying about scratches common with precious metal jewelry.

Still not sure if this is the ID for you? Take a look at what some Lynx Bracelet owners have to say about it.

“I like the look and feel of this bracelet MUCH more than those with a chain. For those worried about the not adjustable size issue, I simply took it to a local jeweler and had a few links removed. It fits perfectly now. I’m very pleased with this purchase.”
Nathan Y.

“High quality, very strong and durable. Will probably buy another.”
Brad R.

“The ID is made great, and looks great. I get plenty of compliments.”
James D.

“This bracelet is of the highest quality that I have ever seen on a medical ID bracelet. Your Lynx series has changed the ID bracelet world from an ugly chain to a nice piece of jewelry.”
Christie P.

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Medical News of the Week

  1. Traveling with Medical Conditions
    Traveling with a medical condition requires special preparation. Medical alert bracelets or necklaces are essential for those with conditions that can cause rapid, life-threatening symptoms, confusion, or unconsciousness (such as diabetes, seizures, and severe allergic reactions).
    Source: MerckSource
  2. Diabetes and Your Diet: Busting 7 Myths
    Some of the things you’ve heard about diabetes and diet probably aren’t true.
    Source: Cleveland Clinic
  3. Family Ties Play Big Role in Atrial Fibrillation
    People who have a close family member with atrial fibrillation are 40 percent more likely to develop the heart condition than other people.
    Source: Journal of the American Medical Association
  4. Misperception of Body Weight Poses Health Risks
    Nearly one in four women who is overweight perceives her weight as normal, according to a new study. The study also shows 15% of the normal-weight women studied had weigh misperceptions, considering themselves overweight.
    Source: Obstetrics & Gynecology
  5. We’re Still Too Low on Fruit, Vegetable Consumption
    Kids and adults still aren’t eating nearly enough fruits and vegetables, despite years of encouragement from their parents and nutrition professionals.
    Source: Produce for Better Health Foundation

Free Rush Processing on All Medical ID Orders

It’s not too late to give someone you love a gift to help save their life this Christmas.

From now until Sunday, December 5th, use the code PC395 at check Free Rush Shipping on Medical Alerts / IDs for Christmasout and  receive free rush processing on any order over $50. With rush processing you’re guaranteed to have your ID ready to wrap up and put under the tree before Santa makes his rounds.

Don’t forget that every ID from American Medical ID comes with free engraving. If you’re unsure of what to engrave gift cards are also available.

Medical Tattoos

There are many people that understand the need for medical ID jewelry, but just do not want to wear a necklace or bracelet. Because of issues like this, some creative solutions have come about including the medical tattoo such as the diabetes tattoos shown below:

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The trend of medical tattoos has been around for a while, but has never become too popular for several reasons:

  1. Permanence – Conditions change. You can recover or your condition could morph into another classification, but a tattoo is very expensive and painful to change.
  2. Branding – For a medical tattoo to be seen it must be large and in a recognizable spot – like your left wrist where pulse is normally checked. This placement makes it easy for everyone to see what your condition is, which is what many try to stray away from.
  3. Amount of Information – On an engraved medical ID you can fit a variety of information, from medical conditions and allergies to contact information with a small charm or plate. However with a tattoo, the more information you need to share the larger the area of arm covered in ink.

Last, and most important:

  • Recognition by Medical Professionals – Medical ID jewelry is the gold standard for medical professionals to look for. While checking vitals it is quickly seen and used for the diagnosis and treatment. Although medical tattoos have been around for awhile, they have never been the standard and will often be missed in an emergency with a passing glance, or thought to be a form of body art instead of life saving information.  If you do decide on a medical tattoo, make sure you plan a tattoo design that puts your alert on your wrist so that it can be seen more easily like in the first image above.

If you are considering a medical tattoo, think about other options before making this permanent decision. Some great choices include, a medical bracelet,  or a sportband.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Spreading

Whooping Cough OutbreakYou don’t hear about Whooping Cough very often, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This highly contagious upper respiratory infection is severe and can even be deadly for infants.

Whooping Cough normally takes about a week to develop after your exposure to the bacteria. It then begins to show symptoms similar to a cold and severe coughing episodes begin 10 to 12 days later. These coughing spells can cause vomiting and short spells of unconsciousness; if you have either of these symptoms with coughing fits you need to make an appointment with your doctor immediately.

Lately a Whooping Cough outbreak has been making headline news because of the rate it is spreading this year. Okalahoma and California are already reporting the highest amount of cases they have ever seen. 62% of the cases reported this year have been from six states, California, Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.

Because Whooping Cough is so highly contagious the best way to prevent catching it is a simple vaccination.

For everything you could want to know about Whooping Cough, the outbreak and the vaccine, check Help Prevent Whooping Cough’s site.

Allergy Safe Food for the Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us, which means one of my favorite things. Food!

Gatherings have already begun with appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There are also the delicious pot luck meals where food allergy free thanksgivingeveryone joins together. And don’t forget the yummy treats people pass out and bring to the office. There are so many options for decadent desserts and chances to try new dishes during the holidays.

All these tasty dishes being passed around can be a scary thing for someone with food allergies. You can’t guess all the ingredients in any dish and it is impossible to tell if the cooking process has been contaminated with an allergen. The only way to be completely sure to avoid allergens is to decline unlabeled holiday treats, and definitely teach children to do this also.

Below are some links to help you steer your way through the holidays without running into any allergy obstacles.

If you’re looking for something to serve then try out this recipe for Cranberry Quick Bread from the Food Allergy Network:

Ingredients
2 ½ cups flour
1 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¾ cup canned sweet potato, mashed
¾ cup peach baby food
1/3 cup orange juice
¼ cup milk-free margarine, melted
1 cup dried cranberries

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat 9/5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. Set aside. In large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Set aside. In another large bowl, combine sweet potato, baby food, orange juice, and margarine. Mix well. Add to dry ingredients; stir until just moist. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake 1 hour 10 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Transfer to wire rack to cool completely.

Do you have any allergy free holiday recipes you love?

*If you do eat something containing an ingredient you’re allergic to; an engraved medical ID can help ensure you quickly receive proper care.

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