Whooping Cough Outbreak Spreading

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.

Lauren’s Hope Review – Choosing the Right Medical ID

Choosing the right medical ID is difficult. Not only is an ID a life saving device, but it is also a piece of jewelry that you wear every day. This is why we’ve created a series to assist you in making the best choice for you.

Service – There are no service fees related with American Medical ID or Lauren’s Hope. American Medical ID provides the Online Medical Registry health database service at no charge to their customers.

Products – Lauren’s Hope primarily focuses on IDs made with beads and leather for the men’s styles while the strong majority of American Medical ID’s pieces are made with your common jewelry metals. American Medical ID believes that a medical ID should not look too much like every day because it may then be missed by emergency professionals and designs products to fit both needs while Lauren’s Hope believes that the more stylish the medical ID is the more likely you are to wear it.

Price – Pricing for both American Medical ID and Lauren’s Hope are comparable for similar products.

The choice between Lauren’s Hope and American Medical ID is based on your style prefrence, but keep in mind the main purpose of a medical ID when making your purchase. While it is important to find something that matches your style, it is essential that your ID is easily seen my medical professionals.

Money, Stress and the Effects on Your Body

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A recent Stress in America survey found that 76% of people are stressed by money with work falling close behind. This is a 5% increase from last year’s results.

Stress is not just irritating, but can also have severe effects on your health.

  • Hair – excessive hair loss and some forms of baldness
  • Muscles – aches and spasms
  • Digestive Tract – aggravated diseases, such as gastritis, ulcers and an irritable colon
  • Skin – eczema and psoriasis
  • Brain – insomnia, headaches, personality changes, irritability, and depression
  • Heart – cardiovascular disease and hypertension are strongly connected
  • Lungs – adversely effects people with asthma conditions

There is no best method to relieve stress for everyone.  The best thing to do is try a variety of methods until you find what works for you.  Try these sites for several relaxation methods:

Help Guide- a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people make healthy choices
Mayo Clinic- a not-for-profit health clinic helping with the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every disease
Stress Relief Exercises – site with an assortment of relaxation methods to try

To find more of this study’s results check this USA Today article.

USB Dog Tags – USB Medical Alert Product Review

USB Dog Tag ID

Do you like to stay ahead of the curve? Are you a techie?

If either of those statements describe you, than I’m excited to introduce you to the first engravable USB medical ID; the USB Dog Tag.

This ID provides you with all the features of the Dog Tag, but offers a unique USB device to store detailed information that could never  fit on an ID. With the use of a pre-loaded template it is easy to make sure you have everything you need to share organized and ready to view.

Information to store on USB Medical Alert:
- Information that regularly changes or needs to be updated often
- Medical conditions
- Emergency contacts
- Doctor’s name and office number
- Insurance information
- Living will
- Donor cards
- EKGs
- X-rays
- Anything else you’d like to be shared

Doctors are quickly moving to electronic records with a push from the Government to be completely transferred from paper to electronic by 2015. With half of all doctors currently using electronic records having a USB medical dog tag will help make it easy to keep records up to date between physicians.

This USB medical ID goes beyond the limits of every other medical ID out there. What would you put on your USB medical record?

Medical News of the Week

  1. Poor Diet May Make COPD Worse
    Certain vitamin deficiencies may lead to decreased lung function in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
    Source: American College of Chest Physicians Read More
  2. Diabetes Nutrition: Including Sweets in Your Meal Plan
    Diabetes nutrition focuses on healthy foods, but sweets aren’t necessarily off-limits. Here’s how to include sweets in your meal plan. Source: Mayo Clinic Read More
  3. Eating Peanuts While Pregnant May Raise Child’s Allergy Risks
    Women who eat peanuts during pregnancy may be putting their babies at increased risk for peanut allergy.
    Source: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Read More
  4. Falling in Love Is ‘More Scientific Than You Think’
    New research reveals that falling in love can elicit not only the same euphoric feeling as using cocaine, but also affects intellectual areas of the brain.
    Source: Journal of Sexual Medicine Read More
  5. Aspirin May Cut Prostate Cancer Deaths
    Aspirin, already linked in some studies to a lower risk of developing colon cancer, may also cut the risk of dying of prostate cancer by more than half.
    Source: American Society for Radiation Oncology Read More

Thank You to Our Veterans

There are not enough ways to say thank you to the sacrifices our Veterans have made.

American Medical ID, in partnership with Mended Hearts, is taking a step to show a bit of our thanks by donating 1 million blood pressure tracking cards to Veterans. These life saving tools have been delivered to the Nurses Association of Veteran Affairs (NOVA) across the nation.

blood pressure cardMore than 50 million Americans suffer from high blood pressure (the leading cause of heart disease and stroke). With this card Veterans will easily be able to keep track on their blood pressure to help prevent serious illness.

The use of blood pressure wallet cards has been proven as an effective tool by both the American Heart Association, and a WebMD study showed that these cards were able to help a group of Veterans lower their blood pressure by 4.2%.

We hope this donation helps show our thanks on this special day.

What to Engrave on Medical ID Jewelry

You know you should wear a medical ID, but aren’t exactly sure what to put on it.

The key thing to remember is that a medical ID is worn to give EMTs the information they need to treat you quickly and avoid allergies or drugs that  my have a bad reaction with what you are already on. You want to be able to convey the important information with out over crowding your ID.

The best place to start in deciding what to engrave is your doctor. They can tell you what you definitely need on there, such as, yes, Diabetes and Penicillin Allergy should be listed, but don’t worry about engraving that you take Zyrtec for seasonal allergies.

American Medical ID suggests the following to be engraved:

  • Your Name – By having your name engraved less time is wasted searching for identification so a file can be started and treatment started.
  • Medical Condition – Any condition that could alter the way you are treated needs to be engraved such as; Diabetes, Epilepsy, heart conditions, transplant patient, blood disorders. You can find a more elaborate list of conditions here.
  • Allergies – This covers both severe allergic reactions that cause anaphylactic shock such as food allergies or wasp stings to drug allergies. This will keep EMTs from administering a medication that could make your condition worse.
  • Medications – This is extremely important if you take a medication that could react to any other drug that may be used for your treatment. Blood thinners are one of the most commonly engraved medications.Contact Number – Make sure your loved ones are able to get to you quickly by engraving a contact number. Not only will this provide you with support, but can also be another source of information for medical professionals.

What to engrave on your medical id bracelet

Find more information here about about purchasing medical IDs.

Help Support Diabetes with Your Purchase from IdenitifyYourself.com

Diabetes Awareness Month DonationsAs we recently mentioned, November is Diabetes month and  American Medical ID wants to help make a difference.  In order to do our part, we will be making a donation from every medical ID ordered during the month of November.  We are will be making donations for all US, UK and Canadian purchases using the following coupons:

  • We will donate $5 to the American Diabetes Association for every medical ID order
    received using promo code PC372.
  • Universal Medical ID will donate £3 to Diabetes UK for every medical ID order received from the UK using promo code PC373.
  • Universal Medical ID will donate $5 to the Canadian Diabetes Association for every medical ID order received using promo code PC374.

Don’t forget to enter the coupon code and support the fight against diabetes!

Just Diagnosed – Diabetes

Finding out you have or at risk for Diabetes is a tough time. You want to find out everything you can to help beat it and to keep yourself safe.

With this post I’ll direct you to some good resources.

new to diabetesFirst of all, if you have Diabetes, it is important to get a medical ID. When your sugar levels drop it can appear as if you are drunk and instead of getting help you could easily be overlooked. By having an ID you can share the fact that you need help, even if you are unable to clearly vocalize the need.

Mayo Clinic- This site provides an in depth overview of what Diabetes is and includes commonly used treatments and lifestyle changes.

Diabetes Blog Network- Some times you need more than just the medical facts, you need to hear from someone else going through the same things as you.  The Diabetes Blog Network is a directory of blogs dealing with Diabetes.

American Diabetes Association-  The ADA is the largest  Diabetes advocacy group and has hundreds of available resources for people with Diabetes and those whose family members have been diagnosed.

If you have recently been diagnosed with Diabetes or at risk, what are some tips that you wish someone had shared with you? This is your chance to help others.

Don’t forget to help Stop Diabetes!