Medical News of the Week

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

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!

Why are Medical IDs Important?

A medical ID is the easiest and fastest way to share the necessary information that could possibly save your life.

IDs can save your life. According to the Institute of Medicine, preventable medication errors injure at least 1.5 million Americans annually. By wearing a custom-engraved ID medical professionals will have the information they need to help you quickly and  avoid further complications due to the use of medications that may have adverse effects with medications you are currently on, or are allergic to.

According to a survey of the National Association of EMS Educators, 95% of emergency responders look for a medical ID and strongly believe that Medical  Emergency Identificationan ID eliminates guesswork when treating a person who cannot speak or is under duress.

IDs can save you money. By taking away some of the guesswork during diagnosis, fewer treatments need to be  attempted resulting in a smaller bill. A survey of American Medical ID customers showed that of incidents leading to the emergency room, hospital expenses average seven times more than for those who were wearing medical identification.

IDs can keep your loved ones safe. Medical IDs worn by caregivers ensure that your family member will be properly treated in the event you are debilitated. Currently 50 million people in America are caring for loved ones with a chronic condition or disability (National Family Caregivers Association), and according to the AARP half of the US workforce will be caregivers in the next five years. By engraving the caregiver’s name, care recipient’s name, relationship and urgent instructions or contact information, a medical ID can keep your loved one safe in the event something happens to you.

Medical IDs have come along way and no longer scream out to everyone you pass that you have a condition, instead  they now come in a variety of styles from your classic dog tag to charm bracelets and in every metal type. Allowing you to keep your style, but still share the medical facts that could save your life.

Check here for a list of some of the conditions that warrant the use of a medical ID.

Product Feature – Dog Tag

The dog tag is by far one of the most traditional pieces of identification jewelry. With its size and weight it is easily noticeable for medical professionals, and provides plenty of room for engraving.

Although the dog tag is most popular with men, American Medical ID also makes smaller tags for women and children. This allows for the same classic and familiar style, with less of the heft.

dog tag  identificationThis ID is great for anyone with a more traditional sense of style, or who simply needs a little extra space to engrave medical and contact information.

Available in stainless steel, sterling silver, gold-filled, and gold, this ID can alert medical professionals to your important information and easily blend into your every day style.

Is the dog tag your favorite style?

American Medical ID or Medic Alert?

When choosing a medical ID you’ll find many available options, and choosing the best option can be difficult. To help you with this important decision I’ll be comparing several of the bigger players in the ID field so you can decide which features are the most important to you.

medic alert logoFor this first installment I’ll be taking a look at MedicAlert and their member service.

Service: While American Medical ID focuses on custom engraving in order to relay information, MedicAlert also offers a help line to call if you need assistance and family alert system.  Both American Medical ID and MedicAlert provide a medical record service managed by you.

Style: If the style of the ID is what you are looking for than American Medical ID is probably where you want to look. MedicAlert provides the basic styles and the crystal bracelets, but you must choose only from the options they have put together, whereas with American Medical ID you can completely customize your piece of jewelry creating thousands of options.

Price: Although the stainless steel dog tag is about $20 cheaper, it does not provide space for front and back engraving (and also requires membership fees). On precious metal jewelry (silver and gold) American Medical ID averages about $30 less than MedicAlert.

Membership fees should also be considered when looking at both companies; American Medical ID does not require any kind of membership while the average membership fee for MedicAlert is $30 a year.

One Million Blood Pressure Tracking Cards Donated to Veterans

As Veterans Day approaches on November 11, one million people who served our nation are receiving a free, simple tool proven to help them live a healthier life.

blodd pressure cardAmerican Medical ID, a leading manufacturer of personalized medical alert jewelry, in partnership with the Mended Hearts, Inc., a cardiac support group, is donating one million blood pressure tracking cards to the Nurses Organization of Veterans Affairs (NOVA), just in time for Veterans Day.

The convenient wallet cards, designed by American Medical ID, will include the veteran’s healthcare provider’s name, blood pressure medicine being taken, a chart to record their blood pressure, special instructions, and valuable tips to help keep one’s blood pressure under control.

The wallet tracking cards are being distributed this month to 42 NOVA locations around the United States. Additional cards will be distributed by the 250 chapters of Mended Hearts, Inc.

High blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. More than 50 million Americans have high blood pressure, and government estimates state that about one-third of those have uncontrolled blood pressure. The disease, sometimes called the “Silent Killer,” often has no symptoms and can also cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, kidneys, and other organs.

blood pressure wallet cardNormal blood pressure is considered to be 120/80 mmHg.

“Since high blood pressure has no apparent symptoms, it is not easy to convince patients to carefully monitor their readings. Even though these individuals may feel fine, high blood pressure left untreated over an extended period of time can be quite devastating,” says Nancy Claflin, president, of NOVA. “These convenient cards will allow veterans to keep an eye on and track their blood pressure wherever they go.”

In 2009, Circulation, the official journal of the American Heart Association, published a study that evaluates the effectiveness of a blood pressure wallet card in a VA patient population as a tool in keeping a lid on elevated blood pressure over time. WebMD, the popular online medical magazine, also reported the positive effects of wallet cards in 2009.

WebMD reported that using wallet cards to track blood pressure helped a group of veterans lower their blood pressure by 4.2 percent. The encouraging results clearly showed how this simple device can make a significant difference.

“High blood pressure increases a person’s risk of developing any number of its complications such as heart failure and heart disease,” said Raul Fernandes, president, of Mended Hearts, Inc.  “Empowering patients, particularly veterans, to monitor their pressure is one more step to ensuring they live healthier lives.”

“Communicating important medical information is a part of our company’s mission,” said Rick Russell, CEO and president, of American Medical ID.  “This donation is a natural extension of our philosophy and philanthropic efforts.  It is with heartfelt commitment and great pride that we give back to those that have sacrificed so much for our nation.”

This is not the only time American Medical ID has worked closely with the VA or its supporting organizations. The Houston-based company maintains a close, ongoing relationship with VA groups across the nation to assist them in carrying out a 2009 directive from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, to make ID bracelets and pendants available to eligible veterans at no charge to the veterans.

Veterans wishing to find a NOVA location or a participating Mended Hearts local chapter near them to obtain a blood pressure card can call 602.277.5551 ext. 7333, 214.390.6233 or 713.695.0284.

About American Medical ID
Since 1994, Houston-based, employee owned and operated, American Medical ID has created high quality, customized medical identification jewelry to meet one’s everyday lifestyle.  The medical IDs are available with various styles of bracelets, necklaces, and sports bands, in gold, gold-filled, sterling silver, stainless steel, titanium and nylon.  Each ID is custom fitted and personalized with complimentary engraving.  Candidates for a medical ID include anyone living with chronic or rare medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, heart conditions, stroke risk or memory impairment; persons with allergies such as food, drug or insect; and those taking multiple medications or blood thinners. For more information about American Medical ID, visit, email or call 713.695.0284.

About Mended Hearts
A community-based, nationwide heart patient support network founded in 1951. More than 17,000 members operate through 300 chapters and satellite organizations across the United States, with two chapters in Canada. Recognized for its role in facilitating a positive patient-care experience, Mended Hearts partners with 460 hospitals and rehabilitation clinics offering heart patient support through visiting programs, group meetings and educational forums. For more information visit, email, or call 1-888-HEART99 (1-888-432-7899).

About NOVA
Nurses Organization of Veteran Affairs is a nationwide, voluntary organization composed of registered nurses employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For more information, visit or call 703.444.5587.

National Diabetes Awareness Month

With nearly 24 million Americans living with Diabetes, and an additional 57 million at risk, the American Diabetes Association has had November declared as Diabetes Awareness Month.

stop diabetesWith numbers that high I’m sure you know someone that has been affected by this disease, but do you know how severe Diabetes really is?

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure.
  • Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults.
  • Two out of three people with Diabetes die from heart disease or stroke.
  • The death rate from Diabetes continues to climb while the death rates due to cancer, heart disease and stroke have declined.

If awareness and a campaign for change to current trends does not happen then it is likely that one out of every three children born in the United States will face a future with Diabetes.

In the past year 814,000 people have joined the movement to Stop Diabetes. You too can also join in their goal to reach 1,000,000 by visiting Stop Diabetes.

stop diabetes logoStop Diabetes provides other ways you can support the cause by sharing information through videos and blogs and becoming an advocate.

What are some other ways you can help fight Diabetes?