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  • Enter our contest to win a complementary medical ID bracelet!

    Click here to respond to the blog post “Living with food allergies: How to keep your child healthy” to enter to win a free N-Style ID medical alert bracelet.

    Simply leave a comment below the blog describing what your child is allergic to and the creative ways in which you’ve let others know how to keep them safe and you will be entered in our random drawing to receive a complimentary bracelet.

    One winner will be chosen randomly on August 31st and provided with a discount code to use online.

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  • Back to School with Diabetes: Preparations for Safety

    For parents with a child living with diabetes, back to school time can be stressful because it means handing responsibility for the child’s diabetes management to school staff. However, this time need not be so stressful for parents. There are a number of ways that parents can help to assure their child’s safety at school.

    The most important step is to gather the necessary information needed by the school staff for them to properly manage the child’s individual diabetes needs. The American Diabetes Association offers a Diabetes Medical Management Plan (DMMP) document to be filled out by the student’s personal diabetes healthcare team, which includes parents. The plan would be given to relevant school personnel, such as the school nurse, to review and keep in their records.

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  • Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents at Home

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), emergency departments treated 2.2 million nonfatal fall injuries among older adults in 2009.

    The CDC also reports that falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children through age 19. Every day, approximately 8,000 children are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, almost 2.8 million children each year.

    The danger of having a fall accident is a reminder of the importance of wearing a medical alert bracelet or medical alert necklace. Wearing medical ID jewelry will inform medical personnel of your health condition, medications, emergency contacts, and other important information.

    There are a number of ways to reduce the likelihood of a fall accident occurring at home.
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  • What is dementia?

    Dementia describes a cluster of symptoms, rather than a particular disease. Generally, a person with dementia lives with symptoms that affect intellectual and social abilities to a degree that they interfere with daily life. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia, the source of the symptoms can be from a variety of conditions. Some types of dementia cannot be completely cured, while others are caused by reversible or treatable conditions.

    Although memory loss is the most common symptom associated with dementia, this symptom alone does not indicate dementia. The problems must involve at least two brain functions to qualify as dementia. Other symptoms of dementia include, but are not limited to, difficulty communicating; inability to learn and remember new things; problems with organization and planning; trouble with coordination and motor skills; changes in personality; inappropriate behavior; paranoia; hallucinations; and agitation. It is important to see or take a loved one to see a doctor if these symptoms are present. Early detection can give you time to plan for the future and to alleviate and possibly reverse symptoms.

    Causes of dementia are often divided into two categories: conditions that are progressive, or that worsen over time, and those that can be reversed.

    Among the progressive dementias are Alzheimer’s disease, caused by neuron damage resulting from a defective gene; Lewy body dementia, caused by clumps of protein in the brain; vascular dementia, caused by brain damage due to problems with arteries to the brain and heart; and frontotemporal dementia, cause by degeneration of nerve cells in the brain.

    Reversible dementia can be caused by the following: infections and immune disorders; metabolic problems and endocrine abnormalities; nutritional deficiencies; reactions to medications; subdural hematomas; poisoning; brain tumors; anoxia; and heart and lung problems.

    Other conditions which can lead to dementia are Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Pick’s disease, and progressive supranuclear palsy.

    There are many risk factors that can lead or increase the likelihood of dementia, some that can’t be changed and others that can. Among risk factors that cannot be changed are increasing age, family history, and Down syndrome. Risk factors that you can change--whether by change in behavior or use of  medication--are alcohol use, atherosclerosis (plaques on artery walls), blood pressure, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, high estrogen levels, homocysteine blood levels, and smoking.

    Besides treating the conditions that cause dementia, there are some medications that can control the behavior associated with dementia and slow the rate of progressive dementia. Those medication types that can alleviate behavior issues include anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, serotonin-affecting drugs, and stimulants.

    An additional aid to someone with dementia is to wear medical ID jewelry, like a medical ID bracelet, medical alert pendant, medical ID charm, or medical ID necklace. A medical ID can prove invaluable in the case that a person with dementia gets lost, forgets their personal and medical information, or is exhibiting behavior that might otherwise be perceived negatively.

    In summary, dementia encompasses a wide array of symptoms with a wide array of causes, some preventable or reversible and others not. Whatever the case, it is important to see a doctor at the earliest signs of dementia so that symptoms can be treated and a plan for the future, if necessary, can be put in place.

  • Living with Epilepsy: Some Home Safety Tips

    Although medications and treatments can greatly reduce the symptoms of epilepsy, many people living with the condition are still at risk of having unpredictable seizures. Injuries can result when a person loses consciousness during a seizure and falls. Hot objects, water, and hard surfaces are all dangerous to those who could suddenly lose consciousness. Although a person can not control the safety of their environment all the time, it is possible to reduce the risk of injury during a seizure by taking safety precautions at home.

    There are a number of ways to improve safety in the kitchen for people with epilepsy. To prevent burns, oven mitts and rear burners of the stove should be used. If it is possible to choose, cook with an electric stove rather than one with an open flame. While cooking, turn the pan handles away from the body to reduce spilling in the case of a fall. The safest way to cook is to use the microwave. To prevent scalding burns from water in the case of lost consciousness, have the plumber install a device to prevent water getting too hot. When possible, use plastic containers and other shatterproof materials.

    Adjustments to the bathroom can also improve the safety of someone in danger of having a sudden seizure. Most importantly, do not have a lock on the door or do not use it so that someone can help in the case of lost consciousness. Use a ‘vacant/ occupied’ sign at home to ensure privacy instead of the lock. A shower is much more preferable to a bath because of the risk of drowning in standing water. If the shower is surrounded by glass, it should be shatterproof. It is best to have fixtures that are close to the wall or covered with soft material to reduce risk of injury if one falls. Even safer is to shower while sitting. As with the water in the kitchen, the bathroom plumping should be fixed so that it does not reach scalding temperatures.

    A feature that should be taken care of throughout the house is securing cords and wires to reduce the possibility of appliances and objects being knocked over. If heating elements are exposed around the house, try to find a method of safely covering them or moving them out of reach. To reduce the impact of a fall, consider having softer flooring throughout the home. Cushioned vinyl, linoleum, cork, and rubber provide softer landings. Carpets are also a soft option, especially those with a high wool content. Synthetic fibers are more likely to cause friction burns.

    A safety precaution that should be taken everywhere is wearing medical ID jewelry, such as a medical ID bracelet, medical id charm or medical ID necklace, that indicates the condition of epilepsy along with medications and other emergency information. Taking all of these precautions will improve safety for someone living with epilepsy.

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