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  • Should You Be Wearing Medical Alert Jewelry?

    Medical alert jewelry can be a literal life-saver in an emergency. But, who should wear them? What should be engraved on them? And what are the benefits, precisely?

    There is an extensive range of conditions that necessitate wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace. Among the most common conditions are diabetes, food and drug allergies, and epilepsy. Others conditions that need identification are autism, epilepsy, lymphedema, dementia, and hearing and/or sight impairment. Transplant patients and others with implanted medical devices should also wear medical ID jewelry. There are many other diseases, especially rare conditions, for which wearing medical alert jewelry is prescribed.

    The engraving on the medical ID jewelry should list the condition the person has; any allergies he or she has to drugs, foods, and/or insect stings; and the names of the drugs that the individual takes. If there is room, the person’s name and an emergency phone number should be listed along with the number of his or her doctor. Additional information should be kept in a wallet ID and/or on a USB flashdrive.
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  • April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

    April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month, an opportunity to learn more about the disease, to help raise public awareness, and to seek out ways to help the cause. April 11, Parkinson’s Disease Day, is the birthday of James Parkinson, the English doctor who first described the disease in an 1817 essay. The red tulip was adopted as the symbol for Parkinson’s disease (PD) when a Dutch horticulturalist with PD, J.W.S. Van der Wereld, developed a red and white tulip after Dr. James Parkinson.

    Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system most common in people over 50. The disorder is caused by the death of dopamine-containing cells in the brain, though what causes the cells to die is unknown. Movement related symptoms present themselves early in the onset of the disease. Among the most apparent symptoms are shaking, rigidness, slowed movement, and difficulty walking. Cognitive and behavioural problems usually arise as the disease progresses. Dementia often occurs in the late stages of Parkinson’s disease.
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  • Have a Hoppy Easter with Nut-free Candy

    Allergies to peanuts are common, especially in children. Love of Easter candy is also common, especially in children. Unfortunately, many types of Easter candy contain peanuts or traces of peanuts that could prove deadly in a severe allergy attack.

    Happily, nut-free chocolate bunnies are available. Hershey’s makes many nut-free chocolate bunnies and other chocolate candies. Yummy gummy options are Sour Patch Bunnies, Swedish Fish Eggs, Starburst jelly beans, and Jolly Rancher jelly beans. Peeps are also nut-free.

    There are a variety of online stores selling nut-free candy. Among the most popular of these are Divvies and Vermont Nut Free Chocolates.

    An additional source of Easter sweets is your own kitchen. Try melting nut-free Baker’s chocolate into bunny, egg, and chick molds. Molds can also be used to make Easter-themed Jell-O shapes. Here, you get the bonus of a fun activity to do with the kids.

    Don’t forget that it’s very important to inspect packaging yourself for allergy warnings. Even if there are no warnings, watch your child or loved one carefully while they eat. Those with peanut allergies should always wear some type of medical alert jewelry in case of anaphylactic shock. A medical ID bracelet or medical id necklace can be a true life saver.Despite the pervasiveness of nuts, children with peanut allergies can hop along happily with the rest of the kids, enjoying an Easter candy sugar rush.

  • April 2011: National Autism Awareness Month

    April is National Autism Awareness Month. Since the 1970s, the Autism Society has been using the observance as an opportunity to educate the public about autism and issues concerning the autism community.

    The term ‘autism’ is familiar to many, but the specifics of the disorder are not widely understood in the general public. Autism encompasses a spectrum of developmental disabilities that range from mild to severe. Problems with social communication is a symptom most widely shared by those with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). The spectrum includes “classic” autistic disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, and pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).

    Autism symptoms fall into three main categories: social skills, language, and behavior. A person with autism may not respond to his or her name, may resist physical affection, and appear to be insensitive to others’ feelings. Language problems for those with ASDs manifest initially as developmental delays and later, with the inability to start or maintain a conversation. A person with autism may speak with an abnormal rhythm or tone. Behavior issues include intense sensitivity to light, sound, and touch; performance of repetitive movements like rocking or spinning; and development of rituals and strict routines.
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  • A Fashionable Medical ID Bracelet Ensures Safety and Style

    fashionable medical braceletsAnyone who wears a medical ID bracelet knows that it can be quite a conversation starter – whether you want it to be or not. Lots of people simply do not understand what they are for, and the unfashionably clunky bracelets that used to be your only option did nothing to help matters. Fortunately, those days are gone, as a new medical ID bracelet can now be eye-catching for all the right reasons.

    Are you still thinking that a medical ID bracelet is just a necessary evil? Don’t tell that to the Hearts on Fire 14k Gold Medical Charm Bracelet. The elegance and beauty of the interlocking gold links and the style of the hearts and the ID diamond are a far cry from the big, stainless steel wrist straps of yesteryear. Those looking for something a bit less flashy might try one of the beaded medical bracelets or woven bracelets designed to have a more down-to-earth, friendship bracelet type feel. For those looking to show a little laid-back island spirit, the Marley Woven Medical ID Bracelet can do just the trick.

    Kids and teens can also be very sensitive about their clothes and styles and anything that might set them apart from other kids. Fortunately for them, their medical bracelet can be just as stylish as they are. Charm Bracelets are available in lots of different styles, and will keep them on the cutting edge of fashion while also ensuring their safety. Jelly Bands are available in many different colors for kids too, and can be used to store important information if the child becomes lost.

    Having to be self-conscious about your medical alert bracelets is a thing of the past. Now, it is simply one more stylish accessory you can match with the rest of your wardrobe. While it may still start conversations, now it will be less “Hey, what’s that for?” and more “Ooh, where did you get that?"

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