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Multiple sclerosis, often referred to as MS, is a disease of the central nervous system. Chronic and quite often disabling, MS varies in severity and rate of progress, and different patients experience varying symptoms from a set group. While multiple sclerosis has an immune system component in that the immune system attacks the central nervous system, it is not technically considered an autoimmune disease, although newer research may change that with time.
When you are on multiple medications, your risk of a drug interaction increases. This is a major factor in an emergency, but even on a day to day basis, when making decisions about over-the-counter (OTC) cold medicines and pain relievers, you need to consider your other, routine medications and whether they might interact with these short-term treatments. Having this information on hand at all times serves as a reminder as well as a safeguard.
When we interview EMTs and other first responders for the Lauren’s Hope blog, it’s usually to get their front-lines perspective on what works best in an emergency when it comes to medical alert jewelry. For instance, a firefighter we interviewed explained that medical condition tattoos are generally quite ineffective because EMTs simply don’t look for them, they’re hard to see in some scenarios, and so many people have tattoos that a medical tattoo simply would not stand out. Others have explained that having your child wear an ICE (In Case of Emergency) ID is a great idea even for kids without medical concerns because kids don’t carry identification cards, and having that ICE information handy enables faster parent and caregiver notifications in an emergency.
Millions of people in the world have sickle cell anemia, sometimes called sickle cell disease, and at least 100,000 of them live here in the US. A disorder affecting the body’s red blood cells, sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder in which the body lacks the necessary number of red blood cells to function properly.
Hormones are some of the most powerful agents in the human body, controlling and/or effecting metabolism, cellular restoration, immune responses, reproductive function, hunger sensations, sexual response, puberty, growth, mood, and more. They’re integral to our overall function, and as such, it is imperative that our hormones are in balance and that all of the systems that produce these agents work properly. In some cases, however, people develop conditions that require the use of synthetic hormone replacement therapy:
Yes! It's Friday! And better yet, it's FREE STUFF FRIDAY! We engrave hundreds and thousands of medical ID plaques here at Lauren's Hope, and every once in a while, our awesome engraving team gets a request that makes us chuckle or just say, "Awwwww!" such as this engraving on Andrew Mills' Napoli medical ID bracelet, which he ordered in honor of his girlfriend, Celeste Morris, and was kind enough to share with us.
Recently, we had an incredibly fun FREE STUFF FRIDAY contest featuring a guest post from Kerri Sparling of Six Until Me. We asked you, our fantastic readers, to share your best travel and safety tips as contest entries, and we received more than 100 responses! With so much terrific information in those comments, we decided to compile the suggestions into one comprehensive list of travel and general safety tips for people with medical conditions. As many of our entrants came over from Six Until Me, there was a ton of great information about TWD: Traveling While Diabetic! So let's start there!
Welcome to a very special Free Stuff Friday! This week, we've teamed up with our friend Kerri Sparling of www.sixuntilme.com to talk about traveling with Type 1 Diabetes and give away THREE travel- and summer-friendly medical alert bracelets right in time for vacation season! Kerri's post is below. Give it a read, check out her blog, and enter to win* one of the products shown in her article by commenting below with your own travel and safety tips! They can be anything from packing ideas to finding a local ER when you don't speak the language. Remember to list the product you’d like to win. Full product descriptions are listed at the bottom of this page, and the three winners will be announced both on the Lauren’s Hope Facebook page and here on the blog tomorrow, Saturday, June 1st.
For people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, medical alert bracelets are an extra layer of protection against serious complications from a cardiac event. If your blood pressure is high most of the time (that is, not just when you’re nervous at the doctor or have been drinking excessive amounts of caffeine, but high in resting and moderately active states), your doctor will likely run additional tests, measure your blood pressure at various points in the day, and diagnose you with high blood pressure. This means your blood pressure is usually 140/90 or above. Normal blood pressure is 120/80 or below (it can be too low, however, which is also potentially problematic).
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