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Five Things You Need To Know About Pacemakers

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 25, 2016

A couple of years ago, my grandmother went through several episodes of falling down and losing consciousness. It was a scary time, and her physician recommended a pacemaker, which was ultimately a great choice for her that helped prevent these episodes from reoccurring. The day of her surgery, a nurse handed my mom a packet with a pacemaker wallet card and the serial number for my grandmother’s pacemaker, and said, “You’re also going to want to order her a pacemaker medical ID bracelet.” Luckily for my mom, she knew just who to call.

I was able to help my grandma pick out a medical ID and advise her on what to have us engrave. And as I did so, I realized that although we do this for our customers daily, I did not personally know all that much about pacemakers and how they work, what care to take, what to watch for, or what heart conditions they help treat. So for all of you who, like me, may not know all there is to know about pacemakers, here’s a handy list of Five Facts About Pacemakers.

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Tags: pacemaker, heart conditions, heart condition medical alert bracelet, arrhythmia medical IDs, atrial fibrillation, pacemakers, bradycardia, A-Fib, pacemaker medical ID bracelet

Halloween Safety for Kids with Food Allergies and Type 1 Diabetes!

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 18, 2016

There’s nothing quite like late fall when the leaves are on the ground, fireplaces are lit, the air is a little crisp, and pretty much everything comes in pumpkin flavor. Seriously. Everything. I saw pumpkin-flavored Frosted Mini Wheats the other day.

Pumpkin-flavored or otherwise, autumn treats are everywhere, especially when it comes to Halloween parties and trick-or-treating. So let’s dive into our…

Five Halloween {Food} Safety Tips For Kids

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Tags: Halloween, T1D, food allergy safety, allergies, allergy, food allergy, type 1 diabetes, food allergies, t1 diabetes

Let's Talk About Food Allergy Bullying

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 11, 2016

Bullying is a big topic in schools and the media alike. In my own little corner of the world, I know my daughter and I have to review and sign her elementary school’s anti-bullying policies and safeguards document every fall, as do all of the other kids and parents. Taking a few minutes to read over this document, discuss what bullying is and how it impacts people, remind kids of the consequences, and talk about constructive ways to help prevent bullying and support other kids is definitely worthwhile in my book. This last time, it actually led to a really interesting conversation with my 9-year-old 4th grader about how she perceives other kids, what she does in social settings when she feels bullied or sees that type of behavior.

The thing is, bullying isn’t only about social behavior and feelings, which are in and of themselves very serious issues. Bullying can be also physically dangerous, and this is highly apparent and concerning when kids have food allergies. According to FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education, Inc.), approximately, “...a third of kids with food allergies report that they have been bullied specifically because of their allergies.” Even worse, sometimes that bullying includes use of the food allergens themselves. FARE’s “It’s Not A Joke,” campaign features two stories from young men who, as kids, were threatened with allergen exposure as a form of bullying.

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Tags: food allergy medical id, allergy alert ids, food allergy, food allergies, food allergy medical alert bracelet, kids with food allergies, ALLERGY ALERT, food allergy bullying

After Breast Cancer: Lymphedema Alerts and Risks

Posted by Tara Cohen on Oct, Tue 04, 2016

While it’s important to discuss year round, in October, there’s an even brighter spotlight on breast cancer awareness and prevention, research and developments. Breast cancer is, “the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women,” according to www.breastcancer.org, which also states that, “About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.” It’s important to note that while breast cancer typically impacts women, approximately 1 in 1,000 U.S. men develop breast cancer as well. Regardless of gender, breast cancer’s impact on patients, their families, and their communities cannot be overstated.

Prevention, early detection, treatment, and research are all essential topics in October and all year long. However, one topic that receives a bit less attention is life after breast cancer. So today, we’d like to do our part by sharing the Top 5 Things You Need To Know About Lymphedema.

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Tags: breast cancer awareness month, what is lymphedema, breast cancer, LYMPHEDEMA ALERT, breast cancer awareness, lymphedema, mastectomy

Understanding Cardiovascular Disease

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Tue 27, 2016

Thursday, September 29th, is World Heart Day, a movement powered by the World Heart Federation to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease or CVD. Cardiovascular diseases include diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Some of the most common types of CVD include:

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Tags: blood thinners, on blood thinners, cardiomyopathy, Medical ID Jewelry, cardiovascular disease, CVD

Do You Have An Emergency Action Plan?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Tue 20, 2016

Over Labor Day weekend, this California girl was shaken awake by an earthquake. That wouldn’t be quite so surprising if it weren’t for the fact that I now live in Kansas City, Missouri. I’ll admit, in the same sleep-addled instant that I registered that we really were having an earthquake in Missouri, I also decided, in total Californian style, that this was not even a 3.5, so I stayed in bed.

Frankly, that was a really unwise move on my part. Structures in Missouri are not built to the high earthquake tolerances of regions, such as the pacific coast, where appreciable earthquakes are so much more commonplace. The smarter choice, given that I was on the second floor, would have been to get into doorway. But I’ll admit, I did not do the smart thing.

And that got me to thinking: How prepared am I for a real emergency?

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Tags: emergency id jewelry, ICE ID, emergency planning, ICE IDs, in case of emergency IDs, Evacuation Plans

What You Need To Know About Celiac Disease

Posted by Brittany Raum on Sep, Tue 13, 2016

I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease in January 2013, and although I still keep count of the time I’ve needed to be completely gluten free, now I feel like it’s more a badge of honor than a prison sentence, but I’ll admit, it’s taken a really long time for me to get to this point.

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Tags: celiac disease ids, celiac disease, Celiac Disease Awareness Day

What is ITP?

Posted by Tara Cohen on Sep, Fri 09, 2016

ITP is short for Immune Thrombocytopenia, also called Idiopathic or Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura. This rare bleeding disorder is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system develops antibodies that attack and kill healthy platelets. Because platelets are essential to blood clotting and people with ITP can have significantly decreased platelet counts, the condition carries a risk of dangerous bleeding.

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Tags: autoimmune disease, bleeding disorders, ITP, Platelet Disorder, Immune Thrombocytopenia

Top Five Reasons You Need To Play Pokemon Go

Posted by Brittany Raum on Jul, Wed 20, 2016

First...what is Pokemon Go?

Well, it’s a little bit silly and a whole lot of fun! Pokemon Go is an app for iPhone and Android. The whole goal is to get outside and track down Pokemon in the real world. So, is it a whole bunch of people walking around looking at their phones? Sure. But it’s also so much more.

Top Five Reasons You Need To Play Pokemon Go

  1. You get your steps in.
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What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Posted by Guest Author on Jun, Tue 28, 2016

A Guest Post by our friend Danielle Walk, Executive Director of the Myasthenia Gravis Association

“Why does he never smile?”

“He doesn’t look sick”

“I think she’s drunk”

“She is just lazy.  She was just fine last week.  Maybe she’s trying to get out of work…again.”

These are some of the comments that someone with myasthenia gravis (MG) may not get to hear but are the type of remarks that are sometimes said by those not familiar with MG, and individuals with this rare disease seldom get the chance to set the record straight.

June is MG Awareness Month and the Myasthenia Gravis Association of MO & KS (MGA), as well as other chapters and individuals throughout the country, is involved in a variety of activities to promote awareness and education so that MG can be better understood. 

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Tags: autoimmune disease, Rare Diseases, Myasthenia Gravis

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