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True or False.  Cold weather makes you sick? If you were like me and said true, then you’re in the same boat as the majority of the population. This misconception has been repeated for so long that we all start to believe it is true. The magnificent thing about science is the ability to challenge and prove theories. So how come more people get sick in the winter than in the summer? It comes down to the simple fact that people are inside together for longer periods of time1. With the days getting shorter and people staying inside for longer periods of time person to person contact increases.  The heightened contact of sick people talking, coughing, and sneezing are the top causes of cold and flu transmission 2.

Flus and bacteria’s travel quickly from one person to another and anyone can become sick and experience seriously complications. In fact, cold and flu germs can fly up to six feet through the air. Keep a broom stick distance away from someone who is ill or is showing signs of being ill if you or a loved one has a weakened immune system. Below are some interesting statistics through research by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases3.

  • 59% of people who are infected do not know there are prescriptions to treat the flu
  • 41% of people who are infected don’t believe their flu is contagious
  • Between 5-20% of the U.S. population become sick with the flu each year
  • More than 200,000 are hospitalized from seasonal flu- related complications

Some ways to lower your risk of infection are to avoid crowds of people, avoid touching dirty surfaces, eat a healthy diet, get plenty of sleep, try to reduce your stress level, and get an annual vaccine4. Additionally the American Medical Association recommends that all people over the age of six months receive an annual vaccine. Here are a few items that can help lower your risk of sickness this flu season.

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Having an air purifier in your room will drastically bring down the chances of getting any airborne germs from spreading through your living area. It’s pretty impressive that these devices are able to capture 99.7% of these allergens through multiple stages of filtration. With the constant room circulation, your airborne allergens are minimalized.

 

 

 

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Another way to stop the spread of germs is to wipe down surfaces with a disinfectant wipe. These wipes clean and disinfects surfaces and medical equipment in just one easy wipe. These are ideal for precision cleaning to your bathroom, door handles, general surfaces, and medical devices.

 

 

 

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A very common flu aid is instant hand sanitizing gels. Being sold in a variety of sizes you can place a bottle next to your sink, in  your purse, in your car, or at the office. These gels kill 99.9% of all microorganisms in just 15 seconds. These particular gels also moisturizes with no need to rinse and are very convenient for on the spot use.

 

 

 

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of flu season supplies and medical equipment to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are combating the flu or suffering from flu problems rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your cold/flu season product needs.

 

  1. http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/29/11-health-myths-that-may-surprise-you/?_r=0
  2. http://nfid.org/
  3. http://www.multivu.com/mnr/64092-nfid-urges-public-to-protect-themselves-influenza-prevention-and-treatment
  4. http://www.weather.com/health/cold-flu/temp-change-sick-20130219?pageno=5

 

The creation and advancements of smart phones have impacted many industries and now have taken the portable device to endless possibilities. Mobile devices have revolutionized how the caretaker, physician, and end user practice medicine1. Companies have developed apps to work flawlessly with their products to make your experience more rewarding and informational. Imagine sitting in line at the grocery store and wanting to know your blood pressure.  Simply pull out your phone, open a specific medical app, and the information at your fingertips is endless. You can calculate a couple quick numbers, and send those results in a flash straight to your doctor to review instantly.

Companies like iHealth and Jacobs Ladder have found ways to make keeping your information easily accessible. You can look at graphs and observe trends of how your body is evolving. The more you use the app, the more conscious of your body’s developments you will be. Can more than one person use this medical device? Certainly! You can save different users, so you will consistently have accurate information. Each smart phone assisted device has its benefits, but they all are effective, provide information quickly, and ultimately, are the way of the future2. Smart phone medical devices are here to stay and listed below are some of the most popular ones.

iHealth – Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor

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This device is one of the first of its kind for smart phones. The iHealth Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor makes it easy to check your own blood pressure at any time or anywhere. The included mobile app measures and tracks your systolic and diastolic numbers, heart rate, pulse wave, and measurement time3. Take this information and share it with your family and most importantly, your doctor. You get accurate results with the motion sensor technology built right in. It knows when your cuff has been properly installed and will notify when ready.

 

The Biggest Loser – Jacob’s Ladder

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You have seen it on TV and now you can have it at home. Get the same intense workout that you see on NBC’s hit show The Biggest Loser. No more waiting on others to finish with the equipment at the gym as you can have this total body workout machine at home. Jacobs Ladder has just released a smartphone app for their gym so you can log your results and then, if you want, post them to Facebook or send them out in a email to someone else. It also helps to show progress so you can log where you were and where you are now. This gym just became the ultimate workout experience.

“It will work your entire body from shoulders, triceps, biceps, quads, glutes, back, and calves. It is a beast of a machine and where I go I can use it most times without waiting because people don’t want to work out that hard. It you want to get in shape this Machine is it. It is the best piece of equipment that any Gym could purchase because you get to most of the least amount of time.”

-DC Stan from DC

Allegro Medical offers the latest and greatest of medical equipment to its customers. New and exciting products are arriving each and every day here at Allegro Medical. Visit us at www.AllegroMedical.com to learn more about these and other smart phone products.

 

  1. http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/47/1/117.short
  2. http://internetmedicine.com/2012/12/14/top-ten-medical-uses-of-the-iphone/
  3. http://www.ihealthlabs.com/wireless-blood-pressure-wrist-monitor-feature_33.htm
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