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The US Food and Drug Administration has approved Medtronic’s MiniMed 670G, a medical device that monitors a diabetic’s sugar levels, and then automatically injects the required dose of insulin.

This first-of-its kind automated insulin delivery system was approved for people over the age of 14 who have type 1 diabetes, and it’s poised to make life considerably easier for the millions of Americans who suffer from this condition.

More about the MIniMed 670G

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Maggie Fox of NBC News Health writes that an injection of Botox works about as well as a surgically implanted device to help women with very severe incontinence, according to researchers.

It’s good news for women with severe urge incontinence, who can choose between treatments based on preference, said Dr. Cindy Amundsen of Duke University, who led the study.

“What we have learned from the study is the treatments are both good and it will just help inform physicians and patients who are trying to make a decision between these two therapies,” Amundsen said.

“We are actually not surprised that there isn’t a big difference between the two because both therapies are effective at relaxing the overactive bladder muscles.”

Women can choose between a surgical procedure, which is more expensive at first, versus regular Botox injections, which are less costly and less invasive but which could add up over time, Amundsen said.

Related: Many Adults Suffer Incontinence

The team studied women with severe incontinence who could not be helped with drugs or other treatments. The women in the study had to suffer at least six episodes of incontinence over three days.

The Botox injections freed 20 percent of the women in the study of incontinence, compared to 4 percent who had a nerve stimulator implant, Amundesen and colleagues reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

“Forty-six percent in the onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) group and 26 percent in the sacral neuromodulation group had at least a 75 percent reduction in the number of episodes of urgency incontinence,” they added.

Incontinence may sound funny, but it’s no joke, the researchers said.

Related: Bed-Wetting Blues Aren’t Just for Kids

“The prevalence of this disruptive condition is common and increases with age, from 17 percent of women older than 45 years to 27 percent older than 75 years in the United States,” they wrote.

And, according to the National Institutes of Health, between 25 percent and 45 percent of all women have some degree of urinary incontinence.

“Women experience urinary incontinence twice as often as men,” the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, part of the NIH, says on its website.

Related: Exercises Help With Incontinence

“Pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, and the structure of the female urinary tract account for this difference.”

The researchers at nine medical centers did a head to head comparison of a single Botox injection to the implanted medical device, assigning 381 women to randomly get one or the other treatment. The women were asked to keep diaries for six months.

Both treatments calm down the nerves responsible for signaling the bladder to empty.

On average, both treatments cut the number of “accidents” – Botox by almost four times a day and the nerve stimulator by about three times a day.

But both groups of women reported equal satisfaction, and more women in the Botox group got urinary tract infections – 35 percent versus 11 percent in the surgery group. Amundsen said it’s not clear why but her team is studyingthis to find out.

Related: Incontinence Affects Young Women, Too

They’re also studying the cost difference. Most women who get either treatment have insurance that pays, Amundsen said.

Incontinence is embarrassing and troubling to men and women alike, who are often unwilling to even tell a doctor. They end up staying close to home and avoiding travel, shopping and visits.

There are different types of incontinence. This study covered urge incontinence, but there’s also stress incontinence, which is caused by pressure on the bladder.

Overflow incontinence is caused when the bladder never really empties. That can be a problem for men with enlarged prostates.

Doctors usually try to start people off with lifestyle treatment, such as weight loss, drinking less caffeine and alcohol, and avoiding lifting heavy objects. Exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles can help, as can “bladder training” to accustom the body to urinating at regular times.

Medications can help as well, although they often have unpleasant side effects such as extremely dry mouth.

 

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September is National Preparedness Month. Our President encourages all Americans to take some time this month to prepare for emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Emergencies happen often without warning and it’s up to us as Americans to do our part to be as prepared as possible for emergencies. During President Obama’s Presidential Proclamation – National Preparedness Month, 2016, he stated, “Whether in the form of natural disasters like hurricanes and earthquakes, or unspeakable acts of evil like terrorism, danger can arise at unexpected times and places. Fortunately, there are many things that individuals, families, and communities can do to improve their readiness. I encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to prepare for any situation that may occur including signing up for local alerts, checking insurance coverage, documenting valuables, creating a plan for emergency communication and evacuation, and having a fully stocked disaster supply kit on hand.”

Allegro Medical has compiled a list of “must have” emergency supply kit items for older adults, and people with disabilities. For your convenience we compiled links to the emergency preparation products we recommend for your emergency supply kit below:

1. Battery Powered Weather Alert Radio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Fully Stocked First Aid Kit

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3. Foldable Travel Cane and Reacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Disposable Washcloth Wipes

Prevail Disposable Washcloth Wipes

 

 

 

5. No Rinse Personal Cleanser

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6. Protective Underwear for Incontinence Product Users

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Compact Intermittent Catheters for Catheter Users

Cure Twist Compact Intermittent Catheter

Cure Medical Male Pocket Intermittent Catheter

 

 

 

8. Foley Catheter and Leg Bags for Indwelling Catheter Users

Dover Silicone Foley Catheter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Adult Nutrition Beverages

Resource Breeze Dietary Supplement

 

 

 

10. Vinyl Powder Free Exam Gloves

Powder Free Vinyl Exam Gloves

 

 

 

Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing medical supplies and equipment to aging adults, caregivers and people with disabilities, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.

Massage Benefits for Seniors

Family caregivers provide unpaid care services to their aging parents or critically ill parents. Caregiver duties are often full time and include medical care compliance monitoring, cleaning, cooking, hygiene care (bathing, toileting, and grooming), healthcare advocate services, errand running, and general activities of daily living (ADL). Caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease often requires more assistance with ADL and behavioral health issues.

Including massage therapy to your elderly parents care routine is a non-invasive, pleasant regiment to help mitigate the symptoms of common age-related diseases and chronic ailments while improving quality of life. Massage therapy recipients may experience a decrease in pain, elevated energy and higher sense of well-being. Massage is a non-invasive and affordable intervention that can be easily taught to caregivers. If you are looking for a natural way to reduce agitation caused from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, try massage as an intervention, it may reduce caregiver stress as well.

Geriatric massage stimulates the nervous system and blood circulation in a natural way without the side effects of medications. In many situations, a weekly massage may reduce overall medication intake. Additionally, geriatric massage is know to assist with strengthening muscles weakened from disuse and patients are likely to experience reduction in pain and joint stiffness. Always consult with the patient’s physician before integrating an alternative therapy.

Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing medical supplies and equipment to caregivers. With the addition of our Massage Therapy and Chiropractic Supplies we are now bringing you massage therapy instructional DVDs, massage oil and lotions, and aromatherapy oils used by Therapists. If you need to purchase Massage Therapy Supplies, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.

News coverage of Olympic athletes like Michael Phelps, Dana Vollmer and Alex Naddour covered in purple spots has everyone asking questions.  For instance, since when did Michael Phelps and Dana Vollmer begin training with a giant octopus?  Are those purple round spots on their bodies  caused from the suction cups of giant octopus tentacles?

What really is causing these spots and more importantly why do they do it?

Athletes often use alternative therapies such as the one causing all the spots, a.k.a. ancient Chinese “cupping”, for claims it aids healing, muscle recovery, and blood flow while reducing pain.  With strict doping prevention in sports competitions, athletes seek alternative therapies to relieve the pressures put onto their bodies from extensive training.  Although there isn’t always scientific research to back up claims of alternative therapies the mental aspect of using such treatments can bring a competitive advantage to an athlete.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)  has been around for thousands of years.  Qi (pronounced CHē) is intertwined with TCM, in its simplest form Qi is “energy”.  When your Qi is balanced, your body and being are given the healing support needed to regain healthy function.  The most common healing modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine are Herbal Medicines or dietary supplements, Tai chi and qi gong, and  Acupuncture and Acupressure.

During an acupuncture session, the acupuncture needle acts as a conduit between the patient’s Qi and the practitioner’s Qi.  When the needles are placed in key acupoints by a skilled acupuncturist who’s energy frequency matches yours, the stagnant or blocked Qi in your body is allowed to once again flow freely to assist with healing and pain relief.

Since needles can be rather intimidating for many people, there are adjunct therapies often used with TCM, but can stand on their own for their suggested healing benefits.  Cupping, like Acupuncture has been an ancient Chinese healing therapy.  Cupping therapy became a hot new trend a few years ago with celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Anniston proudly sporting the large dark purple or reddish spots generated after a cupping therapy.  Most recently, several of the 2016 Rio Olympians, such as Michael Phelps, Dana Vollmer, and Alex Naddour  are decorated in the dark bruising spots giving more visibility to this Chinese therapeutic modality.

So what is Cupping?

Cupping as described by the Olympic athletes is “negative massage”.  Dana Vollmer stated that only so much relief is obtained from pushing into the muscle.  And with Cupping, instead of pushing into the muscle the cupping pulls the muscle up and draws blood to the surface providing relief of pressure.  Cupping for athletes is known as myofascial decompression (MFD).  In MFD, work is required of the athlete.  After the athlete is cupped the physical therapist has the athlete perform specific active movements based on the specific muscles used during their sport.  MFD is also used in the traditional cupping therapy for relaxation versus active motion.

Cupping received its name because variously sized glass cups are used as suction devices that are strategically placed on the skin.  In the most general terms there are two types of cupping: dry cupping and wet cupping.   The glass or sometimes plastic cups have replaced the animal horns of ancient tiSuction Pump Cupping Setmes.  For cupping to work, suction in the cups must be created.  A dry method known as fire cupping, creates the suction by inserting a fire ball (Using a match lite a cotton swab moistened with alcohol) into the glass cupping jars and quickly removing prior to positioning on the skin.  The heat pulls oxygen out of the cup creating a gentle suction raising the skin inside. If fire is too intimidating you can try dry cupping by using specially designed  vacuum cups that have small pumps attached to remove the air.  Once the superficial muscle tissue is pulled into the cup a therapist can move the cup along with skin while still being attached. This is a widely popular technique that helps to relax tight muscles and promote blood flow in the small capillaries of the body where blood can stagnate. This gliding cupping technique is commonly used for chronic muscle pain.

Wet cupping is believed to release  more toxins because it involves drawing out a small amount of blood during the suction procedure.  Wet cupping involves removing the cup after it’s first applied and then quickly prick the skin using a needle or make a small cut with a cupping scalpel.  Once the cup is replaced a small amount of blood is drawn out from the suction.

Cupping therapy was commonly used by the ancient Chinese to treat pulmonary disorders and still to this day is often used to clear congestion in lungs during a common cold.  If you are interested in trying alternative therapies such as cupping, seek out a qualified health expert.  It is always best practice to consult your physician prior to any new medical treatments either traditional or alternative.

Since 1997, AllegroMedical.com has been providing pain relief products online.  With the addition of our Massage Therapy  and Chiropractic Supplies we are now bringing you the popular Cupping Therapy Products used by Therapists on the 2016 US Olympic Team.  If you need to purchase Massage Therapy  and Chiropractic Supplies, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your product needs.

 

 

 

 

 

How to Use Your Cunningham Clamp

The Bard Cunningham Clamp is a simple device designed to help men control leakage or dribbling from stress incontinence.  Urinary leakage from sneezing, straining, coughing, jumping, running or lifting things is called stress incontinence. The Cunningham Clamp is also an easy to use device for dribbling or leakage as a result from prostate cancer.  A penis clamp stops the urine flow by applying gentle pressure on the urethra on the underside of the penis.

How to Size Your Clamp

Available in large, regular, or juvenile to meet all types of sizes.  Finding the best fit is easy, using a soft measuring tape all you need to do is measure  around the shaft of your penis, compress lightly.

Place your thumb and forefinger near the middle of your shaft.  Apply gentle pressure, enough to stop the flow of urine, and then you are ready to measure the area around the shaft of your penis.

  • 3 inches or more, purchase the large clamp.
  • 2 inches, purchase the regular clamp.
  • 1½ inches, purchase the juvenile clamp.

How to Apply Your Clamp

  1. Always start with freshly washed and dried hands.
  2. Place your penis between the 2 foam pads on the clamp. The clamp should be in the middle of your shaft.
  3. Begin tightening clamp to compress your urethra. The large and regular clamps each have 5 settings that adjust the pressure on your urethra. Use the ratchet catch to adjust the pressure. To release the catch, press inward on both of the spring wire loops. Only the juvenile clamp is not adjustable.
  4. Shape the upper foam pad with your fingers for optimal fit and comfort.
  5. Release your clamp to urinate
  6. Re-apply clamp after urinating.  Try to place clamp on a slightly different part of your shaft after each re-application.

Important Reminders

  • Urinate:  Approximately every 1 to 2 hours remove clamp to urinate.  This will help you to avoid urinary tract infections.
  • Move Clamp Around:  Every 2 hours, move the clamp up or down your shaft. Do not keep it clamped for more than 2 hours in the same place.
  • Not for Sleeping:  Do NOT useat night while you are sleeping.  Switch to incontinence products for bladder leakage during the night.
  • Not Too Tight:  Avoid restricting blood circulation by ratcheting clamp too tight on penis. This will help you maintain blood circulation and prevent skin irritation. It is important that you have proper sensation in your penis so that you can feel anything that is painful or irritating.
  • Inspect:  Perform weekly inspections for signs of cracking, foam deterioration or discoloration.
  • Replace:  Every 3 months replace your clamp.  Replace sooner if the foam has worn down.

How to Clean Your Clamp

Follow the steps below to clean your clamp. Make sure to clean your clamp when it gets soiled.

  1. Hand wash your clamp in a sink with mild soap and warm water. Do not use bleach, detergent, or hot water on your clamp.
  2. Rinse your clamp thoroughly in cool, clean water.
  3. Gently squeeze the foam to get rid of excess water.
  4. Let your clamp dry in a cool place away from excess heat or direct sunlight. Do not put your clamp in the washer or dryer or use a blow dryer on it.

When to Call Your Doctor

If you experience any of the following symptoms while your clamp is on or off call your doctor or nurse.

  • Swelling, discoloration, or discharge from your penis
  • Skin irritation
  • Loss of sensation in your penis
  • Pain or irritation on your penis
  • Any other unusual symptoms

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of incontinence supplies to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you need to purchase incontinence products, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your incontinence needs.

What Makes Equagel Cushions Different From All Other Cushions?

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Cushions have been around since biblical times.  They have always been an envelope of material into which some soft material is placed to provide the cushioning. The materials used for cushioning have ranged from leaves, straw, wood shavings, wool, foam, liquid and air, to name a few.  The only difference between most of the cushions of today and those of biblical times is the cushioning material inside the cover.

The cushions of biblical times as well as the cushions of today all have worked exactly the same way.  When a client sits on the cushion, their weight goes straight down until they hit bottom or have reached the extent of what the cushion will allow.  All of these cushions shape themselves perfectly around the client’s posterior and continue to put upward pressure against the client’s posterior.

Enter EquaGel® cushions, the only cushion designed to keep the client SITTING ON TOP of the cushion while relieving for pressure points such as the ischial tuberosity’s.  In other words any client of any weight or shape will never hit bottom on an EquaGel® cushion.

 EquaGel® is a dry-polymer gel, almost rubbery. It is not a liquid! One of its most amazing features is referred to as “COLUMN BUCKLING”.  Simply put, each wall of gel is capable of supporting only a marginal load. When that threshold is exceeded, the wall buckles under and passes the weight to the surrounding walls for support. This “buckling and weight-passing” happens instantly and repeatedly until the maximum surface area of pressing weight is evenly supported by sufficient walls to hold the weight up, regardless of its shape.  The pressure points of the ischium and coccyx are allowed to buckle into the cushion without resistance while the buttocks are supported evenly. The areas most likely to develop pressure sores are allowed to float nearly pressure-free within the pad while the client’s weight is distributed evenly across the cushion.

Additionally, the open cell design of EquaGel® cushions provides for air-flow beneath the client.  Hence an EquaGel® cushion provides the client with a temperature neutral environment.  The client should never experience a build-up of body heat that ultimately creates perspiration as occurs on foam, liquid gel and air cushions.  Hence, EquaGel® cushions practically eliminate the three factors most commonly related to the formation of pressure sores – pressure, heat and moisture.

Different EquaGel Cushions And How They Fit Users Needs

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EquaGel® cushions are the first cushions since biblical times that actually perform differently than all the cushions that preceded them.  Instead of allowing the client’s weight to go straight down until he/she hits bottom, the EquaGel® cushion distributes the weight evenly across the top of the cushion.  No other cushion performs like an EquaGel® cushion for extended comfort and superior protection.

Since 1997 Allegro Medical has been a leading supplier of wheelchair and seating cushions to healthcare providers and consumers.  If you are looking for a more comfortable and reliable cushions, rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your needs.

 

Written by Dave Paul from EquaGel.

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