Monthly Archives: May 2015

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How are you going to celebrate World No Tobacco Day?

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World No Tobacco Day is celebrated every year on 31st May, to draw worldwide attention to the tobacco epidemic and highlight the need for awareness and effective policies to reduce the usage of tobacco products. Have you ever wondered why such an initiative was started by WHO, way back in 1988?

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Every year tobacco kills about 6 million people, of which about 600,000 people are non-smokers exposed to second hand smoking. Approximately one person dies every six seconds due to tobacco, accounting for one in 10 adult deaths. If this continues then by 2030 more than 8 million people will become victims of this tobacco epidemic. WHO started this campaign of World No Tobacco Day to make people aware about the ill effects of tobacco consumption and help them adopt ways to stop using tobacco or quit using tobacco.

In 2015 along with highlighting the health risks of tobacco consumption and importance of policies to help people quit using tobacco, WHO also focuses on the illegal trade of tobacco across the world. One in every 10 cigarettes, and many other tobacco products, consumed worldwide are illegal.

Well so what are you going to do on this day?

  • If you are a non-smoker then you can come up with no tobacco day quotes in the comment section. You can also encourage smokers to quit smoking.
  • If you are a smoker then you can take a small step, an initiative to stop consuming tobacco. You can form a self-help group and counsel each other so that you can help yourself come out of this deadly habit.
  • Local organizations can come up with drama or street play or any other cultural program to spread the awareness about the ill effects of tobacco.
  • You can gift medical bracelet or medical ID jewelry to smokers. Interesting isn’t it? These are custom made jewelry which will enable the people around you to become aware of your sickness level. Medical ID jewelry even gives information about the wearer, his sickness and what immediate medication does he need. This will not only help in saving the lives of the person, in times of emergency, but will also save a lot of time.

It has been seen that the initiative taken in 2014 to raise the taxes on tobacco has reduced
consumption to some extent. But that isn’t sufficient to stop tobacco drying out. Awareness
should be spread at every level, through campaigns, word of mouth, media, internet, television,
etc. Let’s all join hands together on this World No Tobacco Day and take a solemn pledge of
eliminating this tobacco epidemic from our mother Earth forever.

Give us your comments and suggestions as to how you think of celebrating this day or
steps that can be taken to reduce tobacco consumption.

Jon

Take an overview on Hepatitis on this Hepatitis Awareness Month

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The condition Hepatitis has been known to humans for a very long time and ever since its discovery scientists have been trying to find ways to cure it. The condition has grown to become such a well-recognized problem that it now even has an awareness months of its own and this month is May. Now that we are just a few days away from the next Hepatitis Awareness Months, let’s take a look at some of the details of the condition and why people are trying to spread awareness of it.Hepatitis Awareness Month

Hepatitis is defined by the inflammation of the liver and because of it inflammatory cells are formed in the tissues of the organ. Although it might occur with little to no symptoms, quite often hepatitis leads to jaundice (a yellow discoloration of the skin), lack of appetite, and malaise. When it lasts less than six months, Hepatitis is categorized as acute, however, in case that it lasts longer it becomes chronic. The term Hepatitis itself is derived from the Greek word “hepar”, which means “liver”, and the suffix “-itis”, which means “inflammation”.

For a long time people have been interested in raising the awareness of this condition and so there have been many campaigns that were established as a way to help spread the word. One of the ways that you can contribute to the World Hepatitis Alliance and other national and international organizations to make more people aware of this condition and the health risks and issues that come with it is by wearing a medical bracelet or another kind of medical jewellery. They are sold online and can be purchased on a reasonable price. It’s especially helpful to wear them during the month of May, the official Hepatitis Awareness Month.

The Hepatitis Awareness Month is organized so that the public’s awareness about this serious condition is increased. Organized on a yearly basis, both national and international organizations help spread knowledge about the condition during the month. The 19th of May has been designated as Hepatitis Testing Day, during which you can visit the nearest hospital and get tested to see if you have been affected. Even though there might be no visible symptoms, you can still be affected by hepatitis, which is why it’s recommended that you take advantage of the opportunity you are given to test yourself. If you have any comments on the topic or suggestions how to further help increase the awareness, you can share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Jon

Why Medical Bracelet or Medical Jewelry is a must for Epilepsy Patients?

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First Aid for Epilepsy Patients


Image courtesy: http://epilepsy-ms.org/

According to recent statistics, about 1 in 103 people in UK suffer from epilepsy. In most cases, a person’s epilepsy diagnosis would rarely include the use of an epilepsy ID bracelet or necklace or any other identity highlighting accessory. However, when it comes to sudden occurring and chronic diseases like epilepsy, it often helps to be quickly identified so that prompt and timely help can be provided to the patient.

Epilepsy Bracelets or Accessories

Epilepsy bracelets or accessories are worn to not only inform others about the persons condition but more importantly to act as an indicator for first aid professionals, first responders and medics who would be helping them in case of an emergency.

Identifying Epilepsy and Epilepsy ID

Epilepsy is characterized by recurrent seizures, which can occur without warning and are often unpredictable even for the patient. Mild forms of seizures involve staring spells, and some may suffer from violent fits with considerable shaking and uncontrollable movements.

While most people take regular medication to keep their seizure spells under control, at times, missed doses may lead to an unexpected seizure requiring urgent medical attention. This is where it becomes important for patients with this condition to wear some kind of epilepsy identification, which becomes crucial in seeking help during an episode. It is natural for most epileptic patients to be averse to the idea of carrying noticeable epilepsy ID as they wouldn’t want to be labeled as epileptic. However, these bracelets and other ID accessories act more as medical alert tags, which become a necessity during an emergency. In addition to this, information about the person’s regular doctor and prescribed drugs may also be included in the bracelet. The doctor can be contacted for further details regarding the type of seizures the patient suffers from and the required dose of the medication can be provided on time to stop the seizures.

Very often, an epileptic seizure results in non-communication by the patient and he/ she may not be able to speak or respond to anyone trying to communicate with them. The Id bracelet may be of help in such situations to silently inform the medical staff or a first responder about the disease. Things To Do While Witnessing a Seizure Episode So what do you do when you see an epileptic patient having a seizure episode? Here are the details

    • The first thing that you need to do as a first responder is to look for medical alert identification.
    • Do not try to put anything in the person’s mouth.
    • Cushion the head and remove glasses if any.
    • Loosen up tight clothing and turn the patient on his/ her side.
    • Next, clock the seizure with a watch and try not to hold the person down forcibly. 
    • Once the seizure is over, offer medical help with reference to the information provided on the persons epilepsy tag.

Please provide valuable comments and suggestions to this post so we can together help make people’s lives a lot easier.

Jon

Arthritis Care Awareness Week

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Arthritis is the blanket term for joint aches, pains and medical conditions. There are well over 100 types of arthritis and with proper diagnosis and care, it is possible to live positively with arthritis. It is sometimes assumed to be an ‘old people’ disease, but you will be shocked to know that it can attack anyone at any time, even children.Arthritis Care

However, it is said that arthritis is most likely to affect women, especially the older they get. Common arthritis is characterized by joint aches and pains, swelling, constricted movement and stiffness. This can come as mild or severe and can affect your lungs, kidneys, skin and even heart alongside your joints. Sometimes, physical changes to your bones can be seen such as knobby fingers which signifies arthritis in hands.

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common types of this condition. It is caused by rubbing off your joins which causes the cushioning to wear off and this causes some serious pain and limited movement to your joints. It can be as a result of being overweight, family medical history, age as well as injury. Sometimes you can have rheumatoid arthritis which is caused by your immune system causing inflammation of your joints in the quest to rid your body of infection. Diseases such as hepatitis C and Gonorrhea can cause some level of arthritis. While this might sound like a lot to take in, it is easy to control and manage arthritis.

\In order to keep the arthritis well managed and in control, you should engage in exercise, visit arthritis specialists who will determine the kind of condition you may have, take anti‐inflammatory medication, eat an anti‐arthritis diet consisting of fish, olive oil, broccoli, green tea, dairy products and many other health foods.

Arthritis Care Awareness Week courtesy of Arthritis Care UK will run from 19th May to 25th May. This program is all about supporting the 10 million people in the UK living with arthritis and those around them who are equally affected by it. Since its inception 30 years ago, the main aim of this campaign is to encourage everyone to get moving and keep your joints well protected and healthy. Those living with arthritis can wear a medical bracelet available from My Identity Doctor so that those around them are aware of their condition and give them the necessary support should the need arise. The pre‐engraved or custom medical bracelets are important for medical condition identity such as arthritis and other conditions including cancer, autism, and asthma and so on.

Do you think you have arthritis? Do you or someone you know live with arthritis? What is your take on medical bracelets? Please do not hesitate to post your feedback in the comment section below. Together, let us support arthritis heroes during Arthritis Care Awareness Week and beyond.

Jon

How can a Medical ‘Bag Tag’ save your life?

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A medical bag tag is a medical identification (ID) which is recommended for you to wear on your person if you or someone you know suffers from a chronic condition or has a medication or food allergy. The idea is that if you meet with an accident of any kind, this information can protect your life.

Why wear medical bag tags: Wearing a medical alert ID bracelet permanently is advisable asBag tag it contains life-saving information for you which is important for paramedics to know so that they can start your treatment. Once paramedics have this information, they can contact your next of kin by looking at the information contained in your medical bag tag.

These days, medical tags are no longer boring but have become very trendy and stylish. You can also choose from elegant necklaces, bracelets and pendants for your very own form of medical jewelry. These medical bag tags are engraved in an easy-to-read style, they have curved ID plates, the bracelets are custom-fitted with a definite medical symbol. And you needn’t wear them in stainless steel–if you like, you can have one in gold!

What information does a medical bag tag hold?

Apart from the patient’s singular medical condition, a medical bag tag also contains the phone number one can call for additional information, e.g., a family doctor or next of kin. The patient’s national health service user number for a detailed case history is also added here.

Benefits of medical bag tags:

    • If, in an emergency, you cannot verbalize your medical problem, this bracelet comes in handy since it is packed with your medical information.
    • It is particularly important for children or seniors who have allergies or medical conditions.
    • This timely information may prevent taking you to the hospital if you can be treated immediately, wherever you are. This makes it time-efficient and cost-saving for you.
    • A medical bracelet also helps keep you out of medical complications which could arise if your medical professional is not aware of your allergies.
    • A doctor can obtain your medical information from your Medical ID bracelet, no matter where in the world you may be.
    • Your co-workers should also know about your medical condition and that you wear a medical bag tag.
    • If you work at a construction site or any such dangerous work environment, wear a medical ID bracelet so that it conveys all the information about your health that doctors need to know.
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