Don’t smoke kids!
Looking for a glucose meter can be stressful and confusing. Here are some questions to ask to make your search easier.
- What meter does your doctor or diabetes educator suggest? They may have meters that they use often and know best.
- What will it cost? Some insurance companies will only pay for a certain meter. Call your insurance company before you purchase a meter and ask how to get a meter and supplies. If your insurance company does not pay for blood glucose checking supplies, rebates are often available toward the purchase of your meter. You still have to consider the cost of the matching strips and lancets. Shop around.
- How easy is the meter to use? Methods vary. Some have fewer steps than others.
- How simple is the meter to maintain? Is it easy to clean? How is the meter calibrated (set correctly for the batch of strips you are using)?
With these questions in mind, there are two great options offered at quickmedical.com to suit your needs.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive yet reliable meter, the AgaMatrix WaveSense Keynote Blood Glucose Monitor is a great choice at only $17.99, making it manageable even if your insurance company won’t cover it. It’s easy to use, pocket sized, and thanks to WaveSense Electrochemistry Technology, extremely accurate. It’s designed to be easy to hold and it has a large display with easy access to past results. It even has reminder alarms so you know when to test.
While the AgaMatrix is easy to use, there are some other things to consider when picking a monitor. Reading a monitor isn’t an option for many so a speaking meter is a better choice. The Prodigy Voice Blood Glucose Monitor is easy to use and a great way to feel self-reliant when managing your glucose.
Both meters come with test strips and more can be bought from quickmedical.com.
3D printing is a promising technology that, aside from its obvious manufacturing advantages, has been steadily showing promise in the field of medical research. Researchers at Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China claim to have successfully created living human kidneys through the use of 3D Printing. The artificially created organs have apparently been found to effectively perform the functions of a human kidney, including the breakdown of toxins, metabolic functions, and the secretion of fluids. According to a recently surfaced video report from China View, the raw material from which the organs are printed is a mixture of cultured cells and a nutrient rich hydrogel. The 3D printed organs are said to be able to survive for up to an incredible 4 months in the lab. Xu Mingen, lead researcher, explains that this process differs from traditional 3D printing, because the living tissue must have adequate room to grow, unlike solid plastic devices. He also says that the technology is far from being ready for use in hospitals, but the potential for 3D-Printed organs to revolutionize the transplant process is staggering.
This could be a step in the right direction in the world of regenerative medicine…
The Befour VS-0800 High Capacity Veterinary Scale is a full sized veterinary scale perfect for weighing alpacas, dogs, and small livestock and is so versatile it can be used anywhere, on any surface including the floor, a table or as a mobile unit. The Befour VS-0800 is extremely consistent at both high and low weights, accurately weighing anything from 0 to 600 lbs with +/-0.1 lbs precision. The Befour High Capacity Veterinary Scale features a 42” x 22” platform, sitting just 1-3/4” off the ground, allowing easy access for any animal. The VS-800 Veterinary Scale makes weighing animals a breeze with it’s MotionLock Technology, providing an incredibly accurate measurement even with an uncooperative animal that is moving. Powered by just 6 C-cell batteries the Befour VS-0800 provides over 80,000 readings on the large 1” easy to read LCD display and allows the scale to be used anywhere without the need for an electrical outlet. The High Capacity Vet Scale, constructed of durable anodized aluminum, features a stainless steel cover and slip-resistant rubber mat providing secure footing, yet is easily removable for cleaning. The Befour VS-0800 also includes an array of options including push button calibration with any sure weight over 100 lbs, auto zero, dual tare and weight recall, as well as programmable settings including auto-off time, audible beep and lb or kg lockout. The VS-0800 Veterinary Scale includes brackets allowing the scale to mount on walls, angle on counters, or lay flat.
Police officers in the suburban city of Costa Mesa responded to an innocuous call about an illegally parked car on a city street. Approaching the car, the officers were hit by a terrible odor. Inside the car was the mummified corpse of a woman. She had been slowly, naturally embalming over the last 10 months. The owner of the car was contacted by police and questioned. A strange story of friendship, beyond the grave emerged.
Signe Margit was 59 years old when she died in the car which she slept, nightly. She had 2 masters degrees and was certified to teach special needs students in the Los Angeles school district, but was homeless. While living on the street, she befriended another woman, who was recently unemployed, but not homeless, a real estate agent. This woman let Ms. Margit sleep in her car. Ms. Margit died in the car, sometime earlier this year, but the real estate agent continued to drive the car, using baking powder to reduce the smell of the rotting corpse, which was slowly mummifying.
Mummies can be formed as a result of naturally-occurring environmental conditions, such as extreme coldness, acid, salinity, or dryness. In this case, it seems dry heat and air conditioning inside the car, helped preserve the body, to a great degree.
Why Margit’s death was not reported to authorities for months remains the real mystery to police. There were no signs of trauma and no foul play was reported, but toxicology tests are still being done. There is still more to the story, but what exactly, we don’t quite know.
This Halloween, when you wrap yourself in bandages and pretend to be a mummy, remember, under the right conditions, it could be you! Personally, I can’t be a mummy, because I’m a daddy. Thanks folks, I’m here all night.
QuickMedical CEO Scott Hanna has lengthy experience dealing with the wide variety of blood pressure monitors out there on the market. In his opinion, everyone has different needs and those different needs require different types of blood pressure monitors. When choosing a blood pressure monitor, Hanna says, ‘There are important questions you have to ask first.’
'The important thing to remember,' Hanna says, 'is you're not alone.' There is a blood pressure monitoring device for you and your needs. The first question to ask, is 'What is the circumference of the arm?' Many people choose their monitor based only on a name brand or automatic feature, but the real choice has to center around arm circumference and choosing the proper cuff. There are three main types of blood pressure cuffs— pediatric, adult, and bariatric, and knowing which one you need is important. But even more important is an actual measurement of the arm. With this information, one of our product specialists should have no problem helping you proceed.
After finding the proper cuff, the next questions are a little more obvious. Who am I buying the monitor for and what do they need it for? Will they be monitoring at home or in a clinical or care setting? Who will be taking the reading? Some of these questions are just a personal choice, but it’s important not to buy a monitor on a whim because it’s the most affordable or because you recognize the manufacturer name.
As Jorge Odón, an argentine car mechanic slept, his mind jumped from a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to the realization that the same method could be used on a baby stuck in the birth canal.
Mr. Odón, 59, built his first prototype in his kitchen, using a glass jar for a womb, his daughter’s doll for the trapped baby, and a fabric bag and sleeve sewn by his wife as his lifesaving device.
Unlikely as it seems, the idea that took shape on his counter has won the enthusiastic endorsement of the World Health Organization and major donors, and an American medical technology company has just licensed it for production.
With the Odón Device, an attendant slips a plastic bag inside a lubricated plastic sleeve around the head, inflates it to grip the head and pulls the bag until the baby emerges.
Doctors say it has enormous potential to save babies in poor countries, and perhaps to reduce cesarean section births in rich ones.
Read more here.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD as it’s known more colloquially, costs the United States nearly $50 billion dollars every year, and represents a full three percent of all healthcare costs incurred in Europe. The condition — which primarily affects smokers, and causes severe shortness of breath, persistent coughing, and increased mucus production — is not itself a disease. Rather, COPD describes a confluence of diseases which together cause the symptoms listed above.