Wheelchair cushions are designed for both user comfort and for the prevention of pressure sores. Wheelchair users that do not have feeling in their bottoms must shift their weight often to prevent pressure sores. One possible contributor to pressure sores can be the inhibition of blood flow to the skin. In a wheelchair, this is most likely to happen where the pelvic bone is close to the skin. Typically, that happens when you sit in the same position for long periods of time. Conversely, skin injuries can also occur by frequent moving which may cause friction and tearing of the skin. A good cushion can help eliminate some of the pressure and friction as well.
Several very inexpensive foam cushions are on the market that can be used for comfort. These are mostly for the elderly or users that have feeling below the waist. They help a little, but not much in the prevention of pressure sores. When you push your hand into foam it will spring back to shape after removing your hand. This rebound effect is what you would like to avoid when trying to prevent pressure sores. Instead, consider higher quality gel or air cushions.
Gel cushions are better at distributing the weight and spreading the pressure across your pelvis. The Jay 2 is a perfect example. When you press your hand into the gel of the Jay 2, the gel shows your hand imprint. Similarly, it conforms to your body and doesn’t push back into your skin. The gel moves with you, reducing friction against the skin.
Air is another great way to prevent pressure sores. The Roho Low Profile cushion is made of hundreds of interconnected air cells.
When you push your hand into one part of the cushion, the air moves to the cells around it and doesn’t push back into your hand. The air fills all the nooks and crannies of your pelvis, distributing your weight evenly.
Choosing between air and gel is a personal preference. The gel cushion always feels a little more stable to me, but there is nothing like sitting on air. Both are excellent at wound prevention and range in price from $100 to under $300.
Please always consult with your doctor to choose the cushion that is best for you. With one of the broadest selections on the web for health and wellness products, you can always rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your personal care and special condition needs.
Who said eating healthy to control diabetes had to be a tasteless sacrifice? Today, diabetic recipes abound that are just as delicious as their high-fat and sugar counterparts. It’s simply a matter of understanding the foods to include and those to eliminate.
A healthy eating plan incorporating fiber-rich foods, healthy carbohydrates, heart healthy fish and ‘good’ fats can help diabetics control blood sugar.
- Fiber-rich foods include dietary fibers that are not absorbed during the digestive process. Examples are vegetables, fruits, nuts, beans, peas, and whole-wheat flour
- Healthy carbohydrates come from fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, peas and low-fat dairy rather than processed sugars or grains, such as rolls, breads, pastries.
- Heart friendly fish can range from low-fat fish to fish that are high in fat but “healthy fats” such as Omega-3. For example, cod, tuna and halibut are low total fat, saturated fat and cholesterol. Conversely, salmon, mackeral and herring, while higher in fat, actually lower triglyceride levels because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids.1
Keeping a log of what you eat is a great way to see how different meals impact your blood glucose level. The OneTouch Logbook available at AllegroMedical.com is one of the more popular items for that purpose. It’s easy to monitor blood glucose levels with quick testing tools such as the OneTouch UltraMini Glucometer System.
Remember, controlling your diabetes through diet doesn’t have to be boring. Enjoy these recipes for a meal that’s big on flavor and still glycemic friendly.
Fruit Salad with Vanilla Yogurt2
1 (16 ounce) package fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1 large peach, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
2 plums, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
2 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
1 cup dark sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup honeydew melon balls or cubes
1 cup cantaloupe balls or cubes
1 cup cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup grapes
2 (16 ounce) containers low-fat vanilla yogurt
In a large salad bowl, lightly mix together the strawberries, peach, plums, kiwi fruit, cherries, honeydew melon, cantaloupe, pineapple, and grapes until the fruit is well mixed. Serve in bowls with yogurt spooned over the top.
Original recipe makes 12 servings
Chicken with Peach and Melon Salsa3
1 (15-ounce) can peach halves, drained and rinsed
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 teaspoons Jamaican Jerk seasoning
1 cup pre-cut melon medley, diced
1 tablespoon diced pimientos
1 tablespoon freshly chopped cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat.
Place peaches halves on grill pan and grill 2 to 3 minutes per side. Set aside to cool and then dice into small pieces.
Season both sides of each chicken breast with 1 teaspoon Jamaican jerk seasoning. Place chicken breasts in pan and grill for 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine grilled peaches and remaining ingredients. Stir thoroughly.
Serve chicken topped with peach and melon salsa.
Chocolate Peanut Torte Recipe4
1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1/3 cup sugar blend
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup fat-free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water
CREAMY PEANUT FILLING:
1-3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons cold fat-free milk, divided
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
3/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
2 tablespoons fat-free milk
Coat two 9-in. round baking pans with cooking spray; line with waxed paper. Coat the paper with cooking spray and sprinkle with flour; set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. In a small bowl, combine the milk, egg substitute, oil and vanilla; add to flour mixture. Beat for 2 minutes. Stir in water.
Pour into prepared pans.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
In a large bowl, whisk 1-3/4 cups milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes; let stand 2 minutes or until soft-set. In a small saucepan over low heat, stir peanut butter and remaining milk until smooth. Fold into pudding.
Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread half of filling over cake layer; top with second layer and remaining filling. Chill for 1 hour or until serving.
For topping, in a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth. Stir in confectioners’ sugar and milk until smooth. Cool until spreadable. Spread frosting over top of cake.
Yield: 16 servings.
Diabetes is a serious condition that if left uncontrolled can lead to nerve, kidney and heart damage. Losing weight and making wise food choices can help keep blood glucose levels within acceptable ranges. Always consult with your doctor and a registered dietitian to see what is best for you.1 Rely on AllegroMedical.com for all of your diabetic maintenance and testing needs.
Millions of people around the world suffer from severe spinal cord injuries that result in permanent loss of control of their arms or legs, or loss of bladder, bowel or sexual functions. Now, US researchers have developed an oral medication that offers hope that some of these lost functions could be regained. When given to laboratory mice shortly after a spinal cord injury, the drug restored the animals’ mobility.
The experimental drug, called LM11A-31, works by blocking the release of a protein that after spinal cord injuries destroys oligodendrocytes, which are nerve cells that surround and protect axons. Axons are the long, thread-like nerve-cell projections that help transmit motor impulses between the brain and the rest of the body.
In experiments with mice with crippling spinal cord injuries similar to those seen in humans, the drug overcame a major hurdle in conventional therapies. The compound easily crossed the blood-brain barrier – the natural partition that protects the brain from potentially harmful foreign substances in the bloodstream – and prevented the normal post-injury die-off of oligodendrocytes.
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Urinary incontinence is a common, yet treatable, condition that affects more than 25 million men and women in the United States. People suffering from incontinence don’t have control over the bladder, which can result in embarrassing wetting accidents. Many people rely on incontinence products, such as adult diapers, to help manage their bladder control problems, which may have been caused by weak pelvic floor muscles, pregnancy, prostate surgery, or disease. However, what people may not realize is that there are behavioral changes that can greatly reduce or even eliminate incontinence symptoms. Below are three ways that may lead to better bladder control:
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ABENA Abri-Flex Adult Diaper/Pull-Up Protective Underwear
Are embarrassing leaks keeping you from participating in an active lifestyle? Are you a caregiver doing extra work because of inferior adult diapers? ABENA premium European incontinence products are designed specifically with the main focus being on the end user while at the same time making daily life easier for caregivers.
ABENA adult diapers are known for their high level of leakage security and optimum comfort. What makes the ABENA brand a premium line of incontinence products?
- Air Plus – Abenas well known super soft and fully breathable textile-like backsheet makes the product noiseless and discrete, and ensures superior comfort and healthier skin
- Wetness indicator with graduation scale – color coded printing for easy product identification and wetness scale enables caregivers ability to see how much of a products capacity has been used.
- Top Dry – Dry surface system provides rapid absorption and a dry surface. Dry skin makes for healthier skin and minimizes the risk of leakage.
- Quick absorption – Long fibers spread the liquid quickly and efficiently around the entire absorbent core.
- High absorption – SAP ensures high absorbency and capsules liquid, keeping it away from the skin.
- Minimum risk of leakage – Efficient barriers and latex-free elastication ensure a snug body fit minimizing the risk of leakage.
- Odor System – reduces the risk of unpleasant odors by trapping voids in the core preventing odors from escaping.
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AllegroMedical.com is introducing the ABENA Abri-Flex disposable protective underwear to incontinence users and caregivers. Abri-Flex is available in 2 absorbency levels, level 1 (1400-1600cc depending on size) and level 3 (2100-2200cc depending on size). When ordering ABENA Abri-Flex Protective Underwear select your size along with the absorbency level which is based on the amount of liquid you need your pull up to hold. The convenient wetness indicator with graduation scale will indicate how much of the pull ups capacity has been used. This is helpful in determining the absorbency level necessary for future purchases. Users of ABENA brand typically require 40% fewer adult diaper changes, avoid nighttime interruptions, feel safer with less chance of embarrassing leaks, and experience economical relief due to the reduction in diaper changes required while maintaining comfort and healthier skin. Try the Abri-Flex protective underwear and share your ABENA experience.
The pill canagliflozin raised cholesterol levels in testing, drug reviewers say.
Johnson & Johnson’s experimental diabetes drug might bring minor heart risks because it raised cholesterol levels in patient testing, according to federal drug reviewers.
In documents released Tuesday, Food and Drug Administration staff experts conclude studies showed J&J’s canagliflozin raised levels of LDL, or bad cholesterol, and slightly increased risk of heart attack, stroke or death, compared to two other types of diabetes medications.
Data from nine large patient studies also showed the pill increased risks of urinary tract infections and fungal infections in the genital area. That’s because canagliflozin works by boosting blood sugar excretion via urine, and germs thrive on that sugar.
The studies didn’t find other serious problems, such as weakening of bones, damage to the liver or kidneys, or various cancers.
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LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A new bionic suit is helping paralyzed patients walk. It’s the first time this technology has been available in Southern California. It’s giving one man the use of his legs again.
A July 2010 accident left Aaron Bloom, 27, paralyzed from the waist down.
“It’s really important that you just get up after something like that. I think that’s what’s most important,” said Bloom.
And thanks to the latest in bionic technology, he does get up and walk.
“Mentally it’s a wonderful feeling to be upright and moving,” said Bloom.
For the last three months, he’s been training on the Ekso, a ready-to-wear battery-powered bionic suit. It was first designed to help soldiers carry heavy loads. Now it’s bearing a different weight. Aaron provides the balance and body position, the Ekso does the rest.
“I just started using this pro-step function yesterday so this is still pretty awesome, in my mind,” said Bloom.
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Plaques and tangles pockmark the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease. The extracellular protein amyloid-β makes plaques, and the intracellular protein tau makes tangles, but how exactly these might kill neurons is unclear. Work presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology in San Francisco, California, this week starts to connect some of these dots.
George Bloom, of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and his colleagues began by following up on work that neurons exposed to amyloid-β die not from direct poisoning, but because amyloid-β prompts inappropriate cell behaviour. They re-enter the cell cycle but never divide, and die instead.
“The framework of the process has now been defined,” he says. “We think we’ve stumbled upon one of the seminal events in the transition of healthy neurons into Alzheimer neurons.”
The work identifies several potential very early biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and suggests new ideas to treat it.
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Diabetes is a highly manageable condition that affects more than 8 percent of the U.S. population — some 25.8 million Americans. And because it is so common and manageable, we often forget that those who suffer from it must be vigilant in their behavior. That extends to the holidays.
Diabetes is a series of conditions that all have in common dangerously high blood glucose levels that result from the body’s inability to properly produce insulin. While some people are born with the condition (Type 1) and are incurable, others develop it (Type 2) and might be able to reverse it with weight loss and other lifestyle changes. No matter the origin of the disease, it requires monitoring, medication and lifestyle changes.
Click HERE for some tips at HuffingtonPost.com
One of the interesting products introduced at Compamed 2012 held last week in Düsseldorf, Germany was aliphatic polyurethane foam for wound management from Bayer MaterialScience.
Based on Baymedix FP reactive foam technology, the material is said to have a high absorption rate coupled with fluid retention capability. It is also described by a BMS official as a very smooth and conformable foam that is non-yellowing, maintaining its white color over time.
The foams can be coated with a two-component adhesive made from Baymedix, a solvent-free material also based on aliphatic polyurethane chemistry. The new material is designed to replace silicone adhesive.
Filtrona Porous Technologies (Colonial Heights, VA), also showed new polyurethane-based foams for wound care applications. Specific innovations include molded and thermoformable medical-grade foams.
Click HERE to read the whole story at PlasticsToday.com