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What do the holidays mean to you? Do you do the Clark W. Griswold thing and spend a month decorating, invite the entire family over for Christmas dinner, sing carols and buy gifts for everyone you know? Do you spend romantic evenings alone with your significant other, drinking eggnog by the fire and give just that one special gift? Or do you spend the whole month of December alone, avoiding crowds, ignoring sales, and scrooging it up with no one but your trusty cat? Whatever your pleasure this holiday season, our Guide to Surviving the Holidays may just help get you through – with gift ideas, items for your home, travel products
and more.

Holiday Travel

Traveling during the holidays may not be easy, and may not even be fun. It is sometimes though, one of those necessary evils we all have to endure. Make things easier on yourself with our travel products! Like our Bed Rail Advantage Traveler & Car Caddy Bundle which includes a convenient Car Caddie hand strap to ease getting in and out of the car, plus a bonus portable bedrail to make it easier to get in and out of bed. Both products are available in a single package for only $49.99 – way cheaper than throwing out your back or falling.

Having trouble getting Great-Grandma in and out of that low to the ground sports car or gigantic SUV? Help her out – it’s your great grandma for crying out loud. Check out the Handybar 3-in1 Car Aid to help get in and out of the car safely. This little handle hooks to the door jam of the car to safely create a handle to help steady the user while climbing in or out of a car. Once safely in the vehicle you simply lift the handle off in seconds. Simply reattach when you need to use it again. It is also a safely tool that can be used in case a fast exit from the vehicle is needed. These make great gifts and should be in every car.

Believe it or not some people still don’t wear seatbelts, even when most states have “Click it or Ticket Laws”. Come on folks; don’t make me nag you. Let’s buckle up for safety so we all have a great holiday travel season to remember for years. If you or somebody you know is in this group because they are uncomfortable you need the Car Seat Belt Cushion. This cover will go over the lap or shoulder portion of the belt to create a comfy cushion for an offending area. For seat belts to work properly and provide the correct protection they should be adjusted correctly and snug. This little cover could really help you protect yourself and avoid a potential ticket. This is also a great gift for anybody that needs to travel that might find a seat belt uncomfortable including pregnant women and anybody recovering from injury or surgery.

Does anybody need a little help around the house, airport, or shopping mall? Allegro Medical also has many wheelchair options available for those that need a little extra help. The Fold ‘N Away Transport Chair has a funny sounding name, but this chair is easy to fold, store, and carry and will come in handy whether used in the home or while traveling by car or airplane.

All of these products help make it a little easier to get from point A to Point B, but don’t forget the little things around the house that will make a visit much more convenient and safe. Allegro has many daily living aids available to make your life and travel easier.

Here’s one more product to consider in order to keep from losing your sanity on a long trip. Ever get tired of those noises from the backseat like “are we there yet” or “Mom, Jimmy’s touching me”. After about a thousand times of hearing this even the most rock steady parent will resort to the proverbial “if I hear one more peep out of the backseat we’re turning around and going home!”. Don’t let that happen. Hook the young ones up with a 7” Widescreen Portable DVD Player for just $99. It even has a headphone jack to allow them to watch their favorite DVD movie cartoons for the millionth time without driving you nuts. It’s a win-win in the car!

Guest-Proof Your Home

Let’s face it, people carry germs. Cousin Larry who invited himself to stay with you this year may just bring his cold with him, and what are you to do? Keep some hand sanitizer handy, in every room in the house. Also, stock up on the multi-vitamins so that you have immunity to whatever walks through your door. And to make Larry feel better, a heating pad or some light therapy may ease his symptoms.

Unfortunately, cousin Larry also has a bladder control problem. Your bed will be safe though, with a waterproof mattress cover. Being the true host that you are also means stocking up on adult pads for Larry, something he always appreciates.

A first aid kit is a necessity at holiday time – you never know when Santa’s going to wreck his sleigh and need medical attention. Seriously, be prepared for burns, cuts, reindeer bites, and anything else that could possibly happen. If you have a first aid kit, you may want to check the contents. Always make sure you keep first aid supplies well-stocked.

Since your cousin’s arthritis often flares up in the winter, a shower chair will make showering much easier during his stay. So will grab bars installed by the toilet and in the shower. Some are temporary and don’t even require tools for installation!

And finally, between the holiday cooking, all the scented candles and Larry’s cigar smoking, sometimes the odors just take over. Eliminate odors with room deodorizer.

Holiday Cooking

Did you know we have over 500 houseware products? That’s right. Get a new toaster oven for oven overflow when cooking big meals, or just a ton of toast on those holiday season mornings. We have great pricing on stylish, brand name blenders, coffeemakers,and cappuccino machines.

And cutlery, did you say? Save on hundreds of chef’s tools and knives for holiday carving, slicing, flipping and spooning. Keep eating right this season, and avoid all the tempting cookies and cakes. Get a juicer!

Has your food processor lost its chop? Get yourself a new one. And, when you’re out shopping all day, working, or doing the typical holiday runaround the last thing you want to do is go home and cook, am I right? Make life easy, and throw a bunch of stuff in a new slow cooker before you leave for the day. Make chili, stew or chicken and vegetables. When you get home, all you have to do is dish up your simple masterpiece.
If you’re like me and your ovenware has disappeared over the years (taken to work for pot luck and left in the fridge for a month), dropped and broken (again…cousin Larry), or was permanently borrowed by one of your neighbors (who knows which one?), maybe it’s time to replace it all with a nice, new set. And by the way, all of these products make great gifts for the cook in your life!

Fitness

It’s not only the cookies and pies or gravy and stuffing that contribute to weight gain over the holidays. Stress, plus fewer workouts overall, and a lack of time to cook well balanced meals make it harder to keep the pounds at bay. Stay fit through the holidays. Take the time to work out at least as often as you usually do, and even more if you plan on indulging in holiday treats.

Yoga is proven to increase agility, longevity and overall health. We have mats, blocks, dvds and everything you need to start a yoga routine, or continue the one you have. If you’re traveling over the holidays, don’t let your body suffer! Aquabells and exercise balls are brilliant for travel because they fold up nicely. When you arrive at your destination, simply fill the Aquabells with water, and you have instant hand weights. Fill the exercise ball with air and you have another fabulous workout tool. Of course, they both work at home too, and they make great stocking stuffers! Medicine balls are once again all the rage for their versatility and training possibilities.

Thinking of adding a new cardio machine to your repertoire? We have pedlars and bikes, in all price ranges and types. Or, if the elliptical or treadmill is more your speed, see our selection. And for instructions on a large range of exercise and fitness techniques, check out our list of books and DVDs. We have information on everything from tai chi to power eating to exercising during pregnancy. Whatever works for you, stay on top of the exercise and fitness this holiday season, with help from Allegro.

Speaking of Gifts

Come to Allegro’s Gift Ideas section, for all the things you haven’t thought of, but love to give! And we make it easy to find what you want, and stay within your budget. Our gift guide is divided by $ amount, as well as gender, and even age! Find something for your teen, baby, mom or dad, with ease!

Gifts under $50

The Handybar is a convenient handle to assist in getting out of the car that triples as an emergency seat belt cutter and window breaker.

Grandma having trouble with those tiny buttons on all her remote controls? Combine them into one remote that will never get lost! Our big button universal remote is great for those with vision trouble or anyone tired of the remote control juggle.

Everyone loves a good massage. Choose from a variety of massagers

Kids love Body Sox. Body Sox are fun suits that encourage abstract movement and creativity in a colorful way.

Lex Loops exercise rings are all the rage this season. They offer great muscle resistance for leg exercises that tone and strengthen. A perfect gift for the fitness fanatic on your list.

Your favorite golfer will dig this – the “bionic” glove that improves grip and torque through science, taking the game to a new level.

Gifts $50-$100

Give the gift of good sleep! The chillow pillow system, better sleep pillow, or anti-snore pillow can improve alignment, comfort and more to make sleep more restful.

Make your loved ones feel more independent with a new rollator. Choose our pink breast cancer awareness rollator, and $10 will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Or, make getting up easier, with a lifting cushion. Turns any seat into a lift chair!

Someone you know can start their own poker night with a new poker set. Sets contain 500 pro style chips, cards, and a deluxe case.

Try a fitness kit for the person in your life who’s looking for a new kind of workout. A pilates kit or bodyblade kit can give them just the boost their workout needs – and for less than $100!

Gifts over $100

Know a new or soon-to-be-mom? Get her the ultimate mobicam baby monitoring system for less at Allegro. Wireless, handheld color monitor has clear picture and sound. Buy now and receive free shipping!

Give the swimmer in your life the gift of music! The underwater mp3 player gives crystal clear sound. 35mb capacity, Windows and Mac compatible. And it’s safe for the user!

Been wanting one of those digital photo frames? Get one for the photo lover on your list, and pick one up for yourself too! There are tons tons of styles for $150 or less.

What’s the ultimate gift for a parent who’s not getting around so well? An electric scooter! Indulge in a 3 or 4 wheel model. It will change the life of its owner.

Various Fabulous Gifts

What, didn’t think Allegro Medical would have the chainsaw you were looking for? Well guess what! Choose from gas or electric, and wrap that up with a new blower or outdoor trimmer. Visit our yard equipment sub-category.

Get the kid in your life a pedal car! Choose from fire trucks, Cadillacs, roadsters and hot rods. And don’t forget the little red wagon!

Enjoy your shopping. Allegro wishes you peace, love and joy this holiday season!

What are all those dogs doing on a medical website? They’re not rescue dogs, or guide dogs or even therapeutic visitation dogs. They’re OUR dogs, all of them… the dogs of Allegro.

A few days ago they were all just sitting around in their Santa hats (happens every year about this time) and we said, “Hey, let’s put these dogs to work.” So there you have it. Actually, we decided they deserved a little recognition. After all, they let us come to work with them.

Allegro Medical employees have enjoyed bringing their pets to work for years. We started our pet-friendly policy soon after we hired our first Certified Rehab Specialist, Jack Craigs. Jack’s role was to work with adults and children in need of customized power wheelchairs. He would travel through Arizona visiting people in hospitals and medical facilities, working with physical therapists and medical specialists. He helped countless people realize independence through the use of power wheelchairs. Jack’s work was difficult but he, like so many Allegro employees, was passionate about helping people. And as Jack visited patients in hospitals, his Weimaraner Libby was always at his side. She traveled with Jack in his van from destination-to-destination and was especially well received by the children he worked with. Soon after, other Allegro Team members began bringing their dogs to work.

Here’s the run-down on our current posse:

Craig & Samantha’s “girls” (4) – a yellow Lab named Rio and a chocolate Lab named Reece – were born next door to our office a couple years ago. Until they were weaned, these adorable little fur balls spent their off time sleeping in whoever’s lap was handy. Now that they’re all grown up (indeed) they prefer to come to work on casual Fridays so they can get a little rowdy and not get in trouble.

Val’s sweet Cocker Spaniel Honey (6) has popped (or should I say ‘pooped’) in and out of Allegro since she was 3 months old. She’s a greeter, a roamer and a bit of a beggar… even though that’s a no no. It’s her Grammy Barb’s fault.

Greg & Kelly’s Labs, Dusty (3) & Dakota (8) are usually here with Reece & Rio because they hang out together outside of work. According to Greg, “Dusty’s a spaz and Dakota’s…um…just exuberant for his age.” One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen was Dakota (Koder) romping through the office with a swinging trash can lid stuck around his head after dumpster diving for a sandwich. Poor things, they never knew what people food was until they came to work.

Bosco (4 or 5?) – a Border Collie/lab mix, we think – lived in a rescue home for stray dogs until 2 years ago when he adopted Daver. He’s happy, loyal and ready to have a good time, all the time. His best day is everyday and he’s everyone’s friend. Sounds a lot like Daver. When not playing chase and getting into general mischief he’s always up for a good old fashioned belly rub. Even more like Daver. His favorite play buddies are Tanner and Sammy, but he has a sweet spot for Rio.

Max’s Rottweiler, Tiva (9) is a DIVA! She has a sweet disposition and is protective of her home and family. She’s highly intelligent and well trained. She’s great with people, especially kids. She’s spoiled, and her favorite food is cheese. Oh, and she loves walks on the beach and romantic candlelit dinners.

Stout (2), Mike’s Rotti/Lab mix, has been grounded from Allegro for a while. He likes people in general, but he REALLY likes people in wheelchairs. You wouldn’t think that would be a problem, but Stout is built like a Rottweiler with the mentality of a Lab. She thinks she’s a 15 lb lap dog, and with 5 wheelchair users here, the stage is set for disaster. Mike says, “I think it’s wonderful that Allegro offers a pet friendly environment but until I can get Stout to calm down, he’s hanging at the house.” Awwww. Come back soon Stout.

What’s an office without a pair of Bulldogs? Amy’s Zuki (5) and Brutus (5) are of the English variety. And just like the English they’re partial to pats on the head and belly rubs. They hardly ever bark. Watch out though, they’re big droolers and they may slobber on you.

Jessica brings three dogs to work. Not all at the same time, though. Her Plott Hound mix Sam (6) knows it’s her turn to go when Jess gives her a special look in the morning. Sam loves to lay by her friends and get a tummy rub and a back scratch. She makes the rounds after lunch, enjoying the leftovers. Oh yes, Sam has quite a reputation at Allegro, and loves every second of it. Jess’s other dogs, Black Lab/Queensland Heeler Lucky (4) and Mix Breed Kodi (2) are just as sweet. Lucky’s a hugger and Kodi’s a kisser. Kodi’s very timid though, and won’t kiss you unless you sweet talk him. He’s working on his social skills.

Justine’s Basset Hound (1) Angie is a greeter and a sniffer. She’s always got her nose in something…usually someone’s lunch or the trash can. Hey, with a nose like that you can hardly blame her. Huh, Angie.

Casey (10 ½) is Juanita’s Lab/Terrier mix and the oldest Allegro dog. She’s so friendly and insists on greeting every single person in the office. I hear she’s quite a swimmer too.

Doug’s Beagle mix Tanner (1) is a crazy pup with loads of energy. He loves to ‘ruffhouse’ with other dogs and play “catch me if you can”. When he’s not running around he’s sniffing every square inch of the floor for crumbs.

All I can say is thank goodness for dogs. Our days are so much more interesting and enjoyable with these trusty companions at our sides. Sure, there are a few ‘accidents’ here and there, but Allegro wouldn’t be the same without our pets. Sometimes I get the giggles when I have to explain to a business associate on the phone why they hear panting, or growling or whining in the background. Yes, it’s a dog. No, I’m not working at home. I’m working at Allegro.

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Congratulations to all of our prize winners. Here are the winners as selected via a random drawing:

  • Chris B of Addison, IL won the iPod Nano 8GB
  • Ronnie W of Youngstown, OH won the BodyBlade Classic Black
  • Estela T of Chula Vista, CA won the Light Relief Therapy
  • Tami S of Gotha, FL won the Tribest Personal Blender
  • Samantha G of Pensacola, FL won the Polar FS1 Heartrate Monitor
  • Janet J of Baltimore, MD won the HandyBar Car Aid
  • Thanks to everyone who entered. If you missed out on this opportunity to win these great prizes you should consider signing up for an email subscription. We will send you notification of upcoming promotions, product deals, and contests. Sign up now on the form on the homepage of AllegroMedical.com.

    Winners have been notified via email and prizes are being shipped now!

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    Hello, my name is Craig Hood and I’m the President and Founder of Allegro Medical.

    We’re a small business run by family and friends, competing with corporate giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Best Buy, Drugstore.com and Amazon. Although we’re small, our capabilities are big, our product selection is huge and our prices low. We don’t have budgets for multi million-dollar TV advertising campaigns or hopes of sponsoring a professional sports arena. Instead, we have spent time and money building automation into our business. This helps keep our overhead expenses down and our prices competitive with the giants. However, at the end of the day, it’s your decision to order from us that matters. So this is our “advertising”, so to speak. We have lots of great products and wonderful gift ideas for family and friends.

    Please consider shopping with Allegro Medical or other small businesses this Christmas season.

    Remember small business support America. In fact, small businesses like Allegro Medical represent 99.7% of all employers nationwide and account for more then 50% of jobs in the private sector. I would guess that many of you whom I am writing today likely work for a small company. So on with our self promotion and holiday advertising…

    Allegro offers lots of great gift items, many of which you would expect to find in any of the “Big Box” stores.

    What?s HOT this holiday season:

  • Homedics Therapist Select Shiatsu Massaging Cushion
  • Perfect Push Up Push Up Handles
  • MobiCam Ultra 70007 900MHz Wireless Baby Monitor System
  • Light Relief Light Therapy
  • Radio Flyer Retro Rocket
  • Tek Pal Universal Large Button Remote Control
  • What’s New at Allegro Medical in 2007

    We continue to pioneer in our industry, launching the new “Shop by Condition”, a way to better find the products and supplies needed to treat and deal with a wide variety of medical conditions. Similarly, we are getting ready to launch the next innovative way to shop our website – “Shop by Body Part”. Enjoy this innovative and fun new feature with serious search results and let me know what you think. I would love to hear your feedback on this feature or any feature or improvement that would help us serve you better. Please email me anytime and to ensure your email makes it past all of our mail filters put “Craig Please Read my Feedback” in the subject line. We have added a “News Blog” section to the site and begun publishing useful guides to help select products. Last month we added “Google Checkout” as a payment option allowing our customers another more convenient way to purchase from our website.

    Company History

    Our Company was started in 1996 with the idea of helping people. You see, for years I worked with people living with developmental disabilities and others recovering from traumatic head injuries and strokes. I understood the challenges in finding people the products needed for their recovery or to achieve more independence in their lives. The Internet seemed the perfect way to share great products with millions of people. So, we started off selling medical equipment and home health care products on the Internet in 1997. In fact, we were the very first in our industry to begin selling online. Since then, we have expanded into other areas like:

  • Fitness Equipment
  • Gift Ideas
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Board Sports
  • Maternity Care
  • Our first website offered about 500 products. Today we have more than 45,000. We have about 40 employees in our Tempe, AZ location that handle Customer Service, Product Management, IT and Accounting. We ship from distribution points around the country and on average, orders are delivered in about 3 days.

    Our Company is a fun place to work and a “dog friendly” environment. It?s not uncommon to see a Dakota (Black Lab), Angie (Beagle) or Tanner (Terrier) wandering the office in search of an unattended sandwich. We offer our staff good benefits, time off with pay, insurance, disability, pet insurance and much more.

    Please remember to tell your friends and family about Allegro Medical. We?re small enough to care but big enough to provide the service you deserve.

    Best Wishes,

    Craig Hood,
    President,
    www.AllegroMedical.com, chood@allegromedical.com

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    November is American Diabetes Month

    Do you know someone with diabetes? Chances are, with an estimated 20.8 million diabetics (that’s 7% of the population) in the U.S., someone close to you is afflicted with the disease. With that many Americans affected and another 54 million people at risk, it is important that we are all aware of the causes and effects of diabetes, and what we can do to prevent the disease. American Diabetes Month was created to raise awareness of the disease itself, and of the importance of proper diabetes care. Here is some information on diabetes. For more, go to “http://www.diabetes.org”, home of the American Diabetes Association.

    What is Diabetes?

    The American Diabetes Association describes diabetes as: “a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. The cause of diabetes continues to be a mystery, although both genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.”

    Types of Diabetes

    There are several types of diabetes that have different effects on the body, and therefore require different care. In Type 1 diabetics, the pancreas does not produce insulin. In order for the body to convert sugars and starches into energy, the insulin needs it to be replaced with injections. Type 1 diabetes is generally diagnosed in children and young adults, and includes less than 10% of all diabetics.

    In Type 2 diabetes, usually the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, and the cells do not take in enough glucose. Type 2 diabetes can sometimes be controlled with diet and exercise. If this is not enough to bring the glucose level down to normal, there are several medications that may do the trick.

    Diabetes Medications

  • Sulfonylureas and meglitinides stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to release more insulin.
  • Biguanides such as Metformin lower blood glucose levels by decreasing the amount of glucose produced by the liver. Metformin also makes muscle tissue more sensitive to insulin so glucose can be absorbed.
  • Thiazolidinediones such as rosiglitazone and pioglitazone help insulin to work better in muscle and fatty tissues and reduce glucose production in the liver.
  • DPP-4 inhibitors prevent the breakdown of GLP-1, a naturally occurring compound in the body that reduces blood glucose levels. By interfering in the process that breaks down GLP-1, DPP-4 inhibitors allow it to remain active in the body longer, lowering blood glucose levels only when they are elevated.
  • Alpha-glucosidase inhibitors Acarbose (brand name Precose) and meglitol (Glyset) block the breakdown of starches such as bread and pasta in the intestine, and slow the breakdown of some sugars. This action slows the rise in blood glucose levels after a meal.
  • Diabetes medications can be taken alone or in different combinations, in addition to exercise and proper diet to achieve the right glucose levels in Type 2 patients.

    In all types of diabetes the blood glucose levels are too high. Therefore, blood glucose monitoring is the best way to keep diabetes in check. In addition to standard glucose monitoring and fasting tests which give current glucose levels, there is the hemoglobin A1C. The A1C test is said to have revolutionized diabetes care because it provides a “big picture” of glucose levels, giving a two to three month average. This average can help doctors to assess proper medication and diet for diabetics.

    Symptoms of Diabetes

    Untreated diabetes causes symptoms related to elevated blood sugar levels, such as increased urination, weight loss, fatigue and nausea, and can lead to infections of the bladder or skin. The disease is usually diagnosed with a glucose fasting test in a doctor’s office.

    Complications of Diabetes

    Diabetes can lead to chronic eye and kidney problems and nerve damage, all resulting from microvascular disease. In addition, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) caused by diabetes can lead to heart problems and strokes.

    Prevention of Diabetes

    It is possible to prevent or at least delay the onset of diabetes. Glucose levels that are higher than normal can be brought down with exercise and proper diet. According to the American Diabetes Association, in a recent Diabetes Reduction Program study, “just 30 minutes a day of moderate physical activity, coupled with a 5-10% reduction in body weight, produced a 58% reduction in diabetes.”

    To find out if you are at risk for type 2 diabetes, take the ADA’s Diabetes Risk Test.

    Diabetes Supplies From Allegro

    Allegro has all you need for testing your blood glucose level, including meters, test strips and lancets. If you are on Medicare, it is possible for you to get free diabetes supplies from Allegro, delivered right to your door. Contact our helpful staff to find out if you qualify.

    Supplies

    Allegro has test strips in boxes of fifty or one hundred for all the most popular meters. Also, test your blood glucose monitoring system for accuracy with a control solution, which allows you to make sure the meter and test strips are working together, and that you are testing properly, without using actual blood.

    Get lancets for less at Allegro, available in gauges of 21-30 for virtually pain free sampling- even for children. Allegro has many lancing devices that have varying penetration depths, and allow sampling from body sites other than the fingertips. Use a self-injection device to make injecting easier. Simultaneously inserts needle and administers insulin.

    Syringes for insulin users are less expensive by the case. Get yours here! And dispose of your needles properly, in a sharps container.

    Meters

    Allegro features the latest in inexpensive, accurate glucose monitors that require less blood for testing. Or, get all your supplies in a kit – meter, lancets, lancing device, control solution and test strips, all included in one box, delivered to you. For the vision-impaired, a glucose meter with voice prompting makes testing easy, and helps to maintain independence.

    Shoes, Skin Care and More

    It is important that diabetics take good care of their feet. Loss of circulation and nerve damage can lead to infections, injuries and even amputation. Approximately half of diabetic amputations could be avoided with precautions taken to protect the feet. Allegro has many styles of Orthopedic-type shoes to help protect the feet from injuries. Increase blood flow and raise the temperature of your feet, while relieving foot pain with diabetic foot cream. And for a looser, more comfortable fit, try diabetic socks with wide tops and breathable fabric. For selection and low prices, take your foot care to Allegro.

    Keep insulin cold in the office or when you’re on the go with a travel pack which includes places for all your supplies, and re-freezable ice packs to keep everything cold for hours. Or a portable fridge may be the way to go, to keep insulin, and whatever else you desire cold for as long as you need.

    We have parts for insulin pumps, infusion sets and other insulin accessories. Check our stock. We may have what you need!

    Alternative nutrition for diabetics is available here, for tube-feeding and supplementing.

    The Mission of the American Diabetes Association is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

    Diabetes Information

    Call 1-888-DIABETES (1-888-342-2383) or go online to www.diabetes.org.

    American Diabetes Month Fact Sheet (courtesy of the ADA)

    November is American Diabetes Month (ADM), which is designed to
    communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of proper
    diabetes control. ADM also focuses on type 2 diabetes risk factors and
    prevention, treatment of those diagnosed with the disease, type 1 and type 2, and support for their families. The theme for this year’s ADM is “The Many Faces of Diabetes” and throughout the month the ADA leverages opportunities both nationally and locally to raise awareness about a variety of issues relating to diabetes care and treatment.

  • Diabetes Prevalence Nationwide: 20.8 million people – 7.0% of the population – have diabetes
  • Diagnosed: 14.6 million people
  • Undiagnosed: 6.2 million people
  • Pre-diabetes: At least 54 million people
  • Worldwide: More than 246 million people have diabetes
  • Key Messages

    - If current trends continue one out of three Americans, and one in two minorities, born in 2000 will develop diabetes in their lifetime.

  • Since 1987 the death rate due to diabetes has increased by 45%, while the death rates due to heart disease, stroke, and cancer have declined.
  • Keeping blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol in control can
  • make a difference in reducing your risk for heart attack or stroke.

  • Annual dilated eye exams and routine foot exams and blood pressure
  • checks can prevent blindness, amputations, heart disease, kidney
    disease, and strokes.

  • The ADA is a proud supporter of the United Nations Resolution on
  • Diabetes and the observance of the first World Diabetes Day on November 14.

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    TEMPE, Ariz. – March 20, 2007 – Allegro Medical, the premier online store for medical equipment and supplies, today announced “Shop by Condition”, a navigational tool designed to help customers find products for a particular ailment. From the Allegro Medical home page, visitors can elect to Shop by Condition and view a list of 37 common medical situations, disabilities and diseases linked to thousands of condition-specific products to browse and buy.

    “Until now, it hasn’t been so easy to identify products that might alleviate, say, back pain, or stress, or even snoring, for example,” says Craig Hood, Allegro’s President and Founder. “But by shopping by condition, visitors can quickly find a variety of products identified by the manufacturer or supplier as appropriate for these conditions. It’s an easy and discrete way to shop.”

    Since making their online debut nearly 10 years ago as the first broad spectrum medical equipment and supply e-commerce Company on the Internet, AllegroMedical.com has increased its product line to 30,000+. How do customers find what they’re looking for? According to Hood, “Shop by Condition is just one of four navigation tools on the site. Visitors can also Shop by Category, Sub-category, Brand and search box. With such a massive product catalog, developing a more targeted approach to finding products was the logical next step in the development of the site.”

    Examples of products in Conditions:

  • Allergies – air purifiers, humidifiers, ionizers, allergy-free pillows & pillow cases, saline, flow meters
  • Bed Wetting – alarms and water-proof bedding
  • Blind/Low Vision – big button products, talking appliances, Braille items, magnifiers

  • Cold/Flu – light therapy, thermometers, monitors, pain relievers, sanitizing gel, Echinacea, vitamins
  • Hearing Impairment – assistive listening devices, amplifiers, signalers, headsets
  • Weight Loss Help – exercise equipment, nutritional supplements, heart rate monitors, fitness videos, Yoga, Pilates
  • While visitors can browse solutions for common medical problems, Shop by Condition also caters to those with longer-term conditions. For example, parents and pregnant women will benefit from a visit to Pregnant/Newborn. Diabetics will surely find something they need in Diabetes, and caregivers and health care professionals can easily shop on behalf of their patients by searching for specific illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Cerebral Palsy and Multiple Sclerosis.

    The Company plans to add more Conditions. In deciding what to launch first, Allegro chose some of the most common medical ailments, drawing from historical data of close to 1 million customers. To make
    shopping even easier, when visitors click on a particular Condition in the drop-down window, the products display with the “most popular” first and can also be sorted by price or product name.

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    Allegro Medical gives you more ways to pay and save. Rising costs are everywhere from gasoline to groceries. Budgets are getting stretched and Allegro Medical wants to help. Let us help you save money and make it as easy as possible to process web orders in a simple and convenient way. How? With the introduction of Google Checkout as a payment option at AllegroMedical.com.

    Allegro customers are among the best and brightest on the web so many of you reading this are asking yourselves how a payment method will save you money. Good question. It all starts with the crack team of buyers on staff at Allegro Medical working with our suppliers to negotiate the best deals possible. We’ve been working with many of these suppliers for over 10 years so our longevity and volume help us keep our every day prices low. When standard negotiations with our manufacturer representatives don’t work, we simply go over their heads and get a better deal from their bosses. It is a vicious process, but in the end you will have access to the best products with smoking hot everyday low prices. Oh, and don’t forget to check the homepage on a regular basis to see the extra special deals we are able to come up with that are only available for limited time periods.

    We will continue to do our part by constantly asking our suppliers for better deals which means better prices for you. It’s what we like to do and we do it well. But wait, there’s more – for a limited time you can save an additional $5 off orders for $50 or more when using Google Checkout. That’s more real savings to keep more money in your pocket where it belongs! To take advantage of the offer you will simply need to use “google5″ in the promotion code space when entering the order and then selecting Google Checkout for payment.

    You may be saying “whoa, that sounds difficult” or “hmmm, sounds suspicious”. But don’t worry, it is easy, safe, and secure and won’t cost you a penny to sign up. Google Checkout is an awesome way to transact business because it allows you, the customer, to use a single login to checkout with all merchants that offer Google Checkout. No need to give your credit card information out to every business you want to buy from on the web. Let Google keep your information safe and secure.

    Using Google Checkout is really easy. You just set up an account the first time you use it, but keep in mind you will be able to use this payment option with Allegro Medical and literally thousands of other merchants. Ordering is as easy as these simple steps:

    1. Shop AllegroMedical.com and add items to your cart.
    1. At the point of checkout there will be the options to “Checkout using Google Checkout” or “Checkout using Allegro’s secure server”
    1. If you are going to use Google Checkout and want to take advantage of the $5 off $50 opportunity you will need to add the promotion code “google5″ to the order.
    1. Select “Checkout using Google Checkout”
    1. When Google Checkout is selected the shopping cart including product costs, shipping costs, and any applicable sales tax is transmitted to Google.
    1. Login to your Google account or create a new one if needed.
    1. Select credit card to use and submit payment
    1. The order is then processed and shipped by Allegro Medical

    That’s it. I told you it would be easy. Give it a try today and save!

    If you go with the Google Checkout option, we highly recommend you allow Allegro Medical to email you directly so we can keep in touch about your order and provide important service information after delivery.

    Guide to Urinary Catheters & Urological Supplies

    Urinary catheters are used on patients that cannot urinate on their own for medical conditions such as prostate enlargement and incontinence, after certain surgeries, when the lower part of the body is paralyzed, or if the patient is unable to use a bedpan. Catheters come in various sizes, types and materials, and can be for short or long term (indwelling) use.

    With long term catheterization it is important, to avoid urinary tract infections, to keep the catheter clean and bacteria-free. An indwelling catheter should be replaced every three to six weeks with a new catheter. Indwelling catheters require a bag to collect the urine. Leg bags are discreetly strapped to the patient’s leg for daytime use, and are easy to empty. For nighttime use, a bag is usually hung on the patient’s bed and emptied in the morning.

    Intermittent catheterization is sometimes necessary after certain gynecological surgeries, or for conditions that require assistance emptying the bladder. Self-catheterization can be taught to most patients, for an as-needed solution to empty the bladder at least four times per day. The area is cleaned, then lubricant may be added to ease insertion. One end of the catheter is placed in a container, and the other is inserted into the urethra until urine flow begins. Once the flow stops the catheter is removed and cleaned for the next time, or simply thrown away. Training is required for self catheterization, so talk to your healthcare professional for assistance.

    An external or condom catheter, which fits on the outside of the penis using adhesive, can be used for short-term catheterization in males.

    Allegro Medical is the place to go for your urological supplies. We have every type of catheter, plus accessories, all at ultra low prices.


    Catheters

    We have everything you need for self catheterization with an intermittent catheter. Choose straight tip, hydrophilic, latex, coude tip, or whatever your preference. Purchase singly or by the case.

    For latex allergies, use latex-free catheters. There are many sizes and styles available. Or, choose a hydrophilic catheter which automatically lubricates with water. The Robinson catheter is a straight catheter with two to six holes to facilitate drainage. Comes in stiff vinyl for easier insertion, red latex for increased radiopacity (difficult to penetrate with radiation and x-ray) or plastic. Some have guides built in to make self-catheterization easier. A self-catheterization kit includes everything you need for self-catheterization – a catheter, sterile gloves, drape and swabs.

    The Foley catheter, for longer term catheterization, is available in a variety of materials including latex and silicone, with elastomers coating, hydrophilic coating, and silver coating for anti-microbial action. Foley catheters come in coude, (bent tip for easier passage through an enlarged prostate), two way or three way for use after bladder or prostate surgery. They are also sold singly or by the case – a great value from Allegro.

    External male catheters reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, and are easy for patients to use. Available in latex or latex free, in several sizes for a perfect fit.

    Catheter insertion trays include everything you need to insert a catheter, in one convenient package. Trays come with or without the catheter. Purchase per tray or by the case for best value. Stock up on lubricating jelly in tubes or single use packs. We also have irrigation supplies including syringes, solutions and kits.

    Urological Accessories and Miscellaneous Supplies

    Allegro has urological accessories for your patients for less. Hold catheters in place comfortably with a velcro closure legband, made of surgical stretch material, so it’s gentle on the skin. Or, choose hypoallergenic tape with hook and loop fasteners or adhesive foam strips to keep tubing secure, for maximum comfort. We also carry straps for leg bags.

    Replacement or extension tubing for catheters can make all the difference in comfort for patients and caregivers.

    Get all your catheter cleaning supplies from Allegro Medical. Includes the parts cleaning brush, cleaning solutions and odor neutralizers. Also, for catheterization prep, get your antiseptic towelettes and iodine prep pads here, for less.

    Urine Collection

    A drip collector for men who are post prostate surgery is more discreet and comfortable than undergarments, and is perfect for minor incontinence.
    Bedside urinals for men and women are convenient for post-surgery and bedridden patients. Available in hard plastic reusable or disposable bottles. For catheterized patients, get bedside drainage bottles and bags with 2000cc capacity from all the top brands at great prices, right here at Allegro.
    Leg bags come in all shapes and sizes, and it is a matter of preference as to which one is best for you. Disposable or reusable, Velcro or button closure, plastic or cloth straps – all are available and sold alone or by the case. The Electric Leg Bag Emptier makes it possible for those in wheelchairs to empty their own drainage bags.

    Urinary Incontinence

    Involuntary urination or Urinary Incontinence (UI), is a common medical condition affecting millions of Americans, 85% of whom are women. Pregnant women or women who recently gave birth may experience bouts of UI due to weakened pelvic muscles. It is also common in the elderly, developing from relaxed muscles or menopausal conditions in women, and prostate surgery, spinal cord injuries, certain prescribed medications and even caffeine intake in men.

    There are several types of incontinence, including:

    1. Stress incontinence, which is leakage of small amounts during exercise, or while coughing or sneezing.

    2. Functional incontinence, which is due to physical or mental disabilities such as Alzheimer’s or stroke, that prevents a person from reaching a restroom in time.

    3. Urge incontinence, also called ‘overactive’ or ‘spastic’ bladder, causes urine loss during sleep or at the urge to urinate. It is caused by damage to the nervous system or to bladder nerves or muscles and is common for people with Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

    4. Overflow incontinence, most common in men, is caused by a bladder that is always full and leaks. A blocked urethra, weak bladder muscles and damaged nerves from certain diseases like Diabetes can cause overflow incontinence.

    5. Transient incontinence is temporary UI due to an illness or infection that will pass, like a urinary tract infection.

    Many types of incontinence can be treated, with pelvic and kegel exercises, bladder training, medication or surgery. Consult your doctor for education and treatment. And for incontinence medical supplies, come to Allegro. We have everything you need.

    Underpads

    Protect beds, chairs, car seats and other surfaces with underpads. They are highly absorbent and will not irritate even the most sensitive skin. They are available in various sizes, in disposable or wash-and-reusable. Tuckable underpads cover the width of a mattress and can be tucked under, to stay in place. The reusable chair pad is velour covered, perfect for chair and wheelchair seat protection.

    Bedwetting

    Help your child to stop wetting his or her bed with the latest in bedwetting alarm devices. Available as an under sheet device or compact to fit inside the pajamas. Just a few drops of urine sounds an alarm to wake the child.

    Briefs, etc.

    Adult briefs and undergarments for incontinence provide super absorbency. They pull on and off like regular underwear, and some have convenient tear away sides, others have re-fastenable tapes. Sold by the case for extra value. Incontinence pads fit securely onto underwear and provide protection, for light, medium, heavy and super absorbency. A drip collector for men who are post prostate surgery is more discreet and comfortable than undergarments, and is perfect for minor incontinence. Mesh pants provide cool support for pads, keeping them in place while allowing air in.
    To soothe sore, irritated skin from incontinence, sween cream is a non-occlusive solution with vitamins A & D.
    Keep the room fresh with odor eliminator in long lasting, fresh, clean scents used by healthcare institutions. Disposable washcloths are convenient and sanitary for incontinence issues and will help prevent skin irritation. Specially made for geriatric skin, and will even form a protective barrier on the skin to keep moisture out.

    Reusables

    Be economical and create less wasted materials with reusable incontinence products like pull-on briefs for men and women, or washable underpads for the bed. Men’s boxer shorts have support for a pad. In small through x-large sizes.

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    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Hello, my name is David Williams and I am the director of Product Management for Allegro Medical. Breast Cancer Awareness Month has a profound meaning for me personally this year as the person that means the most to me in the world was diagnosed with breast cancer in August. We are very fortunate in that this was detected very early during a routine mammogram. The particular type of cancer that she has is undetectable in a self evaluation and could have gone unnoticed for a long time. We are also very grateful that the prognosis for successful treatment is very good because of the type of cancer and the level and stage that it is at.

    Her experience has forced me to deal with the shock and pain associated with something that was completely unexpected. I can only imagine what this must be like for my wife or any other person dealing directly with this disease. My heart, thoughts, and prayers go out to any women or men dealing with breast cancer. I would also like to make a comment to the family, friends and support groups that are there for people with this disease – thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support, compassion, and well wishes. You have no idea what it means to know that you are there for us as we fight our way through this tangle of questions and emotions.

    It never occurred to me that my healthy wife would be dealing with something like this. She is young, physically fit, and has never smoked. I always thought of this as something that only happens to “other people”. My world has changed from the instant the first conversation occurred in which the dreaded “c-word” was mentioned. That moment on the phone with my wife is both a time that I will never forget and one that I will always try to forget. Questions and confusion instantly exploded in my mind – What does this mean? Why her? What’s next? Will she lose her hair? Does it hurt? Will it hurt? Is there more? Will I be strong enough to support her? What does she need from me right now? My mind was running while my mouth was trying to catch up and find the words to express the support her at that time.

    I also discovered that in this journey I have gone from having very little knowledge about breast cancer to having knowing more than ever which can help, confuse, and be often times frightening. The Internet has a tremendous amount of information available but I still found it helpful to work closely with the doctors and ask them every question I could think of. These discussions have helped us focus our research efforts and stay on the topic. It is almost like looking at it on a step-by-step basis for us to help keep us from getting too far out and getting overwhelmed.

    The encouraging news is that the efforts in early diagnosis and improved treatments have been advancing dramatically. Here is some information:

    The good news published by the American Cancer Society regarding breast cancer is that deaths from breast cancer have been declining since 1990. These decreases are due to early detection through screening, increased awareness and improved treatment.

    While Breast Cancer awareness, diagnosis and treatment have improved tremendously over the last few years there are some facts that everyone should also be aware of as published by the American Cancer Society

  • 1 in 8 women in the US will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime
  • Estimated 178,480 new cases of breast cancer are expected in 2007
  • Estimated 40,460 deaths are expected in 2007
  • Breast cancer is the most frequent diagnosed cancer in women and ranks 2nd among cancer deaths in women
  • The numbers are a bit staggering even with the good news that treatment is getting better and the survival rate is growing. To put it in perspective you or somebody you care about deeply is likely to be affected by breast cancer in your lifetime. As I said earlier, I never thought I would be dealing with anything like this.

    Here are some of the really helpful websites that we have been reading to find information. They all contain great information on many aspects of breast cancer. Many of the organizations listed below raise the money that supports research to find the cure. Others raise money to immediately help people with breast cancer. Please support them any way you can. Remember, every little bit helps.

    The American Cancer Society is great for information on all types of cancer. They have specific categories so that you can find detailed information on breast cancer. This includes health information, statistics and research. They also include information on how to become involved in support groups. There is much more information on this site to assist you in the management of your experience.

    The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s slogan is “help for today and hope for tomorrow”. They raise money for education and to provide mammograms for those who otherwise cannot afford these tests. The site also includes a great amount of innformation for coping with and understanding an initial diagnosis of breast cancer. This organization was founded by Janelle Hale who is a 26 year survivor.

    The Susan G Komen for the Cure was founded on the promise by Nancy Brinker to her dying sister Susan Koman that she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. This mission of this organization is simply “One vision – a world without breast cancer”. The site includes valuable breast cancer information, facts, detection and screening information, treatment information, post treatment information, support, therapies, research and resources.

    Breastcancer.org slogan is “your lifeline for the best medical information about breast cancer”. This site contains lots of great information including details on symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and side effects, research news, recovery and renewal, support, and lowering your risk. This site was very informational while being easy to understand.

    We can all help find the cure. It is easy to participate in breast cancer fund raising events that support detection, treatment, and research. Donations to these organizations are always appreciated. There are many fund raising events that take place locally that support the cause. There are even products that you purchase that result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to various organizations.

    We at Allegro Medical have found some great products that are available which result in a portion of the proceeds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. These donations support breast cancer education and mammogram financial assistance for women that cannot otherwise afford this test.

  • Allegro Medical has teamed up with Soothsoft to offer an exclusive limited time offer of the Soothsoft Cool Care System Chillow Pak which includes an original Chillow and a ChillowDeluxe w/ 2-way cooling. A $5 donation will be made for each pak that is sold.
  • We also are happy to offer a pink and white shower chair which generates a $5 donation for each unit sold.
  • Here is a unique pink rollator with an embroidered pink ribbon in the seat which results in a $10 donation per rollator sold.
  • Please consider any or all of these great products if this is something that you or someone that you know may need. We are going to continue to look for more manufacturers and suppliers to partner with to raise money that will support the fight against breast cancer.

    Breast cancer and the treatments are unique as the people that are being treated. I have identified products that may be of benefit to those going though treatment. Some products are to help you heal and others are to help you be more comfortable. We will continue to add products to this category as we find new vendors and products. Please feel free to browse our Breast Cancer Awareness Month category on our website.

    I would like to finish this with a personal wish for the very best if you or a loved one is dealing with breast cancer. Remember that you are not alone! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month but unfortunately breast cancer doesn’t read the calendar. Remember to support the fight against breast cancer year round.

    Sincerely,

    David Williams,
    Director of Product Management,
    Allegro Medical

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