More than tremors: Parkinson’s Disease & Medical ID

Posted on April 11, 2018 by kerri
More than tremors: Parkinson’s Disease & Medical ID

Perhaps what comes to mind when you think of Parkinson’s’s Disease is one of two things: a person with shaking hands, or a person shuffling their feet across the floor. These are both symptoms of Parkinson’s’s Disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that affects 1-2 in 1000 people. [1] While Parkinson’s’s disease is most common in people … Continue reading “More than tremors: Parkinson’s Disease & Medical ID”

Why children and adults with autism need Medical ID

Posted on April 2, 2018 by kerri
Why children and adults with autism need Medical ID

Happy Autism Awareness—or Autism Acceptance—Month! April is the month to wear blue to support people living with autism, and their families, who often take a substantial role in their care and wellbeing, depending on the circumstance and the level of independence an adult with autism is able to achieve. The characteristics of autism are ones … Continue reading “Why children and adults with autism need Medical ID”

Indulge Safely this St. Paddy’s Day

Posted on March 15, 2018 by kerri
Indulge Safely this St. Paddy’s Day

From green rivers to shamrocks, people of all nationalities have embraced celebrating the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick, on March 17 each year. [1] Traditional festivities include feasts and fun, which of course roughly translates to “green beer”, or other alcoholic beverages. Tips for a safe St. Paddy’s Day celebration If you’re out on … Continue reading “Indulge Safely this St. Paddy’s Day”

Medical ID for Your Heart: 7 Reasons Those with Heart Problems Should Wear Medical ID

If you have a heart problem, you know how difficult it may be to live a predictable life, and how scary it can be to have new symptoms—cardiac-seeming or not. Whether you are an adult who has had a heart attack or has a rhythm disorder, a younger person with heart problems like idiopathic cardiomyopathy … Continue reading “Medical ID for Your Heart: 7 Reasons Those with Heart Problems Should Wear Medical ID”

The heat of the moment: Burn Awareness

Posted on February 6, 2018 by kerri
The heat of the moment: Burn Awareness

Often, burns occur quickly. Sometimes, burns are preventable, but other times, unfortunate scenarios that no one could have prevented result in burns of varying severity. This week is Burn Awareness Week—which applies to both being aware of the effects of burns, knowing how to treat minor burns, and prevent burns. The degrees of burns Most … Continue reading “The heat of the moment: Burn Awareness”

Demystifying Developmental Disabilities

Posted on January 22, 2018 by kerri
Demystifying Developmental Disabilities

January is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. What is a developmental disability? Well, it’s a catch-all term for many diagnoses that affect a child’s behaviours, movement, learning, language, or other types of development [1]. Organizations or researchers may define what classifies as a developmental disability differently, or define the time to onset in a different timespan—for instance, … Continue reading “Demystifying Developmental Disabilities”

Helping You Help Others: Support Group Partnership Program

Last March at Stanford Medicine X ED, my friend Sara and I presented on the role of social support in chronic disease management. Social support is extremely important in living with a chronic disease, and not only do you have people who “get you”, they can also often offer little life hacks for living with … Continue reading “Helping You Help Others: Support Group Partnership Program”

Time to lose (more than) a few pounds? The reality of Weight Loss Surgery

With January being the time of resolutions (often for better health!), it’s also the time of year that people may have keeping the extra pounds off—or taking them off—at front of mind. For some people, this can be achieved with managing what you eat, and exercising regularly. For others, though, it can be more difficult, … Continue reading “Time to lose (more than) a few pounds? The reality of Weight Loss Surgery”

A Healthier 2018

Posted on January 2, 2018 by kerri
A Healthier 2018

Many people start the new year with health goals—they plan to lose weight or exercise more or take better care of their diabetes, or do a better job remembering to take their blood pressure or cholesterol meds every day. In fact, 21.4% of New Years Resolutions are to “lose weight/eat healthier” and an additional 12.3% … Continue reading “A Healthier 2018”

Seven ways to support someone with chronic illness during the holidays

If you are reading this, you likely know someone with chronic illness or chronic disease. The holidays can be a challenging time for all of us to keep on top of our health, and may pose even more of a challenge for people with chronic illness as they balance self-management of their medical condition, preparations … Continue reading “Seven ways to support someone with chronic illness during the holidays”

A Conversation with Sara: Crohn’s (and Colitis) Awareness Week

To conclude Crohn’s and Colitis Awareness Week, my friend Sara is back on the blog to share about her stepson CJ’s diagnosis with Crohn’s disease just over a year ago, and how he is doing now.  Thanks, Sara!   Kerri: Hi Sara! Thanks for sharing your family’s story about CJ’s Crohn’s Disease diagnosis with us … Continue reading “A Conversation with Sara: Crohn’s (and Colitis) Awareness Week”

3D Printing for Better Health: Applications in Medicine

Posted on December 3, 2017 by kerri
3D Printing for Better Health: Applications in Medicine

It may seem a bit like sci-fi—or Frankenstein—that you could be able to print replacement body parts like hands or even organs using a 3D printer. However, ongoing work in this field is making this a reality in some areas of medicine, and closer and closer to a possibility in others. At Stanford MedicineX in … Continue reading “3D Printing for Better Health: Applications in Medicine”

Why Should People with Type 1 Diabetes Wear a Medical Bracelet?

Type 1 diabetes, formerly known as juvenile diabetes, is a form of diabetes caused by the immune system attacking the pancreas, making it unable to produce a hormone called insulin. If you have type 1 diabetes, while you were learning how to give yourself insulin and count carbohydrates, you were probably also told that you … Continue reading “Why Should People with Type 1 Diabetes Wear a Medical Bracelet?”

Sometimes it’s about the outside: Healthy Skin Month

Posted on November 22, 2017 by kerri
Sometimes it’s about the outside: Healthy Skin Month

Usually, it’s about what’s on the inside that counts. However, for Healthy Skin Month, November, let’s take a look at what’s on the outside! If you’re anything like me, I pay fairly little attention to my skin aside from washing regularly, wearing sunscreen when my activities warrant, and using moisturizer—in fact, even moisturizer is something … Continue reading “Sometimes it’s about the outside: Healthy Skin Month”

Cancer Awareness and Prevention: Have you checked your risk?

October was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a promoted tweet encouraged me to assess my risk of breast and ovarian cancer, using the Cancer Care Ontario My Cancer IQ website. I don’t live in Ontario, but i decided to take the quizzes anyways. As a generally healthy woman in my mid-twenties, I was not deemed … Continue reading “Cancer Awareness and Prevention: Have you checked your risk?”

15 Reasons to Quit Smoking (Not that you need us to tell you.)

Today is the Great American Smokeout, a day that encourages people to quit smoking—even if just for one day, it is a great first step to get healthier. Most people know the risks of smoking, and probably don’t need us to give them to you. However, the reality is, you need a reason that motivates … Continue reading “15 Reasons to Quit Smoking (Not that you need us to tell you.)”

Beyond End of Life: Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness

Posted on November 8, 2017 by kerri
Beyond End of Life: Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness

Most of us have an awareness of hospice or palliative care. Myself, my grandma was in a palliative care facility briefly before she passed away from cancer. i have a friend who is a minister and regularly serves families whose loved ones are receiving end of life care—she previously worked as a hospital chaplain. Another … Continue reading “Beyond End of Life: Hospice and Palliative Care Awareness”

Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted on November 6, 2017 by kerri
Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

While cancer is a disease commonly associated with smoking tobacco, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and smoking is the leading cause of COPD. [1] Other causes of COPD include genetic problems such as alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, long term lung damage stemming from premature birth, and exposure … Continue reading “Understanding Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

Why should people with Type 2 Diabetes wear Medical ID?

Posted on November 3, 2017 by kerri
Why should people with Type 2 Diabetes wear Medical ID?

November is Diabetes Awareness Month. Some people with Type 2 Diabetes may wonder why they need to wear medical ID jewelry, as T2D that is not treated with insulin is often seen as being fairly “stable”. However, with any type of diabetes, you need to be careful to correctly balance exercise, carbohydrate intake, and in … Continue reading “Why should people with Type 2 Diabetes wear Medical ID?”

Bullying Prevention Month and Chronic Illness/Disability

Posted on October 23, 2017 by kerri
Bullying Prevention Month and Chronic Illness/Disability

Bullying is a problem that in the past was perceived to just impact kids. This was never true. However, more recently, workplace bullying and prevention programs have come into the spotlight, and adults, engaging online with both friends and strangers, may also fall prey to cyber-bullying. The link between chronic illness or disability and bullying … Continue reading “Bullying Prevention Month and Chronic Illness/Disability”

October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Posted on October 18, 2017 by kerri
October is Disability Employment Awareness Month

Last year, only 17.9% of Americans with a disability were employed, per the Bureau of Labor Statistics. [1] Disability Employment Awareness Month aims to promote the skills of people with disabilities in the workforce, and encourage more companies and employers to hire employees with disabilities. Some events that may be held for Disability Employment Awareness Month … Continue reading “October is Disability Employment Awareness Month”

A Conversation with Ross: Arthritis and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Ross is a friend of mine living in Saskatchewan (hard to spell, easy to draw, for you Canadians out there!) who lives with osteoarthritis and complex regional pain syndrome, both forms of chronic pain. Ross is an advocate who enjoys sharing his story and connecting with others, and I’m happy to welcome him to the … Continue reading “A Conversation with Ross: Arthritis and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”

Preparing for the Unexpected with Chronic Disease: Disaster Prevention

As I write this on September 22, the following natural disasters have hit in just the last four weeks: Hurricane Harvey (August 17/25 to September 3, 2017) [1] Earthquake in Mexico – 8.2 magnitude (September 7, 2017) [2] Hurricane Irma (August 30 to September 15, 2017) [3] Hurricane Jose (September 5, 2017—ongoing at time of … Continue reading “Preparing for the Unexpected with Chronic Disease: Disaster Prevention”

What’s Up in Your Brain: World Mental Health Day

Posted on October 9, 2017 by kerri
What’s Up in Your Brain: World Mental Health Day

Last week, we shared a post for Mental Health Awareness Week and how people can develop resiliency skills for better mental health. Today’s post for World Mental Health Day is going to focus on mental illness education, briefly outlining the most common types of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, schizophrenia, and … Continue reading “What’s Up in Your Brain: World Mental Health Day”

What is Occupational Therapy?

Posted on October 6, 2017 by kerri
What is Occupational Therapy?

When I started university, my goal was to become an occupational therapist—significant difficulty in anatomy changed those plans for me. Recently, though, a new friend who is an OT encouraged me to look into an occupational therapy assistant program—something I had looked at before and then was either dissuaded from or dissuaded myself from! October … Continue reading “What is Occupational Therapy?”

“Everybody has a brain”: Mental Health Awareness Week

My friend Mark Freeman is a mental health advocate from Toronto, and runs a Tumblr called Everybody Has a Brain. Mark used to have obsessive compulsive disorder, and through mindfulness and other practices, managed to regain control of his mental health. This is not possible in all cases of mental health problems, however. I think … Continue reading ““Everybody has a brain”: Mental Health Awareness Week”

Breast Cancer: A Reason to Wear Medical ID

Posted on October 2, 2017 by kerri
Breast Cancer: A Reason to Wear Medical ID

While all cancer patients and survivors should wear a cancer medical ID bracelet, this is especially important of breast cancer survivors who can develop a condition called lymphedema as a result of treatment, tumor removal, or mastectomy surgery. Sometimes, breast cancer spreads to the lymph nodes, and these nodes must be removed, resulting in lymphedema, … Continue reading “Breast Cancer: A Reason to Wear Medical ID”

Falls Prevention Awareness – Part 2: Falls in Kids and Teens

As I shared in our post on Wednesday, falls are most common in older adults, and children under 5 years old. These populations are most likely to sustain serious injury from falls. Children under 5 are not the only ones at risk of fall related injury, however. Infants, pre-schoolers, children and adolescents all have specific … Continue reading “Falls Prevention Awareness – Part 2: Falls in Kids and Teens”

Falls Prevention Awareness: Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Posted on September 20, 2017 by kerri
Falls Prevention Awareness: Preventing Falls in Older Adults

Studying Kinesiology & Applied Health in university, we learned about falls in older adults, falls prevention, and the risks that may be associated with older adults if they fall. However, did you know that falls can impact anybody’s life, and that children under age 5 and older adults are more likely to be seriously injured … Continue reading “Falls Prevention Awareness: Preventing Falls in Older Adults”

Not “at the head of the class”, but still very important: Teaching Assistants

If you have a child with a disability or other special needs, your child may receive support at school from a Teaching Assistant, also known as a Teacher’s Aide or Educational Assistant, or a Paraprofessional or Instructional Aide depending on where you are—and sometimes, according to their training, depending on where you live. Today, we’re … Continue reading “Not “at the head of the class”, but still very important: Teaching Assistants”

What is Chronic Pain?

Posted on September 11, 2017 by kerri
What is Chronic Pain?

September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month. Chronic pain can arise from a variety of different medical conditions—arthritis, migraines, nerve damage, fibromyalgia, cancer, multiple sclerosis, ulcers, gallbladder disease, and lupus [1], to name just a few—as well as injuries that have not healed properly, poor posture, obesity, sleeping on an unsupportive mattress, trauma, and other acute … Continue reading “What is Chronic Pain?”

Dementia: One of the most important reasons to wear Medical ID

September is World Alzheimer Month, and if you know someone with dementia or Alzheimer Disease, it may or may not be clear to you why they should wear a medical ID bracelet or necklace. Given the spectrum of symptoms associated with dementias, ranging from mild to severe, it may or may not seem obvious why … Continue reading “Dementia: One of the most important reasons to wear Medical ID”

Suicide Prevention Week: Do you know how to save a life?

Posted on September 4, 2017 by kerri
Suicide Prevention Week: Do you know how to save a life?

Recently, I’ve been diving back in to teen books—many of which I actually read in my teenage years, and am revisiting now. One is the diary of a (fictional) sixteen-year-old boy whose best friend struggles with depression, and the character, Ducky, finds himself struggling with the warning signs, and over his diaries, physically saves his … Continue reading “Suicide Prevention Week: Do you know how to save a life?”

Idiopathic Hypersomnia: A disorder of extreme sleepiness.

Posted on September 1, 2017 by kerri
Idiopathic Hypersomnia: A disorder of extreme sleepiness.

In previous articles, we’ve covered more “well-known” sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea and narcolepsy. Idiopathic hypersomnia is another sleep disorder that can impact a person’s life, both day and night. Hypersomnia is a condition in which a person needs a greater amount of sleep than average—idiopathic means the cause of the condition, or need … Continue reading “Idiopathic Hypersomnia: A disorder of extreme sleepiness.”

Dealing with the September Asthma Peak

Posted on August 28, 2017 by kerri
Dealing with the September Asthma Peak

With Fall brings a different set of challenges for many people with asthma and allergies. Among people with asthma, children are typically hardest hit by the effect of Fall on their asthma, an effect that may be most-pronounced around the third week in September. The September Asthma Peak is a researched health “phenomenon”, where higher-than-average … Continue reading “Dealing with the September Asthma Peak”

Health resources in your community: Libraries?!

Posted on August 18, 2017 by kerri
Health resources in your community: Libraries?!

In a recent post on Seasonal Affective Disorder, I mentioned that some of my local public libraries have special lamps that are used in treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder symptoms so that people can try them before making an investment. While perusing the health information at my local library brought up some suspicions (there are … Continue reading “Health resources in your community: Libraries?!”

National Health Center Week: Community Care Access

Posted on August 14, 2017 by kerri
National Health Center Week: Community Care Access

Across America, healthcare is in the forefront of both the media and the minds of most people—those who are healthy and those who live with a pre-existing medical condition. 1 in every 15 people in the US, in all states and territories, including D.C. and Puerto Rico, depend on the Health Centers in their communities … Continue reading “National Health Center Week: Community Care Access”

Indigenous Peoples Health Day Part 2: Health Issues and Indigenous Communities

As discussed in our previous post for Indigenous Peoples Health Day, the health issues of Indigenous people worldwide are no different than those of non-indigenous communities, however, due to a variety of circumstances including finances, geography, cultural and historical influences, and influences of non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous peoples worldwide experience higher-than-typical rates of a variety of … Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples Health Day Part 2: Health Issues and Indigenous Communities”

Indigenous Peoples Health Day

Posted on August 9, 2017 by kerri
Indigenous Peoples Health Day

August 9 is Indigenous Peoples Health Day. Indigenous communities are diverse around the world, and diverse within the countries they live in. Due to the wide variety of cultures, languages, customs and systems of governance in indigenous communities, the United Nations has not settled on a concrete definition of what it means to be Indigenous. … Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples Health Day”

Shooting up: Immunization Awareness Week – #NIAM17

Posted on August 7, 2017 by kerri
Shooting up: Immunization Awareness Week – #NIAM17

Did you know that there are immunizations that are required at every stage in life? These quick, although sometimes not painless, shots help prevent diseases that can be life-threatening or simply inconvenient and a public health issue. Are you up to date on your vaccines? We’ll get you started with some info for National Immunization … Continue reading “Shooting up: Immunization Awareness Week – #NIAM17”

National Seasonal Affective Disorder Day… Yes, in SUMMER.

I don’t know about you, but I usually associate Seasonal Affective Disorder with… Wintertime! However, July 24, AKA the middle of summer, is National Seasonal Affective Disorder Day—and, as I have already learned, some people with the condition experience decreased mood starting in early summer! [1] Like Seasonal Affective Disorder Awareness day being in summertime, … Continue reading “National Seasonal Affective Disorder Day… Yes, in SUMMER.”

Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day: What is it?

Posted on July 21, 2017 by kerri
Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day: What is it?

July 22 is Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day. Fragile X Syndrome, also known as FXS and Martin-Bell Syndrome, among other names [1], is a genetic condition which causes intellectual disability, and also is associated with characteristic physical features of the syndrome. Each person with Fragile X Syndrome will have a variable presentation of the syndrome—they … Continue reading “Fragile X Syndrome Awareness Day: What is it?”

Hemochromatosis Screening: Yes, too MUCH iron is a thing!

For someone like me who has had to have blood transfusions from anemia—low iron—hemochromatosis seems like a foreign concept. However, for 1 in 300 people, too much iron in the blood can be a big problem. [1] Hemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder affecting Canadians, and the stats are likely not too far off for … Continue reading “Hemochromatosis Screening: Yes, too MUCH iron is a thing!”

Craniofacial Anomalies: What they are and why medical ID is important

Recently, I read the book Wonder, about a ten-year-old boy named August who goes to school for the first time after he has finally recovered from medical issues associated with a craniofacial anomaly that has been present since birth. As the film adaptation is coming out in the Fall, I believe, it’s a good time … Continue reading “Craniofacial Anomalies: What they are and why medical ID is important”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Should You Know?

Trigger warnings: trauma, abuse, medical PTSD, armed forces service/combat PTSD What do you think of when you think of PTSD—Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? For me, I think of the military veteran I once met in a mall, talking about his service dog, as well as the PTSD service dog he is training for Courageous Canines, … Continue reading “Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: What Should You Know?”

Why Staying Hydrated Can Help Manage Medical Conditions

We hear all the time how important it is to stay hydrated—and if you’re anything like me, it’s a challenge (which, I’ll admit, I do not accomplish 97% of the time). However, if you have certain medical conditions, it’s even more important to drink enough fluids (especially water, but also other non-caffeinated beverages) to help … Continue reading “Why Staying Hydrated Can Help Manage Medical Conditions”

What’s a “sickle cell”? World Sickle Cell Disease Day

A sickle is a curved bladed implement often used for harvesting crops. No, farming or gardening doesn’t have anything to do with sickle cell disease, but it does explain where “sickle cells” got their name–based on their shape! If you don’t have sickle cell disease, one type of which is called sickle cell anemia, you won’t … Continue reading “What’s a “sickle cell”? World Sickle Cell Disease Day”

Pride Month: LGBTQ*+ Health

Posted on June 7, 2017 by kerri
Pride Month: LGBTQ*+ Health

LGBTQ* is an acronym that seems to keep growing, encompassing more and more people and groups of people who may not fall into the sexual orientation category known as heterosexual, or “straight”. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other sexual and gender identity communities (expressed often in the asterisk [*] or plus symbol [+] may … Continue reading “Pride Month: LGBTQ*+ Health”

Getting Ready for a New School Year: Updating Medical ID

Hopefully, your child’s medical ID bracelet or necklace is still in great shape after a school year of fun, play, and adventure—and if it’s one of our stainless steel medical IDs from My Identity Doctor, it has probably seen its fair share of pools, beaches, and water balloon fights, too! As we’re gearing back up … Continue reading “Getting Ready for a New School Year: Updating Medical ID”

Do you know the signs of a stroke? You could save a life!

A stroke is another term for a blood clot that becomes dislodged within or travels to the brain, cutting off blood flow to specific areas of the brain beyond the clot. Strokes can cause physical and cognitive disability, including issues with walking, arm movement, speech, and memory. The sooner a stroke is identified and treatment … Continue reading “Do you know the signs of a stroke? You could save a life!”

World Autoimmune Arthritis Day: What it is

Posted on May 17, 2017 by kerri
World Autoimmune Arthritis Day: What it is

Arthritis is a term that encompasses all sorts of joint pain or joint diseases. [1] Like other autoimmune diseases, autoimmune arthritis is caused by the body essentially “attacking” certain joints, causing pain, swelling, and movement problems. Autoimmune arthritis is also an umbrella term, covering a variety of types of arthritis including rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic … Continue reading “World Autoimmune Arthritis Day: What it is”

What is Huntingdon Disease?

Posted on May 12, 2017 by kerri
What is Huntingdon Disease?

May is Huntingdon Disease Awareness Month—I remember reading a book several years ago where a teenage character was facing this genetic disorder, inherited from his father, but that is the only time I have heard of Huntingdon Disease, and it was not the main focus of the book. Huntingdon Disease (HD, also known as Huntingdon … Continue reading “What is Huntingdon Disease?”

Osteoporosis Explained With Chocolate: What You Should Know About Your Bones

Osteoporosis is among the most common reasons older adults will break a bone. [1] However, it’s not just a problem of older adults, and you can start early to prevent your risk of getting osteoporosis in the first place. What is osteoporosis? I’ve in the past explained (as one of my university instructors did!) explained … Continue reading “Osteoporosis Explained With Chocolate: What You Should Know About Your Bones”

A Conversation with Sarah Funes: Brain Tumor Action Week

It’s Brain Tumour Action Week, and I had the pleasure to interview human rights advocate Sarah Funes from the San Francisco Bay Area about her experiences of not simply having been treated for a brain tumor, but of her life following that experience!  Hi Sarah! Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today. … Continue reading “A Conversation with Sarah Funes: Brain Tumor Action Week”

What’s going on in your kid’s head? Children’s Mental Health Week

We all love the goofy, silly things that come out of kids mouths (and sometimes, they’re pretty dang insightful!). Like adults, though, kids can be affected by mental health issues like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and even suicidal thoughts. It’s scary to think about, but it’s important to know the signs of … Continue reading “What’s going on in your kid’s head? Children’s Mental Health Week”

Celiac Disease: A conversation with Sara

Posted on May 1, 2017 by kerri
Celiac Disease: A conversation with Sara

My friend Sara recently has learned she has Celiac disease, an autoimmune condition in which the body responds negatively to gluten–a substance found in wheat, rye, oats and barley. May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Celiac disease affects 1 in 133 Americans, and the treatment–avoiding gluten–sounds simpler than it is. Today, I’m happy to have Sara … Continue reading “Celiac Disease: A conversation with Sara”

Not “Just a cut”: World Bleeding Disorders Awareness Day

In the United States, 20,000 people live with hemophilia, and 1-2% of Americans live with von Willebrand Disease. [1] Each of these diseases cause bleeding to last longer, are not contagious, and can be treated but have no cure. [1] Hemophilia affects mostly boys and men, whereas von Willebrand Disease affects men and women equally. … Continue reading “Not “Just a cut”: World Bleeding Disorders Awareness Day”

Why should older adults wear medical ID?

Posted on April 12, 2017 by kerri
Why should older adults wear medical ID?

It doesn’t matter how old—or young—you are, medical ID jewelry is important to wear if you have a chronic medical condition or allergy. As we get older, though, sometimes that list of medical “stuff” gets longer and more difficult to keep track of. The average elderly person takes five or more medications—those in nursing homes … Continue reading “Why should older adults wear medical ID?”

Choosing a Summer Camp for Kids with Medical Conditions

It’s that exciting time of year when kids start asking can I go tot camp? Most parents, of course, rejoice at the thought of some kid-free time in the summer! However, if your kid has a medical condition—food allergies, diabetes, asthma, or epilepsy, for example—it can be harder to figure out the right place to … Continue reading “Choosing a Summer Camp for Kids with Medical Conditions”

Donate Life Month: Where are your organs going when you’re finished with them?

Organ donation is something I have felt strongly about for as long as I can remember. Even before I had other need to wear medical ID jewelry, I had a tag that simply read organ donor. Now, organ donor remains on my medical ID bracelets, alongside asthma and my emergency contact information. Organ donation is … Continue reading “Donate Life Month: Where are your organs going when you’re finished with them?”

Cesarian Awareness Month: What do moms-to-be need to know?

In the United States, just under a third of all births are preformed by cesarian section, also known as a “c-section”, a procedure which surgically removes a baby from the mother’s womb. [1] Of all c-sections performed, just 10% of births by c-section were elective [2]—that is, they were chosen by the mother over natural … Continue reading “Cesarian Awareness Month: What do moms-to-be need to know?”

Partnering with Camps to Keep Kids Safe with Medical ID Jewelry

If you run a summer camp, or are sending your child to camp, you may have concerns about staff being aware of medical conditions of campers in their care. Over the course of a camp day, kids will encounter not only their own cabin counsellor, but also cooks and kitchen staff, activities staff—ranging from arts … Continue reading “Partnering with Camps to Keep Kids Safe with Medical ID Jewelry”

National Doctors Day: Making the most of your appointments

Today is National Doctors Day. Those of us living with chronic illness know how important the role of our doctors is to our health. Sometimes, though, just like chronic disease itself, it can be difficult to know how to prepare for a doctor’s appointment—when there is only so much time to tackle all of the … Continue reading “National Doctors Day: Making the most of your appointments”

Sleep Awareness Month: What is Narcolepsy?

Posted on March 23, 2017 by kerri
Sleep Awareness Month: What is Narcolepsy?

Last year, I read my friend Julie Flygare‘s book, Wide Awake and Dreaming: A Memoir of Narcolepsy—I did not know a lot about narcolepsy, and learning through Julie’s first person perspective certainly helped things make more sense to me. Julie is a fierce advocate for raising awareness of narcolepsy, a neurological disorder that causes excessive sleepiness … Continue reading “Sleep Awareness Month: What is Narcolepsy?”

National Nutrition Month and Chronic Diseases

Posted on March 2, 2017 by kerri
National Nutrition Month and Chronic Diseases

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but if you have certain chronic diseases, like diabetes, cystic fibrosis, or celiac disease, or food allergies, good nutrition can be even more important, and sometimes a greater challenge. March is National Nutrition Month, and today we’ll be taking a quick look at just some of the many conditions … Continue reading “National Nutrition Month and Chronic Diseases”

Why to consider medical ID if you have an eating disorder

Posted on February 23, 2017 by kerri
Why to consider medical ID if you have an eating disorder

February is National Eating Disorders Awareness Month. Eating disorders affect people of all ages, gender identities, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. While eating disorders are more commonly associated with being a women’s health issue, in the United States, a quarter of anorexia and bulimia diagnoses are men living with the conditions—binge eating disorder affects men even … Continue reading “Why to consider medical ID if you have an eating disorder”

An Interview on Women’s Heart Disease: Carolyn of Heart Sisters

In 2012, I met Carolyn Thomas at MedicineX at Stanford University—my fellow Canadian ePatient at the conference that year, I remember her exclaiming “Kerri from the Prairies!” upon our first meeting! As I learned more about Carolyn’s story of being misdiagnosed when she was actually having a heart attack, I knew I wanted to help share her … Continue reading “An Interview on Women’s Heart Disease: Carolyn of Heart Sisters”

National Organ Donor Day – Facts to Help You Decide Whether to Donate

  When you consider whether to be an organ, eye and tissue donor, it’s very important that you make  an informed decision. Here are 10 key facts that we hope will encourage you to give the Gift of  Life. If you are sick or injured and admitted to a hospital, the FIRST PRIORITY for emergency … Continue reading “National Organ Donor Day – Facts to Help You Decide Whether to Donate”

World Cancer Day: An Interview with Janet on Lung Cancer and Social Media

i had the pleasure of meeting Janet Freeman-Daily, co-founder of the Lung Cancer Social Media (#LCSM) Twitter community at Stanford MedicineX in 2014. Janet is a clinical trial participant, and a leader in the lung cancer space, and I am so happy to have her joining us for World Cancer Day to share her experiences. … Continue reading “World Cancer Day: An Interview with Janet on Lung Cancer and Social Media”

Women & Girls in Sports Day is February 2: Being Active + Staying Safe!

Right around the corner is Women and Girls in Sports day on February 2! The topic of sport involvement is one of my favourites, not because I am in any way an athlete, but because even if you are not an “athlete” per-se, you can still be involved in sports—whether recreationally and playing just for fun, … Continue reading “Women & Girls in Sports Day is February 2: Being Active + Staying Safe!”

A Conversation with Natalie: Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day

Before I met Natalie in September 2016, I’d never heard of Moebius Syndrome, a rare neurological condition. I first met Natalie and her service dog, Cassius, at the MedicineX conference (where Cassius and my friend Steve’s guide dog, Murray, were mere hours later forced to ignore one another all night while they sat very close … Continue reading “A Conversation with Natalie: Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day”

Early detection = Early treatment: Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings

While it is not possible in all cases, the best way to manage cancer is to detect it early. For women, routine medical tests are done to minimize risks of cervical cancer and breast cancer—which makes it important to make time for annual check-ins with your doctor to ensure you’re healthy. It may seem like a … Continue reading “Early detection = Early treatment: Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings”

The “butterfly” in your body: Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland at the front lower portion of your neck. A gland in the body secretes hormones; the thyroid gland’s main responsibility is to regulate metabolism [1], which is essentially the process of using/creating/storing energy. However, fairly commonly, the thyroid gland gets “out of whack”: it produces too much or … Continue reading “The “butterfly” in your body: Thyroid Awareness Month”

Preparing for Snowstorms and Winter Emergencies

Posted on December 20, 2016 by kerri
Preparing for Snowstorms and Winter Emergencies

Having an emergency kit doesn’t just pertain to your car (although you should have one stored in your car at all times!), and it goes beyond having a first aid kit—although that is important. While much of North America has been experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures into the late Fall, it’s important to be prepared so … Continue reading “Preparing for Snowstorms and Winter Emergencies”

Wash, wash, wash your hands

Posted on December 5, 2016 by kerri
Wash, wash, wash your hands

Flu Shot Week and Hand-Washing Awareness Week? Well, they do seem to go hand in hand… Bad pun, sorry. But it’s true that both can prevent the spread of disease! Hand washing is one of the easiest ways we can maintain good health. While hand sanitizer gels are readily available, as are cleaning wipes, the best defence … Continue reading “Wash, wash, wash your hands”

A pain in the arm can prevent the hassle and risk of the flu!

It’s Influenza Vaccine Week! While many of us—myself included—have our flu shots administered in October or November (or in some places, even earlier!), it’s not too late, as is proven by the fact that Flu Vaccine Week is December 1 to 7! While i’m lucky enough that my flu shot the last two years has … Continue reading “A pain in the arm can prevent the hassle and risk of the flu!”

Healthy Thanksgiving Traditions: Learning Family Health History, and Other Fun Things.

Not only is Thanksgiving coming up in the United States, but November 24 is Family Health History Day. If you are getting together with your family this Thanksgiving, this can be a great time to learn some answers to those questions that you’ve encountered on medical forms in the past but maybe were uncertain of … Continue reading “Healthy Thanksgiving Traditions: Learning Family Health History, and Other Fun Things.”

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Lori and Tara’s Story

Posted on November 21, 2016 by kerri
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Lori and Tara’s Story

When I learned that November was Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, my friend Tara and her mom, Lori immediately came to mind. I spent almost every Sunday afternoon (and a lot of other time) at Tara’s house for a couple of years during high school—after I finally, at Lori and Tara’s insistence started just walking into … Continue reading “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: Lori and Tara’s Story”

A Conversation with Kate: Life with Type 2 Diabetes on World Diabetes Day

I am lucky to have been somewhat enveloped into the awesomeness of the diabetes online community, despite not having diabetes myself. Diabetes is a complicated condition, and is sometimes hard for people to understand. Type 2 diabetes especially has a lot of misinformation surrounding it: as Kate shares, lifestyle may play a role, but there is … Continue reading “A Conversation with Kate: Life with Type 2 Diabetes on World Diabetes Day”

What’s LUNGS got to do with it? About Pulmonary Hypertension

DERIVATIVES You’re probably familiar with the term hypertension—this is the medical term for high blood pressure. But what, exactly, is pulmonary hypertension? November is Pulmonary Hypertension awareness month, so there’s no better time to learn about this condition that affects the lungs. What is pulmonary hypertension? Pulmonary hypertension [PH] is, simply, high blood pressure in … Continue reading “What’s LUNGS got to do with it? About Pulmonary Hypertension”

ME/CFS: Myalgic Encepha—what? Exploring Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

This past week, I was fortunate to reconnect with my friend and filmmaker Ryan Prior. Ryan lives with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or the combined acronym ME/CFS, and in 2014, I had the opportunity to view an unfinished cut of his film Forgotten Plague: M.E. and the Future of Medicine. Fast forward … Continue reading “ME/CFS: Myalgic Encepha—what? Exploring Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”

The perks of coffee for your health: Celebrating International Coffee Day

Many people are big fans of coffee. They may say they want to kick the caffeine habit, but something stops them (maybe the caffeine addiction). But did you know that there are actually health benefits to drinking coffee, not just that jolt of a pick-me-up in the morning when you need an extra boost, the … Continue reading “The perks of coffee for your health: Celebrating International Coffee Day”

Take Heart! Celebrate World Heart Day the Heart Healthy Way

Posted on September 29, 2016 by kerri
Take Heart! Celebrate World Heart Day the Heart Healthy Way

Lots of work goes into keeping your heart healthy—but, it is worth it to live a long and healthy life. Especially if you are at higher risk of heart disease because of another chronic disease or family history, it is important to start making the small changes that can help protect you against heart disease. … Continue reading “Take Heart! Celebrate World Heart Day the Heart Healthy Way”

World Rabies Day is September 28 – Know the Facts

Posted on September 26, 2016 by kerri
World Rabies Day is September 28 – Know the Facts

How much do you actually know about rabies? For myself, the answer is… Not a lot! I know that dogs need rabies shots, and that it is something that humans (and other animals) want to avoid contracting. September 28th is World Rabies Day—a great day to learn about staying healthy from this preventable disease. What … Continue reading “World Rabies Day is September 28 – Know the Facts”

The consequences mixing alcohol with pregnancy: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Month

From bags at the liquor store, to public service announcements, there are many reminders why women who are pregnant should not consume alcohol during pregnancy. Among the consequences of consuming alcohol during pregnancy is your baby developing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). More commonly known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), we now know that FAS … Continue reading “The consequences mixing alcohol with pregnancy: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Month”

Stock Up! How Prepared is your First Aid Kit?

Posted on August 30, 2016 by kerri
Stock Up! How Prepared is your First Aid Kit?

Back in January, I was cutting the bottom out of a shoebox when instead of cutting the , and got my mom to fish it out. Then an hour and a half later after no real reprieve from the bleeding and gauze I was replacing every 10 minutes, I gave in and went to the hospital.Three stitches later in the emergency department, it was only a few days later that we had a real first aid kit in the house.

Getting Social: We are more than just a blog and online shop—we want to know YOU!

We love to hear from the community that benefits from the products we proudly create at My Identity Doctor. Whether that’s a bracelet or a necklace, or a blog post helping you to understand the complexities world of health and wellness, including chronic disease. However, we also want to hear from YOU. Yes, YOU reading … Continue reading “Getting Social: We are more than just a blog and online shop—we want to know YOU!”

Group B Strep Awareness: A guide for Mothers, Babies… and Everyone.

When I hear the word “strep”, I automatically think of “strep throat”. Strep, short for streptococcus, however, comes in more than one type. Strep throat, for instance, is a Group A strep infection, and while occasionally severe or life-threatening, is normally relatively mild—like in the cases of strep throat or impetigo; in fact, both of these … Continue reading “Group B Strep Awareness: A guide for Mothers, Babies… and Everyone.”

A Safe Back to School Season for Kids with "Added Extras"!

It seems like summer just started, yet we’re already discussing going back to school in many parts of the United States! For parents of kids living with special medical needs, it can be both an exciting and anxiety-inducing time—ensuring care plans are in place, that school staff are trained on how to deal with a … Continue reading “A Safe Back to School Season for Kids with "Added Extras"!”

Be(e) careful! Being prepared with a bee or wasp sting allergy.

Summer is upon us, and that means that your next picnic, patio lunch meeting, or casual wait at the bus stop could soon have some not-so-welcome guests. While a sting from an insect like a bee, wasp, or hornet can be unpleasant for anybody, for those with a potentially life-threatening allergy to insect stings, the … Continue reading “Be(e) careful! Being prepared with a bee or wasp sting allergy.”

Flashes and crashes… Lightning Safety Week tips

Posted on June 19, 2016 by admin
Flashes and crashes… Lightning Safety Week tips

Lightning. It’s one of those weird phenomenons that some people are just simply fascinated by. You don’t have to be a meteorologist, or a storm chaser, to enjoy watching a good lightning storm. Just about everybody has heard “Don’t do _____, you’ll get struck by lightning!” So, what are the realities—and myths—about lightning safety? For Lightning … Continue reading “Flashes and crashes… Lightning Safety Week tips”

June is Myaesthenia Gravis Awareness Month: Meet Rachel

Myaesthenia gravis is a neurological condition that affects 20 of every 100,000 people according to the National Library of Medicine [1]. My friend Rachel is one of them, and as June is MG awareness month, I’m happy to welcome her to the My Identity Doctor blog to share her story with us! ———- Hi Rachel! … Continue reading “June is Myaesthenia Gravis Awareness Month: Meet Rachel”

Engage Summer Fun: Medical IDs that safely make a splash!

Did you know that nearly all of our medical ID tags, necklaces, bracelet strands, and wristbands are tough enough to handle all of your summer fun? Yup, it’s true—we’ve got you covered, and you’ve got choices! Whereas many medical jewelry retailers market the waterproof solutions primarily to kids, we know that even adults need to be covered … Continue reading “Engage Summer Fun: Medical IDs that safely make a splash!”

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month: Leah's Lung Transplant Story

While we originally tried to share Leah’s story during Organ Donation Awareness/Donate Life month in April, sometimes life happens. We’re happy that her story is equally fitting for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, which is May! I was fortunate to follow Leah’s lung transplant story over the last couple of years–while Leah has definitely had some … Continue reading “May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month: Leah's Lung Transplant Story”

Want more productive employees? Do what the Healthiest Companies in America do!

It sounds funny to start a post about Global Employee Health and Fitness Month talking about kids… but here it is: Kids get recess. Not only do kids get recess, they are expected to engage in active play outdoors regularly, and they often have snack time built into their days. They get to climb stuff, … Continue reading “Want more productive employees? Do what the Healthiest Companies in America do!”

What is Pre-Eclampsia? How to know if you are at risk.

May is Pre-Eclampsia Awareness Month. If you are pregnant or are considering becoming pregnant, pre-eclampsia is an important condition to know about, as it only affects women during pregnancy. Briefly, pre-eclampsia is a form of hypertension, or high blood pressure, caused by abnormally narrow blood vessels developing as new blood vessels grow to support the development … Continue reading “What is Pre-Eclampsia? How to know if you are at risk.”

An Interview with Beth: Adjusting to life with Fibromyalgia

Often when I interview people for the Identity Doc blog, I find people who have been living with a certain medical condition for a good while. Sometimes, though, it’s a great way to turn the tides by finding someone who has only learned of their diagnosis relatively recently–i think it’s always empowering to be able … Continue reading “An Interview with Beth: Adjusting to life with Fibromyalgia”

All that glitters is gold… Or is it? Go for the GOLD with your next Medical ID from My Identity Doctor!

Today we’re taking a brief break in the health content you’ve come to expect from us at My Identity Doctor, to share some NEW items in our product selection! AND… they are GOLD… but, not quite! We know that you’ve come to expect easy-to-care-for and low maintenance medical ID products that are up for whatever challenges you throw at … Continue reading “All that glitters is gold… Or is it? Go for the GOLD with your next Medical ID from My Identity Doctor!”

Having a baby? You have options! Celebrating the International Day of the Midwife

When a new building on my university campus opened a few years ago, it housed—among other things, like the Starbucks!—a midwifery program. I know that midwives help with prenatal care and delivery of a baby… but that’s about it. May 5th is the International Day of the Midwife—a day to help raise awareness about the … Continue reading “Having a baby? You have options! Celebrating the International Day of the Midwife”

Mental Health Month: Five Tips for a More Balanced Mind

Usually, the words “mental health” bring to mind “mental illness” instead. Mental health, however, is a legitimate thing, and it is more than simply the absence of illness—just like “wellness” is. For people without a mental health condition, there re steps that can be taken every day to improve your mental wellbeing—but, even if you … Continue reading “Mental Health Month: Five Tips for a More Balanced Mind”

Infertility Awareness: What it is, and 12 things NOT to say to those affected!

National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW) takes place during the last full week of April. The goal of the week is to raise awareness about infertility, to encourage discussion, and help couples with infertility cope with this condition. This week also provides a time for those with infertility to come out to their friends and families if … Continue reading “Infertility Awareness: What it is, and 12 things NOT to say to those affected!”

Tips for Successful Travel with Irritable Bowel Syndrome

  If you’re living with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and planning on traveling, don’t worry. Understanding your symptoms and triggers can help you adjust and live well with IBS. Before traveling, try keeping track of what you eat, when you experience symptoms and provide detail. After some time, you will discover patterns in your symptoms and will know … Continue reading “Tips for Successful Travel with Irritable Bowel Syndrome”

Want to be healthier? Adopt a pet this April!

Posted on April 11, 2016 by admin
Want to be healthier? Adopt a pet this April!

Did you know that your furry friends can help make you healthier? While we’re all familiar with animal dander allergies or respiratory problems in response to animals that may affect an individual’s health negatively, there are plenty of reasons that your pet may actually make you healthier! Pets can have positive effects on our cardiovascular health, by lowering … Continue reading “Want to be healthier? Adopt a pet this April!”

Life with Epilepsy: A Conversation with Caitie

Posted on March 31, 2016 by admin
Life with Epilepsy: A Conversation with Caitie

We’re reaching the end of Epilepsy Awareness Month, but it’s never too late to learn more about a condition that affects 3 million, or 1 in 26 Americans [1]. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that causes seizures, and often, witnessing someone having a seizure is more stressful for a bystander than it is for the person who is … Continue reading “Life with Epilepsy: A Conversation with Caitie”

Down Syndrome Awareness: An Interview with Brenda

Posted on March 20, 2016 by admin
Down Syndrome Awareness: An Interview with Brenda

Tomorrow is World Down Syndrome Day. While I’m lucky to get to see these two awesome ladies every week when they attend the Special Olympics program I coach, I couldn’t keep their awesome to myself–luckily, they excitedly agreed to share their stories for World Down Syndrome Day! A first for the Identity Doc Blog, we … Continue reading “Down Syndrome Awareness: An Interview with Brenda”

Lend your brain to science, not zombies: It's Brain Research Month!

Back in September, a few friends and I spent the weekend together in a classroom streaming the Medicine X conference from Stanford University. One of the sessions discussed patient involvement in research, and how the University of California – San Francisco can use your brain for research. . . even if you’re across the world. March is … Continue reading “Lend your brain to science, not zombies: It's Brain Research Month!”

Februray 14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

Posted on February 14, 2016 by admin
Februray 14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day

About 0.8% of all babies born in the United States are born with a congenital heart defect, or CHD. While less than 1% of the population might not seem like a lot of people, 35,000 babies will be born with a heart defect this year [1]. CHDs can be “mild” to “complex”. Mild heart defects sometimes need no … Continue reading “Februray 14 is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day”

Black History Month: Impact on the Health of a Population

Posted on February 8, 2016 by admin
Black History Month: Impact on the Health of a Population

February is Black History Month in the United States and Canada. The Centres for Disease Control categorize any Americans who have ancestry in any of the “Black racial groups of Africa” [1]. I will opt in this post to simply use the term Black to be inclusive of the diversities of this racial group, including those … Continue reading “Black History Month: Impact on the Health of a Population”

Arthritis Awareness Month: A Conversation with Annette

Posted on February 2, 2016 by admin
Arthritis Awareness Month: A Conversation with Annette

February is Arthritis Awareness Month, and today is Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a form of autoimmune arthritis, meaning that the body’s immune system attacks and destroys/damages joints in the body–organs may also become involved, and the disease is progressive. While treatable, RA can have both profound–and variable–impact on a person’s life. … Continue reading “Arthritis Awareness Month: A Conversation with Annette”

Thyroid Awareness Month

Posted on January 21, 2016 by admin
Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is a small gland near the front of your neck that. It’s shaped a bit like a butterfly, and has an important role in keeping you healthy. January is Thyroid Awareness Month, so today we’ll take a look at what our thyroid gland does, and two of the most common problems that affect … Continue reading “Thyroid Awareness Month”

What does poverty look like?: Poverty in America Awareness Month

During the holiday season, TV, radio, and public spaces constantly encourage us to consider those who are living in poverty—we may give financial support to organizations volunteer our time, or donate food and gifts to those in need. However, these needs exist year-round. January is Poverty in America Awareness Month, and today on the Identity Doctor blog, … Continue reading “What does poverty look like?: Poverty in America Awareness Month”

January is Winter Sports National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month

Have you ever hit your head as a result of a fall, car crash, or other type of activity and just “did not feel right” afterwards? After a few days, you returned to your normal activities, but continued to experience headaches, sensitivity to noise, or difficulty concentrating and remembering things. Does this sound familiar? A … Continue reading “January is Winter Sports National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month”

Have a Heart Healthy Winter: Cold and your heart

Posted on December 17, 2015 by admin
Have a Heart Healthy Winter: Cold and your heart

This winter season will bring cooler temperatures and ice and snow for some. For most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. It’s important to know how cold weather can affect your heart, especially if you have cardiovascular disease.  Some people who are outdoors in cold weather should avoid sudden exertion, like lifting a … Continue reading “Have a Heart Healthy Winter: Cold and your heart”

Don't let the cold keep you on the couch: Winter Fitness Tips

You don’t have to be a hardcore winter sports enthusiast to keep your fitness game on during the chilly winter months—but, of course, you want to stay safe, too! While you might opt to become a gym-goer, join an indoor sports team, or take up rock climbing or indoor fitness classes in winter, you don’t … Continue reading “Don't let the cold keep you on the couch: Winter Fitness Tips”

World AIDS Day

Posted on December 1, 2015 by admin
World AIDS Day

  While awareness is growing, AIDS remains one of the most misunderstood diseases worldwide. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome is a complicated medical condition caused by a virus called the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV. There is no cure for the virus, however, treatment and prevention advances have been steadily in development since 1987 when the drug … Continue reading “World AIDS Day”

Enjoying the holidays with GERD

Posted on November 27, 2015 by admin
Enjoying the holidays with GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, more commonly known as GERD, is a chronic disease that can occur when stomach contents repeatedly flow backwards into the esophagus, also known as the “food pipe”. Though generally a treatable disease, serious complications can result if GERD is not treated properly. Some symptoms of GERD include frequent or  longstanding heartburn, difficulty … Continue reading “Enjoying the holidays with GERD”

Living well with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted on November 23, 2015 by admin
Living well with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath… What’s your first thought? I think many people might say asthma! These symptoms, along with—sometimes—coughing up sputum (known as mucus or phlegm) from the lungs, are also classic symptoms of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD—types of COPD include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, Not one disease but an umbrella term for … Continue reading “Living well with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease”

A beyond-the-surface look at Down Syndrome

Posted on November 16, 2015 by admin
A beyond-the-surface look at Down Syndrome

Most people know what Down Syndrome “looks like”—but, just like anyone else with a disability or medical condition, Down Syndrome [DS] involves a lot more than meets the eye. Down syndrome is caused by a genetic anomaly, or mutation—the most common form involves three copies of the 21st chromosome are present instead of the typical 2—Down … Continue reading “A beyond-the-surface look at Down Syndrome”

What is MOvember?

Posted on November 6, 2015 by admin
What is MOvember?

Movember is the global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health. Movember was started in 2003 in Melbourne, Australia, now taking place every November and is held in 21 countries around the world. Many men and women to join the global men’s health movement.  Movember has raised $650 million and helped fund 1,000 men’s … Continue reading “What is MOvember?”

National Diabetes Month: An interview with Pat

Posted on November 2, 2015 by admin
National Diabetes Month: An interview with Pat

Pat McAlister has been living with type 1 diabetes (T1D) for 68 years. Through the years, a lot has changed with regard to her life with T1D—from types of insulin used to treat the disease, to blood sugar monitoring, and how insulin has to be administered—for example, insulin used to be extracted from cows or pigs, and injected … Continue reading “National Diabetes Month: An interview with Pat”

Breathe easy! Respiratory Care Week: October 25-31

Posted on October 25, 2015 by admin
Breathe easy! Respiratory Care Week: October 25-31

Most people have heard of physical therapists, and often occupational therapists or speech therapists. But what about respiratory therapists? If you live with lung disease, like cystic fibrosis, asthma or COPD, you likely have encountered a respiratory therapist at some point–even without realizing it. Respiratory therapists are specially trained professionals with university or college degrees … Continue reading “Breathe easy! Respiratory Care Week: October 25-31”

An interview with Rebecca: Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month!

Looking back in the year there was World Autism Awareness Day. Now that October has arrived, it is Autism Awareness Month. Instead of going through what Autism is, I chose to interview a mother of five children about her experiences with autism. Gerry: Hi Rebecca, and thanks for taking the time to share your experience. … Continue reading “An interview with Rebecca: Autism Awareness/Acceptance Month!”

Are you getting a flu shot?

Posted on October 6, 2015 by admin
Are you getting a flu shot?

I’m considered high risk for flu-related complications, so I make sure that I get a flu shot every year. If you have asthma, like me, you should be getting one, too. That also goes for anybody with diabetes (of any type), cystic fibrosis, COPD, heart disease, kidney disease, blood disorders, neurological disorders, a compromised immune … Continue reading “Are you getting a flu shot?”

Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month

Posted on October 1, 2015 by admin
Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month

On my personal blog, I write a lot about my experiences with learning issues and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD.  While learning disabilities or learning-related issues are in their own way very misunderstood, simply through people just not knowing what they are (for instance: I am able to learn—I learn differently!), ADHD has its own … Continue reading “Learning Disabilities and ADHD Awareness Month”

Keep your heart healthy – learn about cholesterol during Cholesterol Education Month!

We kicked off September on the blog acknowledging Food Safety Month—of course, while it’s important to make sure your food is safe to consume, it’s also important to make sure that the foods you eat are playing their role in keeping you safe and healthy as well. And, when it comes to cholesterol, that can be … Continue reading “Keep your heart healthy – learn about cholesterol during Cholesterol Education Month!”

September 13 is World Sepsis Day

Posted on September 12, 2015 by admin
September 13 is World Sepsis Day

Most common infections are easily treated—think of the common cold, flu, or even pneumonia. However, sometimes complications arise from these illnesses—sepsis, and the more severe form, septic shock, are one such potentially life threatening complication of such infections. World Sepsis Day is tomorrow, September 13th–one in four people who contract sepsis will die [1], and others have … Continue reading “September 13 is World Sepsis Day”

World Suicide Prevention Day: What you need to know about suicide

TW: Suicide   Fact: Asking someone if they are contemplating suicide will not make it more likely that they will act on these thoughts.   Fact: Suicide can be preventable if the right steps are taken.   Fact: Those who have lost a friend or family member to suicide want the same support as anyone who has experienced … Continue reading “World Suicide Prevention Day: What you need to know about suicide”

International Overdose Prevention Day: August 30th

Posted on August 29, 2015 by admin
International Overdose Prevention Day: August 30th

[Trigger Warning: illicit drugs, suicide, death] “Rethink and Remember” is the tagline of International Overdose Awareness Day, marked on August 30th, which aims to bring awareness, challenge perceptions, and remember those affected by drug-related death [1]. An overdose is the act of taking more of a prescription drug than required, or the taking of an illegal drug … Continue reading “International Overdose Prevention Day: August 30th”

Psoriasis Awareness Month

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin
Psoriasis Awareness Month

August is Psoriasis Awareness Month! If you don’t know what psoriasis is, you’re not alone. Today, we hope to demystify this skin condition, and to support those living with it! Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition. The word itself is a bit tricky (the P is silent!): it just means that the skin grows too fast. This … Continue reading “Psoriasis Awareness Month”

Service Animals: How [not] to interact with working animals!

This is Murray—he’s a three-year-old black lab, cute as anything, and my friend’s guide dog (you may have met him and Steve in this post!). I have two friends with guide dogs that help them get around confidently without sight, and another friend with type 1 diabetes who has a medical service dog who is trained to alert her … Continue reading “Service Animals: How [not] to interact with working animals!”

Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 15, 2015 by admin
Immunization Awareness Month

Vaccination is a constantly debated and somewhat controversial subject. August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and so it seems appropriate to share some facts on immunization and vaccination! First off, what’s the difference between vaccination and immunization? A vaccine is a product given through vaccination—and injection into the body of a very tiny amount of an organism that causes a disease. … Continue reading “Immunization Awareness Month”

National Breastfeeding Month: an interview with Alysa

Posted on August 13, 2015 by admin
National Breastfeeding Month: an interview with Alysa

When I discovered National Breastfeeding Month was in August, I quickly sent my friend Alysa a message on Twitter–as a breastfeeding mama to a little girl, Alysa has already been sharing posts about breastfeeding and her experiences. For background: many physicians and child development specialists recommend breastfeeding to new parents–it allows for mother-child bonding, provides … Continue reading “National Breastfeeding Month: an interview with Alysa”

Why stay hydrated? Real ways to beat the heat

Posted on August 7, 2015 by admin
Why stay hydrated? Real ways to beat the heat

Especially in summer, the reminders may come more fast and furious to remain hydrated in the heat. More and more people are carrying around reusable water bottles as constant companions, but (if you’re anything like me!) you might find it hard to enjoy drinking water—especially in the quantities that the commercials of the world may tell us we … Continue reading “Why stay hydrated? Real ways to beat the heat”

August is Children's Eye Health Month: An interview with Gerry

In June, I posted about Vision Research Awareness Month—today, I’m kicking off August early on the blog. For Children’s Eye Health Month, which starts tomorrow, I’ve interviewed my friend Gerry, who is also among the goalball players I coach (he’s also the one who got me coaching and consequentially got me hooked)! Gerry has two … Continue reading “August is Children's Eye Health Month: An interview with Gerry”

Disability Awareness Day

Posted on July 16, 2015 by admin
Disability Awareness Day

Today is Disability Awareness Day, or the official day of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that protects the rights of individuals with disabilities. While often disability is associated with the wheelchair graphic we are accustomed to, the term disability does not just encompass physical disabilities—disability can be divided down into the following categories: Physical disability – Physical … Continue reading “Disability Awareness Day”

Juvenile Arthritis: Elizabeth's story – "Invisible doesn't mean invalid"

Today I’m fortunate to have Elizabeth sharing her story with me—and now, all of our readers! Elizabeth lives with psoriatic arthritis—a form of arthritis, or swelling of the joints, that often affects people living with psoriasis, a skin condition [1]. Elizabeth provided me a lot of detail by e-mail, and given that her third sentence … Continue reading “Juvenile Arthritis: Elizabeth's story – "Invisible doesn't mean invalid"”

Traveling Packing List For People with Chronic Diseases — Don't Forget a Backup Medical ID Bracelet!

As I write this, I’m a day off of completing my sixth flight in five and a half weeks. I consider myself pretty seasoned at packing, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t get teased by my athletes when I forgot to bring my hair brush to Toronto… and, I’m pretty sure I forgot it in … Continue reading “Traveling Packing List For People with Chronic Diseases — Don't Forget a Backup Medical ID Bracelet!”

Stay Safe as a Clinical Trial Participant with Medical IDs

Part of the importance of clinical trials is to ensure the safety of a drug, not just how effective it is in treating symptoms. Before human trials begin, a lot of work is put into ensuring a drug is safe. If you have made the choice to participate in a clinical trial, you may have questions about how to … Continue reading “Stay Safe as a Clinical Trial Participant with Medical IDs”

Custom Medical Bracelets & Protection Against Outdoor Air Quality

With the summer heat often comes poorer air quality: humidity and heat essentially “trap” air pollutants into the air we breathe, not allowing them to rise up above the usually clear air entering our lungs. You may have heard of the ozone layer, which protects us from the sun’s rays high above the earth, but ozone … Continue reading “Custom Medical Bracelets & Protection Against Outdoor Air Quality”

Spread Awareness on this World Brain Tumour Day & Utilize Your Medical Bracelet

The term “brain tumor” can actually mean more than a hundred different things—the National Brain Tumour Society [1] states that there are over 120 types of brain tumors, but that they can be broken down into four major categories, as outlined below: While most people immediately associate brain tumors with cancer (what are known as malignant tumors), there are … Continue reading “Spread Awareness on this World Brain Tumour Day & Utilize Your Medical Bracelet”

Burton’s Medical ID Bracelets for Outdoor Safety during summer

What do you know—I got back to my hotel room one night during my recent trip to Denver to find my laptop on the desk and some Burton-looking paw-prints on the chair! Seems Burton found his way out of being the medical jewelry production supervisor and came over to help as the blog pup! Good boy—Jon has … Continue reading “Burton’s Medical ID Bracelets for Outdoor Safety during summer”

World No Tobacco Day

Posted on May 28, 2015 by admin
World No Tobacco Day

Ads on cigarette packages, anti-smoking commercials on TV, and no-smoking signs… everywhere. The world keeps us pretty aware that smoking cigarettes (or cigars, or pipes!) can negatively impact our health—but, we less often probably think about things like chewing tobacco, “snuff” and “dipping tobacco” (hadn’t heard of that last one? Me either!). May 31st is World No … Continue reading “World No Tobacco Day”

Exercise and chronic disease? No sweat tips for activity!

If you’ve been reading regularly, you already probably know that May is Physical Activity and Sports Month. Many people with chronic disease, however, may not be aware of how they can exercise safely—or, even why they should. While you should always consult with your doctor before altering your physical activity program, unless your doctor has said that you … Continue reading “Exercise and chronic disease? No sweat tips for activity!”

May is Physical Activity and Sports Month: Celebrate Bike to Work Week!

Did you know that May is physical activity and sports month? I thought it would be fun to share about Bike to Work Week with you guys, but then I discovered… that everywhere has a different Bike to Work Week! Comment below with your location and when your local Bike to Work Week is—if you can’t find an … Continue reading “May is Physical Activity and Sports Month: Celebrate Bike to Work Week!”

William's Syndrome Awareness Week

Posted on May 12, 2015 by admin
William's Syndrome Awareness Week

This week is Williams Syndrome Awareness Week. Williams Syndrome is a genetic condition that can affect a variety of physical and cognitive factors throughout a person’s development—childhood through adulthood. Individuals with Williams Syndrome are often friendly, personable, and children with the syndrome are said to bring a unique perspective to their families and people around them … Continue reading “William's Syndrome Awareness Week”

World Lupus Day: Jennifer and Pauline's Stories

Posted on May 7, 2015 by admin
World Lupus Day: Jennifer and Pauline's Stories

In the spirit of World Lupus Day, I reached out to my friends at #LupusChat on Twitter to connect with people living with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, which manifests differently for different people—a key aspect of lupus is inflammation that can affect not only joints and skin, but also the heart, kidneys, lungs, and even the … Continue reading “World Lupus Day: Jennifer and Pauline's Stories”

May 5th is World Asthma Day… and May is Asthma Awareness Month

May is Asthma Awareness Month, and today is World Asthma Day. It’s been awhile since I’ve written here, but my name is Kerri, and it feels appropriate that I resume writing on World Asthma Day (we didn’t plan it that way, it just worked out). The numbers: Asthma affects 1 in 12 people in the United States … Continue reading “May 5th is World Asthma Day… and May is Asthma Awareness Month”

NCADD announces the 2015 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Theme- “For the Health of it: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction

NCADD announces this year’s Alcohol Awareness Month theme which is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” It is a fact that the key to family recovery, personal recovery and community change is alcohol awareness. NCADD or also known as National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has 29 years … Continue reading “NCADD announces the 2015 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Theme- “For the Health of it: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction”

Administrative Professional Health And Safety Tips

Posted on April 22, 2015 by admin
Administrative Professional Health And Safety Tips

Administrative professionals play an important role in healthiness of our society and its importance is accepted in such a way that every year it’s celebrated in the last week of April. Every person who celebrates it, takes an oath and makes promise to himself that he will take extreme care of his health and will try his best … Continue reading “Administrative Professional Health And Safety Tips”

National Infertility Awareness Week Reproductive Health

National Infertility Awareness Week, reproductive health will be here before you know it.  It will be April 20th to the 26th. Infertility in women is far more common than some people think. Infertility is defined as having unprotected sex and not getting pregnant. Upwards of 10%­15% of American women suffer this condition. At times a patient may wish … Continue reading “National Infertility Awareness Week Reproductive Health”

Women’s Healthy Vision – Make it Last a Lifetime

Posted on April 13, 2015 by admin
Women’s Healthy Vision – Make it Last a Lifetime

Of course healthy eyes are important to everyone. For some though, vision problems start early and generally include requiring glasses or contact lenses to correct. However, there’s a long list of eye disorders that can occur to literally anyone in the world. For this reason it’s essential to take good care of your eyes starting when you are young … Continue reading “Women’s Healthy Vision – Make it Last a Lifetime”

The Importance of Cancer Awareness

Posted on April 10, 2015 by admin
The Importance of Cancer Awareness

Cancer is a medical condition describing an abnormal cell growth.  Also called malignancy, cancer has about 100 types, which include colon cancer, prostate, lung, skin cancer, lymphoma, and breast cancer being the most common among them. Today, the known treatment for cancer include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Cancer has varying symptoms depending on the type. Most of these go … Continue reading “The Importance of Cancer Awareness”

NCADD announces the 2015 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Theme- “For the Health of it: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction”

NCADD announces this year’s Alcohol Awareness Month theme which is “For the Health of It: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction.” It is a fact that the key to family recovery, personal recovery and community change is alcohol awareness. NCADD or also known as National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. has 29 years … Continue reading “NCADD announces the 2015 NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month Theme- “For the Health of it: Early Education on Alcoholism and Addiction””

7 Tips for diabetic patients: National Nutrition Month

Posted on March 29, 2015 by admin
7 Tips for diabetic patients: National Nutrition Month

Changing your lifestyle could be a big step toward diabetes prevention — and it’s never too late to start. The National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and … Continue reading “7 Tips for diabetic patients: National Nutrition Month”

American Diabetes Alert Day: The Wake-up Call for Diabetes Awareness

Did you know that diabetes is one of the top diseases in the world? Well, it can be hereditary as it can be passed from generation to generation in a family that has the history of this disease. But there are also some factors that can cause someone to have this. The changes brought by modernization in … Continue reading “American Diabetes Alert Day: The Wake-up Call for Diabetes Awareness”

Multiple Sclerosis Education Month 2015

Posted on March 17, 2015 by admin
Multiple Sclerosis Education Month 2015

Multiple sclerosis awareness month is a great time to brush up on your knowledge about multiple sclerosis and multiple sclerosis awareness jewelry. Multiple sclerosis affects the central nervous system and can interrupt the information that goes between the brain and the body. It is often very unpredictable and the cause is not yet known. Please use multiple sclerosis … Continue reading “Multiple Sclerosis Education Month 2015”

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Posted on March 12, 2015 by admin
National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

Globally, cancer of the rectum and cancer is known to the fourth leading cause of cancer in women and third leading cause in men. The colorectal cancer frequency varies all over the world. This life threatening disease is common in Western world and is said to be rare in Africa and Asia. The incidence of developing colorectal cancer … Continue reading “National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month”

Importance of Wearing Medical ID Bracelet

Posted on March 9, 2015 by admin
Importance of Wearing Medical ID Bracelet

Should you wear medical ID bracelet on this National Kidney month? Definitely! Not only this month but wearing medical identification bracelet every time will always be beneficial. Medical emergencies happen wherever and whenever. So if you are a patient with different health conditions including diabetes and kidney problems or you have a person in your family who has … Continue reading “Importance of Wearing Medical ID Bracelet”

Endometriosis – Time to get to know your facts

Posted on March 8, 2015 by admin
Endometriosis – Time to get to know your facts

March is, and what better way to celebrate this than by getting to know the facts about endometriosis and how it can be handled. Endometriosis has popularly been called an ‘invisible disease’ as many are just not aware that they have the condition. Recent statistics reveal that close to 200 million women across the globe suffer from this condition. … Continue reading “Endometriosis – Time to get to know your facts”

Give a gift to you loved One’s this Patient Safety Awareness Week

Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual education and awareness campaign for health care safety. What gift are you going to give your loved one’s this Patient Safety Awareness Week? The goal of the campaign is to educate and increase awareness of improved patient safety on the local level. Every year, worldwide health care organizations participate in the … Continue reading “Give a gift to you loved One’s this Patient Safety Awareness Week”

Medical Alert Bracelets for Heart Patients: Why You Should Wear One

If you are a heart patient, you know how scary it can be at the thought of another heart attack, stroke, or complication due to a heart related illness. What’s worse is the idea of being unprotected during an emergency and unable to verbally express your past medical history to paramedics. Many heart conditions could have been prevented … Continue reading “Medical Alert Bracelets for Heart Patients: Why You Should Wear One”

Eating Disorders – The Role of a Medical ID Bracelet

Posted on February 26, 2015 by admin
Eating Disorders – The Role of a Medical ID Bracelet

According to a study that has been conducted and presented in the American Journal of Psychiatry, 50% of people who have eating disorders also meet the criteria usually seen on people who have depression. The same study even show that suicide is more likely among people who are also suffering with eating disorders compared to those who do … Continue reading “Eating Disorders – The Role of a Medical ID Bracelet”

Patient Guide to Taking Warfarin

Posted on February 21, 2015 by admin
Patient Guide to Taking Warfarin

Warfarin is sold under the brand names Coumadin and Jantoven by prescription only. As an anticoagulant, Warfarin is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a blood thinner. Rather than thinning the blood, Warfarin simply makes it more difficult for blood to clot by blocking clotting agents. While some ability for blood to clot is necessary in cases of cut … Continue reading “Patient Guide to Taking Warfarin”

Identity Doctor Celebrates Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week

Identity Doctor celebrates Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week on February 13-19, 2015. When people hear the term “Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy”, what is the first thing that comes on their mind? According to some researches, DMD or also known as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy is a genetic disorder that is being characterized by progressive muscle weakness and … Continue reading “Identity Doctor Celebrates Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Week”

Contribute Your Mite Towards Organ Donation with an ID Donor Bracelet

How about contributing your mite towards donation of different useful body organs by creating one’s own identity with a donor bracelet? Each year on the 14 th of  February as all are well aware, the day is marked to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but also equally observed as National Donor Day within the US.  A lot … Continue reading “Contribute Your Mite Towards Organ Donation with an ID Donor Bracelet”

How Healthy Is Your Heart: February Is American Heart Month

Your heart is one of the most important parts of your body. It is responsible for pumping the blood throughout your system making the very life you live possible. American Heart Month 2015 is the perfect time for you to check in with this vital part of your body. Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number … Continue reading “How Healthy Is Your Heart: February Is American Heart Month”

Exclusive Men’s Medical Bracelet with Bolts Design

Posted on January 30, 2015 by admin
Exclusive Men’s Medical Bracelet with Bolts Design

Having a choice between men’s medical alert bracelets is extremely important. These bracelets have saved thousands of lives, and now they can look stylish and cool at the same time. In the event of something happening to you, the bracelet can tell the medical professional your personal details. On these medical alert bracelets for men, you can put your … Continue reading “Exclusive Men’s Medical Bracelet with Bolts Design”

Tips for Living Safely with a Pacemaker

Posted on January 19, 2015 by admin
Tips for Living Safely with a Pacemaker

After having a pacemaker procedure, you might find yourself wondering what precautions you should take to ensure safety for your device. While the pacemaker surgery is a relatively quick and low-risk procedure, you’ll need to use long-term practices to ensure the optimal function and safety of your implant. Here are a few tips to remember … Continue reading “Tips for Living Safely with a Pacemaker”

Five Ways to Save a Life when Stuck with an Allergic Reaction

There are different types of allergies like food allergies, pet allergies, drug allergies and many more. The common allergies that can be found everywhere is food allergy. The food, which is considered to be allergic are milk, peanuts, egg, fish, tree nuts, shellfish, soy, wheat and some certain seeds like mustard seeds and sesame. The … Continue reading “Five Ways to Save a Life when Stuck with an Allergic Reaction”

National Folic Acid Awareness Week – January 4th-10th, 2015

The National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 4th-10th, 2015) is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of folic acid.  Folic acid is a B vitamin that the body uses when regenerating and developing new cells.  It is an important nutrient for all people and especially critical for women that can become pregnant. As have said … Continue reading “National Folic Acid Awareness Week – January 4th-10th, 2015”

Give Laughs This Holiday Season by Gifting This Bracelet

Posted on December 6, 2014 by admin
Give Laughs This Holiday Season by Gifting This Bracelet

Picture this. You just choked on the wishbone from your holiday turkey. 911 is dialed and the EMT’s come screaming down your driveway, sirens blaring. It’s obvious you won’t last long with that wishbone in your throat and they rapidly prep you for the hymleck maneuver. Suddenly, your emergency team uncovers your medical alert bracelet. … Continue reading “Give Laughs This Holiday Season by Gifting This Bracelet”

National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec 7 -13, 2014)

Posted on December 4, 2014 by admin
National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec 7 -13, 2014)

This season, National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) takes place from December 7 – 13, 2014. It’s that time again. Time to get your influenza vaccine. But before you go, you might be interested to learn more about flu vaccine effectiveness. You may also want to know how to spot symptoms or signs of influenza type a, … Continue reading “National Influenza Vaccination Week (Dec 7 -13, 2014)”

Happy Thanksgiving Day !!!

Posted on November 24, 2014 by admin
Happy Thanksgiving Day !!!

Thanksgiving day (27th November) is  just around the corner and the celebrations have already begun in full swing. Despite the recent snowfall playing a spoilsport in the ongoing thanksgiving day preparations, the  thanksgiving spirit seems far from dampened. As you all know, thanksgiving is the day when people get together with their families and friends … Continue reading “Happy Thanksgiving Day !!!”

COPD Awareness Month

Posted on November 14, 2014 by admin
COPD Awareness Month

An estimated 24 million people in the United States suffer from COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Owing to the lack of awareness about this silent killer at least of these cases remain undiagnosed. According to the American Lung Association, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the country. What is COPD? COPD is … Continue reading “COPD Awareness Month”

The Great American Smokeout

Posted on November 11, 2014 by admin
The Great American Smokeout

Great American Smokeout traditionally takes place on the third Thursday of November (Forthcoming 20 November this year). The concept dates from the 70, when Lynn Smith, editor of the Monticello Times of Minnesota, first announced the observance and called it the “D Day”. The idea caught on in state after state, until 1977, they were … Continue reading “The Great American Smokeout”

How Medical Bracelets Can Save Angina Patients Lives?

Posted on October 23, 2014 by admin
How Medical Bracelets Can Save Angina Patients Lives?

For angina patients it doesn’t take much to start feeling discomfort or pain as a result of this heart disease. If you ever require medical attention, having a medical alert bracelet expressing your condition could help to save your life. Angina can have a number of different symptoms which could signify you are going to … Continue reading “How Medical Bracelets Can Save Angina Patients Lives?”

Learn How You Can Identify Early Signs of Breast Cancer

Posted on October 17, 2014 by admin
Learn How You Can Identify Early Signs of Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a malignant tumour that develops in the breast as a result of genetic alterations in a set of breast cancer cells, which begin to divide uncontrollably. The signs and symptoms of cancer vary and some women who have cancer may not show any signs and symptoms. Either way, it is recommended that … Continue reading “Learn How You Can Identify Early Signs of Breast Cancer”

Celiac Sprue Awareness Month

Posted on October 6, 2014 by admin
Celiac Sprue Awareness Month

Celiac disease is very common, genetically linked disease. If you are passing through environmental stress, then celiac disease can be activated. In people with celiac disease, gluten exposure induces an immune mediated response throughout the body and computable harm to the intestinal lining. October is usually regarded as Celiac Awareness Month in Canada. October isn’t … Continue reading “Celiac Sprue Awareness Month”

How To Stay Safe With Alzheimer's

Posted on September 30, 2014 by admin
How To Stay Safe With Alzheimer's

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a form of dementia that impacts an estimated 44.4 million individuals worldwide. Typically, Alzheimer’s disease has four stages which are pre-dementia, early, moderate, and advanced. Each stage has different characteristics but all stages require knowledge of how the individual impacted can remain safe and secure. Basic and general symptoms include forgetting … Continue reading “How To Stay Safe With Alzheimer's”

Why Leukemia Patients Should Wear Medical Identity Jewelry

Posted on September 26, 2014 by admin
Why Leukemia Patients Should Wear Medical Identity Jewelry

Many people live with medical conditions that require specialized attention. For such people, having knowledge of the medical situation is very essential because it could spell the difference between life and death. Leukemia patients should have proper medical identity bracelets or necklaces because that makes it easy for any new doctor to handle them in … Continue reading “Why Leukemia Patients Should Wear Medical Identity Jewelry”

National Food Safety Education Month

Posted on September 24, 2014 by admin
National Food Safety Education Month

September is the National Food Safety Education Month. In this month, an annual campaign is celebrated in order to spread and increase awareness on food safety education. There are several active agencies like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or Environment Health Services that offer resources to the people for identifying food-borne and waterborne … Continue reading “National Food Safety Education Month”

National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

Posted on September 23, 2014 by admin
National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

There are many health conditions that are lifelong and require specific medical care in the event of an emergency. Hydrocephalus is a brain condition that involves cerebrospinal fluid fluid not draining properly from the brain and collecting in the skull. In order to raise awareness for this condition, the month of September has been set aside … Continue reading “National Hydrocephalus Awareness Month”

National Preparedness Month and Medical ID Jewelry

Posted on September 18, 2014 by admin
National Preparedness Month and Medical ID Jewelry

September is National Preparedness Month and it is being sponsored by FEMA. The purpose of National Preparedness Month is to educate all Americans to be prepared for any emergency type situation. We need to be prepared for any emergency situation whether it be terrorist attack, health emergencies, or natural disasters

Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers

Posted on September 15, 2014 by admin
Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers

Many people have to deal with high cholesterol. Luckily, lowering your numbers isn’t the end of the world. There are many delicious options that will help you lower your cholesterol and improve your overall health. Here are the top 5 foods that lower your cholesterol count: 1. Soy The nutrients in soy itself don’t lower … Continue reading “Cholesterol: Top 5 Foods to Lower Your Numbers”

Seniors with Type II Diabetes Safety Tips

Posted on September 5, 2014 by admin
Seniors with Type II Diabetes Safety Tips

Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by high levels of sugar or glucose in the bloodstream. In people suffering from diabetes, the insulin produced by the pancreas lowers blood glucose. Also, insufficient or total absence of insulin causes diabetes. Type II diabetes is a condition suffered by adults, especially those in their 40’s and above, … Continue reading “Seniors with Type II Diabetes Safety Tips”

Best Ways to Ensure Your Child Keeps His Good Vision Throughout Life

Ensuring good eyesight and eye health for your children starts as early as pregnancy. Making sure that you eat a healthy and balanced diet will promote healthy eye development for your baby. Your child should continue to eat healthily as this is extremely important for their overall health but there are some specific foods which … Continue reading “Best Ways to Ensure Your Child Keeps His Good Vision Throughout Life”

Why Promote Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month?

Posted on August 27, 2014 by admin
Why Promote Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month?

This month is a particularly important one for our kids – it’s Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month. As a special promotion, My-identity-doctor is making sure as many people as possible are informed about the importance of Eye care for our kids. Routine eye exams are critical for anyone’s health. They don’t just check for … Continue reading “Why Promote Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month?”

How to Keep Spinal Muscular Atrophy Patients Safe

Posted on August 26, 2014 by admin
How to Keep Spinal Muscular Atrophy Patients Safe

Spinal muscular atrophy is a very serious genetic disorder that affects the nerves surrounding the spine and these nerves in turn control muscular movements including sitting, standing, walking, talking, and even swallowing. While the condition is rare it is very serious; it is the number one killer of children under the age of 2. Because … Continue reading “How to Keep Spinal Muscular Atrophy Patients Safe”

Do Your Family Members Have Up To Date Immunity With Necessary Vaccines Shots?

It is often said that prevention is better than cure. However, if you ever get in touch with someone who has had no experience with vaccination, you will come across completely different views. This is mainly because we are quite obsessed with the fact that vaccination is not helpful. There is even a debate on … Continue reading “Do Your Family Members Have Up To Date Immunity With Necessary Vaccines Shots?”

National Immunization Awareness Month

Posted on August 8, 2014 by admin
National Immunization Awareness Month

My identity Doctor Is pleased to recognize national immunization awareness month. Throughout August clinics and offices throughout the United States will be focusing on the immunizations which prevent us from contracting serious illnesses every day. Regular immunization for adults and children is extremely important to maintaining healthy lives. Throughout national immunization awareness month many  offices … Continue reading “National Immunization Awareness Month”

New Medical ID Bracelet with Green & White Murano Glass Hearts

Anyone who has a medical condition understands the importance of wearing medical alert jewelry. Medical jewelry informs medical professionals about conditions, medications, or allergies a wearer might have and ensures proper medical attention if the wearer is ever involved in an emergency and can’t communicate with medical professionals. However, most people with medical conditions choose … Continue reading “New Medical ID Bracelet with Green & White Murano Glass Hearts”

Top 10 Pain Fighting Tips for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis

What Is Arthritis? I’m pretty sure you’ve heard about arthritis – a disease that causes painful swelling of the joints. I bet every adult knows about arthritis, but kids? You’ll ask, isn’t this supposed to be an ‘adults only’ problem? Well, sorry to burst your bubble but it’s not. Kids can suffer from a type … Continue reading “Top 10 Pain Fighting Tips for Kids with Juvenile Arthritis”

World Hepatitis Day

Posted on July 25, 2014 by admin
World Hepatitis Day

Many women and men are diagnosed with a disease called Hepatitis every year. Until now, all of the sufferers and close family and friends of the sufferers have not had a voice, they were simply just brushed under the rug. Well, not anymore. Now, officially, there is a national day dedicated to them by the … Continue reading “World Hepatitis Day”

National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month

July is the month chosen to bring awareness to the plight of thousands of people in the United States, and millions around the world, suffering from cleft and craniofacial disfigurement. During July many national, state, regional, and local groups, as well as doctors, hospitals, and support groups are bonding together, and through this concentrated effort … Continue reading “National Cleft & Craniofacial Awareness & Prevention Month”

T1Doc of the Rockies – Helping support Type 1 Diabetes in Denver Colorado

In this issue of T1Doc of the Rockies Gary Bowman informs us of the Optimist Club which is a club devoted to type 1 diabetes research and education.  Also the issue informs us of how the Optimists Club will be volunteering at Bandimere Speedway this summer by offering golf cart shuttles to handicapped visitors from … Continue reading “T1Doc of the Rockies – Helping support Type 1 Diabetes in Denver Colorado”

National Men's Health Week

Posted on June 14, 2014 by admin
National Men's Health Week

Men’s Health Week is celebrated yearly the week prior to, and including Father’s Day. This day acknowledges all males and their need to focus on their health and well being. The first Men’s Health Week was celebrated in 1994, and focused on the prevention and early detection of diseases that are primarily affected by males. … Continue reading “National Men's Health Week”

Cataract Awareness Month

Posted on June 12, 2014 by admin
Cataract Awareness Month

Cataract Awareness June is marked as the National Cataract Awareness Month when innumerable initiatives are taken across the country to make people more aware of cataracts and the myriad adverse consequences that one has to face eventually due to cataracts. Cataract is the leading cause of blindness, partial or complete visual loss among Americans aged … Continue reading “Cataract Awareness Month”

Home Safety Month

Posted on June 6, 2014 by admin
Home Safety Month

Safety is so important, and especially in your own home. This month is home safety month and below are some tips for you to keep in mind when embarking on this year’s home safety month. You may have some questions like “what do I do in home safety month?” Well, first of all you can … Continue reading “Home Safety Month”

Vacationing With Celiac Disease – Safety Tips

Posted on May 29, 2014 by admin
Vacationing With Celiac Disease – Safety Tips

Planning a vacation can be a harrowing experience, especially when you have to plan for issues that relate to celiac disease. Whether you or your children have dietary problems related to this disease, maintaining a strict, gluten-free diet during travel and after you reach your destination can be challenging. For peace of mind, prepare for … Continue reading “Vacationing With Celiac Disease – Safety Tips”

National Hospital Week

Posted on May 13, 2014 by admin
National Hospital Week

Hospitals are a very important part of every community. Whether you are having a baby, being treated in the emergency room, or having an outpatient surgery, every employee in the hospital from the doctors and nurses, to the food service staff, to the janitorial staff is fully committed to improving the health of the community. … Continue reading “National Hospital Week”

Food Allergy Awareness Product Information

Posted on May 10, 2014 by admin
Food Allergy Awareness Product Information

Different people have different allergic reactions or response to a wide variety of differentially characterized foods, nevertheless the mechanism of action involved in food allergies remains the same. A food allergy is an immune system response to a particularly harmless food or beverage. In other words, a food allergy is an immune system response to … Continue reading “Food Allergy Awareness Product Information”

Why Promote Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month?

Posted on April 30, 2014 by admin
Why Promote Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month?

Did you know that April is Women’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month? Every year, more and more women are diagnosed with eye problems—including visual impairment brought on by illness, age and other factors. Eye health is a very important—but often much overlooked—aspect of women’s health. Many different factors can influence women’s eye health and … Continue reading “Why Promote Women’s Eye Health and Safety Month?”

How Stress Affects You and Your Family | Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month occurs every year in April, and these days, this specific month has been integral for the acknowledgement of the perils of stress and how it can affect an individual as well as their family. Every April, health professionals come together to bring an overall awareness to the harm that stress can cause … Continue reading “How Stress Affects You and Your Family | Stress Awareness Month”

National Humor Month – The Many Benefits of Laughter

Posted on April 23, 2014 by admin
National Humor Month – The Many Benefits of Laughter

Considering April is National Humor Month, we would like to share some information about the benefits of humour and in particular, laughter! We all know the expression ‘laughter is the best medicine’. But a recent study shows that adults do not laugh enough. The study shows that young children laugh up to four hundred times … Continue reading “National Humor Month – The Many Benefits of Laughter”

April is Alсоhоl Awаrеnеѕѕ Mоnth | Hеlр fоr Tоdау, Hоре fоr Tоmоrrоw

Nеаrlу 7 % оf Amеrісаn аdultѕ аrе dереndеnt оn аlсоhоl оr hаvе оthеr аlсоhоl-rеlаtеd рrоblеmѕ, mаkіng аlсоhоl аbuѕе the numbеr оnе drug рrоblеm іn the United Stаtеѕ. The toll fоr рrоlоngеd hеаvу drinking іѕ ѕеvеrе, аnd саn іnсludе реrmаnеnt dаmаgе tо the kіdnеуѕ, brain, аnd оthеr оrgаnѕ, іnсrеаѕеd rіѕk fоr сеrtаіn саnсеrѕ, аnd іnсrеаѕеd rіѕk … Continue reading “April is Alсоhоl Awаrеnеѕѕ Mоnth | Hеlр fоr Tоdау, Hоре fоr Tоmоrrоw”

Why is World Health Day & World Malaria Day Important

World Health Day celebrates the founding of the WHO ( World Health Organisation). On April 7Th 1948. Each year this day highlights an important health related issue. In 2013 World Health Day highlighted blood pressure, in 2014 World Health Day highlights issues with vector borne diseases. World Malaria Day celebrates the occasion when 44 African … Continue reading “Why is World Health Day & World Malaria Day Important”

Public Health Week and Health-Care Volunteer Week

Posted on April 4, 2014 by admin
Public Health Week and Health-Care Volunteer Week

One of the most important things that people never seem to know enough about is their health. Simple education can provide people not only with better understanding, but with skills that can better equip them to notice symptoms that could point to a serious condition. With enough knowledge, we can prevent illnesses from spreading, and … Continue reading “Public Health Week and Health-Care Volunteer Week”

Living with Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Do

Any food we eat will pass through our oesophagus and into the complex set of tissues and tubes known as the digestive system. It is within this digestive system that the colon exists and a patient that contracts colon cancer is likely to be someone that has a health history or a risk factor that … Continue reading “Living with Colon Cancer: What You Need to Know and What You Need to Do”

March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Posted on March 16, 2014 by admin
March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

For as long as people have struggled with developmental disabilities, others have struggled with accepting them and understanding how to help them. In March of every year the country gives recognition to those struggling with developmental disabilities. As part of the 2014 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, non-profit organizations such as The Arc, are organizing a … Continue reading “March Is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month”

How to Ace Your MS Medical Alert ID Engraving

Posted on March 10, 2014 by admin
How to Ace Your MS Medical Alert ID Engraving

Wearing a fashionable piece of medical alert jewelry to inform healthcare providers that you have Multiple Sclerosis can be a life-saving decision.  Health care providers and first responders are well versed in what to look for in emergency situations with the help of a few short phrases. You can ace your Multiple Sclerosis Medical Alert … Continue reading “How to Ace Your MS Medical Alert ID Engraving”

National Patient Safety Awareness Week

Posted on March 7, 2014 by admin
National Patient Safety Awareness Week

National Patient Safety Awareness Week is an annual event that seeks to inform and educate both patients and healthcare providers on ways to improve treatment efficiency, prevent recurrence…

February 2014 Colorado Diabetes News – T1DOC of The Rockies

    Colorado news letter for T1DOC the Type 1 Diabetes Optimist Club A sweet diabetes advocate has been working hard in her community for Diabetes and getting the word out. We met her at a Denver Diabetes convention and have stayed in contact with her ever since. She is working on monthly newsletters that … Continue reading “February 2014 Colorado Diabetes News – T1DOC of The Rockies”

Myths and Truths : Diabetes

Posted on February 20, 2014 by admin
Myths and Truths : Diabetes

Myth #1 Eating too many sweets is what causes Diabetes. People are always saying things like “You’re drinking diabetes in a cup” or “Don’t eat too many of those cupcakes, you’ll develop diabetes”. This just simply isn’t true. Diabetes is caused by your body’s ability to create insulin. Myth #2 Type 2 diabetes only occurs … Continue reading “Myths and Truths : Diabetes”

Dog tag saves life

Posted on January 28, 2014 by admin
Dog tag saves life

All of us know about dog tag, it is also known as a medical tag or identification tags. Some medical information is difficult to remember so a little piece of metal comes with engraved medical information such as name, emergency contact details of doctor, hospital phone number, medical history, allergy, disease, prescriptions and dosage. It … Continue reading “Dog tag saves life”

What is Hypertension?

Posted on January 11, 2014 by admin
What is Hypertension?

Hypertension is also referred as high blood pressure. Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing up against the blood vessel walls. Higher the pressure the harder the heart has to pump. Hypertension can cause several illness such as heart attack or heart stroke, heart failure, kidney failure, aneurysm. Symptoms of Hypertension: Nearly 35% of people … Continue reading “What is Hypertension?”

What is Asthma?

Posted on December 30, 2013 by admin
What is Asthma?

Asthma is a disease that affects airways carrying air to and from your lungs. It causes wheezing, chest tightening, breath shortness, and coughing. The coughing even occurs at night or early in the morning. Asthma affects people of all ages, it mostly starts during childhood. Most, but not all, people who have asthma have allergies. … Continue reading “What is Asthma?”

Manage..Your…Diabetes…the right way this Christmas

Posted on December 27, 2013 by admin
Manage..Your…Diabetes…the right way this Christmas

One of the fastest growing chronic diseases is “Diabetes”. This disease can happen to anybody at any age. Diabetes upturns the threat of stroke, cardiovascular disease and many other. But it does not mean that its end your good life. It just means that it is time change your lifestyle for your better health. As … Continue reading “Manage..Your…Diabetes…the right way this Christmas”

Things to be engraved on Diabetes Alert Bracelet

Posted on December 18, 2013 by admin
Things to be engraved on Diabetes Alert Bracelet

Diabetes is one of the common diseases found these days. Diabetes at a time can be deadly and life-threatening disease, and if you are diagnosed to be a diabetic patient then it becomes very important for you to wear a Diabetes Alert Bracelet. This Diabetes Bracelet (jewelry) contains the person’s important medical history and information … Continue reading “Things to be engraved on Diabetes Alert Bracelet”

Signs of Breast Cancer

Posted on December 14, 2013 by admin
Signs of Breast Cancer

Love your breasts – be breast aware It becomes necessary for every person especially women, to know the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. Any abnormality observed should be investigated by a healthcare professional. Many people who have breast cancer symptoms will first notice only one or two, and their presence doesn’t always mean that … Continue reading “Signs of Breast Cancer”

What do you know about Sulfa Allergy?

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin
What do you know about Sulfa Allergy?

Getting allergic is common this days and allergies to sulfonamides is one of them. In early 1930s, Sulfa drugs were popular treatment against bacterial infections. Even in today’s world sulfonamides are still used in antibiotics. So what is Sulfa Allergy? As the term suggests, “Sulfa Allergy” is a hostile reaction of drugs to antibiotics containing … Continue reading “What do you know about Sulfa Allergy?”

6 Interesting facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted on November 27, 2013 by admin
6 Interesting facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is different from osteoarthritis; it is an autoimmune disease that results in chronic inflammation of the joints and damages other body parts also. It is three times more common in women than men. More research is required to put some light on RA’s causes. However, here are some interesting facts about RA, we … Continue reading “6 Interesting facts about Rheumatoid Arthritis”

One Size Fits . . . None: A Diabetes Primer on Types and Treatment

Among the most misunderstood chronic diseases, diabetes probably comes close to the top of that list.  November 14th is World Diabetes Day—a day to bring awareness of the disease, and hopefully one person at a time, make it more understood through education. Diabetes is not one-size-fits-all.Diabetes mellitus simply means that there is an elevation in blood … Continue reading “One Size Fits . . . None: A Diabetes Primer on Types and Treatment”

Epilepsy Awareness Month

Posted on November 18, 2013 by admin
Epilepsy Awareness Month

Do you know someone that has epilepsy? November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month, a great time for you and others to learn a little more about the disorder that affects 1 out of every 100 people in the USA. Epilepsy is the third most common neurological disorder after Alzheimer and strokes affecting over 2.5 million … Continue reading “Epilepsy Awareness Month”

Diabetes Month

Posted on November 15, 2013 by admin
Diabetes Month

November is American Diabetes Month, a time to bring even greater awareness and attention to the seriousness of diabetes, its deadly complications, and the importance of proper diabetes control. Throughout the month, the ADA conducts activities and encourages others across the country to get involved in efforts to raise awareness about diabetes. Diabetes is not … Continue reading “Diabetes Month”

4 Letters, 4 Steps, COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.

Posted on November 7, 2013 by admin
4 Letters, 4 Steps, COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.

This November marks another COPD Awareness Month. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease, currently with no cure. COPD affects 24 million Americans alone of which only half of them know they even have it. Symptoms of COPD So, you may wonder, how can such a progressive disease affect so many and they … Continue reading “4 Letters, 4 Steps, COPD: Know it. Check it. Treat it.”

Alzheimer's Awareness Month and Your Loved Ones: How to Make a Difference

Alzheimer’s has become one of the most widely spread, deadly and tragic diseases in America today. A form of dementia, Alzheimer’s slowly causes the brain to degenerate and break down, causing memory loss, speech and communication difficulty and eventual death. Those who suffer with the disease begin by being unable to recall recent events and … Continue reading “Alzheimer's Awareness Month and Your Loved Ones: How to Make a Difference”

6 Signs of Sleep Apnea

Posted on October 30, 2013 by admin
6 Signs of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious breathing problem that interrupts your sleep. People with sleep apnea have short pauses in breathing while they are asleep. There are three types of sleep apnea: Obstructive sleep apnea Central sleep apnea Complex sleep apnea Signs & Symptoms: It is difficult to find out the signs and symptoms of sleep … Continue reading “6 Signs of Sleep Apnea”

What is Hemophilia?

Posted on October 18, 2013 by admin
What is Hemophilia?

Hemophilia is a hereditary condition. It is a bleeding disorder in which blood fails to clot normally. People suffering with hemophilia bleeds more and for longer duration after injury thus leading to internal bleeding. There are two main types of hemophilia categorized as follows: Type A, caused by a lack of factor VIII, protein that … Continue reading “What is Hemophilia?”

Five facts about Dementia

Posted on October 14, 2013 by admin
Five facts about Dementia

As we all might know, Dementia reduces the capacity to learn, sense, and memorize past. It may also cause loss of patterns of thoughts, feelings and activities. The most common forms of dementia are: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, semantic dementia and dementia with Lewy bodies. Here are few facts one should know about … Continue reading “Five facts about Dementia”

Emergency Nurse Week or ER Nurse – Oct 6th – 12th

Posted on October 5, 2013 by admin
Emergency Nurse Week or ER Nurse – Oct 6th – 12th

October 6th to 12th, 2013 is Emergency Nurses’ Week (also known as ER Nurse week)! During the last five months, I have had many unfortunate introductions to a couple of my local emergency rooms. Emergency nurses? They’re the backbone, and they keep the most chaotic part of the hospital moving, while dealing with an incredibly … Continue reading “Emergency Nurse Week or ER Nurse – Oct 6th – 12th”

Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

Posted on September 29, 2013 by admin
Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013

For several years, I was a big time supporter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation—when October rolls around, it is hard to avoid the color PINK as it spreads across the continent. And, I’m a girl who likes her pink—and like nearly everybody, has a personal connection to breast cancer: my grandmother—who died from metastasized … Continue reading “Breast Cancer Awareness Month October 2013”

Leukemia Awareness Month

Posted on September 14, 2013 by admin
Leukemia Awareness Month

As Burton investigated, September is a busy month for awareness! September is Leukemia Awareness Month. I am unsure if this is a unique sentiment to myself, but I often perceive leukemia [and probably other forms of blood cancer, I’m at this point simply the most familiar with leukemia] as slightly different from other cancers. Instead … Continue reading “Leukemia Awareness Month”

Cholesterol Education Month

Posted on September 10, 2013 by admin
Cholesterol Education Month

First—did you know that Cholesterol Education Month existed?! Because I definitely didn’t! Thank goodness Jon and Burton are excellent researchers (I guess this would make Burton an excellent sniffer? :]). We’ve all heard the word cholesterol floating around on TV and on the front covers of health magazines (or Woman’s World if that is your … Continue reading “Cholesterol Education Month”

Alzheimer Disease Awareness Month

Posted on September 4, 2013 by admin
Alzheimer Disease Awareness Month

Though termed a disease, Alzheimer disease would likely be characterized better as a syndrome—that is, a group of symptoms that cluster together to cause a more marked deviation from normal functioning in an individual. Typical of conditions known as dementias, Alzheimer Disease primarily affects those over 65 years of age—however, they can onset significantly earlier.  … Continue reading “Alzheimer Disease Awareness Month”

Back to School for Kids with Diabetes

Posted on August 23, 2013 by admin
Back to School for Kids with Diabetes

It’s no surprise that diabetes management can be difficult–the activities of daily life that most people can do without a second thought, from eating to exercise, to sleeping and going to school, people–especially kids–who live with diabetes must carefully monitor a handful of variables to keep their health in balance. In the past, type 1 … Continue reading “Back to School for Kids with Diabetes”

Back to School for Kids with Epilepsy | MyIDentityDoctor

Back to School for Kids with Epilepsy Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that can affect people of any age–including kids–and is diagnosed when an individual has two or more seizures that have no other determinable medical cause. The nervous system is responsible for controlling the “electricity” in our bodies that allows our nerves to control … Continue reading “Back to School for Kids with Epilepsy | MyIDentityDoctor”

When is Psoriasis Awareness Month ? AUGUST !

Posted on August 15, 2013 by admin
When is Psoriasis Awareness Month ?  AUGUST !

If you’re like me prior to writing this, perhaps you know how to spell psoriasis correctly, but only have heard about the dermatological disease in passing, or through advocacy campaigns for Psoriasis Awareness Month which runs through August. Psoriasis (pronounced without the P—soar-eye-uh-sis) is an immunological skin condition that causes discoloured patches on skin due … Continue reading “When is Psoriasis Awareness Month ? AUGUST !”

Relay for Life

Posted on August 7, 2013 by admin
Relay for Life

The Relay for Life is about redefining possible–it’s about putting an end to cancer through a twelve-hour endurance event. Both the American Cancer Society and Canadian Cancer Society organize national events with one goal: ending cancer through fundraising, physical activity, and uniting teams of people who live with cancer, support people living with cancer, and … Continue reading “Relay for Life”

Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Posted on July 17, 2013 by admin
Bladder Cancer Awareness Day

Cancer probably represents one of the biggest medical struggles to date. This problem, in its several forms, varieties and degrees, affects millions of people all over the world. There are some forms of cancer, which can be battled and taken under control, thanks to the substantial progress that science and medicine are undergoing. Just think … Continue reading “Bladder Cancer Awareness Day”

Medic Alert for traveling abroad with Alzheimer's

Posted on July 9, 2013 by admin
Medic Alert for traveling abroad with Alzheimer's

Hello, I read an article on Alzheimer’s today morning, and thought my readers would also be interested in reading or even sharing it with their friends or colleagues or family. So, let’s start directly with our today’s blog on how we should plan our trip to abroad while suffering with Alzheimer’s. Traveling is an important … Continue reading “Medic Alert for traveling abroad with Alzheimer's”

MEDIC ALERT for traveling abroad with a Diabetes

Posted on June 7, 2013 by admin
MEDIC ALERT for traveling abroad with a Diabetes

Hello friends, your favorite shop puppy, that’s right, Burton is here to tell you about one more interesting topic. Whether for work or pleasure, people always find it fun to travel. And why one shouldn’t? Everyone loves to explore and experience new world around them. Having diabetes doesn’t mean you shouldn’t travel. With proper planning … Continue reading “MEDIC ALERT for traveling abroad with a Diabetes”

National High Blood Pressure Education Month – May 2013

Image source Hey friends, this is Burton (your blogging shop doggy). I have been thinking of making a list of all national medical awareness days. Why? Because there are many, and they are important to people. May is also the National High Blood Pressure Education Month. May is not only known as National High Blood … Continue reading “National High Blood Pressure Education Month – May 2013”

Having food restrictions due to diabetes? Try this Smoked Corn Salad

Hello friends, Did you read my blog post on Tired of telling people that you are Diabetic? ID Yourself? You surely must have, if not, go read it. Today, I will teach you a recipe that is extremely delicious and especially designed for Diabetics- presenting the “Burnt Corn Salad”. This recipe is low in calories … Continue reading “Having food restrictions due to diabetes? Try this Smoked Corn Salad”

Worried what exactly to eat in Celiac – Read this

Posted on April 16, 2013 by admin
Worried what exactly to eat in Celiac – Read this

Hello friends, today I have come up with a gluten free recipe that is extremely delicious especially for breakfast. As you know, with purpose of celiac disease awareness there are many tasty gluten free products available in the market these days. All you have to do is always read ingredients list on the products.Eating products or … Continue reading “Worried what exactly to eat in Celiac – Read this”