Posted on October 15 2014Recently, a study was conducted to assess the potential cost impact of making government subsidized housing 100% smoke free. Though many of these housing units have already implemented smoke-free policies, a blanket ruling could save as much as $500 million in renovation and healthcare costs. Currently, approximately 7 million individuals live in government subsidized housing. Allowing smoking in these multi-unit buildings causes smoke and fire damage, but also exposes these individuals to second hand smoke. Unfortunately, many of the persons living in these buildings are young children, the elderly, and the disabled who are more susceptible to health issues. It was found that in multi-unit housing, smoke travels to other units causing unintended secondary exposure. According to the United States Surgeon General, there is no level of safe exposure to second hand smoke. It is estimated that second hand smoke results in over 40,000 deaths yearly in this country alone. Exposed adults are more susceptible to cancer and heart disease, while children face the threat of asthma attacks and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
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Posted on October 06 2014
The fall cold and flu season can be a risky time for many of the 235 million people worldwide (statistic from the World Health Organization) who suffer from Asthma. For many asthmatics, something as ‘small’ as catching the common cold can be enough to trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. Existing treatments and medications have been able to successfully control and manage regular everyday asthma symptoms, but like Dr. Sebastian Johnston (a professor from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London) explained in an Imperial College London news release, “during an attack [such as those brought on the common cold virus] the symptoms worsen and can lead to the patient going to hospital.”
Thanks to new research findings (published in the Oct. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine), new and improved treatments might be in the near future. During their research, scientists from the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College London identified a specific molecule – called the IL-25 molecule – which appears to be a common trigger for asthma attacks. What does this have to do with the common cold? According to the researchers, their study revealed that when an asthmatic is infected with a common cold, like the rhinovirus, their bodies produced about 10 times the amount of IL-25 molecules than were produced in the lung cells of those without asthma. Also of significant importance, the researchers discovered that an antibody was able to block the IL-25 molecule in mice. Being able to target and block the IL-25 molecule could be an effective method of helping prevent potentially deadly asthma attacks caused by the common cold.
While future studies looking into blocking the IL-25 molecule in humans will still need to be conducted, experts from all around the globe are already expressing their thoughts about how significant these findings could be. Experts like Samantha Walker (who is the director of research and policy at Asthma UK) stated in the college news release that “excitingly, this research, although still at an early stage, could potentially lead to the development of new medicines to prevent life-threatening asthma attacks.”
In the meantime, Mountainside Medical Equipment offers a wide range of products to help make living with Asthma more manageable and help ease the symptoms of your cold. Get back to feeling better with the help of Mountainside Medical Equipment. Get great prices, great service, and a great selection of products!
Posted on January 07 2014
Over the years, experts have noted that the number of asthma cases, a lung disease characterized by inflammation that causes narrowing of the airways with wheezing and shortness of breath, has been rising, especially in the developing world where more and more people are eating processed foods instead of fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables. A new study conducted by researchers in Switzerland shows promising results suggesting that diets enriched with soluble fiber may reduce inflammation in the lungs, and therefore help prevent asthma.
How can you increase your soluble fiber intake? Make sure your consuming your fruits and vegetables, which are packed full of soluble fiber. Have a picky eater in the house that refuses to eat their fruits and vegetables? Try a daily supplement that is fortified with fiber. While future studies still need to be conducted in order to validate these results, an immunologist with the University of Lausanne, Benjamin Marsland, explains that “until recently, asthma was virtually unknown in nations where people eat a lot of fiber.” Source: http://www.voanews.com/content/dietary-fiber-may-prevent-asthma/1824538.html
Posted on December 23 2013
With the holidays upon us and friends and family gathering together it’s important to still keep certain safety measures in mind. Did you know that every five days at least one child dies as a result of choking on food? Make sure to heed regular food safety measures during the holidays to ensure the safety of little ones!
Young children have an increased risk of choking because they have a smaller windpipe (about the width of a drinking straw), which makes it easier for them to inhale and choke on food and small objects that can get lodged in the airway.
Since it only takes about 4 minutes of oxygen deprivation for permanent brain damage to occur, knowing how to prevent choking and how to act quickly and effectively in the event of a choking emergency can be a matter of life and death. As such, here are our top 10 tips for preventing choking:
1) Don’t let children eat while playing and doing activities
2) Don’t let children eat while riding in the car
3) Cut small items, such as grapes, in half before giving them to young children
4) Cut hot dogs lengthwise and into small pieces for children under 4
5) Cook, mash or finely grate fruits and veggies
6) Don’t introduce puréed foods until after 6 months of age
7) Always supervise mealtime and snack time
8) Keep hazardous objects (such as those in the list below) out of reach of small children
9) Know what presents a choking hazard for children and learn choking first aid to stay prepared in the event of an emergency (classes are available through organizations such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association)
10) Educate caregivers and the community about choking hazards and precautions to take to prevent the occurrence of a hazardous choking incident.
Some of the foods most commonly choked on by young children include:
- Hot dogs - Cheese cubes - Hard candies & lollipops - Meats - Popcorn - Gum - Sausages - Chips - Jelly beans - Fish with bones - Pretzel nuggets - Raw vegetables - Marshmallows - Whole grapes - Peanut butter - Cherry tomatoes - Nuts - Ice cubes
Some of the objects most commonly choked on by young children include:
- Coins - Marbles - Small balls - Buttons - Deflated balloons - Watch batteries - Jewelry - Pen caps - Paper clips - Arts and crafts supplies - Small toys - Detachable toy parts
Be prepared when an emergency strikes to ensure the safety of your loved ones by taking a course on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and choking first aid. Keep a first aid for choking poster around to serve as a quick reminder of the first aid for choking techniques.
Posted on July 23 2013
In the African country of Rwanda, the 1994 Genocide killed more than 800,000 people. Today, through multiple efforts the faces of hatred and fear have been replaced with those of hope and pride. Those who live in Rwanda are still suffering through the aftermath of the mass genocide, but look forward to a future with bright eyes and even brighter smiles. Mountainside Medical Equipment is proud to be one of the reasons for those bright smiles!
Recently, one of our valued customers, Barbara Margolies (founder of the International Organization for Women and Development) was kind enough to keep us in her appreciative thoughts and sent us this photo of a little boy in Rowanda using one of our pediatric nasal cannulas! We here at Mountainside Medical Equipment are overwhelmed knowing that our products are not only helping those in need every day here in the United States, but also those in need in even the furthest corners of the world, like this little boy.
Barbara Margolies and the International Organization for Women and Development have sent medical supplies from Mountainside (and a variety of other medical supply companies here in America) to those who are in need and living in Africa. The specific area of interest of this non-profit organization is to bring American doctors to Africa to repair obstetric fistulas - a major birthing problem in many African and other developing countries - and also to help care for families in medical need throughout the area. To date, the International Organization for Women and Development has provided $1.5 million in medicine and medical equipment!
We want to say thank you to Barbara for sending us this amazing photo and doing the great work that she does. This photo is the reason we here at Mountainside Medical love what we do - just knowing that we could help this little boy thousands of miles away has touched each and every one of us here.