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Monthly archive for August 2017

US MED’s Employees Host Internal Fundraiser to Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

US MED’s Employees Host Internal Fundraiser to Aid Hurricane Harvey Victims

One of the largest, providers of Diabetes Supplies helps the victims of  Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas

“US MED is in the business of assisting people in need of care on a daily basis. This extends beyond the clinical community and into local communities. As a result, US MED has launched an internal fund raising initiative through our Employee Giving Program, to assist the victims of the Harvey hurricane,” said Chief Sales Officer Thomas Barron.

US MED will commit to providing awareness through all our social media platforms to encourage followers to donate to charitable companies such as United Way, Salvation Army or the American Red Cross to name a few. We want to reach people outside of our organization to help assist those living in Houston and surrounding affected areas.

100% of the proceeds raised on Thursday, August 31st will be provided to United Way to help during the disaster relief. We are committed to doing our part to provide assistance to the many people living in these areas.

Our organization’s is driven by a culture of dedication to family and we want to extend that to assist the families in Houston through this disaster relief. Many of our employees understand the impact a natural catastrophe can have on a community. Having lived through Hurricane Andrew and other disasters that affected South Florida, our goal as an organization is to unite everyone in a time of need and provide support back to those communities.

We are really moved by the amount of people that are currently donating and assisting victims. Stay Strong Houston!

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Texas recovering from this devastating storm. I want to thank our employees for all their contributions,” said US MED CEO Stephen Foreman.

US MED Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

US MED Solar Eclipse, August 21, 2017

US MED’s Great American Solar Eclipse

The US MED Family is patiently waiting for the 2017 Solar Eclipse! To celebrate, the Marketing team put together Eclipse Bags for the employees containing Sun Chips and SunKist, along with a printed insert showing 6 Facts About the 2017 Solar Eclipse.

US MED Eclipse Employee Gifts

6 Facts About the 2017 Solar Eclipse

1 – This will be the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. in 38 years. The last one occurred February 26, 1979. Unfortunately, not many people saw it because it clipped just five states in the Northwest and the weather for the most part was bleak. Before that one, you have to go back to March 7, 1970.

2- A solar eclipse is a lineup of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth. The Moon, directly between the Sun and Earth, casts a shadow on our planet. If you’re in the dark part of that shadow (the umbra), you’ll see a total eclipse. If you’re in the light part (the penumbra), you’ll see a partial eclipse.

3- Everyone in the continental U.S. will see at least a partial eclipse. In fact, if you have clear skies on eclipse day, the Moon will cover at least 48 percent of the Sun’s surface. And that’s from the Northern tip of Maine.

4- This eclipse will be the most-viewed ever. This proclamation is based on four factors: 1) the attention it will get from the media; 2) the superb coverage of the highway system in our country; 3) the typical weather on that date; 4) the vast number of people who will have access to it from nearby large cities.

5- Yes, the Sun’s a lot bigger. Our daytime star’s diameter is approximately 400 times larger than that of the Moon. What a coincidence that it also lies roughly 400 times farther away. This means both disks appear to be the same size.

6- The future is bright but long. The next total solar eclipse over the continental U.S. occurs April 8, 2024. It’s a good one, too. Depending on where you are (on the center line), the duration of totality lasts at least 3 minutes and 22 seconds on the east coast of Main and stretches to 4 minutes and 27 seconds in southwestern Texas. After that eclipse, it’s a 20-year wait until August 23, 2044 (and, similar to the 1979 event, that one is visible only in Montana and North Dakota). Total solar eclipse follow in 2045 and 2078.

Our View

US MED looks towards the Sun

In South Florida, we will be seeing nearly 50 percent of the sun being covered during peak hour of 2:58p.m. The first view at the Great American Eclipse began at 1:26 P.M.

US MED employees walk out to witness the most talked about Eclipse throughout the afternoon! It is nice to share such an experience with our co-workers and we appreciate our organization for embracing moments like this with unity and excitement.

Thank you, US MED!

Special Education for Children Living with Paralysis

Special Education for Children Living with Paralysis

What resources are available for children living with paralysis?

August is the month of back to school. Stores are busy, traffic is back, and it’s time to place that alarm clock at least 1 hour before than your regular time. For parents with children living with paralysis, back to school means a lot more planning and preparation. It is important that you understand your child’s access to education.

Special Education

According to, Special Education Programs are designed for those students who are mentally, physically, socially and/or emotionally delayed. Due to these special requirements, student’s needs are not met within a traditional classroom environment. A child with disabilities can access special education from birth to age 21 through the Early Intervention Program (birth to age 3) and your local school district (age 3 to 21).

Scholarship Opportunities for Children living with Paralysis

American Association on Health and Disability
The on AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving  student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a Junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to  public health, health promotion, disability studies, disability research, rehabilitation engineering, audiology, disability policy, special education and majors that will impact quality of life of persons with disabilities.

Appel Law Firm Auto Accident Survivor Scholarship
Appel Law Firm offers an annual scholarship to college and graduate students who have been survivors of car accidents and have overcome their injuries. The winner receives $1,000 towards their school tuition.

The Bryon Riesch Paralysis Foundation
A $1000 to $2000 scholarship shall be awarded to two to three individuals with neurological disabilities, or the child of that person, for post high school education both spring and fall semester. Individuals suffering from a direct spinal cord injury or disease resulting in paralysis such as spinal tumors, strokes or aneurysms affecting the spinal cord, or spina bifida are given first priority.

More Scholarships

Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C  Disability Scholarship
The scholarship will award $1,000.00 to one student selected by our scholarship selection committee. The student must be attending an accredited college or university. The program is open to students of any age, with any type of disability, including but not limited to physical disabilities, medical conditions, mental or psychiatric conditions, speech and language, learning disabilities, behavioral conditions, and all other conditions.

Foundation for Science and Disability
The Student Award Program of FSD helps to increase opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, technology, and pre medical/dental areas for graduate or professional students with disabilities.

Independence Foundation Scholarship
The Independence Foundation Scholarship was created to help individuals with physical disabilities pay for the ever growing expense of college. The Scholarship of $500 will be awarded to Three (3) individuals with a noteworthy physical disability. Mobility Scholarship Program
Just Walkers’ has started a $1,000 scholarship for students with mobility disabilities and is offering a $1,000 scholarship to undergraduate or graduate students with a mobility disability.

Prepare before the first day

  • Complete an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child’s individual means.
  • Research or speak to other parents about the available resources in your child’s school or community
  • Send your child back to school with all the supplies they need to be comfortable and successful. Need catheters for your child, find some options at
  • Continuously monitor your child’s environment at school

Did You Know Herbs Can Affect Prescription Medications?

Did You Know Herbs Can Affect Prescription Medications?

Are you taking prescription medications?

Millions of people take herbal supplements and consider them completely safe, but there are nearly 1,500 documented interactions between herbs and prescription medications.

According to, about 20 percent of North Americans take herbal supplements.

Humans have been using herbs for thousands of years for common ailments. In fact, many medicines today, such as morphine and penicillin, have botanical origins, according to Some herbs do have an impact on the body but the question is whether the impact is good.
For one thing, just because herbs grow naturally, doesn’t mean they are processed safely. Consumers rarely know if pesticides have been used on herbal ingredients, for example.

Most importantly, there are few warnings about potential interactions with prescription drugs.

Interaction with heart medications

According to the Mayo Clinic, eight of the 10 most commonly used herbal supplements dangerously interact with the blood-thinning medication, Warfarin.

  •  Garlic increases the risk of bleeding when taken with Warfarin, aspirin and Plavix.
  •  Ginkgo increases the risk of bleeding with Warfarin, aspirin and Clopidogrel.
  •  Ginseng decreases the effectiveness of Warfarin.
  •  Hawthorn decreases blood pressure and heart rate when taken with Beta blockers and propranolol. Also beware of taking Hawthorn with calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem and other and nitrates, such as Nitro-Bid.

Other herbs that can dangerously interact with heart medicine include evening primrose, CoenzymeQ10 (also known as ubiquinone or CoQ10), and St. John’s wort.

  •  Never mix Valerian with muscle relaxants, other sleep or anxiety medicines, pain medicines, antidepressants, or other medicines that cause drowsiness.
  •  Saw Palmetto reduces effectiveness of estrogen and oral contraceptives, and hormonal therapies.
  •  Melatonin should not be taken with benzodiazepines, sedatives and hypnotics, some antihistamines, opioid analgesics or muscle relaxers. It can also interfere with diabetes medications.

Many herbal medications can interfere with medicines metabolized in the liver and even cause liver damage.
Always check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking an herbal supplement.

Learn How to Avoid a Medical Emergency

Learn How to Avoid a Medical Emergency

These important tips will help you avoid a medical emergency!

Heat and humidity add up to danger and if you know the signs, you can quickly avoid a medical emergency.

Emergency rooms see an increase in cases of heat stroke and dehydration in July and August.

The American College of Emergency Physicians gives this advice on how to stay safe in hot weather:

  • Check the heat index before going out to work, play or practice and plan accordingly.
  • Avoid direct sunlight in the middle of the day. Schedule activities for the early morning or early evening hours.
  • Wear loose, light-colored clothes and hats. Dark colors absorb more heat.
  • Drink lots of water or sports drinks; about 8 ounces an hour when in the sun in order to avoid dehydration.
  • Take frequent breaks in the shade or in air-conditioning to cool off.

Heat Stroke Symptoms

Calculate the “apparent temperature” before taking part in activities. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration:

  • In 90 degrees and 50 percent humidity, it feels like 96. At 70 percent humidity, it feels like 106 degrees. Heat exhaustion is likely, so take it easy.

Heat exhaustion can include cramps, heavy sweating, nausea, heart-rate changes and dizziness. Get the victim out of the sun, remove excess clothing and place cool towels on extremities. Fan and give small sips of water.

  • At 95 degrees and 50 percent humidity, it feels like 107 degrees. Once you get to 70 percent humidity, it feels like 124 degrees. At that temperature and at any higher temperature or humidity, it is extremely dangerous to be outside and heatstroke could occur.
  • Reaching 100 degrees, humidity ranging from 35 percent to 55 percent can cause heat exhaustion. At 100 degrees, humidity of 60 percent or higher puts a person into heat stroke territory.

Heatstroke is a medical emergency. Symptoms include confusion, an altered mental state, unconsciousness and hot, dry skin. Call 911. Do not give fluids, which can cause seizures.

How Lower Back Pain is Improved by Exercise

How Lower Back Pain is Improved by Exercise

Exercise helps lower back pain, experts say

Most people suffer from lower back pain at one point or another, but treating it remains hit and miss.

Research reported by Reuters says that 80 percent of all people will suffer from some sort of back pain during their lives.

An estimated 90 percent of all chronic pain sufferers are prescribed opioid pain medications for treatment. Although they may work as a treatment for a short period, opioids don’t work in the long-term and can also cause a host of negative side effects.

Exercise can help with pain.

The most important areas to target for lower back pain are, perhaps unsurprisingly, located near the lower back. These include the back extensors, deep core stabilizers, glutes, and abdominals. Secondary areas include the upper leg muscles as they act as support structures for the back.

According to Prevention Magazine, target the back with the half lunge, stretching, basic yoga like the child’s pose, and strength training movements like the squat.

Using the squat as an example, this exercise helps to stabilize and strengthen the whole body and helps prepare the body for actions that would typically cause back pain like picking up a child or lifting a heavy box. If the muscles are strong and secure, there is much less chance of an injury.

The best part of these methods is that in many cases all of these routines can be performed for free and in the comfort of your home.

According to popular fitness blog Greatist, back-strengthening exercises, breathing, and yoga all work to prevent the weaknesses that can come from modern society’s increasingly sedentary lifestyle.

Performing these movements also helps the body to tolerate more activity as it ages which can contribute to longer lifespans with longer periods of health.

Often times, using a back brace can help you reduce that constant pain. Find out more about available back braces here.

TOTALITY: The Great American Solar Eclipse

TOTALITY: The Great American Solar Eclipse

TOTALITY: The Great American Solar Eclipse

From Oregon to South Carolina, Americans will see the sight of a Solar Eclipse that has left mankind trembling and astonished as long as humans have walked the earth.

The Great American Total Eclipse will be one for the record books as totality junkies from across the globe hurry to the best viewing destinations.

On August 21, 2017, for the first time in 99 years, the earth, moon, and stars will line up perfectly in a total eclipse that can be viewed in 14 states. Best viewing is predicted to be in Oregon where sunshine is predicted, especially near Madras. Local time will be 10:21 am PDT and totality will last for about 2 minutes and 7 to 8 seconds, depending on where the viewer stands.

On the east coast, the eclipse will start a little after 1 p.m. and reach totality just before 3 p.m.

Further inland, viewers in Illinois and Kentucky will experience 40 seconds more totality.

“A solar eclipse can only take place at the phase of new moon, when the moon passes directly between the sun and Earth and its shadow falls upon Earth’s surface,” according to

The eclipse will be actively pursued by a sub-culture of totality followers who travel to various parts of the world to experience the out-of-this world phenomena many times during the year. Scientists will also be watching the display and the shadow allows them to see solar flares.

No, you can’t look at the sun and watch the solar eclipse. Just no.

If you have ever held a small magnifying glass over dry grass, you know what happens. The sun’s rays become so focused that the grass catches fire.

That is what will happen to your eyes if you attempt to watch the eclipse. Your retina will burn up. You won’t know it until you can’t see any more.


Do not look at the eclipse through binoculars or a telescope or a camera lens. The same thing happens: Your retina burns up.

Do NOT use sunglasses, Polaroid filters, smoked glass, exposed color film, x-ray film, or photographic neutral-density filters.

What you can do is make a pinhole projector. There are many instructions online for this.

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