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Featured Product: Ostomy Care Wipes

Do you experience skin problems caused by wafer and tape adhesives? Does your pouching system leave behind hard-to-remove residue on your skin? Read more

Skin Care is Key

Monitoring and protecting the stoma and surrounding skin are the foundation for healthy stoma. Studies show that nearly half of all people with an ostomy who have a peristomal skin condition do not recognize it right away, especially if there are slight or minimal changes over time. Read more

Inspiration Corner – Multiple Sclerosis

When Eric Brokos woke up one summer day eight years ago, he had no idea what was ahead. A PleurX® Specialist in AssuraMed’s Medical Device Team in Twinsburg, Eric was given an MRI that discovered lesions on his brain associated with Multiple Sclerosis.

According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Multiple Sclerosis (or MS) is a chronic, often disabling disease in which the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system (the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves). Symptoms may be mild, such as numbness in the limbs, or severe, such as paralysis or loss of vision. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS are unpredictable and vary from one person to another. Read more

Effective Bowel Management

If you want to manage bowel health and predictability, it’s important to develop a daily bowel routine. People with spinal cord injury, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis and diabetes report that next to lack of mobility, reduced bowel function is their second greatest concern. It can also be a concern for those who have had stroke, traumatic brain injury or brain tumors. Any of these conditions can lead to neurogenic bowel dysfunction, which involves damage to the nerves that provide reflex control and enable people to feel and voluntarily control their bowel function. It may take longer for stool to pass through the large bowel, leading to constipation. It can also cause fecal incontinence, especially during physical activity. Read more

March Is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month

In 2000, President Bill Clinton declared March as National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. In the past 14 years, this has brought together thousands of patients, survivors, caregivers and advocates to help raise awareness for colon cancer. Throughout the month, you’ll see fundraising and educational events nationwide from various organizations. Read more

Healing with Humor: What Happens Next – Saga of a New Ostomate

You have successfully completed a daunting journey through the medical machine. First, you were diagnosed with colon or bladder cancer, diverticulitis/perforation, or perhaps Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. Next, you had surgery to fix the problem. Hopefully, your healthcare professionals prepared you for what came next – a brand new ostomy. After a whirlwind trip through recovery, teaching you everything about the care and feeding of this alien entity, you were discharged. All of this happened in just 3-7 days and you were on your way to start your very new and sometimes scary altered lifestyle … what next? Read more

Sorting Out the Affordable Care Act

Have your patients been affected by the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), also known as the Health Insurance Marketplace, Health Insurance Exchange or Obamacare?  The legislation that became law on March 23, 2010 came to fruition at the end of 2013 with thousands of Americans signing up for benefits through the new system.

How does the ACA affect the delivery of medical supplies?

Just like any insurance change, patients with new insurance coverage need to inform their medical supply providers of their new coverage when placing their next order. The supplier will then need to contact the new health insurance provider to verify that they are in-network. Read more

Featured Recipe: Diabetes-Friendly Coconut Muffins

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If you are looking for a sweet treat, try this recipe for breakfast or snacktime: Read more

Fitness Corner: Yoga & Diabetes

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If you have diabetes, you probably know the importance of exercise for weight loss and overall well-being.  One type of exercise you may not have considered is yoga. Originating in ancient India, yoga coordinates breath with physical movement to promote relaxation and fitness.  If you haven’t practiced yoga, you may think it involves difficult body positions and intimidating balance moves. But that is not necessarily the case.  Anyone who can breathe can do yoga. The various body postures and movement, known as asanas, come in a variety of levels and can be modified to fit anyone’s current physical state. Yoga can even be done from a sitting or prone position. Read more

Nutrition Corner: Weekly Meal Planning

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Dieticians will tell you – the key to sticking to a healthy eating routine is to plan what you are going to eat. Whether you are cooking for one or have a family to feed, putting together a weekly meal plan can save you time, hassle and money. It can also help you cut down on fast food.  Those with diabetes, weekly meal planning can keep you on track for weight loss or maintenance. Read more