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National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Treatment

Posted on: September 2nd, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger

 

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

We have important information for all women to pay attention to.

National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is a great time to draw attention to the symptoms, risk factors, and treatment options of ovarian cancer. Opposite of prostate cancer, ovarian cancer is only present in women. It begins in the ovaries, which produce eggs, estrogen and progesterone. They are located in the pelvis and are vital organs for reproduction. Ovarian cancer often goes undetected until it has spread to other organs and becomes more difficult to treat. LA Medical believes it is important for every woman to be educated of ovarian cancer how it can be prevented or controlled.

Symptoms: There are few warning signs of ovarian cancer in the early stages. It often goes undetected until it spreads and becomes more severe. If you sense any of these or other abnormal symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor.

  • Abdominal pain or swelling
  • Change in bowel movements or constipation
  • Pelvis pain
  • Weight loss
  • Frequent urinating

Risk Factors: Being aware of risk factors can allow women to take extra precaution as needed.  When they are educated of how their family history and lifestyle choices affect their health, they can make appropriate adjustments.

  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer can heighten the risks
  • Most common in women age 50 and 60
  • The use of estrogen replacement therapy
  • Never being pregnant
  • Fertility treatment
  • Smoking, and more

Treatment Options:  Depending on how far the cancer has spread often determines which treatment option is best.

  • Surgical removal of ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the uterus, and nearby lymph nodes and abdominal tissue where the cancer may spread, is usually necessary unless the cancer is detected very early on.
  • Chemotherapy is typically performed after surgery to kill of any more cancer cells.

Whether ovarian cancer runs in your family or not, LA Medical believes it is valuable to be aware of signs and symptoms to detect it as early as possible. We hope you avoid risk factors that are in your control and be knowledgeable about your family history. Contact LA Medical for safety and health supplies today!

National Immunization Month: 4 Reasons to Immunize from LA Medical

Posted on: July 29th, 2014 by LAMedicalBlogger
Take preventative measure this month to keep you and your family healthy.

Take preventative measures this month to be in your best health.

Reduce your risk of sickness and disease by taking advantage of immunizations. August is National Immunization Month and provides the perfect time to ensure you and your family’s immunizations are up to date. People of all ages can have immunizations to protect themselves from harmful diseases. Nobody should suffer from an illness that can be prevented, which is why LA Medical encourages you to take advantage of immunizations provided by doctors. Here we have 4 reasons to have you and your loved ones immunized.

Defense

One of the best defense methods against harmful diseases is the use of immunizations. They are available to ensure prevention against illnesses that can interrupt our life and cause serious health issues, and sometimes even death.

Protect Infants

Baby’s immune systems are not strong or able to fight many diseases. Before the age of 2, babies can be protected from 14 serious diseases. While it is not easy for any parent to have their child immunized, it will pay off in the long run. Most parents choose to have their babies vaccinated, with only less than one percent not giving any vaccinations.

Travel Abroad Safely

Anytime you leave the country it is a good idea to check with your doctor or online to ensure all immunizations necessary are taken care of. It’s vital to have all vaccinations done before leaving the country to keep you and others safe.

Peace of Mind

Don’t wait until an outbreak happens to get vaccinated. Take preventative measures so that if and when an illness starts spreading, you are protected. Missing work and other responsibilities when sick can add unnecessary stress to life.

This month LA Medical encourages you to take responsibility for you and your loved one’s health. We hope you to visit our online catalog to find health and safety products to assist you in daily life.

National Snack Food Month: 5 Healthy Snack Switches to Make NOW

Posted on: February 21st, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

I can remember the days in elementary school when I would get home from school, toss my backpack in my room, then head straight for that cabinet in the kitchen that I knew contained the sugary after-school snack I had been craving all the way home. Looking back on it now, it was not exactly the best choice.

Fruits like apples and oranges provide sweetness and a variety of nutrients to make a great snack

The obesity epidemic in the United States is still at an all-time high for both adults and children, with one-third of U.S. adults and one in five U.S. children being obese. To combat this, many health movements, organizations and other events have been created to push everyone to work toward better health.

February is National Snack Food Month, and while not specifically focused on healthy eating, we have some ideas about healthy substitutes to keep your kids or grandkids off the Triple Fudge Wonder Bars.

Oranges- full of citrusy goodness that is vitamin C, oranges also will help curb your craving for something sweet.

Apples- sweet and satisfying, apples also have plenty of fiber in them to keep you feeling full, and research has shown that an apple a day really does keep the doctor away.

Almonds- a handful of these provide energy and unsaturated fats for fullness and good heart health.

Mini sweet peppers- bursting with tons of essential vitamins and minerals, the different colors of bell peppers provide a sweet and satisfying snack.

Pea Pods- another vegetable loaded with nutrients, these can be dipped in hummus or sprinkled with garlic powder for added flavor.

As we continue on our theme of living a healthier life in 2013, LA Medical Retail hopes you will search for healthier snack substitutes for yourself and your children the next time you are at the grocery store. Who knows? Maybe you will find some of the new foods appeal to everyone in your family and they will become a new favorite in your household!

Finding the Ideal Number- National Healthy Weight Week

Posted on: January 22nd, 2013 by LAMedicalBlogger

While the obesity epidemic in this country is unhealthy and has severe consequences, so does going in the opposite direction. We see it almost every day, the push to be skinnier. We see it in tabloids when we see stars that shrunk from a healthy weight to skin and bones. This situation is no healthier than being obese, which is why National Healthy Weight Week focuses on exercising and eating well for a healthy weight, not to look skinny.

Achieving a healthy weight -- neither too high or too low -- is ideal for better longevity in life.

Skinny and healthy are different things. One deals with how you look, while the other deals with how you feel. And the best part is that anyone at any age can achieve a healthy weight by following certain simple lifestyle habits:

Feel good about yourself- take time to appreciate yourself, your unique talents and all the good things you can do, as well as loving your body its qualities.

Live actively- incorporate activity into your life daily. That can mean anything from going for a walk to light exercises at home to working out at the gym.

Eat normally and nutritiously- all that crash diets do is make your body crash along with it. Instead, focus on balance, variety and moderation. Lean meats, fresh vegetables, fruits and dairy are your new friends. Think of everything you eat as fuel for your body, the “engine.” The wrong kind of fuel and too much or too little of the right fuel can throw off your engine.

Strengthen social support- involve yourself in healthy, supportive relationships and rid yourself of ones that make you feel negative. When you have people supporting you, it is much easier to feel good about yourself.

LA Medical Retail encourages everyone to strive for the long lasting benefits of a healthy lifestyle, not the short term shallow feeling of being skinny. Please join us in living for a better, longer, healthier life.

A Healthy 2013

Posted on: December 27th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

We covered New Year’s resolutions in our last blog post and to go about keeping your health-related goals for 2013. But not all your health goals for the upcoming New Year need to be based around a resolution that you may or may not keep (the statistics are not in your favor, unfortunately).

"Health" can mean different things to people of various ages, genders, health condition or physical ability.

Good general health practices are learned through habit, and though some of us may lead healthy lives already, there may be a good number of us that do not for whatever reason. Whether it’s eating healthy, getting a regular health check-up or having a healthy social life, there are many small things we can do to keep ourselves in good health.

Make an appointment- if we’re being honest, no one really enjoys going to see the doctor. However, an annual physical checkup does more than give you your height and weight. Knowing your blood pressure reading, cholesterol levels and other vital stats allows your doctor to recommend lifestyle changes that benefit you and those that depend on you.

Eat healthier- yes, we know we’ve said it before, but it is amazing what a switch to a healthier diet can do for you. Regular exercise, while great, can only do so much for you. The rest must be done in the grocery store and in the kitchen. Stay to the outside of the grocery store when shopping, as that is where the fresh items like fruit, vegetables and lean meat will be.

Stay social- humans are social creatures; we aren’t meant to do well in isolation. Meet up with friends for lunch, have family over for dinner and get out and do something fun on the weekend.

Have a healthy brain- the mind is the central hub for all of our actions, so keeping it healthy means an overall healthier you. Challenge it every day and get good, quality sleep at night to help it recharge.

We hope the best for everyone this upcoming year. We promise to continue providing the best assistance we can with your home medical needs, and we look forward to serving you in 2013. From all of us at LA Medical Retail, have a happy New Year!

Keeping it Clean

Posted on: December 6th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

As we discussed in a previous blog post last month, it is cold and flu season again. Yes, the time of year where everywhere you go someone is sneezing, coughing, sniffling or blowing their nose it seems, filling the air and covering virtually all surfaces with germs. While many people take precautions such as carrying hand sanitizer with them, there is evidence that the clear goo doesn’t actually help with immunity. So, how can we help prevent the cold and flu from getting to us this season? Get back to basics.

Washing your hands with warm water and antibacterial soap is the easiest way to stay healthy this Cold and Flu Season.

This week is National Handwashing Awareness Week, and it was placed specifically at the beginning of cold and flu season to help people create good habits. There are 4 Principles of Hand Awareness:

  1. WASH your hands when they are dirty and BEFORE eating.
  2. DO NOT cough into your hands
  3. DO NOT sneeze into your hands
  4. Above all, DO NOT put your fingers in your eyes, nose or mouth

Washing with warm water and soap, while seemingly old-fashioned, does a better job at killing germs and increasing immunity than using hand sanitizer. If you have to cough or sneeze, do it into your sleeve or a tissue if you have time to grab one. Coughing or sneezing into your hands just creates a higher chance of spreading germs to others.

The last principle is perhaps the most important besides washing your hands regularly. Your eyes, nose and mouth are portals into your body for germs. You should be aware of how much you touch your face in general throughout the day to help prevent catching the cold or flu.

Feel free to help us at LA Medical Retail pass along the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness to your friends and family to help them make it through this cold and flu season unscathed. We hope you all stay cold and flu-free throughout the holiday season!

That Time of Year Again

Posted on: November 29th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

We all know the feeling. That tired, fatigued feeling, followed by a sore throat or fever, finally culminating in a congested nose and a bad cough. That’s right, it’s cold and flu season again, and while they both presently very similarly, it is important to know the differences between the two.

Wash your hands, avoid touching your face and get a flu shot to resist getting the flu or catching a cold this season.

While a cold can be gotten over in a few days, the flu can develop into pneumonia or another complication that can result in a hospitalization. Here’s how to tell the difference between a cold and the flu:

Colds- take a few days to develop, some sneezing, little chance of headaches, a sore throat, usually no fever or chills, minor aches and pains, mild fatigue, a hacking cough that produces mucus, nasal congestion and mild chest discomfort.

Flu- develops quickly, more sneezing, high probability of headaches, no sore throat, presence of fever and chills, severe aches and pains, severe fatigue, a dry cough with little to no mucus, no congestion and severe chest discomfort.

The treatments for colds and flus are somewhat similar in that antibiotics don’t work in treating either one since they are both viruses. For colds, extra liquids and rest, as well as nasal saline and symptom-reducing medicines can help lessen symptoms and make things bearable. Flu symptoms can be treated with anti-virals such as Relenza and Tamiflu, though these are only effective if started within 1-2 days of symptoms showing up.

At LA Medical we advocate cold and flu prevention techniques to help keep yourself and your loved ones healthy. This means washing hands, avoiding touching your eyes or face a lot and covering your sneezes. We also recommend getting a flu shot to keep yourself protected against the flu.

We hope you and your loved ones stay healthy this cold and flu season, and if you have any home medical needs that come up, please do not hesitate to call us. Stay healthy!

Count Your Blessings

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

No matter what holidays you celebrate, there is no wrong time to recognize the blessings in your life and be thankful for them.

With the busyness that this time of year generates, it is often difficult to keep sight of the many blessings and great things we have in our lives. We can get so caught up in things we don’t have, or what others do have that we want, that it is hard to remember the simple things. With that in mind, here are a few ways to stay thankful on a daily basis, no matter your health or position in life.

  • Relax- it’s hard to be thankful when you’re stressed or angry. Take a moment to step back and relax so that you can…
  • Live in the moment- stop worrying about what has happened or what might happen and focus on enjoying where you’re at this very minute. Keep this saying in mind: “The past is history, the future a mystery, but today is a gift which is why it is called the present.”
  • Start with your senses- what amazing things are you seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting or feeling that are in front of you right now? These are the little things and they shouldn’t go unnoticed.
  • Laugh and be lighthearted- have fun in your everyday life, whether it’s laughing with friends, playing with your children or showing affection to someone special. Don’t be the person who takes life too seriously.

Thankfulness can help us avoid stress, anger and other feelings and emotions that can negatively affect our health. Whatever holidays you celebrate this time of year, LA Medical encourages you to focus on the wonderful people and things you have in your life and be thankful for them.

Seeing Red

Posted on: October 25th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Back in 1980, a group of concerned and determined parents set out to create a grassroots movement that would impress upon children at a young age the importance of staying drug-free. The group, then called the National Federation of Parents for Drug Free Youth, was committed to leading and supporting American communities and families in healthy lifestyles without drugs.

Use Red Ribbon Week as a chance to talk to your children about drug abuse.

The tradition of the Red Ribbon began in 1985 after the murder of a DEA agent named Enrique Camarena, and the organization, now called the National Family Partnership (NFP), sponsored the first Red Ribbon Celebration in 1988. The yearly Red Ribbon Celebration is a chance for teachers, police, community organizations and others in communities throughout the United States to educate children about the consequences of doing drugs and encouraging them to participate in drug prevention activities.

As parents or grandparents, you can sign the national pledge sponsored by the NFP on their website. Here is what the pledge states:

  • As parents, we will talk to our children about the dangers of drug abuse.
  • We will set clear rules for our children about not using drugs.
  • We will set a good example for our children by not using illegal drugs or medicine without a prescription.
  • We will monitor our children’s behavior and enforce appropriate consequences so that our rules are respected.
  • We will encourage family and friends to follow the same guidelines to keep children safe from substance abuse.

Talking with your children about drugs and substance abuse may not be an easy conversation, but it is one that is necessary and one that you will be glad to have had. Join all of us here at LA Medical this week in talking with our children to help prevent drug abuse in our children.

Forgiving For a Healthy Life

Posted on: October 18th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.”  This quote from Mahatma Ghandi signifies the purpose and drive behind National Forgiveness Day on Oct. 27. By forgiving others we allow ourselves to let go of negative feelings that we have for others that may have committed a wrong against us, as well as to forgiven for any wrongs we have committed toward others.

Take some time to reflect on what you should forgive and who you should ask for forgiveness from.

Forgiveness is a part of a healthy lifestyle as it allows us to release negative thoughts and feelings that can hamper our happiness and affect our mood around others and our productivity at work. As we wrote in a previous post, being nice can positively influence your mood, creating less stress and anxiety and promoting better mental health.

The same is true with forgiveness. Think of all the things you can forgive people for that you are holding on to out of anger as a barbell with weights on it. Would this barbell be too heavy for you to lift if it were real? If so, unload some of the weight that is bearing down on you by forgiving. The same can be done if you have wronged someone and need forgiveness. Too much “weight” on the barbell from what you need to forgive and need to be forgiven for can wear on you and create negatives like stress and anxiety. These can impede a normally healthy life.

While any time is a great time for forgiveness, we at LA Medical think that National Forgiveness Day on Oct. 27 is as good of a time as any to start. You can start small and work your way to larger things. Doing this well help unload the negative weight in your life and help you feel better and healthier when you’re mentally free of your stressors.