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Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

Understanding Cholesterol Numbers

You took a home cholesterol test, or went to the doctor, got tested, and were given cholesterol numbers. What exactly do they mean? What's good and what's bad? What do these seemingly arbitrary numbers actually mean? Click ahead to find out.

A Tuttnauer Autoclave Haiku

It's been a while, so we'd like to share with you, a little QuickMedical haiku.


A Tuttnauer Autoclave Haiku

Sterilization

cleaning and disinfection

Autoclaves for you.


The Tuttnauer EZ9 is the easiest and most hassle free autoclave choice from QuickMedical. This is an excellent choice for the small practice desiring a one touch design sterilizing option.


Tuttnauer sterilization products have been trusted by hospitals, universities, research institutes and laboratories, around the world for over 80 years. Tuttnauer's professional grade automatic and manual autoclave sterilizers are available today at QuickMedical.

Hand Sanitizer Improves Productivity

Hand Sanitizer Improves Productivity

'The placement of alcohol-based hand disinfectants in businesses can reduce illness and absenteeism amongst the work force. Incidences of absenteeism in public administrations due to the common cold, fever and cough are significantly reduced when alcohol-based hand disinfectants are used by employees.'


--BMC Infectious Diseases Journal.

Not-So-Sweet Sugar

Humans crave the taste of sweet things. One theory is that the sweet taste of sugar is appealing because it mimics the taste of a mother's breast milk. Prehistoric people chewed sugarcane raw, to extract its sweetness, or simply ate fruit. Crystallization of sugar was discovered in India around 350 AD, according to Michael Adas' 2001 book Agricultural and Pastoral Societies in Ancient and Classical History. Sugarcane was originally from tropical South Asia and Southeast Asia. Indian sailors and traders carried sugar to China and the Middle East. During the Middle Ages the first mass production of sugar began in the Middle East, and Europeans first got a taste of the 'sweet salt,' as they called it, when the Crusaders returned.


Sugar became a sought after commodity for the rich to use as a sweetener. In the 12th century, Medieval historian William of Tyre described sugar as 'very necessary for the use and health of mankind.' But obtaining sugar was difficult and it was expensive. Because of the high costs involved, slave labor became the production method of choice. New technologies making sugar refinery easier only increased the use of slave labor.


Not-So-Sweet Sugar

By 1750 sugar surpassed grain as the most valuable commodity in European trade -- it made up one fifth of all European imports. The valuable sugar business was powered by slave labor in the New World. The not-so-sweet side of sugar continues in the present day.

Welch-Allyn / Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station Comparison

Welch-Allyn / Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station Comparison

Although Welch Allyn is the well-known brand name in wall-mounted diagnostics, the Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station, surpasses their wall transformer set on several different fronts.


Both Riester and Welch-Allyn manufacture durable products, but Riester offers a two-year warranty, instead of the Welch-Allyn one year. The Riester Ophthalmoscope has almost double the amount of corrective lenses and more apertures and filters. The Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station also offers one environmentally friendly, centralized electrical power source for convenience, eliminating the need for conventional or rechargeable batteries. This way the doctor can simply enter an exam room without having to worry about carrying an otoscope or ophthalmoscope with and never has to worry about the batteries going dead. The Riester station is extendable as well, to both the left or the right of the main station, while Welch-Allyn's station can only extend right. While the Welch-Allyn can be extended with only 3 modules, the Riester ri-Former is extendable to 5 (see below).


To see the diagnostic station in action, click ahead!


Welch-Allyn / Riester Ri-Former Diagnostic Station Comparison

What's Body Mass Index?

What's Body Mass Index?

Body Mass Index is a statistical measure of body weight based on a person's weight and height. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, BMI Calculators are the most widely used diagnostic tool to identify weight problems within a population.


'The BMI tables are excellent for identifying obesity and body fat in large populations, but they are far less reliable for determining fatness in individuals,' explained Dr. Carl Lavie, a cardiologist at the Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute in New Orleans in a recent NY Times article.


So what does BMI mean to an individual?

Can Alzheimer's Be Cured?

Can Alzheimer's Be Cured?

Saturday September 11th, thousands of Memory Walkers will gather at Seattle Center to raise money for Alzheimer's research. What is Alzheimer's Disease? Can it be cured?

Choosing the Right Blood Pressure Medication

Choosing the Right Blood Pressure Medication

Picking the right blood pressure monitor is hard, but QuickMedical makes it easy. Just give us a call and we can direct you to the one that fits your needs. A new story off the AP wire, however, reports 'It's hard to predict which pills will best lower which patient's high blood pressure,' once it's been diagnosed. Researchers are currently looking for ways to better personalize therapy, just as blood pressure monitors are personalized for your needs. Personalized blood pressure medication, based on blood tests might be the way of the future.

Hulk Hogan's Back (is bad)

Hulk Hogan's Back (is bad)

Hulk Hogan, aka Terry Boulder, aka Hollywood Hogan, aka Terry Gene Bollea is in the news with a bad back. The 57 year old star of stage, screen, and wrestling rings all over America, was rushed to the hospital yesterday with complaints of 'excruciating back pain.' A career of jumping off turnbuckles and getting hit from behind with folding chairs by the Iron Sheik has apparently not been kind to Mr. Hogan's back. For a video from the former wrestler turned reality TV star, and how he could have avoided this recent hospital time, click ahead.

The SINIC Theory, the Omron HEM-780 and the Way of the Future

I found Omron's website while I was researching products for Omron product videos. I was under the impression that Omron was just another company that made blood pressure monitors, pedometers, and nebulizers. The reps that I met at the QuickMedical Open House were nice guys, who didn't mind me shoving a camera in their face, and appeared to be just like the reps from the other companies. Every company and vendor is special in their own way, but Omron, I'd argue is very special. Until visiting the corporate website, I had no idea of the extraordinary, world of the Omron corporate philosophy--the SINIC theory, formulated by Omron's scientist founder, Dr. Kazuma Tateisi. Omron isn't just another company making blood pressure monitors. Its corporate philosophy is based on a theory for the prediction of the future. This isn't just 'Always Be Closing' or even Six Sigma. This is the way of the future.


The SINIC Theory, the Omron HEM-780 and the Way of the Future