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The Strange, Sad Story of Roy Cleveland Sullivan

The Strange, Sad Story of Roy Cleveland Sullivan


Roy Cleveland Sullivan was born in 1912 in Greene County Virginia. When he was a kid working on the family farm, cutting wheat with a scythe, he was struck by lightning. Being hit by lightning is a rare, but not impossible event. In the course of an 80 year life span, the odds are 1 in 3,000. Roy not only survived that first brush with lightning, but lived to get hit by lightning 7 more times in his 71 years on the planet.

LifeSource UB-512 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor Rated #1

LifeSource UB-512 Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor Rated #1

We recently received this news about our popular Lifesource UB-512 wrist blood pressure monitor:


'In the October 2010 issue of a prestigious product review magazine, home blood pressure monitors were tested and rated. In the category of wrist monitors, the report identified the number one unit as the LifeSource Advanced Memory Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor UB-512. The UB-512 is a state-of-the-art device that is packed with the latest features.'


To learn more about the monitor, click ahead.

Franken-Fish? The Genetically Modified Salmon Debate

Franken-Fish? The Genetically Modified Salmon Debate


Salmon is one of the most popular seafood items sold in the United States. On average every American ate about 2 pounds of salmon last year, making it the 3rd most popular seafood, behind canned tuna and shrimp. Our CEO, Scott Hanna shared a mouth watering salmon recipe on the blog. Whether it's in sushi, smoked on a bagel or barbecued, salmon is tasty and nutritious-- packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, and protein. But this week, the FDA began hearings on whether to allow a genetically modified salmon, created in a lab, to be sold to consumers.

Ban Public Smoking?

Ban Public Smoking?

According to Reuters, a 2006 public smoking ban in Scotland reduced the number of serious childhood asthma attacks by 18 percent per year.


The ban on public smoking went into affect March 2006. Previously, the number of hospital admissions for asthma was rising by 5 percent a year among children under 15.


Critics of the ban said it would force smokers who could not light up in the workplace or in enclosed public spaces to smoke more at home, increasing the risk to children. But Dr. Jill Pell of the University of Glasgow, who worked on the study, said that did not happen. In fact, the opposite happened.

The Exergen Temporal Thermometer Virtual Classroom

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More than 60% of hospitals in the U.S. are using the Exergen TAT-5000 Temporal Thermometer. Many facilities have standardized this fast and accurate method for all patient populations.


Despite the popularity, any new product needs a brief technical explanation. Exergen has created an animated training video, explaining the specifics of the Exergen TAT-5000 and demonstrating how to properly use the temporal artery thermometer. Click ahead to watch.

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