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Washing up after the flood

Just a reminder that any soft wheelchair postural support exposed to flood waters should be washed ASAP. All Bodypoint sewn supports like straps, harnesses and belts have been tested to ensure that they retain their strength after they are machine washed with detergent, at a "hot" setting (140° F) and... Read more →

Alternative tube food formulas

Many tubers and parents are not aware of alternatives to the traditional and more frequently-prescribed corn syrup-based formulas. Because these formulas are a long way from "real food," they can cause or worsen health issues such as diabetes and GI discomfort, which is often why other options are sought. Of... Read more →

Restraining movement: how is this good?

If you ask wheelchair users about belts or other postural supports, quite often you'll hear answers like, "I don't want to be belted into a chair." This can be the case even when someone is clearly in pain or an uncomfortable position. RESNA, the organization that certifies assistive technology professionals... Read more →

New businesses aid aging in place

Some 110 million Americans are over the age of 50 — a percentage set to rise significantly in the coming years. Experts have even speculated that the first person to live more than 150 years is alive today, noted AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins. The link below highlights startups that... Read more →

Benzodiazepines: increasingly under indictment

Already linked to the development of Alzheimer's, benzodiazepines like Valium and Ativan have now been linked to the development of pneumonia in people who already have Alzheimer's. The mechanism proposed is aspiration of food or liquids, leading to foreign matter in the lungs that causes infection. When you're foggy, chewing... Read more →

To sleep, perchance to heal?

"Nearly every disease killing us in later life has a causal link to lack of sleep," a researcher reports. These findings aren't new. But often people read them and say, "Well, I've tried everything but deep sleep passes me by." Can that be true? Less often than you might think.... Read more →

FDA approves add-on for Parkinson's

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Xadago (safinamide) tablets as an add-on treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease who are currently taking levodopa/carbidopa and experiencing "off" episodes. An "off" episode is a time when a patient's medications are not working well, causing an increase in Parkinson's symptoms, such... Read more →

Serotonin syndrome: reducing the risk

Many people with mobility impairments use multiple drugs that affect serotonin levels, which increases the risk for serotonin syndrome, also known as "serotonin storm." These drugs include SSRIs like Zoloft, SNRIs like Cymbalta, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), lithium, Wellbutrin, MAO inhibitors, opiates, triptans for migraine, and mirtazapine (Remeron). Serotonin syndrome can... Read more →