Daily Column

Where can a good BP unit be purchased?

Q: Where can we find a dependable blood pressure monitor? A: Almost anywhere – from your local pharmacy to a medical supply house. A monitor is known as a sphygmomanometer, a big word for what could be a very small unit. The device is composed of an inflatable cuff that restricts the flow of blood in the arm and a mercury or mechanical manometer that measures the pressure. Manual units are used in conjunction with a stethoscope The ordinary unit of measurement of blood pressure is in millimeters of mercury (mmHg) There are several types of units available. The first is a manual unit that requires a stethoscope for auscultation. It is considered to be the gold standard of all units and is most commonly found in a physician's office. It measures blood pressure by watching a … [Read More...]

Monthly Awareness

Monthly Awareness – July

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a topic seldom talked about, yet is a common bacterium carried in the intestines or lower genital tract. It is generally harmless yet can cause infections in adults who suffer from specific chronic medical conditions such as liver disease or diabetes. Surprisingly, many adults carry group B strep within the body – most commonly in the throat, bladder, vagina, bowels, and rectum. This specific bacterium is not sexually transmitted, nor is it spread through food or water. Those adults at an increased risk for the bacterium include diabetics, having a compromised immune system such as HIV, have liver disease, or cancer. A great deal of attention is paid to pregnant women carrying GBS because they can (but may not) pass it off to their babies during labor. … [Read More...]