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    March 23rd, 2017

    How well do you know the blades you’re using?

    A scalpel may seem like a simple instrument, but with incredible precision and a surgeons’ steady hand it is key to a safe and accurate medical procedure. These tools are essential to any medical professional – it’s important to know their function and capabilities to ensure patient safety.


    The top three #3 fitment blades:

    • #10 – the most traditional blade shape C2 
    • Used for making small incisions in skin and muscle
    • Sample Procedures:
      • Harvesting the radial artery during a coronary artery bypass operation
      • Opening the bronchus during thoracic surgery
      • Inguinal hernia repair
    • #11 – an elongated triangular blade with a strong pointed tip  C2
    • Used in making stab incisions.
    • Sample procedures:
      • Incisions for chest drains
      • Opening coronary arteries or the aorta
      • Removing calcifications in the aortic or mitral valves.
    • #15 – a small curved cutting edge  C3
    • Opening coronary arteries. Used in making short and precise incisions.
    • Sample procedures:
      • Excision of a skin lesion or recurrent sebaceous cyst


    Cincinnati Surgical’s joint manufacturing agreement with Swann Morton means quality British steel blades manufactured to a high level of consistency.


    • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 13485, the International Standard for Quality Management Systems for medical devices companies
    • Steel material content
      • Carbon – Silicon – Manganese – Chromium – Sulphur – Phosphorus – Nickel


    • Surgical blades are manufactured in accordance with BS 2982 and BS EN 27740 standards
      • Every blade falls within specific dimensions to ensure the first blade manufactured is the same size as the last blade manufactured
    • Boxes are marked with lot numbers and expiration dates for traceability


    • BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 14001 – Environmental Manufacturing Standards Certification

    BSI Certificate of Registration ISO 50001 – Energy Management Certification


    Cincinnati Surgical features a wide variety of high-quality surgical blades, handles, stitch cutters, blade removers and staplers. With an unmatched reputation for quality, Cincinnati Surgical is a proven leader in their industry.

    To veiw their products, click here.

    Shopping For Specifics Just Got Easier

    March 21st, 2017

    Are you looking for a specific product and don’t know where to start? What about what the best deal is? Brand quality??

    All these questions can become overwhelming when looking for the right product.

    Whether it be supplies for a new physician office, or just something to help put your sore muscles to rest –  we have made the experience a little bit easier with our product reference guides.

    Our guides show some of our top of the line products categorized specifically by needs.

    Browse through our most user-friendly catalogs and make your shopping experience even easier. 




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    The Benefits of Foam Rolling

    March 20th, 2017

    Regularly using a Foam Roller – especially a deep tissue massage roller – offers many of the same benefits as a sports massage, including reduced inflammation, scar tissue and joint stress, as well as improved circulation and improved flexibility.

    Essentially, foam rolling is a form of self-myofascial release, or self-massage, that gets rid of adhesions in your muscles and connective tissue. Foam rolling also increases blood flow to your muscles and creates better mobility, helping with recovery and improving performance.

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    1) Prevents Injury & Helps You Recover Fast

    Learning the finer points of self-myofascial release could help you train harder and look better while also reducing injury.

    2) Breaks Up Scar Tissue

    Breaking up scar tissue and adhesions between the skin, muscles and bones is crucial for a healthy body.

    3) Improves Mobility And Flexibility

    Improve the range of motion of our joints and muscles. … plus some forms of arthritis, can benefit from mobility exercises.

    4) Removes Lactic Acid To Aid Recovery

    Lactic acid build up is what causes our muscles to be sore after a long workout. By reducing the lactic acid in muscle tissue, you’ll feel less pain and a quicker recovery time.

    6) Can Be Used As A Workout Tool

    Thanks to Lauren Roxburgh with Yahoo Health watch this video to see how to turn your foam roller into an exercise tool to promote core and glute strength.

    Video: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/fitness-hack-booty-lifting-foam-rolling-ah-the-112081183962.html

    7) Not Just For Fitness – For Desk Jockeys Too!

    Think of it this way: the muscles that are contracted all day while sitting at a desk have developed knots in them. These knots (or adhesions) limit the range of motion of your joints and muscles, which also decreases circulation. Imagine it like a tangle or knot in a Slinky. Putting pressure on those knots with a foam roller or other SMR tools like a lacrosse ball will help massage the knot out so the muscle group can return to its intended length.


    Watch this video to learn the do’s and don’ts of foam rolling.


    3 Steps to Get Back in the Game After an Ankle Injury

    March 17th, 2017

    Certified Athletic Trainer, Rick Peters, wrote an article for dealing with an in-game ankle injury quickly and efficiently.

    “When an ankle injury occurs during competition all eyes turn to the athletic trainer to assess the severity of the injury and report on when they can safely get the player back in the game. Athletic trainers are expected to act quickly and efficiently under pressure, whether it be from the coach or on a national stage such as professional sporting event, which is why it’s important to correctly diagnose and remedy in-game ankle injuries as they happen.”

    Rick Peters three tips are as follows:

    1. Injury Evaluation – Determine the extent of the injury to evaluate whether or not the athlete can return to competition.  If it is determined that that athlete can return to competition if the ankle is sufficiently stabilized proceed to steps 2 and 3.
    2. Stabilize the Ankle – Using whatever method you or the athlete are most comfortable with, stabilize their ankle joint so that they cannot injure themselves further. It is important to note that if they are still feeling pain in the ankle when walking/moving around, then a different treatment technique should be used, such as an ankle brace, or they should not re-enter the game.
    3. Relieve Weight Bearing Pain – If the athlete continues to suffer from weight bearing pain and still needs to re-enter the game, they can always reduce that weight bearing pain by using an ankle brace that “unloads” or “offloads” the ankle. Taping, lace-ups, or any brace with a soft bottom cannot unload the ankle – instead they will need to use a semi-rigid bottom, hinged-cuff ankle brace. Not all semi-rigid, hinged-cuff braces are the same so it is important to research whether they can reduce weight bearing pain as well as provide joint immobility.

    If you are an AT assigned on a sport that has a high potential for ankle injuries (football, basketball, etc.) it is important to know how to effectively recognize and treat an ankle injury. Depending on the severity of the injury, a player could continue on in a game or be sidelined for months.

    An ankle brace has become an essential item for treating ankle injuries. It’s used to unload and ease weight bearing pain to treat and rehabilitate an ankle injury.

    View our available ankle braces & ankle splints.

    Braces: https://www.4mdmedical.com/ssearch?q=ankle+brace

    Splints: https://www.4mdmedical.com/ssearch?q=ankle+splint

    8 Reasons to Use Lavender

    March 6th, 2017


    Lavandula angustifolia, used for antiviral, menstrual cramps, antibiotic, insomnia, burns, dry skin, anti-inflammatory, bronchitis, muscle pain, decongestant, analgesic, nausea, acne, headache, relaxant, antidepressant, anti-fungal, asthma, digestion, bactericide, calming, normalizing. 100% pure, undiluted, and can easily be added to your favorite lotion, creme, or oil.

    1. Calming: Several studies have found that the scent of lavender oils could help reduce feelings of anxiety and lower feelings of stress.
    2. Improves Sleep: Placing a drop of lavender oil on your pillowcase could help you sleep better at night. This is because the aroma of lavender could help to calm you down, allowing you to drift more easily into sleep at bedtime.
    3. Soothe Canker Sores: One study looking at people with canker sores indicated that using a few drops of lavender oil might help soothe these painful nuisances.
    4. Dandruff Itchiness: If dandruff has your scalp feeling dry and itchy, massage some lavender oil into the affected area to ease the discomfort. As with other oils, such as olive and cononut oil, this likely helps because of the boost in moisture — but lavender has the bonus effect of smelling lovely!
    5. May Help Migraine Pain: Got a headache? Rub two to three drops of lavender oil on your upper lip and breath in the soothing aroma for 15 minutes. One study found that people who did this had less migraine pain during attacks.
    6. Flavors Food: Aside from health uses, lavender oil can also be used when you cook. A teaspoon of lavender oil can add flavor to a cookie recipe or even a fish dish.
    7. Repel Moths: Deter moths from your woolen garments by placing sachets laced with lavender oil in your closets or drawers. Although this won’t kill moths, it will keep them away while also making your clothes smell nice.
    8. Scent Your Home: Scent air naturally with lavender oil. Simply heat water on the stove top until it’s almost bubbling and place in a few drops of the oil into the water and let it simmer for 15 minutes. Then, place the mixture into a glass mason jar and let the smell waft through the room.

    Looking to buy essential oils? Check out the lavender we offer here.

    Exposure to Bacteria, Fungi, and Viruses Could Influence Childhood Asthma Risk

    March 3rd, 2017


    Mounting evidence suggests that the trillions of bacteria, fungi, and viruses that line our skin and digestive tracts—called the microbiome—may be key to a healthier immune system. In particular, being exposed to the right bacteria at an early age may reduce a child’s asthma risk, says B. Brett Finlay Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

    “Asthma is a very prevalent disease in our society now, which wasn’t the case 50 years ago,” Finlay says, who spoke on the topic at the recent meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). “We now realize that the microbes [you’re exposed to early in life] seem to set you up—or not—for asthma.”

    Although research in this field is still preliminary, evidence so far suggests that asthma risk may be greater in children who were born by C-section, fed formula instead of breast milk, or treated with antibiotics at an early age, as well as those who live in urban, rather than rural, areas. All of these factors, Finlay says, may limit a child’s exposure to healthy microbes.

    5 Ways to Strengthen Your Child’s Microbiome


    1.Let your child play in the dirt. Mud, plants, insects, and dirt are teeming with healthy microbes.2.Get a dog. Assuming, of course, no one is allergic, studies show that people who live with a dog have a 20 percent decreased risk of developing asthma, says Finlay.


    3.Chuck the antibacterial soap. Antimicrobial soaps and gels may seem like a smart idea, but they’ll destroy the beneficial microbes your child has picked up. Washing with regular soap and water is enough; and the only time your kid’s hands need to be squeaky clean, says Finlay, is before a meal and after the bathroom.


    4. Feed their microbes. Like humans, microbes need to eat to stay healthy. And they prefer high-fiber, healthy foods like nuts, legumes, and vegetables, as well as fermented foods, like yogurt and kefir.


    5.Use antibiotics sparingly. These drugs can be a lifesaver for serious infections, but when they’re not necessary—for colds or other viral infections, for example—skip them. They “carpet bomb” both good and bad bacteria, as Finlay says, dramatically disrupting the composition of microbes in your body.


    “It’s fascinating, and there’s a lot more to learn,” says Jay Portnoy, M.D., director of allergy, asthma, and immunology at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.


    A new study shows that colorectal cancer is increasing in young and middle-aged adults

    March 2nd, 2017

    What is Colorectal cancer? Stanford Health Care can explain below.


    Rates of colon and rectal cancer are rising sharply among young and middle-aged Americans, at the same time that they continue to decline for adults 55 and older, according to a startling new study that is sparking questions about whether screening should start earlier.

    The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found that between the mid-1980s and 2013, colon cancer rates increased about 1 to 2 percent per year for people in their 20s and 30s. Rates for middle-aged adults also rose, but at a slower pace.

    American Cancer Society researcher Rebecca Siegel, who led the study, said that earlier work had signaled a growing incidence of colorectal cancer among the groups known as Gen X and millennials. But the magnitude of the increase identified “was just very shocking,” she said.


    After decreasing in the previous decade, colon cancer incidence rates increased by 1.0% to 2.4% annually since the mid-1980s in adults age 20 to 39 years and by 0.5% to 1.3% since the mid-1990s in adults age 40 to 54 years; rectal cancer incidence rates have been increasing longer and faster (eg, 3.2% annually from 1974–2013 in adults age 20–29 years).

    (J Natl Cancer Inst (2017) 109 (8): djw322)


    The study, which included scientists at the NCI, didn’t determine the reason for the shift. But Siegel suggested one explanation might be a complex interaction involving the same factors that have contributed to the obesity epidemic — changes in diet, a sedentary lifestyle, excess weight and low fiber consumption. Experts said the cancers are not related to the human papilloma virus. HPV is associated with squamous cell cancers, which are common in HPV-related anal cancer, but not in colorectal cancers.

    Colorectal cancer refers to malignancies in the colon or rectum, which are parts of the large intestine. Most cancers there start as polyps, or growths, on an inner wall. Most polyps are benign, but over time some can develop into cancer. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 95,000 new cases of colon cancer and almost 40,000 new cases of rectal cancer will be diagnosed in 2017. About 50,000 people are expected to die of colorectal cancer in the United States this year.

    ‘Ringing’ in the ears may signal serious ear damage.

    March 1st, 2017

    Ringing’ in the ears may signal serious ear damage.
    Tinnitus (noun, “TIN-ih-tuss”)

    This is a condition in which people hear a persistent sound that isn’t there. It might be a ringing noise, a hiss or clicking. Whether it is soft, loud, high or low varies from person to person. Tinnitus can last just a few minutes or a few hours. Some people experience it for years. And it’s not just annoying. Tinnitus can be a sign of hearing loss.

    Some medicines and medical disorders can trigger persistent tinnitus. So can inner-ear damage from loud noise. Once considered an ailment of older people, tinnitus now afflicts many kids as young as 11. Risky listening behaviors tend to be the cause in such young patients.

    Tinnitus in teens and preteens, and the hidden damage it may point to, are “a major public health challenge,” notes Larry Roberts of McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. A neuroscientist, he’s one of the study’s authors. Those sounds that never go away can interfere with studying and sleeping. They can make it hard to hear someone talking in a crowded room. Some teens with tinnitus say it makes them feel irritated, depressed or isolated from their friends. The sounds may sometimes disappear for a time. But often they return — permanently!

    Study detects a hidden danger

    Tanit Ganz Sanchez led the new study. She’s an otolaryngologist (OH-toh-lair-in-GOLL-oh-gist) — a doctor who specializes in diseases of the ears, nose and throat. She works at the University of São Paolo School of Medicine in Brazil. She, Roberts and their colleagues worked there with 170 teens  and preteens who were attending a local private school in Brazil. The researchers asked the students about both their listening habits and any symptoms of tinnitus.

    To prevent from the potential damage, try to keep a pair of ear plugs handy!

    The researchers tested these hair cells in two ways. First, they created an audiogram, a graphic display of how loud a sound had to be for a teen to hear it. The second technique placed a small microphone inside the ear. It measured the very weak sounds emitted by a healthy ear. Hearing specialists refer to these as otoacoustic (OH-toh-uh-KOOS-tik) emissions.

    All 170 students had healthy outer and inner hair cells, the measurements showed. And all could hear speech and typical classroom sounds well.

    UV Rays & Endorphins – Sunlight makes pleasure chemical in the body

    February 28th, 2017

    We all know that nice weather makes us feel better – but why?

    Thanks to ScienceNews, we have some answers.

    Based on their research, they showed that mice made feel-good chemical (beta-endorphin) after exposure to ultraviolet light — and missed that light when the treatments ended.
     High-energy, UV rays come from the sun and the special lights used in tanning booths. Even though people know UV radiation can be dangerous, they continue to risk sunburns for a tan. Rates of skin cancer have been going up. David Fisher wanted to know why. He’s an oncologist — a doctor who treats people with cancer — at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
    The animals received an exposure to UV light that was similar to what a fair-skinned person gets after 20 or 30 minutes in the Florida sun.

    “We know [UV light is] dangerous,” Fisher says, but many people choose not to protect themselves.

    Fisher and his colleagues exposed mice to a moderate amount of UV light five days a week, for six weeks. The scientists shaved the mice so the light would reach their skin. The animals received an exposure to UV light that was similar to what a fair-skinned person gets after 20 or 30 minutes in the Florida sun.

    After just a week of the UV treatment, mice had higher levels of a molecule in their blood called beta-endorphin than did mice not exposed to this radiation. Similar to drugs such as heroin and opium, beta-endorphin activates feel-good processes in the brain. Previous studies had found beta-endorphin in the skin. This new study showed the molecule also ends up in the blood.

    “There are a lot of people out there who tan, either on the beach or in indoor salon tanners. And many of these folks report symptoms that are consistent with addiction,”

    What’s more, UV light boosts activity in parts of the human brain associated with addiction, he and his colleagues have shown.

    Still, he argues, the new study falls short of proving the mice had become addicted to UV light. “Addiction means craving, loss of control and tolerance,” he explains. And the new study “didn’t look at any of those things.”


    To read more on this article click here

    Sleep: The foundation for healthy habits

    February 24th, 2017

    “Getting at least seven hours of quality rest each night is essential for optimal health. Sleep provides the foundation for all of your daily habits and decisions. Sleep deprivation can negatively affect your mood and temperament, as well as your ability to focus on daily tasks.”

    Since sleep is so important for so many different reasons we offer our customers a wide range of products to better their sleep.
    See our products here:

    The Mayo Clinic has a very beneficial article towards sleep health, and bettering your rest. Read it here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/…/sleep-the-foundati…/art-20270117

    • Set a sleep goal. Aim to get at least seven hours of sleep a night so that you have the energy to tackle everyday demands. Waking up refreshed will help you make smart decisions and stick to your diet and exercise plan. Sleep can help boost your motivation and willpower, making it easier to fend off temptations.
    • Establish a regular bedtime and honor it. The first step to behavior change is making a commitment toward what you want to accomplish and sticking to your plan. Establish a regular bedtime and stick to it as much as possible. That might mean putting your smartphone in another room so that you aren’t tempted to scroll through your social media feed right before bed or setting an alarm to remind you that it’s time to start getting ready for bed.
    • Eat healthier foods. When your body and mind are fatigued, you may misread hunger cues. The next time you find yourself wandering into the kitchen or mindlessly snacking at your computer, ask yourself if you may be tired rather than hungry. It’s common to mistake fatigue or emotions for hunger.
    • Ease into sleep. Setting aside a little time before bed for relaxation can help you transition into sleep. Try deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, gentle stretching or guided imagery to help focus your attention away from worries and into the present. If your busy mind keeps you awake, jot down your thoughts in a journal or on a pad of paper by your bed.