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Which Cancer is the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide?

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 in Lung Cancer by MDSBlogger |

The leading cancer killer in both men and women each year is lung cancer according to the American Lung Association. With over 160,000 people losing their lives each year to this cancer, it is important to learn more about this disease with the Medical Department Store. Lung cancer has the most deaths worldwide.

Cancer kills 8.4 million people every year and 19% of those deaths are from this cancer.

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With the number of deaths from cancer increasing, we are bringing you key statistics about lung disease.

There are many causes of the different types of lung cancer, but tobacco use/smoking is the number one cause.

Key statistics about lung cancer:

  • The American Cancer Society’s estimates for lung cancer in the United States for 2014 are about 224,210   new cases of lung cancer (116,000 in men and 108,210 in women).
  • Lung cancer accounts for about 27% of all cancer deaths and is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined.
  • Overall, the possibility that a man will develop lung cancer in his lifetime is about 1 in 13; for a woman, the risk is about 1 in 16. These numbers include both smokers and non-smokers. For smokers the risk is much higher, while for non-smokers the risk is lower.
  • The statistics on survival rates of lung cancer are dependent on the person’s age, which stage the cancer is at, and how soon it is detected.
  • The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 53.5 percent for cases detected when the disease is still   localized (within the lungs). However, only 15 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage.

If you or a loved one lives with lung cancer or has recently been diagnosed, the Medical Department Store is here with all the oxygen supplies you need. If you need portable oxygen, oxygen concentrators, or supplies, contact us today.

Like a Room Without a Roof: Little Ways to Happier Days

Posted on: November 4th, 2014 in Happy by MDSBlogger |
We have little ways to happier days. Everyone deserves to be happy, so here are some fun ways to do so.

We have little ways to happier days. Everyone deserves to be happy, so here are some fun ways to do so.

Sometimes it is hard to be happy year round and with winter around the corner, there is typically a spike in seasonal depression. The Medical Department Store is bringing you little ways to happier days so you can have a happy day every day. Florida is the sunshine state, which can bring happiness every day of the year!

  • Pay it forward. Every once in a while, buy the person behind you in line their meal or coffee. If they are having a stressful day, it can turn their world around. You will also feel good knowing you helped someone you didn’t know out.
  • Look through old photos. There is nothing like looking through old memories and getting a good laugh. Grab the family to show them your childhood or teenage years. It will bring out fun family time and keep the past alive.
  • Sing in the shower. Why not perk your day up with a couple of your favorite songs. Singing happy songs can boost your mood for the entire day ahead of you.
  • Wish a good morning to everyone you see. You’d be surprised at how that can make someone’s day. Even if you don’t know the person in line at your favorite breakfast place, say good morning.
  • Go for a walk outside. Not only will you be exercising your body, walking can give you a burst of energy to get you through the rest of the day. On your lunch break or sometime during the day, step outside for a change of scenery.
  • Take the long way home. Whether you are leaving the grocery store or work, take a more scenic drive. This will help you de-stress at the end of a long day.

The Medical Department Store wants you to have happy days every day! We are here with nutritional supplements, bathroom safety, and walking aids. Here’s to countless happy days throughout November and all year round.

Nebulizers for Children: Making Treatment Time Fun

Posted on: October 22nd, 2014 in Nebulizers by MDSBlogger |
Find the right nebulizer for your child!

Find the right nebulizer for your child!

It is hard to have young children get the most out of their daily treatments for asthma, cystic fibrosis, or other respiratory conditions. The Medical Department Store understands the difficulty in treating childhood conditions, which is why we offer unique nebulizers for children to make treatment time fun.

The Medical Department Store offers many fun machines that make the kids feel like they are not even going through another treatment. These nebulizers for children offer the same treatments as a regular machine would, but come in different shapes and characters.

Helping your child get through difficult times is what parenting is all about, so we have machines that will brighten their day and make your job easier. These machines are smaller and nebulizers for children specifically distract them through the time because it will feel as if they are playing!

The fire truck nebulizer compressor by MedQuip is ideal for the young boy who fantasizes about fighting fires someday when he grows up.

The Digger Dog Children’s Nebulizer is great for younger children who need a snug fit during treatment time. For pediatric patients, this mask is comfortable and the ventilation system keeps the mist from flowing towards the child’s eyes. The puppy mask fits any standard 22 mm fitting or nebulizer.

Another child friendly nebulizer is the adorable penguin character by MedQuip. This product has a lifetime warranty and is geared towards the little ones because it includes a pacifier to ensure maximum comfort. Your mind can be at ease knowing your child is receiving the care they need while being comforted by a pacifier. They may even forget they are receiving a treatment!

The Invacare Pediatric Panda Bear offers value and reliability at an affordable price. This innovative design uses a mouthpiece to ensure maximum results from the treatment. The teddy bear is an added benefit because it is a great comforting mechanism for your young child who may be new to treatments from a nebulizer.

The Medical Department Store is concerned about people of all ages because we know respiratory conditions do not target a certain age group. We also offer products in our catalog for other respiratory needs.

Trick-or-Treat in Style- Homemade Halloween Costumes for Wheelchair Users

Posted on: October 7th, 2014 in Holidays by MDSBlogger |
A homemade Halloween can be so much fun!

A homemade Halloween can be so much fun!

Halloween is an exciting time of the year with the spooky spirit, decorations, and delicious treats. Because we know everyone, young and old wants to enjoy the ghostly holiday, we have gathered some costume ideas for pediatric wheelchair users. The internet is a great resource for hundreds of ideas for costumes, so the Medical Department Store came up with a few great ones for you.

Children’s costumes:

  • Ice Cream Truck Driver- Your child would love to have any type of creative costume, but we know this one would especially be a hit. With cardboard, paint, and a creative mind you can transform the pediatric wheelchair.
  • Mario Cart- Put a twist on a classic video game. Your child can easily dress in overalls and red clothing to become Mario. The wheelchair can be decorated by covering the wheels with cardboard and red paint to form a car.
  • Bulldozer Driver- Has your young one dreamed of building and construction? Let their dream come alive by painting poster board yellow and covering the wheels. You can also create a bulldozer by attaching it to the feet rest.
  • Disc Jockey- Are they into music and mixing sound? A large box with discs taped to the top can easily lie over the wheelchair, like a table. Let them customize it with different colors and themes.
  • Chef- Cook up a delightful costume that pairs well with a wheelchair. Similar to the DJ costume, you can cover the wheelchair like a table for a cooking surface and attach cake mix, plastic bowls, and cooking utensils to the surface.

Your child will not only be excited for the spirit of Halloween, but they will also be ready to wear the unique costume you made. Everyone should feel special on Halloween and the Medical Department Store wants your child to enjoy trick or treating.

Balancing your Life: Walkers, Canes, and Mobility Scooters

Posted on: September 20th, 2014 in Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Walking aids can help you get around easily.

Walking aids can help you get around easily.

Life itself can be a balancing act between everyday chores to keeping up with the grandkids. With age, falls become more of an issue and risk. Although no one wants to admit it, sometimes the best thing to do for yourself is to invest in a walking aid to help with balancing your life.

September 15-21st is balance awareness week, so the Medical Department Store found it to be the perfect time to talk about different walking aid options. By investing in a walking aid or mobility scooter, you will have peace of mind knowing you have something to lean on just in case.

Walkers, canes, and mobility scooters from the Medical Department Store:

Walkers: A walker is convenient for travel and running errands. You can choose walkers with baskets and wheels or keep it simple with a walker that is modest. Walkers are reliable, sturdy and heavy duty for all purposes. They are a step up from a cane because they are a guiding aid. Depending on your preferences, you can take a look around our online store to see what will work for you.

Canes: From quad canes to printed fashionable canes, we have a wide variety of options for you to choose from. A cane is a great option if you are looking for a little support when getting out of chairs, moving around, or on the go. A cane is cost efficient and great to have with you for preventing falls. Canes can be easily stored and kept out of the way when not in use.

Mobility scooters: The Medical Department Store has over 60 choices when it comes to mobility scooters so you can be picky. We want you to choose the best option for your needs and desires, so we offer scooters that range from colorful to offering fast models. A mobility scooter will get you to where you need to be, but don’t forget an EZ-ACCESS ramp for your home.

We have even more options when it comes to mobility and walking aids in our online catalog.

Portable Wheelchair Ramp: Which Model will Work for Me?

Posted on: September 14th, 2014 in Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Portable wheelchair ramps can help you gain independence.

Portable wheelchair ramps can help you gain independence.

You know you need a portable wheelchair ramp for your vehicle by EZ-ACCESS from the Medical Department Store and the next step is deciding which specific ramp you should choose for your needs. The Medical Department Store proudly offers a wide array of EZ-ACCESS portable wheelchair ramps for different purposes and we are writing today about which model will best suit you. Our portable wheelchair ramps are durable and affordable for you. They provide access to vehicles you may not have access to otherwise. These ramps also open opportunities for traveling as well.

The EZ-ACCESS Suitcase Ramp is ideal for travel and car rides because it folds conveniently and features an ergonomically designed handle for carrying. The ramp features a live hinge for safe, quiet, and maintenance free operation. This is a great option for quick in and out access to your vehicle.

There is another EZ-ACCESS Pathway Ramp Medical Department Store offers to our customers for added ease. This model can be used as one unit to suit your needs. It overcomes stairs and vehicles with ease and safety. This is your best option if you are looking for something that can be separated.

The last option Medical Department Store has is a portable wheelchair ramp is the EZ-ACCESS Trifold Ramp. This innovative design has a unique three fold system for portability and can be carried as one unit or separately. The bottom transition plate on this portable wheelchair ramp is self-adjusting so it can easily be transitioned to the ground.

EZ-ACCESS portable wheelchair ramps from the Medical Department Store are the ideal option for you no matter what your specific needs are because we have many product options. All of our ramps are made in the USA and are up to safety standards. The ease of our portable ramp options are unmatched and the products always have you in mind.

Steering Clear of Illness While on Vacation

Posted on: August 18th, 2014 in Better Sleep, Elderly, Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Illnesses can ruin a vacation, enjoy your family time by staying healthy.

Illnesses can ruin a vacation, enjoy your family time by staying healthy.

The summertime is a great time to travel across the country or around the world, whichever you choose, it is best to stay healthy. Many families choose to travel during the summer for various reasons like the kids are out of school, warm weather, and visiting relatives. Winter is not the only time you could catch an illness while traveling anywhere, so Medical Department Store wants you to be cautious so your vacation is not ruined by a virus or infection. From the common cold to the troubles of dealing with diarrhea, always being aware of what is around you can help make your vacation time enjoyable and worry free throughout the entire time. Steering clear of illness while on vacation can give you optimal time for fun and adventure.

Steering Clear of Illness While on Vacation:

  1. Always wash your hands. This may seem obvious, but so many people overlook doing so before eating or stopping to get a snack at a convenience store. Whenever you stop on a road trip, make it a practice to have everyone wash their hands and carry hand sanitizer for after.
  2. Get lots of rest. Sometimes, vacation seems to wear you out more than it gives you relaxation. Getting a good amount of shut eye can keep your immune system working properly, so it can fight off germs and viruses.
  3. Pack medications just in case. If the common cold hits you while on vacation, you can save a bit of time and money by not having to run to the store if you bring the cold meds with you. If you feel a cold coming on, you can prepare yourself by taking preventative medications.
  4. When it comes to food and water wherever you’re going, be cautious. Avoiding cold meat trays at the hotel and buffets on your vacation can save you the worries of dealing with diarrhea and food poisoning.

Whether you are staying in the Florida area for the summer hitting the beach or plan to venture out of the state, Medical Department Store encourages you to steer clear of illnesses and have fun.

National Peach Month Recipes with the Medical Department Store

Posted on: August 11th, 2014 in Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |
Peach Month is upon us and so are delicious recipes.

Peach Month is upon us and so are delicious recipes.

August is National Peach Month, which means it is time to sink your teeth into a juicy peach. Peaches are a good source of vitamins A, B, and C, all while only having 40 calories in a medium sized peach. This delicious and low calorie fruit is great for snacking or baking into recipes. Summer is the perfect time to cook with peaches because they are currently in season and freshly picked. When picking out peaches look for firm and fuzzy skins without blemishes. Whether you’re looking for a yummy peach dessert or a sweet and savory dinner dish, Medical Department Store is going to show you how to get creative with a few great national peach month recipes.

Peach and Tomato Pasta


  • 5 medium sized tomatoes, coarsely chopped
  • 2 large peaches, chopped
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 can chickpeas
  • A bunch of basil, leaves plucked and stalks chopped
  • 9 oz. penne pasta

Directions: Heat oven to 390 degrees. In a lightly oiled baking dish, stir together tomatoes, peaches, onions, garlic, olive oil, salt, cinnamon, black pepper and cayenne pepper. Roast uncovered for 40 minutes, stirring at least twice during cooking, until ingredients have softened and thickened. Stir in chickpeas, balsamic vinegar and basil stalks after 30 minutes. Cook pasta according to package instructions. Mix pasta with sauce and basil leaves. Serve.

Peach Wontons


  • 2 pounds ripe peaches, peeled and sliced/diced (about 8 peaches)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Wonton wrappers (1 12 oz. pack should do it.)
  • Canola or vegetable oil, enough for about 1″ of oil in your pan
  • Powdered sugar for sprinkling

Directions: Slice up the peach and toss in a large bowl with flour and brown sugar. Lay out the wonton wrappers, drop about a tablespoon of sliced/diced peaches and a tad bit of peach juice in the center of each wonton wrapper. Using your finger or pastry brush, wet the outside edge of the wonton wrapper. Fold one corner of the wrapper over to the other corner, and gently press down to seal edges. Make sure to seal edges thoroughly to avoid the oil splattering. Add an additional fold, if you’d like by dabbing the corners with water and folding them up to meet in the middle. Heat 1″ of canola or vegetable oil in a heavy bottomed pan over medium-high heat to 375°F. Carefully slide wontons into oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes, turning as they fry. When they reach a lovely golden brown, remove from oil to a paper towel lined pan. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Let cool ever so slightly and enjoy! Makes about 50-55 wontons.

Now that your mouth is watering, go ahead and make dinner with a delightful peach dessert. Here at Medical Department Store, we have plans to make both of these!

Recommit to Your Health in 5 Steps

Posted on: July 24th, 2014 in Elderly, Food, Health, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |

Recommit to your health this summer with our easy tips.

Your health is a fragile thing and should be treated as such. The habits you do day to day can benefit or harm your health. As you age the habits you had at a young age can start to catch up to you. Being healthy isn’t about restricting diets or running marathons; it is about living a balanced and positive life. Balance comes from what you put into your body and what you do with it. Through food and exercise you can shape your health and life. The Medical Department Store has products to ensure your safety and health.

Step 1

Examine your current diet. Make sure you are eating enough fruits, vegetables, protein, and whole grains to sustain energy throughout the day. You should always eat a big breakfast, medium lunch, and a smaller dinner with healthy snacks in between. When you feed your body with empty calories from processed or sugar-packed food, you are restricting it from the nutrients it needs.

Step 2

Exercise benefits all bodily systems. It promotes blood flow, strengthens muscles, releases endorphins, and clears the mind. An individual should exercise at least 5 days a week for 30 minutes. A brisk walk can get blood pumping and allow fresh oxygen into the lungs. Find an activity you enjoy and invite family and friends to join!

 Step 3

Sleep allows the brain to process information and can improve memory, increase creativity, and sharpen focus. It can help you maintain a healthy weight and decrease inflammation. Make time in your life to achieve a good night’s sleep.

Step 4

Attitude is everything. Develop a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle and think of everything you do as an investment to your future. By beginning new habits today, you are likely to improve your health in the future. Simple ways to increase your happiness are creating a gratitude list, laughing, and spending time outdoors. If you find yourself struggling to be happy, consider expressing your thoughts by journaling or seeking professional health.

Step 5

The final step to committing to a healthy lifestyle is taking preventative measures to avoid accidents and injuries. The Medical Department Store offers walking aids, first aid care, and daily living aids to ensure your safety.

We hope you take these steps and incorporate them into your life. You deserve to have a healthy body, mind, and relationships. The Medical Department Store encourages you to have a happy and healthy summer!

5 Ways to Have a Better Trip to the Park during National Parks and Recreation Month

Posted on: July 15th, 2014 in Safety, Uncategorized by MDSBlogger |

Make the most out of your family’s trip to the park.

There is no better time to plan a trip to the park than National Parks and Recreation Month! Pack a picnic, Frisbee, side walk chalk, and bubbles for a fun-filled day. Create memories with your family and friends this July! A trip to the park can be more difficult for someone confined to a mobility aid. While mobility aids are beneficial to everyday life, they require extra thought and consideration when leaving the home. The Medical Department Store offers an abundance of walking aids and products to ease your or a loved one’s life. Listed here are 5 considerations to make before going to the park. We wish you a safe and fun-filled summer and we are giving you ways to have a better trip to the park with the family.

  1. If you plan to pack a pick a picnic for the park, consider Sure Handle Bendable Utensils. These are specially designed to bend right or left or at any angle at the base of the metal shaft. The large round handle is soft and stabilizes the hand from slipping forward. They are dishwasher safe and durable for long lasting use.
  2. While outdoors, it is always good to be prepared for any accidents that may occur. We offer an abundance of wound care products to pack along for the ride. Wound cleanser, bandages, and dressing kits are all available to ensure your safety.
  3. If you plan to take your mobility scooter away from home, pack extra charged batteries.
  4. Sitting in a wheelchair for a long time can become uncomfortable. With one of our many wheelchair cushions you will find it easier to be in your chair.
  5. It is possible and encouraged to get exercise when using a cane or walker. To track the amount of steps you take, use a pedometer! You may surprise yourself with how many steps you are actually taking. Challenge yourself every day to walk a little further.

This summer we encourage you to enjoy the great outdoors. No matter what your physical condition, we hope you are able to make accommodations with products listed here and found online at the Medical Department Store!

Should you require an item not listed, or if your needs are specialized, please contact our sales department,  
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