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What Should You Know About National Birth Defects Prevention Month?

by Jessica January 8 2015 11:39
The beginning of the New Year also marks the start of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, which takes place every January and was created to raise greater awareness among individuals about the prevalence of birth defects in this country. So what should you know about birth defects? Here are some frequently asked questions.

How Common Are Birth Defects?

Although we have made significant progress in healthcare and research to ensure the safety of the baby, birth defects still occur. In fact, a baby is born with a birth defect every four and a half minutes. One in 33 babies is born with a birth defect. The total hospital costs in the US of babies with birth defects are more than $2.6 billion.

Are Birth Defects Genetic?

They can be, depending upon the specific condition, but researchers are quick to point out that many causes of birth defects are unknown. A healthy woman with no history of birth defects can give birth to a baby with birth defects just as easily as a woman with a family history of birth defects.

Can Anything Be Done to Prevent Birth Defects?

Yes, luckily there are a number of things that women can do to lower their risk of having a child with birth defects. First and foremost, they should increase their intake of folic acid. A lack of folic acid intake for pregnant women has been linked to major birth defects of the brain and spine, such as spina bifida. To help prevent this, expectant mothers can increase their intake of folic acid by 400 mcg. Besides this, pregnant women should avoid alcohol, cigarettes, or other drugs, as they can all affect the health of the baby and mother. In addition, they should have regular medical checkups and avoid exposure to chemicals and people who are sick.

180 Medical provides catheters and ostomy supplies to individuals across the country, many of whom require these products due to medical conditions like spina bifida.

We encourage our readers to pass the information along, so everyone is aware of the causes of birth defects and how they can safeguard against them as much as possible.

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Noah

by Jessica October 27 2014 11:05
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the Fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Elena, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, Chelsea, and Kayla.

Today, we're happy to let you meet another one of our well-deserving scholarship recipients, Noah.


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180 Medical Scholarship Recipient Noah's Goals and Achievements

Noah's drive and strength really impressed us all here at 180 Medical. Although he was born with Spina Bifida, he refuses to let his condition define him.

While he was growing up, he began to feel a need to interact with other kids who had similar issues and feelings while noah mussay sled hockeyremaining active. He actively began searching for the right activity that would give him a physical outlet and allow him to meet other kids with disabilities, and finally, he discovered a passion: sled hockey.

Since he joined his local sled hockey team, the Chicago Hornets, he has grown into a role as a leader and a role model for the younger kids on the team, and he always makes sure to exhibit qualities like good sportsmanship and confidence.

"It is important to me to show these young kids, as well as the able-bodied kids, that although we look different, we can still play the game seriously," Noah says.

On top of playing sled hockey, Noah has also maintained excellent grades in school, leading him to graduate in the top ten percent of his senior class. He shows a sense of purpose and drive in all he does, and he knows that while he may face certain challenges in life that come with having Spina Bifida, he is learning more every day how to rely on himself. He often advocates for himself when needed, such as coordinating his own workout regimen with a physical therapist since his school did not offer an adaptive physical education program.

Noah has just begun his Freshman year at the University of Saint Francis and will be majoring in Mass Communications.

It's exciting to see someone with such drive and determination move forward with his goals, and we are happy to be able to play a part in contributing to his future endeavors.

180 Medical College Scholarship

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions.

To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition and what you can do to raise awareness here.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical College Scholarship Recipients: Spotlight on Kayla

by Jessica October 23 2014 12:20
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We officially announced the 2014 winners of our annual 180 Medical College Scholarship on August 1st, 2014, and since that time, we have been featuring our nine individual recipients as the fall semester progresses, including Nichole, Danielle, Garrett, Ian, and Chelsea.

Today, we are proud to introduce you to Kayla, one of our inspiring scholarship winners.

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180 Medical College Scholarship Winner Kayla's Story & Goals

Kayla was born with Spina Bifida Occulta, where an extra bone in her back severed her spinal cord and damaged the nerve that ran to her left foot. At just three months old, she had surgery to correct her spine and foot - the first of many surgeries in her life.

Doctors said she would likely never be able to walk, and while she definitely had difficulties to face that other children did not, she still proved the doctors wrong. Kayla says, "I do not remember my first steps, [but] I know the spirit that I had - the spirit that says never, ever give up."

Throughout her life, she continues to work hard to defy the odds. In high school, she received numerous awards and honors, such as the Superintendent's Rigor Award and the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society. She also stayed very busy with extracurricular activities, clubs, and community service, such as DECA, FBLA, Spanish Club, Beta Club, Prom Committee, and more. On top of that, she has stayed active with sports, including JV and Varsity basketball and JV softball.

Kayla, who has just entered her Freshman year as a major in Public Policy at the University of Virginia, has kept a fiery spirit of determination and a positive outlook. We here at 180 Medical are awed by her story and her optimism, and we're excited to play a part in contributing to her bright future.

180 Medical College Scholarship Program

180 Medical is honored to have a scholarship program to help those with spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder. Paying for college isn't easy these days, and we understand that there are often extra financial difficulties for aspiring students who live with these conditions. To learn more about 180 Medical's College Scholarship program, visit http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

What is Spina Bifida?

Did you know that this month is National Spina Bifida Awareness Month? Learn more about this condition today and find out ways to spread awareness.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

180 Medical Honors National Spina Bifida Awareness Month

by Jessica October 2 2014 14:41
With the beginning of October, many of us are getting excited about the fun autumn activities ahead, like picking a pumpkin, hayrides, football games, and of course, dressing up for Halloween. But one really special aspect of October that stands out to us here at 180 Medical is that this entire month is dedicated to raising awareness about a condition known as spina bifida.

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What is Spina Bifida?

Spina bifida is a congenital development disorder that occurs when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) does not form normally in the womb during pregnancy. When this happens, some vertebrae of the spine remain open, and in some cases, there is a fluid-filled sac on the spinal cord. People born with spina bifida can still lead fulfilling lives, although they may face many surgeries and future issues related to their challenges, such as not being able to fully move or control the lower parts of their bodies or loss of bowel and bladder control, and more.


What causes Spina Bifida? Can it be prevented?

There is not a specific known cause of Spina Bifida at this time. However, studies show that most cases of Spina Bifida can be prevented if an expecting mother has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy.

Learn more about folic acid and what the best sources of supplementation for your diet are at the CDC's official website here.


National Spina Bifida Awareness Month Matters to 180 Medical

We have been and continue to be proud sponsors of various programs and events that support awareness and funding for various Spina Bifida organizations, such as the Spina Bifida Association's Walk-N-Roll events, or their Education Days, which are affordable, life-changing events that bring the latest news and research while spina bifida conference 180 medicaloffering support to those with Spina Bifida and their families.

We are honored to offer an annual scholarship program to help those with Spina Bifida, spinal cord injuries, transverse myelitis, and/or a neurogenic bladder.

Please join us and the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) in spreading awareness about this condition all month long.

If you'd like to share your story about how Spina Bifida has affected your life or someone you love, or how 180 Medical has helped you, please "like" us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/180medical and leave us a comment!

You can also check out the Spina Bifida Association at their Facebook page or at their official website.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing & Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.
 

Summer Camps for Children with Spina Bifida and/or Special Needs

by Jessica July 2 2014 15:51
It's summer, and for many children, teens, and young adults, that means it's time for camp! If you're a parent or caretaker of a child with Spina Bifida, a spinal cord injury, special needs, or any other challenges, you want them to have the same opportunities for fun activities as any other child has.

Summer camps for special needs kids


Take a look at our compiled list of various camp and programs across the United States. Some are even available year-round!

Alabama

Camp ASCCA (Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults)
ASCCA is a nationally recognized leader in therapeutic recreation for children and adults with both physical and intellectual disabilities. Providing weekend and week-long sessions, Camp ASCCA is open year-round.

Arkansas

Camp Aldersgate
Creating life-changing experiences for children with spinal cord disabilities and spina bifida ages 6-16.

California

AbilityFirst’s Camp Paivika
This camp has helped thousands of children and adults with disabilities make friends, try new things,, and become more confident and independent.

Camping Unlimited – Camp Krem
Enriching the lives of those with special needs, a fun and safe program of recreation, socialization, and education.

Camp Ronald McDonald at Eagle Lake

Dedicated to supporting children with disabilities and disadvantages and their families. Arts and crafts, water sports, group activities and more.

Easter Seals Central California – Camp Harmon

Residential camp program for children and adults with disabilities at Boulder Creek.  

Painted Turtle Camp
Offers various different camp options for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses including those with spina bifida and paraplegia, Crohn’s and colitis, and more.

Colorado

Challenge Aspen
Week-long day camps including an outdoor adventure camp, music and dance camp, teen camp, and a high rocky adventure.

CFCE Summer Camp
Camps available in Loveland and Denver, this four week camp runs Monday through Friday for children with motor disabilities.
Camp Roundup River Ranch Roundup
River Ranch is a medically supported camp for kids with chronic and life-threatening illnesses.

Connecticut

The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
Dedicated to providing a different kind of healing to seriously ill children and their families throughout the Northeast, free of charge.

Camp Harkness

Camp providing individual support, with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Southeastern CT. http://www.thearcnlc.org/camp.php

Hospital for Special Care Ivan Lendl Adaptive Sports Camp
Week-long day wheelchair sports camp for children ages 7-18 living with physical disabilities.

Delaware

Children’s Beach House, Inc.
Camp programs on the Delaware Bay providing a unique experience for children with special needs to explore and learn from our natural environment. Activities include swimming, sailing, kayaking, arts and crafts, and more. 

Florida

Camp Boggy Creek
For ages 7-16 who have been diagnosed with a chronic or life-threatening condition.
Easter Seals Florida Camp Challenge
Week-long fully accessible overnight or day camp for children and adults with disabilities or special needs, ages 6+.


Georgia

Camp Krazy Legs
Overnight summer camp for children and teens with spina bifida who meet eligibility criteria.
Lindsey’s Place Camp
Year-round recreation program for ages 7-30, providing activities for those with special needs.
BlazeSports Georgia Blaze Camps
Several locations, ages 8-19. Two-day and one-week sessions sports summer camps for youth with physical disabilities.

Camp ASCCA – Easter Seals
Ages 6 and up. One-week sessions for people with disabilities. Aquatic activities, arts and crafts, horseback riding and more.

Camp Sparrowood
Ages 8+, one-week sessions for high functioning, special needs individuals. Includes nature activities, crafts, games, and swimming.

Camp Twin Lakes
Ages 7+, traditional camp with swimming, sports, nature activities, canoeing, and archery for campers with a variety of medical disabilities.

Illinois

Camp IndependenceRun by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and Illinois Spina Bifida Association
Overnight camp designed especially for people with spina bifida. Designed to learn self-care, develop new friendships, and try new adaptive sports.

Indiana

Camp Millhouse
Surrounded by 45 acres of woods, a residential camp for differently-abled people of all ages.

Iowa

Camp Sunnyside
For children and adults with and without disabilities ages five and older, features an accessible indoor pool and the Meredith Tree House.
Camp High Hopes
Designed to offer a fun, safe, and adaptive recreational environment for people with disabilities, their friends, and families.

Kentucky

Center for Courageous Kids
Camp for children living with life threatening illnesses to have fun and forget about their everyday struggles.

Maine


Camp CaPella
Providing camp programs for children and adults with disabilities, and their families.

Pine Tree Society Camp
Offers seven six-day overnight sessions geared toward various ages and disabilities.

Maryland

Camp Greentop
Year-round camping & therapeutic recreation program provides life-changing experiences in a safe environment for youth and adults with disabilities.
Easter Seals Camp Fairlee
Accessible camping opportunity located near Chestertown, Maryland. Residential/recreational camp for ages 6 and up.

Massachusetts

Camp Howe
Provides day, overnight, and weekly camping programs for persons of all ages with a primary focus on creating a community in which everyone is included and has a sense of belonging.

Michigan

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Camp Independence
One-week camping program for adults with physical disabilities with a wide variety of activities and special events.

Bay Cliff Health Camp's Spina Bifida Family Camp
Camp for families of those with Spina Bifida.
Camp Grace Bentley Camp
Hosts campers with a range of physical and mental challenges ages 7-16.

Minnesota

Camp Friendship, Camp Courage, Camp Courage North, Camp Eden Wood, Camp New Hope
Providing life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Follow link for more information and 2014 schedule.

Camp Fish Tales
Wheelchair-accessible camp on 67 acres devoted to providing a unique camping atmosphere for those with special challenges.

Mississippi

Camp Dream Street
5-day camping program for children with physical disabilities.

Missouri

Camp MITIOG
A week-long summer camp in Excelsior Springs, MO devoted to children living with spina bfiida. 

New Hampshire

Camp Allen
Private, non-profit residential summer camp for individuals with physical and/or developmental disabilities. Located in Bedford, New Hampshire.

New Jersey

Camp Merry Heart
Recreation and activities for people of all ages and all types of disabilities and special needs in Hackettstown.
Camp Chatterbox
Therapy camp for non-speaking or severely speech-impaired children, ages 5 -16, who functionally use synthesized augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices.

New York

Camp Paquatuck
Camp for children and young adults, ages 6-21, with physical and developmental disabilities.

Camp Anne
A fun-filled, safe environment for children and adults who require various levels of support, and who may also have physical and/or medical needs.
Camp Huntington
Offers therapeutic recreative programs during summer and weekends for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Southampton Fresh Air Home
Serving physically-challenged children ages 8 to 18.
Double H Ranch Summer Camp
Camp for ages 6-16 dealing with critical or life-threatening illnesses, giving them a chance to experience the magic of the Adirondacks.

Camp Oakhurst
Camp options for adults and children, available for those with physical or developmental disabilities to enjoy a memorable summer experience.

North Carolina

Camp Carefree
Free one-week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses including spina bifida and spinal cord injuries.

All Abilities Camp
Ages 5-16, open to children with and without disabilities. Campers participate in a variety of activities, including horseback riding, arts and crafts, and more.

Camp Free Spirit
Ages 2 and up, for those with physical or developmental disabilities. Day camp that uses outdoors and animals, especially horses, to teach individuals everyday living skills and an understanding of animals and the great outdoors.

Ohio

Camp Echoing Hills
Different camp opportunities for various age groups and mild to severe physical and/or developmental disabilities.

Camp Cheerful
Camp for children with disabilities and autism. Therapeutic horsemanship sessions are also offered year-round.

Oklahoma

Kamp Wildfire
Five-day retreat for children with spina bifida. Also open to children with Cerebral Palsy. Located in Pryor, OK.

Camp ClapHans
Residential summer camp for children with disabilities for ages 8-16.

Oregon

Camp Attitude
Christian camp with a safe and inclusive environment for kids with special needs.
Camp Yakety Yak
A two-week, therapeutic day camp that helps children with special needs grow socially and emotionally by improving their communication skills.

Pennsylvania

FireFly Camps & Retreats
Provides year-round opportunities for personal development and skill-building for individuals with spina bifida and related disabilities.

Club LilyCamp
For adults 19 and up with any disability.

York County Day Camp
A six-week York County day camp, specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21.
Dauphin County Day Camp
Three-week day camp specifically designed for those with disabilities ages 5-21.
Cumberland County Day Camp
Three-week, Cumberland County day camp for those with disabilities ages 5-21.

Adams County Day Camp
Three-week Adams County day camp in a therapeutic environment.

Camp Woodlands
Camps available for children and adults with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Camp Spifida
A camp for children with spina bifida ages 6-18. A week full of fun activities like arts and crafts, fishing, swimming, paddle boats, hayrides, rope courses, climbing walls, and more.

South Dakota

Spirit Camp
Designed to enhance self-confidence and improve independence.

Texas

Camp John Marc
Six-day residential camp for children with Spina Bifida ages 8 to 15.

Camp For All – Camp LIFE
Created to promote an inclusive environment for all kids accepting children with a variety of special needs including autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and more.

Camp That Love Built
Completely adaptive summer camp that gives those with Spina Bifida opportunities for independence and fun!

Utah

Camp Kostopulos
Dedicated to improving the lives of people with disabilities through the medium of recreation and leisure education. Offers fishing, horse riding, swimming, campouts, arts and crafts, and more.

Virginia

Camp Easter Seals UCP
Camp designed to offer children and adults with disabilities the opportunities for sing-a-longs and talent shows to canoeing, nature walks, swimming, and arts and crafts.

Washington

Easter Seals Camp - Stand By Me
Fully accessible recreational camp for children and adults with any disability.

Camp Holiday Trails
A camp for children with special health needs.

Outdoors for All Summer Day Camps
Provides an active camp environment for children with and without disabilities ages 5-21.

Camp Prime Time
A camp for terminally ill and disabled children and their families.

West Virginia

Mountaineer Spina Bifida Camp
Held at Cedar Lakes in Ripley for ages 8-18. Swimming, socialization skills, sports and more.

Wisconsin

Badger Camp
Provides a positive natural environment where individuals with developmental challenges can learn about their surroundings and realize their full potential.


Although the contents of this list are believed to be reliable when posted, 180 Medical cannot guarantee this information to be current, accurate, or complete. Please contact the organization holding the camp for additional details regarding the events.

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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 5 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing and Marketing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company!

180 Medical Scholarship Program

by Jessica March 19 2014 14:24
If you or someone you know (kids, grandchildren, neighbors, friends) are living with a spinal cord injury, spina bifida, and/or transverse myelitis and will be attending college as a full-time student in the fall of 2014, we encourage you to apply for our annual scholarship. $1,000 will be awarded to 5 recipients.



Today's economy and rising college prices is enough of a worry without also dealing with a disability, and we understand that. That's just part of why 180 Medical created this scholarship as a way to give back to the community and give those facing extraordinary challenges a chance to further their education and impact their surrounding community.

For more information and full details and/or to download an application at http://www.180medical.com/Scholarships.

Feel free to take a look at the winners in the past two years and their awesome stories:
2012 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients
2013 180 Medical Scholarship Recipients

What Can You Do to Protect against Birth Defects?

by Catheter Experts February 18 2014 11:29
Family physicians and OBGYNs encourage everyone to monitor their folic acid intake as there can be serious consequences from a deficiency, such as spina bifida. Birth defects like spina bifida are a leading cause of catheter use in adults and children.

Studies have shown that pregnant women who consume .4 mg of folic acid a day prior to and during the first trimester of their pregnancy can reduce their chances of spina bifida by up to 75%. 180 Medical specializes in catheterization products for men, women and children, and they are passionate about educating people on the importance of avoiding conditions that require catheterization. Folic acid intake is one easy way to safeguard against the possibility of spina bifida.

According to the National Council of Folic Acid, everyone, but pregnant women specifically, should make an effort to take folic acid every day. There are a variety of ways to do this.
  • The easiest is to take a multi-vitamin that contains folic acid. Just remember to take a look at the label to make sure there’s at least .4 mg. 
  • Those who are unable to or don’t like swallowing pills can also take fortified cereals and breads. If you can, try to avoid those with sugar and a ton of processed ingredients. 
  • There are many natural sources of folic acid, including green veggies, fruits, and juices. An easy way to go about this is to make a morning smoothie complete with a leafy vegetable and fruit of some kind.
Although birth defects aren’t avoidable all of the time, every precautionary step that can be taken should be to decrease the chances of spinia bifida and other debilitating conditions. Because it’s imperative that women have high folic acid levels at the beginning of their pregnancies, women should take in more folic acid prior to becoming pregnant.

If you have any questions, speak with your physician or OB/GYN before and during your pregnancy to discuss ways you can ensure you’re armed against a folic acid deficiency.
     

National Folic Acid Awareness Week

by Catheter Experts January 17 2014 15:09
The second week of January 2014 focuses on National Folic Acid Awareness in the United States. Folic acid, a member of the B-vitamin family, is a very important vitamin, especially for women who are pregnant or are in the stages of family planning. Folic acid is responsible for a whole host of bodily functions, and it is especially key for cell division and growth. Pregnant women need 400 milligrams of folic acid each day for their own health and that of their baby’s. And anyone can appreciate the added bonus of healthier skin and nails from folic acid intake! But why exactly is folic acid so important during pregnancy?

Folic Acid’s Role During Pregnancy

Folic acid aids in healthy formation of the spinal cord, nervous system, and brain, along with other parts of an infant’s body, and it can protect against birth defects related to the brain and spine. Many of the male catheters, female catheters, and pediatric catheters purchased from us are for those who have been affected by conditions they were born with, such as spina bifida or cauda equine syndrome. Adequate levels of folic acid are also linked to healthier birth weights for babies. Because the first few weeks of pregnancy are crucial to the survival and health of the baby, it is recommended that women consume folic acid before and during their pregnancy. It is estimated that up to seventy percent of all birth defects that affect the brain and spinal cord (neural tube defects) could be prevented by boosting folic acid intake.

How Do I Get More Folic Acid In My Diet?

Luckily, it has never been easier to get your 400 milligrams of folic acid. The easiest and most convenient way to get your daily dose of vitamins is by supplementing with a multi-vitamin that includes folic acid, such as a pre-natal vitamin blend. However, if that is not an option for you, you can get your folic acid levels up with food!

Here are several food groups to consider:

  • Fortified cereals: Many cereals today come fortified with a certain amount of vitamins, including folic acid. Just check the labels to know if your favorite breakfast cereal is fortified. 
  • Lentils: These little legumes pack in a punch of protein and iron, and they are a great source of B vitamins. Plus they’re extremely cheap. We recommend trying lentil soup or swapping lentils for ground beef in tacos. 
  • Liver: Although organ meats don’t always suit everyone’s taste, many love the taste and nutritional value of chicken or cow’s liver. And liver will help you reach your folic acid daily recommendation, along with many other key vitamins such as A & D. 
  • Enriched pasta: Just like cereal, many pastas and breads are enriched with vitamins and have high folic acid counts. 
  • Greens: Spinach, kale, collard greens, and essentially all leafy greens are a super health source of B vitamins. If you don’t already eat your daily greens, this is a great reason to do so!

Spina Bifida Walk-N-Roll Las Vegas

by Jessica December 4 2013 15:16
180 Medical is proud to have been a sponsor at the second annual Nevada Walk-N-Roll® for Spina Bifida event at Floyd Lamb Park in Las Vegas, NV, that occurred on November 16, 2013. Our Nevada territory manager Jason attended as well!

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The Spina Bifida Association’s family-friendly Walk-N-Roll® events are held to raise awareness about this condition and to honor everyone with Spina Bifida. Participants can walk or roll in their wheelchair along the non-competitive one-mile distance. The donations/proceeds from these events support the local Spina Bifida community programs and services. This event alone raised over $14,000!

Spina Bifida is a congenital developmental disorder characterized by the incomplete closure of the neural tube – also known as a neural tube defect (NTD) – which occurs when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) does not form normally in the womb during the early stages of pregnancy. This leaves some vertebrae of the spinal open, and occasionally there is also a fluid-filled sac on the spinal cord. Often, those affected by this condition have limited ability to walk and many are in wheelchairs. To learn more, please see our article at www.180medical.com/Spina-Bifida.

For more information about any upcoming Walk-N-Roll event near you, visit the SBA’s website.


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Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such fun, caring company.
  

180 Medical Wearing Yellow to Support World Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Day

by Jessica October 24 2013 15:06
180 Medical Supports World Spina Bifida Day
In continuing to honor those with spina bifida all of October during Spina Bifida Awareness Month, 180 Medical employees are all wearing yellow this Friday for World Spina Bifida & Hydrocephalus Day.

Spina bifida is a congenital developmental disorder characterized by the incomplete closure of the neural tube – also known as a neural tube defect (NTD) – which occurs when the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) does not form normally in the womb during the early stages of pregnancy. This leaves some vertebrae of the spinal open, and occasionally there is also a fluid-filled sac on the spinal cord.

Please join us in wearing YELLOW this Friday to show your support!

Additional information and resources: 

Spina Bifida Association
Frequently Asked Questions About Spina Bifida (FAQs)
Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida
How much do you know about Spina Bifida? Take the CDC’s quiz to test your knowledge.  


180 medical jessAbout the Author:

Jessica has worked for 180 Medical for 4 years and currently holds the title of Purchasing Coordinator. Her favorite things about 180 Medical are her great co-workers and getting to work for such a fun, caring company.