Posted by: ugleepen | November 12, 2017

Is UGLee Pen Shutting Down?

To all of my Loyal UGLee Pen Customers –

I am letting you know that, due to circumstances in my life, the UGLee Pen company is going on an indefinite hiatus.

Does that mean that the wonderful UGLee Pen – the very best ergonomic pen on the market, to which we all can attest! – is gone forever?  Hardly.

First of all, I am confident that in a very few years’ time, the UGLee Pen will be back on the world stage.

Secondly, I want you to continue to get the product.   Therefore, when you want to order more pens and/or refills, you can email me directly.

The deadline for ordering from the website is December 16, 2017, after which the website is being taken off the internet.

However, I will personally take care of each of you on an individual basis if you email me about your order request at:  ugleepen@gmail.com

In order to flag your email as an order, please put in the subject line:  UGLee Pen Loyal Customer.

Thank you for your support of the UGLee Pen over the years.

I know that between us, in our small way, we have made the world a better, more comfortable and pain free place!

Dr. James Lee

 

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Posted by: ugleepen | October 25, 2017

A Connection Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis?

A study in the journal PLOS Pathogens reports that the bacteria responsible for gum disease could also trigger rheumatoid arthritis.

For years scientists have speculated that periodontitis (oral inflammation caused by bacteria) and rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disorder) share a common  thread.

Study author Jan Potempa, M.D., turned his attention to porphyromonas gingivalis, one of the bacteria that colonizes in our plaque, resulting in a cascade of inflammation and eventually gum disease.

Although the study was done with mice, it’s very likely that this scenario may happen in periodontal patients,” Dr. Potempa explained.

Researchers are currently working toward a vaccine against porphyromonas gingivalis, but in the meantime, good old-fashioned oral hygiene is a solid defense.

In a similar study done by Nabil Bissada, D.D.S.,  chairman of periodontics at the Case Western School of Dental Medicine, was recently  published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology.

Here Dr. Bissada and his colleagues found traces of gum bacteria in the knees and hips of patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. In two cases, the bacteria in the mouth and around the knee were nearly identical.

“It turns out poor gum hygiene can cause bacteria in your mouth to break down the barriers to your blood stream and allow it to circulate to joints that are inflamed from arthritis,” says Dr. Bissada. “The result: more pain and swelling around the joints, or a wearing-away of the bone.”

The good news is that gum disease is easily prevented by good dental care.

“Twice a year, go and see the oral hygienist to clean your teeth and remove the plaque,” says Dr. Potempa. “This is the best way to prevent periodontal disease, and to prevent the sequence leading to rheumatoid arthritis.”

Also floss every day, and brush your gums as well as your teeth, says Dr.Bissada.

In honor of National Ergonomics Month, we will take another look at an article we published in 2014, and encourage you to “Raise Your Ergonomic Awareness.”

If your employer is aware of the benefits of ergonomics in the work place, count yourself lucky. If your employer is not, there’s a lot you can do for yourself.

In his book HR for Small Business (2009), Charles H. Fleishcher discusses ergonomics as “the science of relationship between workers and their work environment.”

The purpose is to create a safe, comfortable and stress-reduced work place. Study after study has shown that repetitive motion and poor positioning over prolonged periods are cumulative – and can result to discomfort, pain and even disabling injury.

Ideally the working environment should ensure that every employee takes a number of preventive measures to reduce the risks of fatigue, stress, and work-related injuries.

You can achieve this for yourself by carrying out a diagnostic test of your work area to identify any potential risk factors that may cause you discomfort or stress. On the basis of this new awareness of potential problem areas, make the changes necessary.

Use the diagram below to help you in your assessment.

The benefits that ergonomics can bring to companies include improving production and efficiency levels and quality of service,  and reducing staff turnover and insurance premiums.

Benefits to employees include increased motivation and job satisfaction, less pain and fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism and a greater sense of general well being in the workplace.

Boosting your ergonomic awareness is important whether you work in a company office, or a home office, and whether you sit for prolonged periods at a computer for work or for entertainment.

Raising your ergonomic awareness should be a top priority – for your health and well-being.

Source: SMB Tech Guide

Posted by: ugleepen | September 25, 2017

Who Writes with a Pen Any More?

You may be wondering what the big deal is about a great writing pen in this day and age.

After all, everyone nowadays communicates by typing on computer keyboards, thumbing on cell phone keypads, using styluses on their blackberry and the iPad, and on and on. Who writes with a pen any more?

The answer is – you do! You grab a pen to jot down your grocery list, your weekend To Do list, a telephone number (yes, later you’ll “keypad” it into your cell phone, but right now you have to write it down somewhere), and sign your name to your favorite aunt’s birthday card. Actually, the list of when you write is endless.

Be like Sherlock Holmes this week and do some sleuthing – watch for every time you pick up a pen. Write down (see – you’ve already started!) each time you grab a pen and keep track for seven days. You’ll be amazed.

Your children also are hand-writers. Students in elementary, middle, and high school are still generally required to take notes in the classrooms, and do the work, by hand. So, all of these are good reasons to make a big deal out of a great, comfortable, ergonomic pen.

Handwriting per se is a lost art, there’s no doubt about it. However, Lorri Gardner, certified handwriting specialist and co-founder of Handwriting Highway, states that studies have shown that most students who write well are able to perform better academically. It has to do with training the hand muscles and therefore the brain.

“Young children who work nothing but keyboards, keypads and videogame buttons really lack the strength to hold a pencil and write for long periods. Their hands begin to hurt,” Diane Parette Gardner’s partner, said.

We don’t live in the world of Star Trek yet. Since we all still write, a physician-designed ergonomic pen is exactly what we all need. Repetitive movements such as sustained typing on keyboards, and playing video games, puts stress on the muscles and tendons of the hands and wrists. Therefore, when you do pick up a pen to write, that pen needs to help prevent further muscle stress.

The UGLee Pen has been designed to be so easy to use that it actually relaxes the hand. The type of ink is the smoothest-flowing on the market, even better than gel pens. The contour of the pen allows the pen to grip you, not the other way around.

So, do yourself a favor – since you still do have to write – use the best ergonomic pen available for your health and the health of your children- the UGLee Pen.

Posted by: ugleepen | September 12, 2017

Back to School Anxieties and Your Autistic Child

Education expert and mother of an autistic child Priscilla Gillman offers some insights into the causes of anxiety that your autistic youngster may be facing now that it’s back-to-school time.

Understanding what can trigger anxiety in your autistic child can go a long way to helping you learn how to work with your child to make the back to school transition a little more gentle for everyone.

1. Novelty. Children with autism typically struggle with novelty, and a new school year brings just that – new teachers and classmates, a new physical space to become acclimated to, a new schedule and routine, and new demands and expectations both academically and behaviorally.

2. Seasonal Changes. The change in seasons also affects children with autism who can be acutely sensitive to temperature and textures. Less outdoor and active play time as the weather gets colder leads to an increase in irritability, along with the loss of summer time therapeutic activities such as swimming and time in nature.

A change in textures can include going from being barefooted or wearing filp-flops as the child may have done through the summer, to the unaccustomed feel of socks, as well as enclosed shoes.

3. New Routines. Having to go to bed and wake up earlier can be hard for autistic children, who tend to have disordered sleep. And the pressure to move quickly and efficiently in the morning to make is all the more stressful for autistic children who may struggle with everything from feeding themselves to tying their shoes.

With all of these factors creating anxiety for an autistic child, the last thing you want is for your child to also feel frustrated just trying to do school work because he or she can’t hold a pen properly.

Many children with autism have weak fine motor skills that affect movements of the hand such as grasping, gripping, and pinching.

The UGLee Pen is a scientifically-designed ergonomic pen that is easy to grasp and grip because actually it grips you. This “comfort pen” relaxes the hand, and the easy-flow ink prevents any drag on the paper. It’s the best pen to allow your autistic child to have a positive experience with handwriting.

Photo Credit: Catherine Ledner/Getty Images

Posted by: ugleepen | August 28, 2017

It’s Time for that Back to School Routine Again

It’s Back-To-School time. Unbelievable, but true.

The care-free days of summer pass too soon, and here we are, facing getting back into The Routine again.

Educator Bob Schulties offers some tips on how to make the transition easier (or at least less painful).

  1. Good Sleep Habits. School days start much earlier than lazy summer mornings, and with the extra time needed after dinner for homework, kids often get to bed late.

Starting the school year with good sleep habits is essential.  Suggestions are to stick to a routine, limit electronic stimulus, and watch out for sneaky caffeine which can show up in sodas and chocolate.

  1. Avoid the Morning Rush. Helpful hints for this common problem is to do as much as you can the night before.

For example, not only are there a number of things that go in the lunch box that can be prepared the night before (and packed), but you can also make some breakfast items ahead of time such as making waffles, cutting up fruit, mixing orange juice.

Have your children choose their clothes the night before. This will also head off the last minute morning discovery that something needs to be washed or ironed.

  1. Make the Morning Routine a Way of Life. Schulties suggests that the school day routine should be non-negotiable, with a discussion of consequences if the routine is not met.

In addition, simple management will go a long way, such as designating one area where backpacks, shoes (and socks), coats, cell phones, etc., are put the night before.

And having your children do only what is important to get to school instead of tacking on extra morning chores.

A good school day morning routine will go a long way toward giving your children the head start they need for a happy and productive day at school.

Making sure they also have the best pen will help, too.

An ergonomic pen such as the UGLee Pen will support your student in being able to write notes, papers, and do homework without stress on the tendons of the hands and fingers, allowing a more relaxing experience.

Posted by: ugleepen | August 14, 2017

It’s Back to School – Here’s How

Back to School is now imminent for most kids through-out the U.S.

It’s not always easy at the beginning for kids to make the transition from care-free summer days to disciplined school hours and the focus required to be a successful student.

Parents, here are some tips from experts at Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health for your students, to remind them how to get into the student mode.

Planning can go a long way.

It’s easy to keep organized and know when various assignments are due by getting a calendar or day planner and using it from the very first day.

Every assignment and test for which you have a due date – put down immediately so you don’t forget; as well as other activities such as sports, drama, club meetings, etc.

This device will also help you keep from getting over-booked. When the days fill up, learn to say no.

 

Don’t get frustrated.

For your school year to flow smoothly you must try to keep ahead, but everyone has a class or subject that they find difficult, and if you see yourself falling behind, address the problem immediately before you get frustrated.

Talk to your teacher and get help right away, and you’ll get yourself back on track.

 

Pay attention in class.

You’ve heard this mantra over and over, both from teachers and from your parents, and there’s a good reason – it’s the best and easiest way for you to help yourself be successful in school.

You’ll find that doing the assignments and studying for the tests are easier if you’ve listened to the information in the first place.

There’s no sense in making school harder than it needs to be.

 

Take good notes.

Taking notes does two things for you – you have information about the subject readily available and straight from the teacher; and, in reading over your notes, you’ll easily see what you don’t understand, and can ask your teacher specifically about that point.

In order to take good notes you need an ergonomic pen that writes easily and keeps your hand relaxed.

My UGLee Pen is the best pen for your note-taking and school work. It’s comfortable and was designed so that the repetitive stress caused by handwriting is diminished.

You’ll enjoy taking good notes when you have the UGLee Pen!

 

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Posted by: ugleepen | July 25, 2017

Arthritis Common In Children But Often Misdiagnosed

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children, yet it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed when symptoms first appear.

This July, Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, the Arthritis Foundation is focusing on increasing awareness of early signs and symptoms of juvenile arthritis and resources available for families affected by the disease.

In a continued effort to reduce the heavy burden of juvenile arthritis, disability and cost of this chronic disease, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer this disease through increasing:

Awareness and Support:

Juvenile Arthritis Conference – Taking place each July at the Hyatt Regency Orange County hotel in Anaheim, California, the nationwide conference is held annually for families affected by juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Specific educational tracks focus on issues relating to parents teens/young adults, children affected by arthritis and their siblings. In addition, the conference offers families a chance to network with each other and learn new techniques for managing juvenile arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Advocacy:

Eleven states do not have a single specialist to treat children with juvenile arthritis. Arthritis advocates speak out for federal support to train more pediatric rheumatologists and for more research funding to help children with all forms of juvenile arthritis.

Research:

Advancing the Quality of Life for Children with Arthritis — For more than 60 years, the Arthritis Foundation has been a leader in  advancing treatments and a cure for juvenile arthritis.

Currently, the Arthritis Foundation funds researchers working in the field of juvenile arthritis, totaling a commitment of more than $3 million.

These researchers are investigating a wide range of topics, from how environmental and genomic factors might play a role in triggering juvenile arthritis, to collecting data and evaluating the efficacy of standardized treatment plans, to the development and testing of a smart phone app to help children cope  with pain.

The Arthritis Foundation also is proud to provide $4.2 million in grant money to date to support the Childhood Arthritis & Rheumatology Research Alliance (CARRA), a national organization of pediatric rheumatologists who have joined together to answer critical research questions.

Juvenile Arthritis Registry — Efforts to track drug side effects and establish treatment benchmarks through a registry aim to benefit future juvenile arthritis treatments.

More information on juvenile arthritis and resources for families is available on the Arthritis Foundation.

Source: Arthritis Foundation

Posted by: ugleepen | July 12, 2017

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month – when the Arthritis Foundation focuses on increasing awareness of early signs and symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis (JA)and resources available for families affected by the disease.

Arthritis is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children, yet it often goes undetected or misdiagnosed when symptoms first appear.

Often a child complaining of achy joints is diagnosed as having “growing pains,” a phenomenon believed to be the result of the natural growth process.

However, studies are showing that joint pain, stiffness and swelling in or around the joint, may be early signs of a serious, inflammatory rheumatic disease.

“When joint pain, swelling or stiffness occurs in one or more of your child’s joints for at least six weeks, it’s important not to assume these symptoms are temporary, and to get a proper diagnosis from a pediatric arthritis specialist,” says Arthritis Foundation Vice President of Public Health Policy and Advocacy, Dr. Patience White.

“Early medical treatment of Juvenile Arthritis can prevent serious, permanent damage to your child’s joints and enable her to live an active, full childhood,” White explains.

Contrary to general belief, infants, children and teenagers can get arthritis. Approximately 300,000 children are affected by Juvenile Arthritis.

In a continued effort to reduce the burden of Juvenile Arthritis,  disability, and cost of this chronic disease, the Arthritis Foundation is leading the way to conquer this disease through:

  • Awareness and support
  • Advocacy
  • Research

While there is no known cure, there has never been a more optimistic outlook for children with juvenile arthritis. Advances in research have produced new treatments that moderate and even stop the effects of Juvenile Arthritis, preventing significant disability in later years.

Source: Arthritis Foundation

Posted by: ugleepen | June 27, 2017

Raising Your Ergonomic Awareness

If your employer is aware of the benefits of ergonomics in the work place, count yourself lucky. If your employer is not, there’s a lot you can do for yourself.

In his book HR for Small Business (2009), Charles H. Fleishcher discusses ergonomics as “the science of relationship between workers and their work environment.”

The purpose is to create a safe, comfortable and stress-reduced work place. Study after study has shown that repetitive motion and poor positioning over prolonged periods are cumulative – and can result to discomfort, pain and even disabling injury.

Ideally the working environment should ensure that every employee takes a number of preventive measures to reduce the risks of fatigue, stress, and work-related injuries.

You can achieve this for yourself by carrying out a diagnostic test of your work area to identify any potential risk factors that may cause you discomfort or stress. On the basis of this new awareness of potential problem areas, make the changes necessary.

Use the info pic diagram below to help you in your assessment.

The benefits that ergonomics can bring to companies include improving production and efficiency levels and quality of service,  and reducing staff turnover and insurance premiums.

Benefits to employees include increased motivation and job satisfaction, less pain and fewer injuries, reduced absenteeism and a greater sense of general well being in the workplace.

Boosting your ergonomic awareness is important whether you work in a company office, or a home office, and whether you sit for prolonged periods at a computer for work or for entertainment.

Raising your ergonomic awareness should be a top priority – for your health and well-being.

Source: SMB Tech Guide

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