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Former NBA Star Now Sleeps Well

Sleep apnea is a common condition characterized by interrupted breathing during sleep. Individuals who are afflicted with sleep apnea are usually unaware of the condition unless their sleep partner is frightened by the sleep apnea sufferer’s prolonged stoppage of breathing, often accompanied by loud snoring.

Unfortunately, sleep apnea is difficult to diagnose by doctors during office visits. There are no blood tests which can detect it. Lifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices are all employed to address sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea is a potentially hazardous condition. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Untreated sleep apnea can:

•Increase the risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes.
•Increase the risk of, or worsen, heart failure
•Make arrhythmias (ah-RITH-me-ahs), or irregular heartbeats, more likely
•Increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidents

Anyone Can Be Affected

Sleep apnea can affect anyone, including world class athletes like Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq uses a device called a CPAP machine to help him get a healthy nights rest. CPAP machines can be rented!

At seven feet tall and weighing over three hundred pounds, Shaquille O’Neal used his height and size to score some of the most points and rebounds in basketball history. But what is little known about the basketball superstar is that he suffers from obstructive sleep apnea. His girlfriend, Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander, was a witness to Shaq’s loud and incessant snoring and restless sleep – she also noticed that his snoring and other symptoms became worse when he slept on his back. So, Shaq decided to get help.

Being that Shaq’s last leg of his career was spent playing for the Boston Celtics, he decided to visit Harvard Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine, which is one of the best in the world. Shaq received an overnight polysomnography, or sleep test, to measure brain waves, eye movements, chin-muscle activity, airflow from the nose and mouth, chest movements, blood-oxygen levels, heart rate and leg movements. The physicians spent one lucky night with the basketball player – watching his every somnambulant move to determine the severity of his condition.

The results: moderate obstructive sleep apnea. The next step:.. continue reading here.



Visit Medicare Contractors at the Medtrade Exposition.

The Medtrade Fall Exposition and Conference will be held October 20 - 23, 2014, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia.

Medtrade is the leading event in the home medical equipment industry. It features many exhibitors showcasing the latest home medical equipment (HME) products and services in the market.

Attend conference sessions led by industry professionals all guided toward helping attendees make smart decisions about the issues facing medical equipment sales and rentals in today’s business environment. This is a great opportunity to network with other HME professionals and create new business relationships.

Staff from each of the four Durable Medical Equipment Medicare Administrative Contractors (DME MACs), National Supplier Clearinghouse (NSC), Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor, and the Competitive Bidding Implementation Contractor (CBIC) will be among the many exhibitors available to provide information and address questions.

Visit the Medicare Contractors at booth number 1509.

Medicare Contractors Conference Schedule:

The DME CERT Outreach and Education Task Force will conduct a specific session on the most common documentation errors found by the Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contractor and will provide tips on how to correct those errors on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM in room C102.

The NSC will provide a one-hour “NSC Medicare Enrollment Updates” session on Tuesday, October 21, 2014, from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in room C102.

The CBIC will provide a one-hour “Updates” session on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM in room C102.

The DME MACs will provide a one-hour “My Medicare Updates” presentation on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in room C102.

Medtrade Fall 2014 
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, Georgia
Expo: October 21-23, 2014 
Conference: October 20–23, 2014 

Expo Hall Hours
Tuesday, October 21, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Visit to register for the conference and learn more about other events taking place at this year’s Medtrade Fall Exposition.

GoPro cameras are such a cool development. Now the makers of the GoPro have developed a harness which allows mounting the camera on man’s best friend.

The canine harness features two mounting locations for a variety of perspectives: the chest, for bone-chewing, digging and front-paw action, and the back, for over-the-head shots of running, jumping, fetch and more.

Made of washable, water-friendly material, your dog can swim, play and get dirty without a worry. Soft, padded construction keeps your pet comfortable.

Fully adjustable to fit small, medium and large breed dogs from 15 to 120 lbs (7 to 54 kg). Chest mount is removable for smaller dogs.

Don’t own a GoPro? They can be rented

Wired magazine recently offered what a pooch might proffer if asked their opinion on this opportunity to hit Youtube:

For too long I’ve watched my human record hours of inane footage on a little camera strapped to his chest or helmet. Sometimes he attaches it to his mountain bike or surfboard. The results aren’t …read more here.




There’s nothing like riding a motorcycle across the French Riviera, Alps and Provence.

Whether you’re visiting us or just looking for riding inspiration, here a nice selection of YouTube video routes through the South of France:


Neil Armstrong Nailed It: One Giant Leap

July 20th of 2014 marked the 45th anniversary of man setting foot on the moon.The astronauts aboard the Apollo 11 made history as Neil Armstrong made a profound and fitting statement saying, “This is one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Anyone living then remembers where they were or what they were doing
when this significant event took place. It most certainly changed history and Armstrong’s statement could not have been more prophetic.
Since that remarkable day in 1969, technology has seemed to advance at astonishingly rapid rates every single day. We have seen the invention of soft contact lenses, the rise and fall of the VCR, the floppy disc and the compact disc, the beginning of the personal computer and the internet, the invention and immediate advancement of cellular phones and vaccines, medications and medical treatments too numerous to count.

We’ve Only Just Begun
Although science has been hurtling forward for the last 45 years, it seems to have no propensity to slow down anytime soon.Today, technology lets us hold a phone, a computer, a camera, a calculator, a boatload of games and more in the palm of our hand. It lets us vaccinate our children so that we can enroll them in school without having to worry about them catching or spreading an infectious virus or disease. It lets us connect with our loved ones who are miles away and with friends we haven’t seen in years.

Perhaps the most important and impressive advancement is in the tools our doctors and nurses are using every day to make us well, monitor our health and keep us alive.

The machines that doctors are using are becoming more accurate, easier to use and, most importantly, more reliable. So, when a person goes in to have minor or major surgery, he or she can be confident that the anesthesia machine is going to quickly and painlessly put him or her under while keeping him or her alive. They can also be confident that the monitor they’re hooked up to will keep the doctors and nurses
informed and up to speed on their vital signs.
Shoppers at a mall can be confident that if they suddenly go into cardiac arrest, there is likely an easy-to-use AED nearby that could potentially save their life.

Expecting mothers know that the ultrasound technician will have no problem seeing their bundle of joy moving and living within their bodies. Surgeons know that they will have proper lighting while they’re operating on a patient.
The technology that is around us every day is remarkable and the leaps and bounds that science will make in the upcoming years are sure to keep us amazed.

Heartland Medical: A Medical Equipment Leader


If you are a medical professional and would like to learn more about how you can have the most advanced technology at your fingertips, we invite you to contact Heartland Medical.

Heartland Medical supplies new and refurbished operating room equipment, imaging instruments, stainless equipment, and more.

And if your need is temporary. Heartland Medical offers short term as well as long term rentals of their entire stock of medical equipment.

To visit our home page, please click here.



Wedding Decorations For Rent

Your wedding means many things; love, celebration and a once in a lifetime gathering of friends and family to witness your commitment to your partner. A wedding also means a good bit of wedding planning, as any previous bride will tell you. A lot of detail is involved in arranging your…

Heavy Equipment Rental Firm Makes Leadership Move

BlueLine Rental announced on Wednesday, June 4th the appointment of Phillip H. Hobson as CEO. Mr. Hobson will replace Scott Hall, who left the company earlier in the week. 

Mr. Hobson will join BlueLine Rental from Mobile Mini, Inc., a leading provider of portable storage solutions, where he served as Executive Vice President, Operations. Prior to Mobile Mini, Mr. Hobson was a senior executive at RSC Holdings Inc. until the business was acquired by United Rentals in 2012. RSC was one of the largest equipment rental providers in North America with revenue of $1.5 billion and more than 400 locations. 

“I am excited to join the team and look forward to working with customers, employees and other partners to help BlueLine reach its potential,” said Mr. Hobson. “We have a tremendous opportunity to build on the strength and experience of the past while establishing our own identity and propelling the company to even higher levels of achievement.” 

BlueLine Rental, previously Volvo Rents, was acquired in January by Platinum Equity. The BlueLine Rental brand identity was launched in February following the transition to new ownership.

Hobson’s Experience at RSC Cited 

“Phil’s experience at RSC is a perfect fit for BlueLine. He is passionate about the rental equipment business and is well respected in the industry. His track record at RSC and throughout his career proves that he knows what it takes to build an industry leader,” said Louis Samson, the Partner at Platinum Equity who led the BlueLine Rental acquisition. “We will work with Phil and the management team to help the business grow both organically and through prospective complementary add-on acquisitions.” 

Mr. Hobson joined RSC in 1998 and spent 14 years at the company in a variety of operational and financial roles, ultimately serving as a member of the company’s executive leadership team reporting to the CEO.

“We have high aspirations for BlueLine, and we are confident that Phil is the right executive to help the company maximize its potential,” said Bryan Kelln, Partner and President of Portfolio Operations for Platinum Equity. “He has the vision, leadership ability and industry experience necessary to lead the company into the future. He will help drive efforts to optimize business operations and profitability, while focusing on growth and effectively managing the company’s young fleet.” 

BlueLine Rental serves a diverse customer base across multiple industries, including construction, oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, infrastructure, power, and metals and minerals.

Blueline Continues To Feature Volvo Equipment 

In addition to BlueLine Rental’s expanding line of Volvo compact equipment – such as backhoe loaders, compact wheel loaders, compact excavators and compaction equipment – the rental centers carry a comprehensive line of essential equipment and tools for the construction, commercial, industrial and homeowner markets. The company focuses on daily, weekly and monthly rentals.


A Case of Not Knowing Your Potential Market

Renting your house, apartment, car, or anything, and then not keeping an eye on it can lead to some rather disastrous consequences, as a New York City resident recently learned.

Peer to peer rental sites like have become very popular in recent years because they provide benefits to both the renter and the rentee. That said, it still does not behoove the renter to just turn a blind eye on the rented item, as this March 17, 2014 story from the Daily Mail illustrates.

A New York comedian got an unwelcome shock on Friday when he discovered he had unwittingly rented out his apartment for an orgy.

Ari Teman advertised his Manhattan apartment on Airbnb and was contacted by a man named David who said he wanted a place for his family to stay while he attended a wedding in the city.

However, after handing over the keys to David during the afternoon, Teman realized he had forgotten a bag and went back to his apartment at 11.30 pm where he found the aftermath of an ‘XXX Freak Fest’ orgy that had taken place all over his home.

According to Teman, when he returned to his apartment building he saw David in the lobby and heard him saying, ‘they’re shutting us down.’

Asking David what that meant, Teman claims that that he look on in horror as the saw David total panic about his return.

Rushing to his apartment to see it in a state of disarray, he googled David’s telephone number to see what came up.
The orgy, which was billed online as a ‘BBW Panty Raid Party’ advertized a cellphone number which matched the one provided by David in his AirBNB profile.

Investigating further, Teman discovered the Twitter feed of @TWINN_GREEN, who was advertising a ‘XXX Freak Fest’ on Friday night…. continue reading here.


Exhibitor Space Sells Out for Third Straight Year

The 2014 Rental Show, sponsored by the American Rental Association, wrapped up at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. on February 12th.

Reflecting a healthy rental industry, exhibitor space sold out well in advance of the deadline for the third straight year. The show featured more than 675 exhibitors representing rental businesses in the construction/industrial, general tool/homeowner and party/special event sectors.

Featured products included generators, access equipment, pumps, drywall equipment, tools, lawn and garden equipment, software, furniture, games, dinnerware, centerpieces and more.

New Products and Special Deals Drive Attendance

In keeping with long standing tradition, many exhibitors debuted new products and innovations at The Rental Show. Over 170 show-only deals and special offers represented opportunities to save money on product purchases.

Rental businesses have done an outstanding job in educating both businesses and consumers alike to recognize the value and benefits of renting versus buying. The resulting increased demand for rental translates into a higher demand for equipment. Buyer-seller connections that occur at the annual exhibition have become a key part of the show’s success.

Further evidence of the health of the rental industry was reflected in the February 8th party/special event educational program billed as Events & Tents. The program sold out for the second year in a row despite seating being increased by 100 over the 2013 capacity.

Buyers Continue Momentum from 2013

Buyers, buoyed by more confidence in the equipment rental economy, helped many exhibitors at The Rental Show 2014 in Orlando, Fla. exceed expectations, building on last year’s positive experience in Las Vegas.

“It’s been a tremendous event for the industry in every facet,” said Christine Wehrman, CEO, American Rental Association (ARA), organizer of The Rental Show.

“The attitude, the outlook and the optimism only can mean a solid year of growth for the equipment rental industry. The ARA is very pleased to see….continue reading here.



Take a First Class Ski Vacation and Rent Everything You Need

Renting an awesome vacation property at a ski resort is certainly one of the most fun things you can do if skiing is your activity of choice. Did you know you can rent skis, snowboards and the accompanying equipment at your ski destination, too? Indeed you can.

It’s not only very convenient, it will save you money on airfare as well. Why lug all that equipment to and from the airport when you can rent it? Read more about that here. Most rental providers will deliver the goods to your destination and pick them up when you depart.

In honor of Renter’s Week, Curbed Ski searched the interwebs for the coolest looking ski-in/ski-out vacation rental. The result? This award-winning 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath Squaw Valley retreat that breathes fresh air into the tired tropes of ski home architecture. If ski access is your goal, this 6,427 square-foot property takes it to a whole new level with a prime location directly underneath the Squaw gondola. It also features a gorgeous six-foot fire place, salt water hot tub, sauna, and even warm rubber floors on the first floor so you don’t have to worry about your ski boots. Ability to drive large vehicles is a must as the rental comes with a 4x4 GMC Sierra truck, studded tires, and snow chains to get in and out during big storms. If all of that isn’t enough….continue reading and see the photos here.

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A Kentucky Real Estate License Opens Many Doors

Are you contemplating a real estate career in the State of Kentucky? When evaluating real estate as a career, most people think of the obvious career paths which require a real estate license including agents and brokers.

It’s interesting to note the variety of occupations which a real estate license can lead to beyond those mentioned above. The most notable ones include appraisers, closing agents, and loan officers or load originators.

But we’re not done just yet.  Other career options in the real estate field are perhaps not as apparent, yet just as viable. They include both full time and part time opportunities:

  • Property Management
  • Urban Planning
  • Real Estate Investment
  • Real Estate Teaching/Instruction
  • Home Inspection
  • Home Warranty Sales

There are many careers that are associated in some way with real estate. Real estate is a vibrant and significant part of the Kentucky economy which offers numerous opportunities for a successful and rewarding career.


Kentucky Real Estate College is the right place to pursue your real estate license education in Kentucky! Their Pre-License course provides the real estate training needed to become a realtor in Kentucky.

Kentucky Real Estate College courses are 100% online, enabling you to get your Kentucky real estate license without leaving the comfort of your home!

They are the premier online accredited school with the highest pass rate in Kentucky for first time state exam takers. The school is certified by Arello, IDEC, and the Kentucky Real Estate Commission. The Pre-License course is also approved by the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Area for unemployment training!

The College is owned and operated by a multi-million dollar real estate sales producer and 20-plus year veteran of the real estate business, as well as the US Navy. Their Legal Content Consultant served as the General Counsel for the Kentucky Real Estate Commission for many years. She will be available to you via email to answer any questions you may have throughout the course!

If you pass their test, you’ll pass the state exam! They have developed an online test preparation course, pre-test, Law Cram course (License Recognition), and many online continuing education courses as well.

Visit their web site for further information by clicking here.


Hard to Believe, It Could Be You

According to an October 30, 2013 article from, America’s least favorite neighbors aren’t who you might think.

Someone living next door with barking dogs, unruly kids, uncut grass or a dozen overflowing garbage cans being rattled by a blaring sound system all come to mind. However, those are not the characteristics which accompany last place in the desirable neighbor derby.

Most Americans know their neighbors by name, new research finds, and might even invite them over occasionally for tea. That is, unless the neighbor is…… continue reading here.

"Somewhere in Kentucky" is a horror/suspense story made for - specifically for their "Tool Rental" category.

Check out if you need to rent a chainsaw.

Be careful running alone in the woods. You never know what’s behind that tree….

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Happy Halloween!!


Consumers So Far Not Plugged In to Concept

According to an October, 14, 2013 post at, major car rental companies Hertz and Enterprise are not experiencing significant consumer demand for their electric car rentals.

Of course, that fact the rental car is a Nissan Leaf or a Chevy Volt may be part of the reason. Maybe when more exotic car rentals become available in the electric powered genre, consumer demand will see a spark.

Guess Nissan doesn’t have to worry about the Leaf becoming the ubiquitous rental car anytime soon. Leafs on lots across the country are gathering dust because even rental customers have range anxiety.

According to Bloomberg, people who come in to rent a Leaf from Enterprise are keeping it for an average of just 1.6 days, versus 6-7 days for a normal car rental. And apparently both Enterprise and Hertz have fallen behind on filling their fleets with as many EVs as they promised a couple years ago. Enterprise also planned to add up to 100 Coda sedans back in 2011, but you know what happened with that.

It turns out that getting people to rent an all-electric car in the same way they’d get an all-forgettable Altima for a week has proven….continue reading here.


Rentals Likely Will Follow the Trend

Rentals of tablet computers have risen in 2013, reflecting the general rise in the use of tablets. According to a story in the May 2013 issue of Wired Magazine, sales of tablets will outpace notebook computers for the first time in 2013. If current trends continue, it seems likely rental of these devices will also outpace the rental of notebooks in the not so distant future. Renting of electronic devices in general has become more popular, especially among business travelers and event planners.

The walloping the PC industry received in the first quarter of this year, down 14 percent according to IDC and the biggest decline since the research firm began tracking PC sales in 1994, was no fluke. IDC is now forecasting 2013 to be the second year in a row that overall PC sales will decline, by about 8 percent versus the 4 percent slide posted in 2012.

So the PC is doomed, but classic PC companies may not be.

In the place of the notebook in particular has arrived the tablet, which for the first time since Apple (or Microsoft if you are stickler for these things) launched the computing device to the masses will overtake the notebook computer in units shipped this year. IDC pegs the number of tablets that will ship in 2013 at just over 229 million. That compares to the 201 million “portable PCs” the firm expects to see ship this year. By 2015 IDC forecasts tablet shipments to outpace the entire PC market (portables and desktops combined), so somewhere north of 330 million machines shipped. “What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor,” says Ryan Reith, Program Manager for IDC’s Mobility Trackers.

Oh the horror, if you are Hewlett Packard, Dell, or Intel, those PC-reliant former tech stars, right?

Wrong. The decline of the PC is no different than the sun setting on mainframe computers when the microcomputer came along, or the end of the microcomputer when the PC ate its lunch. Yes, some companies like Burroughs, Univac, DEC and Wang failed to make their generation’s computing transition. But on the day that the death of the PC was all but declared, the share price of HP was up 2 percent. Intel was up 1 percent. Dell was basically flat.

The reason Wall Street is unimpressed by the end of the PC era is….continue reading here.

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