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Fall's new medical ID bracelets: crystals, gold, and texting

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TextID is a new bracelet that uses text messaging to relay detailed emergency info about patients to first responders. And also some sparkly, shiny bracelets new this fall season.

Millions of kids and adults in the US who have conditions like diabetes, severe allergies or asthma, and epilepsy wear medical identification. Recently, these uninspiring metal neck or wrist tags have been reinvented by several companies. Here are a few.

A new bracelet that uses text messaging to relay detailed medical info to first responders went on the market last week.

From medical jewelry company Hope Paige, the TextID bracelets are engraved with an ID number that, when sent via text, can access the wearer’s emergency info such as extensive medical history, current meds, and in-case-of-emergency contacts.

The emergency responder sends a text to the 5-digit number and, within seconds, will receive 2 messages: the first one reveals name, gender, age, condition and contact phone number, and the second contains a URL providing an entire medical profile.

They cost between $15 and $50. Via Los Angeles Times.

Since 2003, Hope Paige has been selling emergency ID jewelry that come in aluminum, rope and knots, brass and silk, and even a rubber one that you can just write on (like, “No Bananas”). This fall, they’re rolling out colorful pave crystal bracelets and Pandora style bracelets with a stainless steel heart.

N-Style ID has been providing fashionable medical jewelry since 2000, and now they’ve added a new line of gold medical bracelets featuring chains, bangles, and charms studded with diamonds and gemstones. They come in several different tones of gold and include interchangeable attachments.

“If we could provide the kind of bracelets that were attractive and appealing, more people would be willing to wear these pieces which could, in truth, save their lives,” says N-Style ID’s Toni Bissell.

Images: Hope Paige and N-Style ID

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Janet Fang

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Janet Fang has written for Nature, Discover and the Point Reyes Light. She is currently a lab technician at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. She holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University. She is based in New York. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure