Monthly Archives April 2014

Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Pharmaceutical Marketing

If you are wondering why your monthly prescription costs are so high, consider the possibility that those free samples you received earlier may have influenced your doctor’s prescription.  While many doctors I talk to, refuse to accept the proven effect of pharmaceutical marketing, a new study makes this effect even more clear. Researchers found that dermatologists prescribed expensive branded medications 70% of the time versus only 17% at an academic center that did not allow samples in their clinic.  Nationally, they found that the presence of samples lead to more prescriptions of expensive branded medications.  Samples of medications are not given at
Read More

The Importance of STD Screenings

April is Sexually Transmitted Disease Awareness Month and a great time to get your routine STD screening. The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million new STD cases a year in the US. While some of these have uncomfortable symptoms, such as painful lesions, burning with urination, or penile/vaginal discharge, many STDs can be asymptomatic. The most common infections include HPV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, HSV-2, syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B. While some sexually transmitted infections are generally curable (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis), others remain lifelong infections that can significantly impact one’s health.  If you are or plan to become
Read More

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism by Christopher Timm, President, Metro Immediate & Primary Care Worldwide, medical tourism is a quickly growing industry as people are pursuing higher quality and more specialized healthcare outside of their own country. Many of these patients arrive to the U.S. after having researched and communicated with reputable specialists to pursue a path of wellness they can trust. While medical tourists frequently choose the U.S. for access to specific procedures like complex surgeries, specialized treatments for chronic diseases and other methods of focused care, immediate and urgent care practice managers across
Read More

Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Saturated Fats Intake

A recent series of articles in the New York Times highlights the results of a major research study that challenges the idea that saturated fat intake affects cardiovascular disease. This new meta-analysis finds that all research to date, when evaluated together, provides no evidence that saturated fat intake or blood levels are associated with heart disease. My perspective has been that dietary advice needs to be personalized based on how these fats alter individual cardiovascular biomarkers given the weak evidence supporting current guidelines such as a low saturated fat diet. Write up: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/study-questions-fat-and-heart-disease-link/ Research article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24723079
Read More

What to Do? Emergency Tips

How can something so small be so painful! A broken toe (toe fracture) is a relatively common type of injury that can limit activity and cause quite a bit of discomfort. There are 26 bones in the foot, with 14 of these residing in the toes. These small bones are called phalanges. The first digit has 2 phalanges while the other toes have 3. Fractures of the big toe are less common but generally more debilitating as this toe plays an important role in balance, weight bearing and walking. Most toe fractures occur when you accidentally kick or drop something
Read More

At Shepherd’s Table, There’s “Always Room for One More”

METRO SPONSORS SHEPHERD’S TABLE FUNDRAISER Last Sunday, March 30th, over 400 hundred patrons, attendees and sponsors gathered at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring in support of The Shepherd’s Table Annual Fundraiser, “Always Room for One More.”  Metro Immediate & Primary Care was a proud sponsor of the event supporting The Shepherd’s Table mission to provide help to the homeless and others in need.  The events featured food, drinks, live entertainment and fun ways to contribute, such as, a silent auction. Shepherd’s Table is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and
Read More

Q & A with Founder & President, Christopher Timm

Q1.   How did the concept of Metro Immediate & Primary Care begin? While working as Executive Director to an urgent care office close to the District, it quickly became clear to me that the massive transient population in D.C. was underserved; Think of the number of commuters, out-of-state students, travelers, etc. How were these people receiving care while in the city, and whom were they receiving it from? D.C. needed a stop-gap measure of healthcare for these people, so in 2009, we opened the first Metro Immediate and Primary Care location in Cleveland Park. Q2.  What is Metro Immediate
Read More

What I Love About Being a PA at Metro Immediate & Primary Care!

Written by Abimbola Fasusi, PA-C, MIPC Physician Assistant A career in medicine is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.  Medicine was always a desire of mine, and deciding to become a Physician Assistant was the best thing I could have ever done.  I assess patient health by performing physical exams, ordering labs, accurately diagnosing patients, prescribing treatment and monitoring follow up care. PAs in general, exercise considerable autonomy when it comes to diagnosing and treating patients. At Metro Immediate and Primary Care, even with this autonomy, it is comforting to know I have a qualified and knowledgeable physician working with me in case I need some guidance
Read More