Monthly Archives November 2014

November: Diabetes Awareness Month

by MIPC Staff Each November, The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of diabetes, as well as, its consequences, management and prevention. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 400 million people have diabetes worldwide.   Diabetes Awareness Month focuses the nation’s attention on the issues and seriousness of diabetes and of the people impacted by the disease. This year, the Association is focusing on healthier cooking and hopes to both engage and inspire people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle. Diabetes mellitus (DM), or simply diabetes, is a metabolic disorder causing prolonged, and unusually
Read More

Holiday Food Safety Tips

by MIPC Staff The holidays are right around the corner and food is always a major part of the festivities. However, food safety should be the most important ingredient in your holiday meals. Handling and preparing food safely prevents food-borne illnesses, but according to NIH, 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from contaminated food each year. Common culprits include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Symptoms may include: Upset stomach Abdominal cramps Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Fever Dehydration These symptoms can range from mild to serious. The treatment in most cases, is increasing your fluid intake. For more serious illness,
Read More

What You Need to Know About Epilepsy

By Aileen Bay, MIPC M.A. Over 2 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy.  Epilepsy, a seizure disorder, is a neurological condition characterized by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. These electrical disturbances can cause many different types of seizures. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed after several tests are performed, including EEG (electroencephalogram), which detects electrical activity using electrodes attached to the scalp. CT and MRI scans can also be used to rule out out epilepsy from other conditions. There are over 20 different types of seizures, each with different symptoms. When most people think of
Read More

Local Marriage Therapist Bares Everything, Launches Kickstarter to Save Marriages

Keith Miller, the director of Keith Miller & Associates Counseling in Dupont Circle and Bethesda, launched a Kickstarter campaign in October to raise funds for publishing his new book aimed at curbing divorce. His witty video (found on the campaign page) depicts how many couples feel about going to couples therapy and makes an appeal to pre-order his book via Kickstarter as a way to finance the expenses of publishing and distributing his message nationwide. The video was filmed at the Metro Immediate & Primary Care office in Silver Spring. A few years ago, Miller found himself to be an unwitting
Read More