Monthly Archives August 2015

Suntan and Sunburn

Republished from The Journal of the American Medical Association   A suntan or sunburn is a sign that skin has been damaged by ultraviolet (UV) rays. Melanin is the pigment that gives skin its color. People with light skin have less melanin than people with dark skin. When skin is damaged by UV rays, the body makes more melanin to try to protect against further damage. This extra melanin gives suntanned skin its darker appearance. But a suntan does not provide good protection against the harmful effects of UV rays. In fact, a suntan is a sign that skin has already
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The Importance of Sexual Health

Sexual health can be a sensitive topic for some, however, you should not be afraid to raise questions and discuss them with your physician. The CDC estimates that there are about 20 million new Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) cases a year in the United States. Some of these have uncomfortable symptoms, however, many STDs can be asymptomatic. The most common infections include HPV, chlamydia, trichomoniasis, gonorrhea, HSV-2, syphilis, HIV, and Hepatitis B. In addition, some sexually transmitted infections are generally curable (chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, trichomoniasis), while others remain lifelong infections that can significantly impact one’s health. If you are or
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The Facts About Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of blacklegged ticks infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.  The typical indicators of Lyme disease are fever, headache, fatigue and a characteristic “bull’s-eye” skin rash. Late spring/early summer is the highest-risk season for Lyme disease, but it should be noted that adult ticks are active year round and anytime the weather is above 40 degrees Fahrenheit. According to the CDC, approximately 95% of Lyme disease cases in the U.S. can be found in 14 states concentrated throughout the Northeast and Midwest including Maryland and Virginia. If left untreated, the Lyme
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Your MetroIPC Patient Coordinator

  Kawana Ringold is a Patient Care Coordinator at MetroIPC.  Our coordinators serve as a liaison between our MetroIPC patients and providers.  Kawana shares more about her role and what MetroIPC is doing to provide ongoing quality care for our patients.   Please tell us a little bit about yourself. I am a married, mother of three who is currently enrolled at UMUC for my Bachelors degree. I have worked as a Medical Assistant as well as in a clinical and administrative capacity for Riverside Health Systems, Walker Jones Health Center, Unity Health Care and the DC Department of Corrections.  As of June
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Using the Internet to Self-Diagnose?

By Michael J. Horan, MD, MPH, FACP   I turn to research on the Internet when I want to buy a new car, TV, computer or washing machine. When I go to the Internet, I can find independent consumer product evaluations and comparative cost information across a broad array of vendors. But what if I become ill? I fortunately have a bit of a leg up due to my experience in practicing medicine for over forty years. Having said that, if it is anything more complicated than a cold or flu, I will make an appointment to see my own
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