Posts by Ariell Kirylo

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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Avoiding Summer Sport Injuries

By Brigit Britton, MD The warm weather months are a time for us to enjoy our outdoor activities such as exercise and summer sports. As activity and training increases, so do the number of injuries.  Sprains and strains are common injuries seen at MetroIPC. When the ankle is twisted, rolled or inverted (most common), the ligaments can be stretched or even torn. This causes pain, swelling and decreased range of motion at the ankle joint. Stress fractures are also common during the summer months.  Repetitive stress (especially to the weight-bearing bones in the legs and feet) can eventually cause bones to crack. This is more likely
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Vaccinations at MetroIPC

  Below is a list of the most common types of vaccines that our patients request. The CDC also offers a list of destinations along with the travel vaccinations and medications you will need for your trip abroad. If you are interested in a vaccine, please contact your local MetroIPC office to ensure availability prior to your visit. Due to the varying shelf life on vaccines, we recommend calling at least a few days.  The CDC recommends getting your vaccinations 4-6 weeks prior to travel. For children under the age of 18, MetroIPC recommends vaccinations through their pediatrician. Click here
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Men’s Health Services at MetroIPC

Men’s Health Month is a chance for both men and women to increase their awareness of the potentially significant health problems that men face, as well as what steps they can take to prevent such problems. Metro Immediate & Primary Care has immediate and preventative care services to help monitor, manage and take control of your health. In addition to getting your yearly physical, some common things men can be screened for include: Blood pressure (hypertension) Cholesterol Diabetes (blood sugar) Prostate Exams STD Testing & Sexual Health Mental health issues (depression, anxiety, etc.) Weight Have a health question, concern or just need your
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Hidden July 4th Threats

Original post by The GW Medical Faculty Associates  A Consumer Products Safety Commission study shows a 65% increase in the number of fireworks-related injuries last year over the previous year.  That’s eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 people who were injured by fireworks in 2013. The GW Medical Faculty Associates wants you to be safe this Independence Day.  But fireworks are not the greatest July 4th safety concern. “Of the myriad of injuries we see in the emergency room, only a few are related to fireworks,” says Dr. Bruno Petinaux, The GW Medical Faculty Associates Emergency Medicine physician and head
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MetroIPC’s In-Depth Look at Sun Protection

By Kelly Thelin, MetroIPC PA-C Have a minor sunburn? Book an Appointment We have previously discussed the importance of sun protection during the summer months. Now let’s delve deeper into the elements of sun exposure and what you need to know. Let’s begin with UV light. Ultraviolet rays, which come from the sun and tanning beds, are a type of radiation. Any form of radiation can alter our genes, which over time can produce abnormal growths called cancer. We classify the type of UV rays that reach the surface of our skin as UVA and UVB. In short, UVA is the
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Kidney Top 10

Original post by The GW Medical Faculty Associates        One in every three Americans is at risk for kidney disease. Not only is kidney disease common, it can also be deadly.  If you don’t know much about the topic, now is a great time to get informed. Take a few moments to focus on kidney health and treatment. (BTW—this is number 1 of the Top 10.) Certain lifestyle changes can help promote healthy kidney function. Your doctor may prescribe a well-balanced diet low in cholesterol, sodium, processed foods and sugar. Get plenty of physical activity. Stay hydrated. Avoid
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MIPC’s Summer Guide to Sun Safety: The Basics

by Kelly Thelin, MIPC PA-C You may be surprised to know that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, which is why year round skin health is extremely important. However, now that beach season is upon us, understanding how to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun is required summer reading. There are several reasons why we should care about our skin. Cancer is the most concerning, but other issues like wrinkles, age spots, dehydration, and heat stroke are more often of more imminent concern. So how can we protect ourselves? First and foremost, do
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New MetroIPC Location: Downtown 15th & L

  Metro Immediate & Primary Care announces a new location to open in Downtown DC at 15th and L Streets NW. Accessible via the McPherson Square Metro Station, doors are slated to open by May 20th, 2015.   The following services with be offered at the new McPherson Square office:   • STD testing • Pregnancy testing • Rapid strep and throat cultures • Rapid flu and rapid mono • Finger prick glucose testing • Sports physical • School physical • Pre-operative physical • Work physical • Blood pressure screening • Vaccinations • Well woman exam • Sprains and strains
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MetroIPC Joins the GWMFA Family

  Metro Immediate & Primary Care (MetroIPC) is proud to announce that we are now a part of The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA), the largest independent physician group in the Washington metropolitan area. The addition of MetroIPC allows The MFA to expand care access, increase patient convenience and enhances the position of The GW Medical Faculty Associates as the largest independent physician group in the Metropolitan Washington area. “MetroIPC is a welcome addition to The GW Medical Faculty Associates’ patient services and care options that increase access and convenience to both new and current patients,” said MFA President Alan
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