Posts by Ariell Kirylo

The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

by MIPC Staff As you go about your busy schedule, and struggle to make time for yourself, please remember maintaining your personal wellness with routine check-ups can do more than a peace of mind. Really, it could save your life. Did you know that second to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women today[1]? Health awareness observations, like Breast Cancer Awareness Month, are annual reminders of preventative care practices, not just a great excuse to wear pink. Metro Immediate & Primary Care offers many types of routine physical screenings that can assess multiple areas of
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The Facts About Ebola

by James Yang, MD While the recent DC Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) news has proven to be a false scare, DC residents are vigilant as ever since the deadly Ebola virus arrived in the United states with a patient in Dallas.  The virus has infected over 7540 people and killed over 3473 people since the outbreak in March in West Africa.  Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever, meaning that it causes bleeding inside and outside the body.  After getting infected through exposure to bodily fluids, the virus can have a long incubation period with symptoms starting between 2-21 days.  Initial symptoms are nonspecific
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Urgent vs. Immediate Care: Is There a Difference?

by MIPC Staff People often use the terms “urgent” and “immediate” interchangeably when it comes to healthcare, often times, within these actual facilities.  Admittedly, the industry often uses these terms synonymously as an easy way to get their messages across to the general public, however, there is a clear distinction between these two terms and the type of care that they provide. Typical urgent care centers can be found either attached to a hospital or as a freestanding facility.  These centers often provide basic healthcare services but also time-sensitive and non-life threatening emergencies.  The term “urgent” may lead someone to
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Women’s Heart Health: Are You at Risk?

By Dr. Niya Jones, MIPC Physician Although heart disease affects more than 26 million people in the United States1, many women do not realize that they are at risk. In a recent study sponsored by the American Heart Association, only about half of the women surveyed correctly identified heart disease as the number one cause of death for women.2 In addition to traditional risk factors, certain medications, pregnancy-related disorders and common medical conditions can all predispose women to heart disease. Unique Risk Factors High blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking and diabetes are major heart disease risk factors for both men
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Can You Recognize a Heart Attack or a Stroke?

By Michael J. Horan, MD, MPH, FACP  How would you react to a medical emergency? When it comes to life-threatening conditions like heart attack or stroke, every minute counts. Get to know the signs and symptoms of these health threats. If you think you or someone else might be having a heart attack or stroke, get medical help right away. Call 911. Acting fast could save your life or someone else’s. That’s the message we put out back in 1991 when I worked at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and we
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MIPC Medical Minute by Dr. Michael Horan / Vitamin D Deficiency

You may have been hearing a lot about Vitamin D deficiency recently: low Vitamin D has been associated with diminished intestinal absorption of calcium, which in turn can lead to osteoporosis or brittle bones; low Vitamin D has been associated with in an increased incidence of cardiovascular diseases; and now the latest, low Vitamin D appears to be related to an increased future incidence of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. So what should you do? You should not go out and load up on Vitamin D supplements because too much Vitamin D is toxic, leading to a syndrome called hypervitaminosis D.
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The Basics of Being Healthy & Staying Healthy

by Ruth Torres, MA – MIPC Medical Assistant How well prepared are you to fight off infection and what measures are you taking? Most illnesses can be easily managed through the help of basic methods and being cautious with what enters your body. Most people have direct access to soap and running water, but not many value the act of hand washing. Think about how many things we touch in a day! Getting those suds in motion will keep you from holding onto unwanted microbes and help prevent you from catching an infection—or needing a doctor’s visit. At MIPC, we take great care of
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Can’t Sleep?

By Brigit C. Britton, MD – MIPC Physician There are few things more frustrating than lying awake at night, watching the clock tick away until your next work day. Insomnia is an increasing problem in the US, with approximately 30% of adults reporting sleep difficulty and 10% experiencing chronic insomnia.  Not only is this a source of anxiety for many, but lack of sleep can have significant emotional, mental and physical consequences.  So why is sleep so crucial, what exactly is insomnia, and what are some ways to help manage this condition? Sleep is a necessity, not a luxury, but
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Explanation of Benefits, Explained

By Christopher Timm, MBBS, MHSc., MIPC President & Founder The only thing more painful than getting a shot at a doctor’s appointment is receiving the bill a few weeks later. We have all experienced the shock and horror of staring at a $500 bill for a throat swab, wondering how a Q-tip can be more expensive than your last car payment. However, most people do not realize these “bills” are actually Explanation of Benefits, otherwise known as EOBs, and do not indicate actual prices or fees patients pay. To clarify, EOBs are detailed explanations of payments for services received through
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Autism & Pesticides: Is There a Correlation?

by James Yang, MD At MIPC, I have the good fortune of being the one who delivers the official news that a woman is pregnant.  As women wait for their first OB appointment at 6 weeks, they often ask for advice during the initial period when a newborn’s vital organs are developing.  Like most physicians, basic advice including taking a prenatal, avoiding alcohol and tobacco, avoiding common OTC medications, and recognizing high mercury fish are often discussed.  However, a new study published has made me consider discussing the emerging data that pesticides may have on the risk of autism and
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