Posts by Ariell Kirylo

Clearing the Air About the Affordable Care Act

By Christopher Timm, MBBS, MHSc., MIPC President & Founder Obamacare. The name is enough to send people scurrying for their pitchforks and torches. Whether you support or abhor it, change is upon us, and Americans should embrace the reality that health care reform is here to stay. Although it is a hot button issue, many citizens remain unclear about the finer details of the law, and the repercussions for the average American. Formally known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Obamacare seeks to enable greater access to health care services and curb rising health care costs. The main
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Man Up: June is Men’s Health Month!

MAN UP.  TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR HEALTH Men face unique health challenges, and one of the most dangerous is their reluctance to seek health care. In fact, according to Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), men are 24 percent less likely than women to have seen a doctor in the past year.   Men’s Health Today A snapshot of men’s health in the United States shows that they sometimes experience different, but no less serious, health problems than women. Heart disease, cancer, and accidents (unintentional injuries) are the top causes of death for men. The most commonly diagnosed cancers among
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Warning Signs of a Stroke: When to act FAST by Dr. Michael Horan

A stroke happens when part of the brain is damaged because either an artery in the brain gets blocked with a clot (preventing the flow of critical oxygen and nutrients to the brain tissue) or a blood vessel bursts leading to a bleed into the brain. Risk Factors for Stroke? Things that increase the risk of having a stroke include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, smoking, an abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation, and lack of physical activity. Major Signs of a Stroke? •   Facial asymmetry: one side of the face looks lower than the other •   Arm weakness
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MIPC Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Caloric Intake

In a recent commentary in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard Medical School obesity researcher David Ludwig, MD, PhD suggested a radically different model of obesity. Instead of obesity being caused by simply an imbalance of calories in and calories out, Dr. Ludwig suggests that diet composition (specifically high levels of processed carbohydrates) combined with genetic and lifestyle factors lead to hormonal changes that increase fat storage and decrease circulating nutrients, triggering persistent hunger that eventually leads to weight gain. While seemingly intuitive, medical science has been having trouble accepting the proposition that quality of food matters; and that
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What to Do? Memorial Day – Sun Protection

Many people will be out in the sun enjoying the Memorial Day holiday. While the relaxing sun’s rays are good for the body and soul, too much or unprotected sun exposure can be harmful. In addition to painful sunburn, wrinkles and sunspots, prolonged exposure over time can lead to skin cancer. It is important to protect yourself daily, but most importantly if you will be enjoying outdoor activities during the heat of the day (10am-4pm). Here are a couple of tips to be safe in the sun this holiday: 1. Use sunscreen containing both UVA and UVB (a least 30
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What You Need to Know About Diabetes

by Abimbola Fasusi, PA-C, MIPC Physician Assistant The Basics Diabetes Mellitus has become a common condition in today’s society. DM is a disorder caused by the body’s inability to produce or utilize insulin (a hormone that breaks down sugar in the body for energy). Having persistently high glucose contributes to health problems such as heart disease, kidney dysfunction, and circulation issues. Although the etiologies of type 1 and type 2 diabetes differ dramatically, both lead to elevated levels of glucose. Symptoms Excessive thirst/hunger Excessive urination Weight gain Skin infection/ Rash Fatigue Weight loss (Type 1) Young age (Type 1) Prevention Diabetes
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MIPC Participates in Project CURE: Kits for Kids

by Jordan Hitchens, OMS I, former MIPC M.A. D.O. Candidate Class of 2017 Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine When I came across Project C.U.R.E and the Kits for Kids Program while enrolled at the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine (CUSOM), I was excited at the prospect of assembling and distributing 125 kits abroad.  The mission at Project C.U.R.E. married so well with my future goals.  Project C.U.R.E. is the largest provider of donated medical supplies and equipment to the developing world.  Their projects service over 130 countries. As part of the SOMA Executive Board, I
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What to Do? Tick Season

It’s Tick Season!!! As the warmer months approach, its very important to be educated about ticks and tick bite prevention. There a several different types of ticks, some carrying bacteria that cause disease. The most common tick-borne illness in the US is Lyme disease. It is caused by the bacteria, Borrelia Burgdorferi, and is transmitted by the deer tick. Symptoms of Lyme disease vary by stage, often starting with a distinct rash called Erythema Migrans. This rash begins at the bite, slowly expands, then clears in the center, giving it a characteristic “bull’s eye” appearance.  You may also experience a flu-like illness with fever, swollen glands, myalgias and
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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
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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
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