Posts by Ariell Kirylo

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism

The Role of Urgent and Primary Care within Medical Tourism by Christopher Timm, President, Metro Immediate & Primary Care Worldwide, medical tourism is a quickly growing industry as people are pursuing higher quality and more specialized healthcare outside of their own country. Many of these patients arrive to the U.S. after having researched and communicated with reputable specialists to pursue a path of wellness they can trust. While medical tourists frequently choose the U.S. for access to specific procedures like complex surgeries, specialized treatments for chronic diseases and other methods of focused care, immediate and urgent care practice managers across
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Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Saturated Fats Intake

A recent series of articles in the New York Times highlights the results of a major research study that challenges the idea that saturated fat intake affects cardiovascular disease. This new meta-analysis finds that all research to date, when evaluated together, provides no evidence that saturated fat intake or blood levels are associated with heart disease. My perspective has been that dietary advice needs to be personalized based on how these fats alter individual cardiovascular biomarkers given the weak evidence supporting current guidelines such as a low saturated fat diet. Write up: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/03/17/study-questions-fat-and-heart-disease-link/ Research article: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24723079
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What to Do? Emergency Tips

How can something so small be so painful! A broken toe (toe fracture) is a relatively common type of injury that can limit activity and cause quite a bit of discomfort. There are 26 bones in the foot, with 14 of these residing in the toes. These small bones are called phalanges. The first digit has 2 phalanges while the other toes have 3. Fractures of the big toe are less common but generally more debilitating as this toe plays an important role in balance, weight bearing and walking. Most toe fractures occur when you accidentally kick or drop something
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At Shepherd’s Table, There’s “Always Room for One More”

METRO SPONSORS SHEPHERD’S TABLE FUNDRAISER Last Sunday, March 30th, over 400 hundred patrons, attendees and sponsors gathered at the Fillmore in downtown Silver Spring in support of The Shepherd’s Table Annual Fundraiser, “Always Room for One More.”  Metro Immediate & Primary Care was a proud sponsor of the event supporting The Shepherd’s Table mission to provide help to the homeless and others in need.  The events featured food, drinks, live entertainment and fun ways to contribute, such as, a silent auction. Shepherd’s Table is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Silver Spring, supported by volunteers, religious organizations, government, businesses, foundations, and
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Q & A with Founder & President, Christopher Timm

Q1.   How did the concept of Metro Immediate & Primary Care begin? While working as Executive Director to an urgent care office close to the District, it quickly became clear to me that the massive transient population in D.C. was underserved; Think of the number of commuters, out-of-state students, travelers, etc. How were these people receiving care while in the city, and whom were they receiving it from? D.C. needed a stop-gap measure of healthcare for these people, so in 2009, we opened the first Metro Immediate and Primary Care location in Cleveland Park. Q2.  What is Metro Immediate
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What I Love About Being a PA at Metro Immediate & Primary Care!

Written by Abimbola Fasusi, PA-C, MIPC Physician Assistant A career in medicine is one of the most rewarding careers you can have.  Medicine was always a desire of mine, and deciding to become a Physician Assistant was the best thing I could have ever done.  I assess patient health by performing physical exams, ordering labs, accurately diagnosing patients, prescribing treatment and monitoring follow up care. PAs in general, exercise considerable autonomy when it comes to diagnosing and treating patients. At Metro Immediate and Primary Care, even with this autonomy, it is comforting to know I have a qualified and knowledgeable physician working with me in case I need some guidance
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Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Probiotics for Children

A new randomized controlled study published in Pediatrics found that preschool children attending daycare who were given a daily dose of Lactobacillus reuteri had fewer episodes and duration of diarrhea, fewer respiratory tract infections, and needed fewer antibiotics.  The effect sizes were quite significant with 69 episodes of diarrhea in the placebo group vs. 42 in the probiotics group; for respiratory tract illness there were 204 respiratory illness vs 93 cases in the probiotic group. http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2014/03/11/peds.2013-0652.abstract
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What to Do? Emergency Tips / Stress Fractures

“It only hurts when I run!” The long-awaited spring season has come and many are resuming their exercise and spring sports routines. As activity and training increases, so do the number of injuries. Stress fractures are one common injury seen in our clinics.  Repetitive stress (especially to the weight-bearing bones in the legs and feet) can eventually cause bones to crack. This is more likely to occur with a sudden change in the length or intensity of your activity, such as going for a much longer run than usual. Wearing worn-out shoes, having poor nutrition, and underlying conditions such as osteoporosis can also make you more prone to injury.
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The Health Benefits of Spring Cleaning

By MIPC Staff Some people just can’t wait to do a little Spring Cleaning in their homes, while others, are a little less enthusiastic. As we wait for the weather to warm up, Spring is a common time for people to get out with the old and in with the new. This is a time where health experts say we should toss our old make up, buy new pillows, empty out the fridge of old/expired food and, literally, CLEAN HOUSE.  But aside from a clutter-free home, there are other health benefits to tidying up our nests. 1. Reduces allergens: If you
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Medical Minute by Dr. James Yang / Strawberries + Heart Health

A new study found that strawberries improved multiple markers of cardiovascular disease including significantly reducing total cholesterol by 8.78%, LDL (“bad cholesterol”) by 13.72% and triglycerides by 20.80%.  While eating a pound of strawberries daily may not be feasible, this study supports the importance of eating large quantities of healthy fruits and vegetables for heart health.   For the abstract on this study click here: http://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(13)00249-0/abstract
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