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Make Your Lifestyle Heart-Healthy

The millions of Americans diagnosed with heart and cardiovascular diseases can benefit from making healthy choices in their day-to-day lives.  Follow a healthy diet Eating a nutritious diet is a proven way to reduce the risk for heart disease. These are the elements of a heart-healthy diet (amounts listed are for adults): Eat 2 cups fresh fruits and 2-1/2 to 3 cups vegetables every day. Limit saturated and trans fats by using olive oil or other v ...

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New Year’s Resolutions, Take Two! Five Tips to Make Them Stick

If you’re like most people, you’ve probably struggled to keep your New Year’s resolutions past the first week (or maybe even the first day), right? We all know they are more easily made than kept, but there are ways to turn them into lifelong habits. MetroIPC recommends following the S.M.A.R.T. system, which includes the following five steps: 1. Set specific goals. The more specific the resolutions, the more likely they will be followed. Rather t ...

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10 Tips: Healthy Aging Month

  Republished from Healthy Aging Magazine   Think it’s too late to “rein­vent” your­self? Think again. Accord­ing to Car­olyn Wor­thing­ton, editor-in-chief of Healthy Aging® Mag­a­zine and exec­u­tive direc­tor of Healthy Aging®, “it’s never too late to find a new career, a new sport, pas­sion, or hobby.” Wor­thing­ton is the cre­ator of Sep­tem­ber is Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health obser­vance designed to focus national atten­ ...

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The Facts About Cholesterol

  September is Cholesterol Education Month and no matter how healthy you may appear, it is important for everyone to know the facts about high cholesterol. According to the CDC, over 102 million adults in America have cholesterol levels over 200 mg/dL, which is above what is considered healthy. Those who carry high levels of cholesterol in the blood are twice as likely to develop heart disease compared to those who maintain ideal levels. Cho ...

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Flu Season: Should You Vaccinate?

As summer draws to a close, most people face several important questions this upcoming fall.  Will the Redskins finally have a decent season? Is there a limit to the pumpkin flavored items one can consume? Should I get vaccinated for the flu this year? Although the answers to some of these questions remain ambiguous, getting vaccinated should be at the top of everyone’s priority list. Nobody actually enjoys getting sick, yet somehow it is still a ...

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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 sunt ...

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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 ...

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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 th ...

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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 i ...

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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 ...

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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 fra ...

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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 gettin ...

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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 pres ...

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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 injurie ...

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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 calle ...

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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, ...

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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 • Scho ...

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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 are ...

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The New MetroIPC.com

  Have you seen our new look? Metro Immediate & Primary Care is always looking for ways to better serve our patients. As we continue to grow, we want to make sure our patients have access to their most up-to-date health information and online booking systems. The MetroIPC website has always allowed visitors to book an appointment, explore locations and services, and also pay your bill online. With the new website, you will now also be ab ...

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Primary Care Services at MetroIPC

In addition to being able to treat our patients for immediate, non-life threatening issues, Metro Immediate & Primary Care can also serve as your primary care physician to provide you with preventative and ongoing health services when it is most convenient for you. Our extended hours, Metro-accessible locations and many accepted insurances allows us to serve you with quality care whether you need it now or later.  If you are interested in bec ...

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City Paper Best of DC – Best Doctor

  The results are in! Metro Immediate & Primary Care has been voted runner up for Best Doctor 2015 by City Paper’s readers’ poll.  Thank you to everyone who showed us your support this year! Metro Immediate & Primary Care was voted best Immediate Care Center in 2014. .   ...

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Carbohydrates and Health

by Michael J Horan, MD, MPH, FACP Carbohydrates represent the single largest component of the human diet. Simply put, they are essential for our bodies to create the energy necessary to drive all our biochemical and physiological processes. But because carbohydrates are so ubiquitous, they oftentimes can become a double-edged sword. Overweight and obesity result much more from excess carbohydrates in our diet than they do from excess calories due ...

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Diabetes Digest: Medications that Promote Weight Loss in Type 2 Diabetes

by Gerti Tashko, M.D. Diabetes epidemic has reached unprecedented scale; about 9% of all Americans (30 million people) have diabetes, and the trend continues to rise. At the same time, it is estimated that 85 million individuals have prediabetes. These are staggering statistics with tremendous cost to patients and society. Ninety five percent of all patients have type 2 diabetes, which is due to excessive body weight, especially abdominal adiposi ...

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A Healthier New Year by Dr. James Yang

  by James Yang, M.D. The beginning of the year has just started and I have been gratified to see some of my patients coming in, ready to make another effort at improving their health in 2015. Other patients, I am waiting to hear back from; some of whom have likely fallen off the wagon of healthy living during this holiday season and are feeling guilty. In one of the most well known theories of how we change, the “stages of change ...

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November: Diabetes Awareness Month

by MIPC Staff Each November, The American Diabetes Association is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding of diabetes, as well as, its consequences, management and prevention. According to the American Diabetes Association, almost 400 million people have diabetes worldwide.   Diabetes Awareness Month focuses the nation’s attention on the issues and seriousness of diabetes and of the people impacted by the disease. This year, the Associat ...

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Holiday Food Safety Tips

by MIPC Staff The holidays are right around the corner and food is always a major part of the festivities. However, food safety should be the most important ingredient in your holiday meals. Handling and preparing food safely prevents food-borne illnesses, but according to NIH, 48 million people in the U.S. get sick from contaminated food each year. Common culprits include bacteria, parasites and viruses. Symptoms may include: Upset stomach Abdom ...

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What You Need to Know About Epilepsy

By Aileen Bay, MIPC M.A. Over 2 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with epilepsy.  Epilepsy, a seizure disorder, is a neurological condition characterized by disturbances in the electrical activity of the brain. These electrical disturbances can cause many different types of seizures. Epilepsy is usually diagnosed after several tests are performed, including EEG (electroencephalogram), which detects electrical activity using ...

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Local Marriage Therapist Bares Everything, Launches Kickstarter to Save Marriages

Keith Miller, the director of Keith Miller & Associates Counseling in Dupont Circle and Bethesda, launched a Kickstarter campaign in October to raise funds for publishing his new book aimed at curbing divorce. His witty video (found on the campaign page) depicts how many couples feel about going to couples therapy and makes an appeal to pre-order his book via Kickstarter as a way to finance the expenses of publishing and distributing his mess ...

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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 car ...

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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 i ...

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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 h ...

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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 med ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ho ...

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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 wh ...

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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 EOB ...

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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 a ...

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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 a ...

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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 seriou ...

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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 ...

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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 inc ...

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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 ...

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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 diabete ...

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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 wi ...

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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 Er ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 medica ...

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