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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 Abdominal cramps Nausea and vomiting Diarrhea Fever Dehydration These symptoms can range from mild to serious. The treatment in most cases, is increasing your fluid intake. For more serious illness,
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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. https://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: https://www.jnutbio.com/article/S0955-2863(13)00249-0/abstract
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What To Do? Emergency Tips / Nosebleeds

While nosebleeds may be scary, they are usually quite harmless. The most common type of nosebleed (epistaxis) originates from the anterior (front) part of the nose where there is a network of fragile blood vessels. During the winter months, when the indoor air is warm and dry, these vessels can become irritated and prone to bleeding. Rubbing, blowing or picking the nose can also cause irritation, which is why children or those suffering with a cold or allergies often get nosebleeds. Anterior nosebleeds usually present with bleeding from only one nare and can range from small streaks on the tissue to a significant amount
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