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Wellness Matters - Winter 2014

Childhood nutrition: Start your child on the right path to healthy eating

 Teaching children healthy eating habits - such as drinking water, getting enough vitamin D and not skipping meals -  starts at a young age, according to Dr. Michael Lasser, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Howard County. Dr. Lasser also reccomends parents sit down together for meals and be a role model for children. The article appears on page 9.

Reuters - Nov. 20, 2014

Breast removal rates increasing for early cancers in U.S.

According to a new study published in JAMA Surgery, an increased number of women in the U.S. are opting to have their breasts removed in order to prevent early cancer. Is this always the correct choice or should they look into other breast-conserving procedures? “The bottom line is there is no difference at all for survival if you have mastectomy or breast conservation therapy,” Dr. Michael Zenilman of Johns Hopkins Medicine told Reuters Health. “What we have already noticed is the rates of mastectomy have been increasing over the last 15 years. This study basically confirms that this is happening.”

All in with Chris Hayes (MSNBC) - Oct. 15, 2014

Ebola patient called CDC before flight

A day before she fell ill, the second nurse to contract Ebola, Amber Joy Vinson, was allowed to board a plane from Ohio to Texas with a 99.5-degree temperature. Among the guests talking about Ebola containment is Kavita Patel, M.D., an internist at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Sibley Memorial Hospital. She talks about Johns Hopkins Medicine's very detailed plan for dealing with a patient who has contracted Ebola. 

USFHP Patriot Life - Fall 2014

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections

Dr. Kimberly Turner, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Howard County and Odenton, explains what is a urinary tract infection (UTI), how to avoid them and how to treat if diagnosed on page 2 of Patriot Life.

Baltimore's Child - Sept. 23, 2014

Organic Food - Is It Worth It?

Is it worth to spend more money on organic food for your children? Does it really have more nutritional value than nonorganic foods? Pediatrician Tina Kumra at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Wyman Park recommends which organic foods to buy or skip.

New Directions - Fall 2014

Free from Pain, Thanks to 'A Joint Effort'

Stephanie Schwam was in tremendous pain and almost could't walk when she diagnosed with hip dysplasia. She visited orthopaedic surgeon Daniel Valaik who, after watching her walk down the hallway, knew immediately that Stephanie need a hip replacement. Dr. Valaik, who practices at Suburban Hospital, recognized the need to coordinate Stephanie's medical care both prior to as well as immediately following her surgery. He explains: "I was able to work closely with Stephanie's cardiologist Mark Milner at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Heart Care to ensure she was ready for surgery and would come through the surgery with flying colors."

New Directions - Fall 2014

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Updates

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Germantown and North Bethesda are open on Saturday; North Bethesda welcomes medicine physician Annie George, M.D., and family medicine practitioner Khanh Nguyen, M.D; and Kidney and Liver Transplant Clinic now offered at Downtown Bethesda.

Wellness Matters - Fall 2014

Your Breast Health 

Francisco Rojas, M.D, at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Howard County, discusses various types of breast lumps and what you can do about them. The article appears on page 4.

WJLA-TV - August 21, 2014

Yale study shows increased survival rates among stroke, heart attack patients

 According to a new Yale University study published this week, hospitalizations for stroke patients dropped almost 34 percent between 1999 and 2011, and fell 38 percent for heart attack patients. The risk of dying within a year after a stroke fell by 13 percent, and by 23 percent after a heart attack. Dr. Jason Freeman speculates the drastic changes could be tied to quicker treatment and better lifestyle choices. “Dietary changes, taking your medications, interacting with your doctors, exercising; all of those things are happening at increasing rates,” Dr. Freeman said.

Fort Meade Soundoff - August 8, 2014

Annual National Night Out celebrates community with displays, rides, food

Representatives from Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and US Family Health Plan enjoyed the opportunity to thank Fort Meade military members and their families for their service to our country during National Night Out on August 5. Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Bowie, Howard County, Glen Burnie, Laurel and Odenton staff had fun meeting folks and sharing information about the practices. We hope the kids enjoyed Johns Hopkins's performance of Dr. Horn’s Punch & Judy Show!

New York Times - August 7, 2014

In ambitious bid, Walmart seeks foothold in primary care services

While each Walmart primary care clinic has a supervisory physician who oversees compliance and prescription orders at one or two locations, those doctors do not actually treat patients. The system is the same as for acute care clinics that treat minor skin infections or a sprained ankle, but it is more unusual for facilities that provide more complicated health services, said Dr. Steven J. Kravet, the president of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians. “I’m not saying there’s not a role for it. We just really have to find the right role,” Dr. Kravet said. “What you want is patients to get the right providers.”

New Directions - Summer 2014

A Life Saved … Twice

In 1980, physicians at Suburban Hospital saved Constantine Zuras's life the first time. Thirty-four years later, Mr. Zura relied on Suburban Hospital to provide lifesaving care after experiencing chest pain. Suburban's Emergency Department by Assistant Director of Emergency Medicine Brendan Carmody, M.D. sprang into action by performing emergency angioplasty and calling Cardiologist Eric Lieberman, M.D., with the results. “An angiogram showed that one of the arteries in Mr. Zuras’s heart was completely blocked, so we performed a coronary angioplasty, inserted a drugeluting stent to open the artery, and stopped his heart attack,” said Dr. Lieberman of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians Heart Care

Hagerstown Herald-Mail - July 14, 2014

Vaccination changes for 2014-15 year

The U.S. Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has added a few new vaccination requirements for students for the 2014-2015 school year. What are they and why are they important? Dr. Steven Blash, family practitioner at JHCP Hagerstown discusses the various vaccinations, ages kids should receive them, their importance, potential side effects and what do you if your child experiences this and insurance coverage.

The Washington Post - May 26, 2014

Going to the Doctor for Back Pain can be a Slippery Slope

“As a spine surgeon, I try to avoid surgery,” says Jay Khanna, director of the Johns Hopkins Orthopedic and Spine Surgery practice for the Washington area. For chronic back pain, he recommends physical therapy to strengthen the muscle support for the spine as well as “activity modification,” which might mean avoiding bending over or lifting heavy things.

NPR - May 7, 2014

Seeking Better Ways to Tell if Surgery is too Risky

Since half of all surgery in the United States is performed on people 65 and older, figuring out an individual's risk is key. Measuring frailty beforehand more accurately predicts who will do well after surgery, according to a study published Wednesday in JAMA Surgery. "We're now entering a new era of prediction of risks for surgery," says Dr. Michael Zenilman, a professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine who wrote a commentary on the study. "Surgeons were never trained in recognizing frailty."

The Patriot Life - Spring 2014

Why Brain Rest Is Vital for Concussions

What is the difference between a concussion and a mild bump on a child's head? How are concussions diagnosed and treated? Dr. Alicia Tucker, a sports medicine specialist from JHCP Bowie, answers these questions and more on page 2 of Patriot Life.

Washingtonian - March 2014

"Top Doctors" 2014

Congratulations to Johns Hopkins Community Physicians' primary care physicians, cardiologists and specialty surgeons honored as Washingtonian magazine's 2014 "Top Doctors."

Wall Street Journal - Feb. 24, 2014

How to Pick a Primary-Care Doctor

The best physicians are caring, competent and connected, according Dr. Peter Pronovost, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Quality, and Director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Dr. Pronovost describes the three "Cs" in detail in a blog entry for the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Steven Kravet, President of Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, agrees. "When a physician is caring, patients may stay with that physician even if they find the physician is not competent or connected," he said. "Patients should not hesitate to change physicians when they are not satisfied. They should not worry about hurting their physician's feelings."

The Bowie Blade News - Feb. 6, 2014

Youth Leaders 'On Call' for the Day at Medical Centers

Some very special guests visited JHCP Bowie recently - members of Youth Leadership Bowie (YLB). The group toured the practice and met with Drs. Paul Giles, Alicia Tucker and Amina Watson. Practice Administrator Tere Englund spoke about her life and what it really means to be a leader. Thank you to YLB for visiting!

Wellness Matters - Spring 2014

Losing Weight Helps Sleep Apnea - Simple Steps One Man Took to Reclaim His Life

Sleep medicine specialist Dr. Carmen Salvaterra at JHCP Pulmonolgy and Sleep Medicine discusses the significant impact that weight can have on your sleep. Learn how one patient lost 155 and how his sleep apnea improved. Article is on pages 6-7.

The Patriot Life - Winter 2014

When Over Exertion Means Trouble

We're still in the midst of winter's grip, which means snow shoveling for many. But, even the smallest amount of shoveling can cause your heart exertion, said cardiologist Maureen Collins Fennell, M.D., of JHCP Heart Care Rockville. What are the warning signs of a heart attack and how can you prevent this? Dr. Fennell explains on page 2 of Patriot Life.

Suburban Hospital Health eNews - Jan. 17, 2014

New Guidelines on Statins

The American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology recently released new guidelines that call for sweeping changes in the way cholesterol-lowering statin medications are prescribed. These new guidelines have caused much controversy, as physicians across the country debate the science behind the new recommendations, the merits of changing decades-old practices, and the idea of placing even more of their patients on statin therapy. Dr. Eric Lieberman, cardiologist at JHCP Heart Care, sheds some light on the new guidelines and the use of statins to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.