HealthWise – Fall 2014 Your Diet After 50, Teen Stress: Tips for Parents, Acid Reflux

Welcome to the fall edition of HealthWise..

In this issue of the Maryland Primary Care Physicians e-newsletter, our providers offer great advice on your diet after age 50, how to deal with acid reflux, tips for teen stress and more. Please read on and share these health & wellness articles. If you need help scheduling an appointment or flu shot, please click the appointment link or visit Happy Thanksgiving!

 In this issue: Your Diet After 50  |  Teen Stress: Tips for Parents  |  Q&A: Acid Reflux
Diet After 50: Food choices & exercise prove critical.
For adults age 50 and over, making healthy food choices and staying active are crucial lifestyle habits. Recent studies show that a good diet can not only help you resist illness and prevent certain diseases, but also defy or delay some of the common effects of aging.

“We need fewer daily calories as we age because our metabolism naturally begins to slow,” says MPCP Arnold physician, Amanda Malone, M.D. “Since you don’t need as many calories, those calories you do consume become very important…
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Teens and Stress: Tips for Parents
By: Lisa Meade, PA-C

A recent study by the American Psychological Association (APA) confirms what I see weekly in my practice: Teens feel a great deal of stress and anxiety, but often don’t have the proper coping strategies to deal with these feelings.

The APA report “Stress in America” included data on American youth (teens ages 13-17) for the first time this year. The report found that teens

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Heartburn, Acid reflux...How do I get relief?
A Q&A with Loraine Dailey, M.D.
Q: I’ve heard acid reflux can be serious. Is that true?
A: If you’ve been taking antacids and refraining from eating lots of different foods, but you still have acid reflux- or “heartburn”- you may have what doctors term GERD. GERD stands for GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease. And yes, while the symptoms are annoying, GERD can also be serious and cause…
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MPCP News:

MPCP Patient Portal Update

This month, we will be doing a test of the new Patient Portal with our MPCP Arundel Mills office.  All patients for whom we have an active email on file will be invited to enroll. Once this test phase is completed, we will roll out the Portal to all MPCP patients at our other offices.

Please make sure your correct email address is on file with your MPCP office! That’s how we will contact you for enrollment.

Once enrolled, you will be able to schedule appointments and request prescription refills via the Portal. Also, you will be able to receive information from our system to your secure Portal account, including clinical summaries of your visit, patient education, lab letters and referral requests.

New Providers
Sarah Sullivan, CRNP, joined our Pasadena practice in August. She received her Master of Science in Nursing degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2004. Ms. Sullivan is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) in Family Practice, and is accepting patients of all ages.

Shavonne Salaam, CRNP, recently joined our Glen Burnie practice. She received her Master of Science in Nursing from University of Maryland, Baltimore in 2014. Ms. Salaam is board certified by the AANP in Family Practice and is accepting patients 14 years of age and up.

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