1. Dec. 4-10 is National Influenza Vaccination Week

    The Centers for Disease Control have declared December 4-10 to be National Influenza Vaccination Week. “If you haven't gotten your flu vaccine yet,” says the CDC, “now's the time! An annual flu vaccine is the single best way to protect against the flu.” Every year, flu activity peaks between December and March (and some years can go on until May). The CDC emphasizes getting your shot by ea…Read More

  2. Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule

    On Weds., Nov. 23, our Falls Church office will close at 1:00. On Thanksgiving Day, all Medics USA offices will be closed. On Friday, Nov. 25, the offices will reopen, except for our Columbia Heights location in DC. (If you need to see us in DC on Friday, our nearby Dupont Circle office will be open.) Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!…Read More

  3. Hints to Make a Healthier Thanksgiving Feast

    "Many times, the sugar, fat or sodium content of holiday recipes can be reduced without a noticeable difference in taste," says the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at Texas A&M University. "In addition, there are several traditional holiday foods you can prepare in ways that don't have a lot of extra fat or calories." If a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, use two-thirds instead. Use eva…Read More

  4. Dental Sealants Stop a Lot of Cavities

    We don’t provide dental services at Medics USA, but we came across a good piece of advice from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and we wanted to pass it on. Dental sealants – the coating that is applied to teeth to prevent cavities – are very effective in children. In fact, they prevent up to 80 percent of cavities in kids ages 6-11. The problem, says the CDC, is that 60 percent of tho…Read More

  5. Diabetics Need Annual Eye Exams

    One in ten Americans has diabetes. The disease means that they are at a higher risk for complications that can leave them visually impaired or blind. This week, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) released a study showing that the majority of diabetics do not get the regular eye exams that can prevent just these complications. The AAO worked with the Centers for Disease Control to monitor …Read More

  6. CDC says flu season is here!

    The Centers for Disease Control, America’s leading health institute, has officially kicked off the 2016-2017 flu season. CDC says that they have started to receive reports of “a small number of localized influenza outbreaks.” “This is not unusual for September,” the Centers note, adding “It is not possible to make any predictions about the timing or severity of the upcoming influenza s…Read More

  7. Flu Vaccine Has Arrived!

    Quadrivalent flu vaccine is now available at all Medics USA locations. Flu shots are fully covered by most health insurance plans and Medicare. If you have to self-pay, the charge is $35. Walk-in flu shots welcome.…Read More

  8. One cup, or two?

    Does one cup of coffee get you started in the morning? Or do you need two or more cups to get your brain fully operating. The answer may depend on your genes. A team of European researchers looked at a gene named PDSS2. They found that a people with a specific variation of that gene tend to drink fewer cups of coffee than those who do not have the variation. The researchers think that the gene var…Read More