Be sure to check the recipes for any ingredients that may be problematic for you. There are paleo style, vegie, dairy free, gluten free, and low carb options here. Find something to make the day special!
Susan Friedl is the Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical Associates.
Good things are worth waiting for! It took a little longer than we planned, but the GMA Patient Portal is now up on the website. Secure messaging will make it easy to communicate and make changes in your appointments, update your address, your payment info, to upload labs or other documents, and to manage your prescriptions and get information on your treatment. Current patients can sign up now. If you have any problems signing on, contact your Medical Assistant for help.
Official site of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Enroll now for 2017. See health coverage choices, ways to save today, how the law affects you.
In California you can use Covered California. If you start your application at Covered California before midnight, you will have until February 4 to complete it.
Today, LymeDisease.org launches a survey of 25 research questions for the community to vote on and prioritize. The answers will be used to develop a research agenda for the Lyme community which will be publicized and used as a tool to give patients a voice in the funding of research. The ultimate goal is to ensure that research that matters to patients is funded.
Read more at Lyme Policy Wonk
Published on the YogaU Wellness blog, the article below discusses a study which showed an increase in memory and brain function in older adults who did yoga. While GMA patients may not all be older, many still may suffer from memory and concentration issues which could benefit from yoga.
If you are interested in trying it out, check out our Resources/Support Groups page on the GMA website to find a list of local and online classes in gentle and restorative yoga that would be possible for many patients.
Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds
By: B Grace Bullock, PhD, E-RYT 500
Prolonged stress can have a deleterious effect on the brain, reducing your ability to think, plan and reason effectively. This is particularly true for the elderly. Now, a new study published in Biological Psychology finds that yoga may moderate the stress response and improve executive function in older adults, building on prior research that finds that yoga is good for your brain.
Neuroendocrine research finds that brain exposure to higher concentrations of cortisol – a key marker of stress – increases the risk for cognitive deficits as we age. Chronic stress magnifies this effect, placing undue wear and tear on the brain and the autonomic nervous system, and increasing the risk for disease.
Read the original study: Yoga practice improves executive function by attenuating stress levels
Find a review by the Harvard Medical School Health Publication of studies about yoga and the stress response: Yoga for Anxiety and Depression
Our Resource Page is now on the GMA website at
We have a new resource list, with updated links, and many new additions. I hope you will find these helpful to you in the coming new year. There are still areas we are planning to update or fill in, so if you are a patient, and have suggestions for resources you have found useful in your health journey, let us know in the comments below.
*Inclusion on this list does not necessarily mean that we endorse the organization, group, or business. Before making any changes in your treatment, always be sure to consult your physician.
We list resources on the following topics:
Aging and Illness
Aging and Illness Support and Resources – Local
Aging and Illness – National [Read more…]
We are putting the finishing touches on the Patient Portal at the GMA website. Keep an eye open for your invite to participate. The new portal will make all your communications with GMA simpler and more secure. You will be able to ask questions, get information from your visits, and even participate in questionnaires. There will be a link to access it on the GMA website, right on the navigation menu.