Susan Friedl

Susan Friedl is the Research Coordinator at Gordon Medical Associates.

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Google has a new app that can map air quality street by street

Google has been working on a new app that will map air quality street by street. Currently only available with info on Oakland, but the plan is to expand over time. Check out the interactive map. It looks  like some of the info could be generalized, like the increase in levels on major streets and highways.

We’ve been mapping air quality with Street View cars since 2014. Today, with our partners EDF and Aclima, we’re announcing the results of this effort for…
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Disaster Preparation During Older Americans Month

Our local Red Cross contact sent us the following information to get us ready for anything the summer may bring:

With all the rain leading to stupendous plant growth after years of drought, the Sonoma County Emergency Coordinator’s office is planning for what could be devastating fires, like the ones that devoured 20% of Lake County last year. You can get alerts on your phone (phone call, email or text), computer, or tablet (email) from SoCo Alerts, and you can also download the FEMA Mobile Disaster App (See below).

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May is Older Americans Month (sorry we are late!) and a great time to ensure you or any members of your household prepare for emergencies.

The first step is identifying what you, or older (or disabled) adults in your household may need to be prepared. Evaluate those needs, include them in your emergency plan, and add any necessary items to your emergency supply kit. The Ready Campaign recommends seniors consider the following measures:

*Create a network of neighbors, relatives, friends, and co-workers to aid you in an emergency. Discuss your needs and make sure everyone knows how to operate necessary equipment. If appropriate, discuss your needs with your employer.

*Keep specialized items ready, including extra wheelchair batteries, oxygen, catheters, medication, food for service animals, and any other items you might need.

*Keep written copies of your prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, and orders for medical equipment, including dosage, treatment, and allergy information in your emergency kit.

*Make a list of the type and model numbers of the medical devices you require.

*Talk with your medical service providers about their emergency plans if you undergo routine treatments administered by a clinic or hospital or if you receive regular services such as home health care, treatment, or transportation. Work with them to identify back-up service providers and incorporate them into your personal support network.

*Get copies and maintain electronic versions of health records from doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other sources to store for your reference. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) provides an online tool intended to help people locate and access their electronic health records from a variety of sources.

*Coordinate with friends, family, or specialty transportation service providers in the event of a mandatory evacuation.

Find more information on preparedness for older Americans at www.ready.gov/seniors.

Gordon Medical also has resources for disaster and healthcare emergency preparation, much specifically focused on the ill, disabled, or elderly,  on our resources page.

Mobile FEMA Disaster App

FEMA disaster warning app
The FEMA app is your one-stop-shop with tools and tips to keep you safe before, during, and after disasters. Stay updated with weather-related alerts from the U.S. National Weather Service. Upload and share your disaster photos to help out emergency managers. Save a custom list of the items in your family’s emergency kit, as well as the places you will meet in case of an emergency. Get tips on what to do before, during, and after over 20 types of disasters. And locate open shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person at Disaster Recovery Centers. Terms of use: www.fema.gov/app.

Download the FEMA app for safety tips and @NWS weather alerts for up to five locations:  available for Apple, Android, and Blackberry mobile devices.

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You can also download the app via text messaging:

  • If you have an Apple device: Text APPLE to 43362 (4FEMA)
  • If you have an Android device: Text ANDROID to 43362 (4FEMA)

If you use text messaging, standard message and data rates apply. Learn more about our text messages.

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“Look of Lyme” Video Channel Launch at Under Our Skin

Look of Lyme
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What Does Your Lyme Look Like?

Look of Lyme is a new initiative by the makers of UNDER OUR SKIN to bring your personal stories of suffering and courage into the limelight. While the Internet and social media have exploded with personal videos, there is no place that serves as a repository and archive of the ever changing and growing landscape of Lyme disease. Look of Lyme changes that, offering a way to make the personal political by harnessing the power of crowdsourcing and media. Our individual stories create a collective story that cannot be dismissed! Also, as we begin to develop a third film in the UNDER OUR SKIN collection, Look of Lyme is a way we can screen for possible film subjects. After receiving your videos and possibly editing them for brevity, consistency and branding, we’ll present them on a new YouTube channel accessible to millions worldwide.

Go to the Look of Lyme webpage to get guidlines on how to film and submit your video.

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Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Food!

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!

Round Up of Paleo Style Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

One Pot Bacon Barised Lamb Stew

One Pot Bacon Braised Lamb Stew by Cotter Crunch

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It’s Here! The GMA Patient Portal is Now Live

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.

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12:00 Midnight Deadline to Sign Up for 2017 Insurance Through HealthCare.gov

ACA Sign Up Deadline 2017Get 2017 Health Insurance coverage. Health Insurance Marketplace

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.

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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.

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Help Set the Lyme Research Agenda with Lymedisease.org Survey

Lyme Research AgendaToday, 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.

Take the Survey

Read more at Lyme Policy Wonk

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Yoga Improves Memory and Brain Function in Older Adults, Study Finds

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.

Yoga Center of Santa Rosa

Pam Fields of the Yoga Center of Santa Rosa teaching in her gentle yoga class. Pam also teaches a class for Parkinson’s patients.

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.

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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

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New! Patient Resources Now at the GMA website

Patient Resource Page

Our Resource Page is now on the GMA website at
Resources/Support Groups

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
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Happy Holidays From Everyone at GMA!

Happy Holidays from GMA

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