TPMG Partners With Local Virginia Foodbanks for Holiday Food Drive

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TPMG Partners With Local Virginia Foodbanks for Holiday Food Drive

Newport News, VA, November, 25, 2020 – TPMG has partnered with the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank and Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore for our first ever holiday food drive from December 1-15. It’s the season of giving, and we’re looking to provide nutritious meals and non-perishable items to seniors, children, and families in need. We are accepting canned food, non-perishable items, and/or monetary donations. No donation is too big or too small!
 
We will have two donation drive-thru events on December 4 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on December 15 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at our Omni headquarters in Newport News – 860 Omni Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606. For a full list of donation drop-off sites, please visit:
 
 
Every $1 donated helps provide 4 meals for people in need. These monetary donations will be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that cannot be donated. The foodbanks work with local farmers and distributors to get reduced pricing on bulk items. To make a monetary donation to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank or Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, visit:
 
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank:
Serves Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg, and other neighboring counties.
 
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore:
Serves Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, and other southeastern counties.
 
The most needed items include:
  • Canned tuna, chicken, and ham
  • Pasta meals and sauces
  • Canned fruit or fruit cups
  • Hearty meaty soups
  • Cereal, breakfast bars, and oatmeal
  • Rice boxes and whole wheat pasta
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Mac and cheese
  • Condiments – Syrup, ketchup, mustard, and mayo
Having access to nutritious meals is beneficial to overall wellness. Proper nutrition contributes to a stronger immune system, increased energy levels, and reduced risk of chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. The body needs the proper amount of nutrients to stay strong and fight against illnesses, such as the common cold. Nutrients can be gained from eating an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to healthy foods.
 
Many children rely on free or reduced-price meals at school. In the wake of the pandemic, these children are being homeschooled, leaving parents struggling to put healthy food on the table. The Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has seen an 88% increase in food requests with half of them being families in need of assistance for the first time. During this time, many people have lost their jobs while others have taken significant pay cuts due to shortages of hours. This has led to increased electric bills, water bills, gas bills, and food bills. All of these bills add up on top of the cost of living. To help ensure that no one goes hungry during this holiday season, join us as we fill the plates of our neighbors right here in the Hampton Roads area.
 
For more information about our holiday food drive, visit https://mytpmg.com/fooddrive/.

ABOUT TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 220 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 85 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

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Tips to Having a Healthy, Cost-Efficient, and Safe Holiday Season

By: Richelle Hammiel
Published: November 25, 2020

The holiday season usually calls for family gatherings, sports, tons of food, laughs, and even a few tears. We spend hours trying to make every holiday feel even better than the last. All of the stress spent preparing dishes, decorating, and buying gifts eventually pays off. This year, our holidays may look a little different.

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Williamsburg Gastroenterologist

TPMG Conducts Crohn’s Disease Treatment Trial

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TPMG Conducts Crohn’s Disease Treatment Trial

Williamsburg, VA, November 4, 2020 – TPMG Clinical Research Division in Williamsburg is conducting an investigational treatment trial for patients experiencing uncontrolled Crohn’s disease. This investigational trial will include experimental drugs designed to alleviate moderate to severely active symptoms in patients. Board certified gastroenterologist, Frances J. Jones, MD, FACG, is the lead investigator conducting this study.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack healthy parts of the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). This causes damage to occur anywhere in the body from the mouth to the colon. Symptoms include fatigue, mouth ulcers, bowel obstruction, diarrhea, and pain in the abdomen.

“Crohn’s disease can be quite debilitating. Severe symptoms make it difficult to perform daily activities because you don’t know when or where Crohn’s will attack the body. When it does, you must act quickly,” said Williamsburg gastroenterologist, Frances J. Jones, MD, FACG. “The goal of this treatment trial is to investigate medications that will help alleviate symptoms in patients and heal the damage to the gastrointestinal tract, ultimately delivering improved health and normalcy.”

The investigational treatment trial team will evaluate potential patients for candidacy with an interview, questionnaires, labs, and a colonoscopy. Eligible patients will be enrolled in a one year treatment trial. The evaluation and treatment are free of charge. Participants will also be compensated for their time.

Participants must meet the following criteria:
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Diagnosed with moderate or severely active Crohn’s Disease for at least three months
  • Previously responded to conventional therapies
If you’re interested in learning more about this clinical trial or seeing if you may qualify, please call (757) 741-0981 or email clinicaltrials@tpmgpc.com.

ABOUT TIDEWATER PHYSICIANS MULTISPECIALTY GROUP

Founded in 1992, Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group (TPMG) includes more than 220 primary care, specialty physicians and advanced practice clinicians in more than 85 locations throughout southeastern Virginia. TPMG’s mission is to provide superior healthcare that is responsible, physician-directed, and dedicated to keeping patients best interest foremost. The TPMG medical team includes expert physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, medical assistants, diagnostic staff, and non-clinical staff all working together to provide consistent, compassionate, high-quality medical care. Learn more at www.mytpmg.com.

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Richelle Hammiel

Marketing Content Writer

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Eric C. Darby, MD, FACS

Dr. Eric Darby Designated as a Center of Excellence for GreenLight™ Laser Therapy

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Dr. Eric Darby Designated as a Center of Excellence for GreenLight™ Laser Therapy, a Treatment for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), or Enlarged Prostate

 

Center of Excellence Recognizes High Degree of Experience with New Technology

 

Congratulations Dr. Darby and team on becoming the only GreenLightCenter of Excellence on the Peninsula! This new program was designed to formally recognize and promote physicians who have achieved a high degree of expertise with GreenLight Laser Therapy. The ultimate goal is to help men suffering from LUTS/BPH to quickly find highly skilled Urologists in their specific area via the www.treatmybph.com “Find a Specialist” tool to receive the highest quality of care and best possible clinical outcomes. See below: Read more

TPMG Unveils New Spine Center

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TPMG Unveils New Spine Center

Newport News, VA, October 12, 2020 – Tidewater Physicians Multispecialty Group provides the full spectrum of spine care with the new TPMG Comprehensive Spine Center (CSC), a dedicated spine center designed to improve the efficiency, speed, and quality of treatment for patients suffering from spine pain. With two locations in Williamsburg and Newport News, the team is able to provide access to patients from New Kent and West Point, Gloucester and Matthews all the way down to the Hampton Roads tunnel. Read more

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

By: Madison Bambini
Published: October 12, 2020

With the dreaded summer heat behind us, many of us are spending more time outdoors sprucing up the home. One effective way of ridding our area of debris is by power washing. Although a great cleaning tool, your prolonged grasp and the consistent vibration of the machine can make your hand numb and tingly. This combination may cause the flare-up of carpal tunnel syndrome. Read more

Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation

By: Meg Irish
Posted: September 11, 2020

The color of human skin is partly determined by specialized cells in the skin called melanocytes. One important job of melanocytes is to make a brown pigment called melanin. The amount of melanin produced by melanocytes varies across individuals with lighter and darker skin color. Conditions that result in either darkening or lightening of the skin are known as pigmentary disorders.

Pigmentary disorders are a common concern, particularly for persons with skin of color.  In fact, numerous studies have showed that disorders of pigmentation are amongst the most common reason for visiting a dermatologist. Read more

Dr Coleman and the InterStim Micro

TPMG Center for Colorectal Surgery Is One of First to Offer New Medical Technology from Medtronic to Treat People Suffering from Incontinence

Melanoma – Tips to Spot this Aggressive Form of Skin Cancer

By: Max Warren
Posted: August 24, 2020

There are three major types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Melanoma is the least common and most aggressive form. Of the over 3 million skin cancer diagnoses reported by the American Academy of Dermatology, approximately 200,000 cases will be diagnosed as melanoma. Melanoma can occur anywhere on the skin, but is more commonly found on the legs of women and the chest or back of men. Research indicates that UV light from the sun and indoor tanning causes melanoma*. (*Source: American Academy of Dermatology) Risk factors that increase the odds of developing melanoma include excessive sun exposure, a weakened immune system, fair skin, personal skin cancer history, and a family history of skin cancer. Read more

Foot and Ankle

Five Common Conditions that Cause Foot and Ankle Pain

By: Benjamin R. Proto, DPM, FACFAS
Published: August 11, 2020

Getting around to do daily tasks is highly dependent on the performance of your feet and ankles for many people. When something goes wrong, simply going for a walk could be taxing if pain emerges. Symptoms, risk factors, and treatment for five common conditions are explained below.

Foot and Ankle

Plantar Fasciitis

What are the Causes and Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis?

This condition is recognized by a sharp stabbing pain which is caused by inflammation of the ligament that supports the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel to the toes.  The inflammation can occur anywhere in the foot but is usually felt in the heel or arch of the foot. People who have plantar fasciitis commonly notice the pain when they first get out of bed in the morning that may subside or be felt throughout the day.
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