Volume 02 | April 2018
April 2018 Member Newsletter
April is Parkinson’s Disease awareness month
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects predominately dopamine-producing (“dopaminergic”) neurons in a specific area of the brain called substantia nigra.

Symptoms generally develop slowly over years. People with PD may experience:

  • Tremor, mainly at rest and described as “pill rolling” tremor in hands. Other forms of tremor are possible
  • Slowness of movements
  • Limb rigidity
  • Gait and balance problems

The cause remains largely unknown. Although there is no cure, treatment options vary and include medications and surgery. While Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, disease complications can be serious. It can be hard to tell if you or a loved one has Parkinson's disease (PD). Early signs of PD can include:

  •   Small, crowded handwriting (known as micrographia)
  •  Loss of smell, especially for stronger smelling foods like licorice or pickles
  •  Body stiffness that does not go away, even after moving. People claim it feels like “the feet are stuck to the floor”
  •  Constipation, even when you are typically well-hydrated

If two or more signs are present, consider making an appointment to talk to a doctor.
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection primarily transmitted by deer ticks. These tiny arachnids are typically found in wooded and grassy areas. Although people may think of Lyme as an East Coast disease, it is found throughout the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease in the U.S. every year. That’s 1.5 times the number of women diagnosed with breast cancer, and six times the number of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

Most people get Lyme from the bite of the nymphet, or immature, form of the tick. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed. Because they are so tiny and their bite is painless, many people do not even realize they have been bitten.
Once a tick has attached, if undisturbed it may feed for several days. The longer it stays attached, the more likely it will transmit the Lyme and other pathogens into your bloodstream.

Symptoms of early Lyme disease are: a flu-like illness (fever, chills, sweats, muscle aches, fatigue, nausea and joint pain). Some patients have a rash or Bell’s palsy (facial drooping). However, although a rash shaped like a bull’s-eye is considered characteristic of Lyme disease, many people develop a different kind of Lyme rash or none at all.

Patients and their doctors should make Lyme disease treatment decisions together. No single antibiotic or combination of antibiotics appears to be capable of completely eradicating the infection, and treatment failures or relapses are reported with all current regimens, although they are less common with early aggressive treatment.

(Adapted from lymedisease.org)
Spring Vegetable Frittata
Hands-On Time 35 Mins
Total Time 35 Mins
Serves 4 to 6


  • 1 ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • ½ pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 8 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar
  • 6 cups watercress
  • Crusty bread, for serving
How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a nonstick ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the asparagus and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the broccoli and tomatoes; cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes burst and the broccoli softens, 5 minutes more.

Step 2

Whisk together the eggs, 1 teaspoon of the salt, and ½ teaspoon of the pepper. Pour over the vegetables in the skillet and cook, stirring gently, until the eggs just begin to set, about 1 minute. Sprinkle with the goat cheese and transfer the pan to the oven. Bake until the center is set, 10 to 12 minutes.

Step 3

Meanwhile, whisk together the vinegar and the remaining salt, pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Toss with the watercress to coat. Cut the frittata into wedges. Serve with the watercress and bread.
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GBUAHN and HUB offer day program
GBUAHN has partnered with Hispanics United of Buffalo (HUB) to provide managed long term care patients the opportunity to spend quality time outside of their homes, engaged in social activities with other members of the community. The day program is a vital service that enables patients to participate in stimulating activities tailored to meet their individual needs.

HUB’s Social Day Program is designed to improve the member’s quality of life by providing a safe social setting, overseen by a professional staff including a nurse, recreational director and recreational aides. Social Day Program members enjoy various activities inside the center and outside events including field trips to museums, art galleries and picnics.

Participants are eligible for free transportation from their homes to the center, and return. This transportation may be a separate medical van or HUB’s own transportation team, depending on client needs. A typical day at the program starts with coffee, tea and a breakfast roll and includes a nutritional lunch for all participants. This service is provided at no cost.

For more information, please contact Aileen Gonzalez-Marti, program director, at 716-856-7110, to arrange a visit.
Kiosks cut wait times
Urban Family Practice and GBUAHN have installed registration kiosks – much like the self-check-in kiosks found at most airports. The devices look like free-standing computers – and they streamline the check-in process, cutting your waiting time and reducing long lines at the reception desk.

Here’s how the MEDENT sign-in kiosks work: when you walk in for your appointment at Urban Family Practice or GBUAHN, you will be prompted to sign-in at the kiosk. You will be prompted to enter your name and other personal information, and you will automatically be signed in for your appointment, with all of your data updated and entered directly into the MEDENT system. This results in less errors and higher levels of privacy.

You’ll see and use the kiosks when you come for your next appointment at Urban Family Practice and/or GBUAHN. And there’s no need for concern – our friendly helpful staff will be standing by to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  
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