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Because September is National Yoga Awareness Month, our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach would like to highlight the health benefits of this ancient practice. So let’s examine what yoga is and what it might be able to do for you. What is yoga? Yoga is a mind and body practice that originated in India about 5,000 years ago as a prelude to meditation. It was developed to assist concentration and focus in an effort to deepen meditative states. Today in the West, the focus is primarily on the physical aspects of the discipline, combining various postures with

Every two minutes in the United States someone dies of sepsis, according to the Sepsis Alliance. That is higher than deaths from prostate cancer, breast cancer, and AIDS combined. Every year, six million to eight million people around the world die of sepsis, 258,000 in the U.S. alone. One in three people in this country will develop sepsis in their lifetime. It is the number one cause of rehospitalization. Yet it’s a condition many people have never heard of, which is why this month has been designated Sepsis Awareness Month, and your family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray

Labor Day is the last blast of summer, and one of many ways people will celebrate it is with one final picnic. But our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want you to keep food safety in mind as you enjoy what’s left of the season. So here are some precautions and tips we want to share with you, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that can keep you from becoming one of the 48 million Americans who contract food poisoning every year. Keep foods chilled Bacteria grow faster in warmer weather. Eating food left

Even before the recent opioid epidemic, many of our patients sought alternative methods of pain relief. One topic our family practice doctors in Delray Beach receive many questions about is acupuncture, which is often used as an alternative to pain-killing medication. So here are some facts about this popular procedure.   What is acupuncture? Acupuncture is a technique in which tiny needles are inserted into the skin at various points on the body by trained practitioners. A form of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it has been used there for at least 3,000 years. It is said to: relieve most types of pain (low-back pain, as

It’s summer, and, as dependable as afternoon thunderstorms, come the tragic, heart-wrenching stories of children being left to die in hot cars. Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates want you to know that it can happen to any parent, no matter how vigilant they think they are. Every year, an average of 36 children die this way. So far this year, 15 babies and young children have died of heatstroke resulting from being left in hot cars, including the most recent incident last month involving a pair of one-year-old twins in New Jersey.   No one is immune   Although many people shrug

Florida has many distinctions: sunniest location in the continental U.S.; oldest continuous European settlement; longest coastline in the contiguous states; southern-most point in the U.S., etc.   One superlative our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates of Delray Beach wish we didn’t hold is “Lightning Capital of the U.S.” More people die from lightning strikes in Florida every year than in any other state, and the southeastern coast of the state is second only to the Tampa area in reported fatalities.   In 2019 to date, eight Floridians have been killed by lightning, including a motorcyclist who was struck while riding on I-95

The health benefits of calorie restriction have been known since the 1930s. Now a new study from Duke University, published this month in the journal, The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, provides further evidence that when even healthy people cut just 300 calories from their food intake a day, they will notice significant improvements in their health. This includes weight reduction, lower risk of diabetes, dementia, and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and lower inflammation levels throughout the body. Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach understand how tough dieting can be, and indeed, some participants in this study dropped

It’s the height of pool season, so our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want to make parents aware that drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for young children. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most children ages one through four drown in home swimming pools. In addition, for every child who dies from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for non-fatal submersion injuries. These non-fatal drowning injuries can cause severe brain damage that may result in long-term disabilities such as memory problems, learning disabilities, and permanent loss of

Along with the many joys of summer come some things we don’t appreciate so much: sunburns, kids who won’t go to bed on time, and kidney stones. The excruciating pain they cause has been compared to that of childbirth. According to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF), more than half a million people go to emergency rooms in this country every year. It is estimated that one in ten people will have a kidney stone at some point in their lives. Although you can get kidney stones any time of year, summer is the peak season, primarily due to lack of sufficient hydration.

Because it’s summer and school is out, you and your family may be doing some long-distance traveling this season. So our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates want to acquaint you with a serious condition associated with travel and offer tips on ways to prevent it.   What is DVT? Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a blood clot (thrombus) deep within veins that often goes unnoticed until it causes serious symptoms. If it breaks loose, it could travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism, which can be fatal when it blocks blood flow there. Although DVTs can occur in anyone, it