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If you were caught up in the recent government shutdown, if you’re a gig worker, or a server who works mainly for tips, if you’re an entrepreneur or freelance consultant, or if you hold any one of a number of seasonal or irregular jobs, the volatility of income associated with your job could have deadly consequences.   Younger workers impacted The most recent study that confirms this was published this month in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association (AHA). Titled “Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults,” it found a strong association between fluctuating incomes and a higher risk of death.

You’ve had an exhausting day, you’re dead tired and you can’t wait to climb into bed. You crawl under the covers, flip off the light, and sleep begins to overtake you. Suddenly you have an overwhelming compulsion to move your legs, not just once but over and over again. Each time you settle down and start to fall asleep, you need to jerk your legs. You try to control it, but the urge recurs. You have restless leg syndrome (RLS), also known as Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED). It doesn’t matter what it’s called, you just want it to stop so you can

How’s that New Year’s resolution to lose weight coming along? Have you already thrown up your hands in frustration because the hottest new celebrity diet is just too difficult to live with, even for a few days? That’s the problem with fad diets. They may take off a few pounds (often comprising mainly water weight), but the rules are just too restrictive to maintain over the long term. In addition, research has shown that dieting is not effective in the long run, and can lead to greater weight gain the more you diet. The body interprets calorie restriction as a pending

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is the leading cause of death worldwide and the second-leading cause of preventable death in the United States (cigarette smoking is the main cause). The disease, now thought to affect 46 percent of adult Americans, can lead to both chronic and deadly diseases including heart disease, strokes, blood clots, kidney disease, cognitive impairment, and heart attacks. Often called the “silent killer,” it has no symptoms, which is why we doctors put so much emphasis on having your blood pressure checked regularly. Last year, a report from the American Heart Association (AHA) and 10 other

With all the publicity about supposed gluten sensitivity in the last few years, the family practice doctors at Cohen Associates in Delray Beach, Florida, often have patients coming into our offices announcing they read online that they are allergic to gluten and they are going to stop consuming all wheat. Not only can this lead to a number of health issues, chances are they don’t really have a problem with gluten in food. First, celiac disease—which is exacerbated by glutens—can only be diagnosed by a doctor. For these people, the smallest amount of gluten can cause diarrhea, abdominal bloating and pain,

Your primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida, sometimes encounter patients who have questions and even reservations about being vaccinated or having their children vaccinated. In addition, several recent reports about the effects of not having children vaccinated have caused us concern, so we decided to try to clear up some of the myths and misconceptions about vaccines. News report: A school in Asheville, North Carolina, has 36 children as of last month who have contracted chicken pox because a preponderance of the children’s parents have used a religious exemption in the law to keep their

You may get tired of hearing your primary care doctors in Delray Beach, at Cohen Medical Associates, talk about exercise so often, but there’s a good reason for it: It’s the best thing you can do to remain healthy, or to recover from illness or chronic disease. Exercise benefits Here’s just a partial list of the types of disorders that can be alleviated or prevented by regular exercise: heart disease diabetes asthma back pain arthritis insomnia Parkinson’s disease multiple sclerosis chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) anxiety and depression dementia, gallstones obesity diverticulitis osteoporosis peripheral vascular disease at least eight different types of

More than 24 million Americans have diabetes. It’s estimated that approximately six million of those don’t even know they have it. Because November is American Diabetes Month, your primary care doctors in Delray Beach, Florida, at Cohen Medical Associates would like to focus on ways you can prevent this common and deadly disease. Facts on diabetes Untreated, diabetes can lead to nerve damage, circulation problems, and a higher risk of heart disease. It’s the leading cause of blindness and kidney failure among adults, and overall is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) explains that

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who still smoke, you’ve probably heard all the ways the habit can damage your body. Tobacco use is still the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the country. In 1977 the American Cancer Society began to sponsor the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of every November to encourage Americans to quit. So to celebrate the Great American Smokeout today, Cohen Medical Associates’ primary care doctors in Delray Beach, Florida, thought we’d focus instead on all the benefits that come with quitting smoking. We think you’ll be surprised

“Talk to your doctor before starting any new supplement.” You hear it all the time, but do you always check with your primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida before you take that pill? There are many reasons to do so, from ensuring that supplements won’t interfere with other prescription and non-prescription medications you may be taking, to ensuring that they are safe for you to take. (Did you know, for example, that the supplements beta-carotene and vitamin E have been shown to increase the risk of lung cancer in smokers?)   New study finds dangerous ingredients in