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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicted an early and severe flu season this year, and our family practice doctors in Delray Beach regret to report that their prediction seems to be coming true. The last time the flu arrived this early was in the 2003-04 season, when 10 percent of all deaths in the country were related to the flu. According to the latest figures from the CDC, 6.4 million Americans have already contracted the flu this season, which has killed 3,000 people so far, including 27 children. This is the highest number of pediatric fatalities recorded at

When ESPN reporter Edward Aschoff died last month, many people were shocked. How is it possible, they wondered, for a healthy 34-year-old person to suddenly die from pneumonia? In the wake of Aschoff’s unfortunate death, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach, Florida, want to explain what happened to him and tell you more about this often-deadly disease.   What is pneumonia? Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs (alveoli), filling them with fluid or pus. It can occur in one or both (“bilateral”) lungs, or multiple parts of one or both lungs. The latter condition—known as multifocal pneumonia—was behind Aschoff’s

The beginning of a year is traditionally the time we decide to turn over a new leaf and take steps to make our lives better. Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach encourage this practice when it comes to creating health goals for ourselves. But why not let your children in on the tradition, as well? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says this is the ideal time to encourage your children to adopt new healthy habits that will stick with them throughout their lives. This can be a family affair, in which parents let their children see them

While exercise is essential to maintain health, our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach regret to inform you that there’s one thing it probably won’t help you do: lose weight. Every year, one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight. Sound familiar? If so, you can do it through a proper diet, but studies show exercise may not help you in your quest. The one exception is athletes, who engage in frequent, high-intensity workouts and are then able to pack away several plates worth of food without gaining weight. But for the average person,

There are so many wonderful things about the holidays: the lights, the decorations, the traditions, and, of course, the parties. And the food, which is not only present in abundance, but loaded with sugar and fat. This is a recipe for weight gain, so our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want to offer a little advice on how to avoid packing on the pounds. We all know how difficult it is to lose weight, so the best thing is not to gain it in the first place. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy yourself, and

If you don’t currently own a pet, our family practice doctors in Delray Beach suggest you run, don’t walk, to the nearest shelter and rescue one. Why? Because various studies dating back decades show that being a pet parent can not only help keep you healthier but living longer, as well.   The studies Studies of pet ownership—primarily dogs—as far back as the 1950s have consistently found a correlation between better overall health and having a pet to care for. One study done in 1980, for example, found that after discharge from a coronary care unit, patients who went home to a pet lived

Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach have received numerous questions from many of our patients regarding a new study released last month. It appears to reverse decades of traditional practice for treating some patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD). So we would like to explain the study’s findings and clear up the confusion that seems to be surrounding it.   The study A federally funded, $100 million study, presented at the American Heart Association’s (AHA) annual meeting, found that such common interventions as coronary artery bypass surgery, angioplasty, and the implantation of stents in patients with stable heart disease is no better at preventing

December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has released its recommendations for the best toys for children, so our family practice doctors in Delray Beach would like to help you make the best choices when it comes to gifts for your children and grandchildren.   Safety first According to the non-profit Alliance for Children and Families (ACF): Approximately 217,000 children are treated at hospital emergency rooms for toy-related injuries every year. Riding toys are responsible for the majority of toy injuries among children ages 15 and under. Other causes of toy-related deaths include choking, drowning, and

If you’ve ever endured the pain of diverticulitis, our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want to offer some background on this common condition, which affects more than 200,000 people in the U.S. every year.   What is diverticulitis? When small, bulging pouches or sacs (diverticula) develop in the colon, this is known as diverticulosis. When the diverticula become infected or inflamed, this is called diverticulitis (the “itis” suffix meaning inflammation). Collectively, these two conditions are known as diverticular disease. Diverticulosis may never cause a problem, and many people don’t even know they have it unless it’s discovered during a colonoscopy. Diverticulitis, however, is

Antibiotics save lives and are essential for treating a number of common and more serious infections. But overuse leads to antibiotic resistance—that is, the danger that they will not work when needed. This is particularly alarming in light of a new report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which showed that, on average, someone in the U.S. contracts a drug-resistant infection every 11 seconds, and that someone dies from one every 15 minutes. These figures are nearly 50 percent higher than previously thought, accounting for about three million antibiotic-resistant infections every year, and 35,000 deaths. The