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If your nose is stuffed up or runny, you’ve been sneezing or wheezing, if your eyes are watery and your eyes and throat are itchy, welcome to spring. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach see a number of patients this time of year because of the increase in pollen, and the many people who are allergic to it. So we wanted to explore this annoying condition and offer ways you can cope with it.   The pollen story Pollen is the yellow powdery microspore produced by the male part of a flower (anther) used to fertilize the female part (stigma). It travels

One of the great things about living in and around Delray Beach is the proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. That proximity, however, can spell disaster if a hurricane comes onshore. Because this week has been designated National Hurricane Preparedness week, our family practice doctors at Cohen Associates in Delray Beach want to share with you some steps you can take now to be prepared for hurricane season, which starts June 1 and ends November 30. And be aware that hurricanes can also occur outside that window. The following tips were compiled from the American Red Cross, the National Hurricane Center, and the

It’s the myth that just won’t die: You need a “base tan” to start the summer season and help protect you against sunburn. This belief is not only false, but it’s also dangerous. Because May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want to take this opportunity to put an end to this common fallacy.   The facts behind the myth The myth of the “base tan” persists because it seems logical. If you already have a tan, you’ll be less likely to burn on your tropical vacation. There is actually a grain of truth to this: lying

Just when you thought you had the house totally child-proofed—dangerous toys banished, poisons and pills safely tucked away, baby gates everywhere—along comes another new study highlighting the dangers of things you might not even have thought of. So our family practice doctors in Delray Beach thought you should be aware of the risks this study revealed. Published last month in the journal Pediatrics, the report found that between 1995 and 2015, more than 775,000 children under the age of six—an average of 99 a day—were taken to emergency rooms for items they had swallowed. In addition, the annual rate nearly doubled

While the controversy surrounding measles vaccine rages on, our family doctors in Delray Beach thought you should know some facts about measles, especially a little-known, but ultimately fatal result that can appear years after infection. What is measles? First, let’s look at the disease itself. Despite its outward manifestation as a red, itchy rash, measles is in fact a respiratory infection caused by a virus. First identified in Persia in the 9th Century, measles was first found to be caused by an infectious agent in 1757 by a Scottish physician. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the decade before 1963 when a

It’s not even hurricane season yet, but rip currents have already made their debut along the Florida coast. Florida had 297 fatalities from rip currents between 1999 and 2013, the highest in the nation. Therefore, our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want you to know as much as possible about how to survive this deadly phenomenon. An average of 100 people die in rip currents every year, and nearly 80 percent of all rescues—30,000 a year—made by lifeguards at ocean beaches are from rip currents. Although they can occur any time, they are especially prevalent when the ocean is churned up with powerful

Pretty much everything you drink is subject to some type of health controversy: milk, wine, beer, coffee, tea, and soda (diet or not). You might think just sticking to plain water would end all that. But then you come up against the question of what kind of water to drink? Tap, purified, spring, mineral, artesian, alkaline . . . the choices seem to be endless. Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach know all the choices available can be confusing, so we’d like to help you understand the differences. Benefits of water Water is critical to life. Approximately 60 percent of your body weight is made up

Do eggs dangerously raise your cholesterol or are they the perfect little package of protein? A new study has raised many questions among our patients because it appears to have upended years of research that seemed to show a benefit to regular egg consumption. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want to help you sort out the confusion. Bad to good The controversy surrounding eggs has existed since the 19th century, when it was discovered that cholesterol in the blood resulted in a build-up of plaque on artery walls, leading to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Further studies in the 1940s appeared to link dietary cholesterol

What could be more heartbreaking than to lose a child, especially to a preventable accident? Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach would like to call your attention to a report released this month by the non-profit organization Safe Kids Worldwide, which noted that in 2017 nearly 52,000 children in the United States under the age of six were treated in an emergency room for medicine poisoning. Of those cases, 84 percent were in children between one and three years of age. Good and bad news The study revealed the good news that between 2010 and 2016, this type of poisoning in young

Many people were surprised when actor Luke Perry died this month at age 52 of a massive stroke. But our family practice doctors in Delray Beach know that strokes are not just confined to older people. While it’s not as common in younger people, in 2017 the American Academy of Neurology reported that adolescents and young adults represent 15 percent of all ischemic strokes (the majority of stroke cases). Approximately 795,000 Americans a year have a stroke, and of those, about 140,000 of them die as a result. They are the fourth leading cause of death in this country, according to the Centers