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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

When it comes to eating for heart health, researchers have spent decades warning about the dangers of consuming red meat, because it raises cholesterol levels in the blood. Now a new study has implicated chicken—one of the go-to alternative meats—in elevating cholesterol just as much as beef does. Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates sorted through the study’s findings to help you make sense of them.   All about cholesterol Cholesterol is a necessary component that your body produces on its own. It helps hold cells together and create digestive enzymes, various necessary hormones, and vitamin D. But when we consume additional

The day after the Continental Congress voted for our independence from Great Britain, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, expressing a wish that the act be remembered with “Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other, from this Time forward forever more.” Every Fourth of July since, he’s gotten his wish, with picnics, parades, and—especially—fireworks. Along with this great American tradition, however, lurks an element of danger that our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want to remind you of.   The statistics According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety

The lure of summer invites us to be outside more often, whether on the beach, at a picnic, or just spending more time in the yard. Along with the joys of being outdoors, however, come a host of bees and insects determined to ruin our fun. So the family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates want to share with you some tips on foiling these pests and treating any damage you can’t avoid.   Prevention Preventing insect bites is the first and most effective line of defense. Mosquitoes can cause Zika, West Nile Virus, malaria, and other serious and even deadly diseases. The insect repellent

Everyone knows that heart attack risk increases with age, and that men are more susceptible to cardiovascular disease than women. Except that a recent report published in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, found that younger women ages 35 to 54 are changing that statistic at an alarming rate. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want to make you aware of this growing risk, and offer suggestions on what you can do about it.   The study The study examined the medical records of nearly 30,000 people ages 35-74 who were hospitalized for a heart attack between 1995 and 2014. Over the study

It’s human nature to look for shortcuts to anything. That’s why lotteries are so popular. But when it comes to losing weight, the “latest and greatest” diets aren’t always the most sensible approach. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach have been hearing questions from many of our patients about most recent fad diet known as “keto,” so we’d like to offer some information to those who are interested in following this eating plan for weight loss.   What is a keto diet? “Keto” is short for “ketosis,” the state this approach to eating produces in adherents. Ketosis is actually a normal metabolic process,

Some foods are better for you than others. Often it’s a judgment call about whether to indulge in so-called “bad” food if you enjoy it. But our family practice doctors in Delray Beach want to make you aware of a new study which found that eating one quarter-pound beef burger daily raised the risk of developing colorectal cancer 20 percent. The study further found that such processed meats as bacon or sausage posed an even bigger risk of colorectal cancer than consuming red meat. In the United States, colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer, expected to cause approximately 51,000 deaths this

Memorial Day kicks off the unofficial start of summer, with its picnics, fireworks, and barbecues. That last activity is what our family doctors in Delray Beach want to focus on now.   The danger of grilled meat First, a bit of background.  It is true that barbecuing meat may increase the risk of certain cancers. The blackened crust found on the grilled meat, known as “char,” is the dangerous part, containing the cancer-causing compounds heterocyclic amines (HCAs). The more HCAs the finished product has, the greater the risk of prostate, pancreatic, and colorectal cancer. High grilling temperatures, as with indoor cooking at high temperatures,

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