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Falls can be deadly, especially as we age. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older Americans, leading to at least 30,000 deaths among people older than 65 every year. In addition, the risk of falls increases with age and is greater for women than for men. Over half of seniors ages 80 and older fall every year. This is why our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach will monitor our older patients for signs of balance issues, as well as other problems that can contribute to falls. Contributing factors Everyone falls from time to

As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread like wildfire, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach are getting more questions from our patients about the various vaccines. In addition, we’re still hearing a great deal of vaccine misinformation and confusion from social media and other sources. Therefore, we want to bring you up to date on all the latest COVID-19 vaccination information. COVID-19 up in every state As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the delta variant has the potential to outstrip the virus’s earlier versions, because it is learning how to reproduce more efficiently and to damage its host more effectively.

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have received several calls from our patients regarding the recent recall of CPAP devices used to treat sleep apnea. We’re also concerned that others using these devices haven’t yet heard about last month’s recall. So we want to share what to do if you are using one of these devices. The CPAP recall On June 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to all users of certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP), and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. This alert occurred because Philips Respironics has voluntarily recalled certain

As if we needed another reason to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have learned of one more possible after effect of infection with the virus: Recent research has hinted that infection with COVID-19 might lead to long-term loss of brain tissue. Your brain on COVID-19 For the past 18 months, scientists have been struggling to connect COVID-19 leading to an array of neurological symptoms. Even some of those diagnosed with mild cases of the virus have reported lingering brain-related symptoms. These symptoms include anxiety, depression, confusion, dizziness, sleep disorders, headaches, and even hallucinations, and delirium. Of

Our patients often question our primary care doctors in Delray Beach about ways to preserve their memory. The possibility of memory loss can be terrifying and leads people to try anything to keep it intact. This includes buying unproven supplements advertised on television. Even respected scientists can get caught up in the need for some way to offer hope to patients and their families, as we explained recently. (“Alzheimer’s Drug Approval Brings Controversy”) But science is still working to find answers to this devastating disease. High blood pressure and memory One avenue they’ve explored is the connection between high blood pressure and memory impairment. In

Because many of our patients have been asking about the COVID-19 Delta variant that has been so much in the news lately, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach want to explain what it is, and what it means for those who have and haven’t been vaccinated. As more people become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it has more chances to mutate, to “learn” how to survive better. When a mutation allows the virus to take on somewhat different characteristics from the original virus—that is, to learn to reproduce more efficiently, or to damage its host more effectively, for example—scientists label

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have been receiving questions from some of our patients about the new drug the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved earlier this month. The new drug, aducanumab, is the first new drug since 2003 approved by the FDA to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Marketed under the trade name Aduhelm, it is manufactured by Biogen. Biogen says it expects to charge $56,000 a year for a patient of average weight with mild cognitive impairment. How it works There are many forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is one of them. Experts believe that between 60-80 percent of those

“If I see the needle, I will hyperventilate,” Armand Dávila, a 49-year-old digital marketing strategist, told The Washington Post recently. “If I hear the person coming with the needle, I will hyperventilate. Literally, just looking at a needle makes my blood run cold.” Believe it or not, some of our primary care doctors in Delray Beach aren’t all that fond of needles, either. But they’re a regular part of our working lives, so we’ve gotten used to them to the point that they don’t bother us. And we certainly don’t have the type of reaction described by the unfortunate gentleman quoted

“I’m 95. And a lot of my friends won’t do these,” legendary entertainer Dick Van Dyke told “CBS This Morning” recently, while doing sit-ups in the backyard of his Malibu home. “All you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you: You can keep going — I’m still dancing and singing.” Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach took note of the interview, because even many of our middle-aged patients kind of shrug and say, “It’s too late now,” when we suggest more exercise or a healthier diet. What the science says It’s not just this one celebrity urging older people

Our Delray Beach primary care doctors continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine questions, so we want to bring you up to date on what we know. Q: I’m concerned about the side effects of the vaccine. What can I expect? A: Not everyone will experience aftereffects or side effects from the vaccine. Fewer than half experience some unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms possibly include injection-site pain, fatigue, fever, nausea, headache, muscle or joint pain, or chills. Others report no side effects at all. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found that for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the side effects were more