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Every day brings new information about the novel coronavirus which causes COVID-19. Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach have told you that the coronavirus is an equal-opportunity illness, infecting and killing young and old alike. But one thing experts are fairly certain of is that adults 65 and older are at a greater risk than younger people in the areas of hospital admissions, the necessity for intensive care, and deaths, with those 85 and older especially at risk in all these areas. In addition, people with such chronic illnesses as diabetes, heart and lung disease, kidney disease,

As reported this weekend in the Sun Sentinel: “Hundreds of Floridians have been admitted to hospitals for the new coronavirus in recent days, but a shortage of beds means the state’s medical system could quickly be overwhelmed if cases continue to increase in rates seen over the past month.”   As our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates noted previously, many of those who contract COVID-19 can recover at home without medical intervention. But when should you seek emergency care, and what should you do if you contract the virus? Here’s a guide.   Know all the signs and symptoms First, be sure you know

Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates have noted with alarm and dismay the fact that so many people are not heeding federal and state governments’ pleas to practice social distancing. From the spring breakers still crowding the beaches to conspiracy theorists who believe this is all a giant hoax (it isn’t—believe us), many people are thumbing their noses at the virus. They don’t seem to realize the danger, not only to themselves but to the community at large. The new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures released last week show that those under age 50—who may have thought

Dear Patients:   Please know that in this time of uncertainty and stress, we are continually monitoring the coronavirus situation through every reliable source so that we can provide you the most up-to-date, credible advice on COVID-19.   The most important thing we want you to know is that, while normal and understandable, panic is not a helpful response to the crisis. From the best information we have available at this time, it appears that the vast majority of people who do contract the virus recover fully with little or no outside treatment. And keep in mind that, of the nearly 154,000 who are

We know what it’s like: You feel a little tickle in your throat, sneeze once or twice, or are maybe a little short of breath after chasing your child around, and you immediately start to wonder, “Is this it? Have I got it?” “It,” of course, being the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. Because its symptoms mimic so many other common illnesses, our family practice doctors want to help you dial down the nervousness a little by pointing out the differences between the various symptoms and what you can do about them.   Allergies If you have seasonal allergies, you probably already know the typical symptoms:

Question: Which epidemic is spreading faster than the coronavirus? Answer: Panic. This is partly due to the fact that COVID-19, as it has officially been dubbed, is new, and there’s much we still don’t know about it. And our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach know that fear of the unknown is a primal response in humans. And, of course, Broward Country just saw its first two deaths from COVID-19 this past weekend, which brings the crisis home. Because the epidemic is ongoing, we want to give you an update to what we know at the moment, and offer advice

Heads up! The change is coming Sunday. Twice a year, the United States—along with 70 other countries—goes through the semi-annual ritual of changing our clocks back and forth when we switch from standard time (ST) to daylight saving time (DST) or vice versa. People may grouse about it, but then shrug and think, “It’s only an hour.” Think losing an hour of sleep is no big deal? Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have some information to share with you that might change your mind.   Health consequences As it turns out, it’s not that easy for the body to adjust to a new

Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach will admit that the term “nature deficit disorder” cannot be found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). But after we tell you about it, you may agree that it has real-life consequences for humans, especially children. The condition has to do with the way we evolved—in the woods, the savannah, the plains—as opposed to how we live now: in concrete and glass buildings, sealed off from even passing interaction with nature.   Deep cultural change Author Richard Louv coined the phrase in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children

With all the never-ending news about the coronavirus, our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach suspect you may not have heard about an even more widespread—and potentially deadly—condition that is responsible for more illness than any other: chronic inflammation. According to a report published last month in the journal Nature Medicine, diseases that have been linked to chronic inflammation are “the most significant cause of death in the world today,” with more than 50 percent of all deaths globally being attributable to inflammation-related diseases. Among them are: heart disease stroke cancer diabetes chronic kidney disease non-alcoholic fatty liver

Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach have watched the recent coronavirus headlines with increasing alarm: “Fears mount as deadly new coronavirus spreads faster”  “A modern pandemic” “Global health crisis snowballs” These, of course, are often underlined by a breathless, red-bannered “BREAKING NEWS” chyron, adding additional urgency to the story. Our alarm, however, is not triggered by the information contained in these news reports, but in the panic they may induce in the general population. Let’s face it: fear sells. That means people will watch, read, and click on scary-sounding headlines, whether they’re justified or not. Yes, the World Health Organization (WHO)