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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

In the last couple of years, CBD has become such a popular product that it’s even appearing in convenience stores that post large signs in their windows: “We have CBD!” If you think it’s a good idea to purchase a medical supplement at the same place you buy gas for your car, our family practice doctors in Delray Beach would like to give you a little more insight into CBD and the pros and cons of this largely unregulated substance. Promoted as a safe, effective over-the-counter (OTC) remedy for everything from insomnia to depression to arthritis to seizures, it’s available in

If you suffer from arthritis, or from the chronic pain of fibromyalgia, diabetic neuropathy, sinus pain, or headaches, you may have noticed that weather can affect your level of pain. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach have heard from many of our patients that their pain seems worse on some days than others, depending on the weather. We don’t dismiss that observation, because many studies have shown that changes in the weather do impact pain levels in many people. And a new study, which focused specifically on arthritis pain, tends to confirm that, on humid, windy days, people with chronic pain

Yes, they’re terrifying. Yes, they can disrupt your life (to put it mildly). But if our family practice doctors in Delray Beach have examined you and diagnosed your symptoms as a panic attack, believe us. Unfortunately, one of the hallmarks of panic disorder is the inability to believe they are essentially harmless, because the symptoms mirror so many serious disorders, especially heart attacks and strokes. So we’d like to explain what is happening with your body when you experience a panic attack, and offer some hope for relief from this distressing condition.   What is a panic attack? According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual

Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach try to keep you abreast of all the latest news on medical research, and we often cite studies in bringing you this information. We do try, however, to ensure the research is based on sound scientific principles.   There are studies . . . The problem is, some studies are more reliable than others, due to a number of possible variables: study design, number of study subjects, length of study, control over study subjects, and so on. One component that can affect the outcome of a study is who is paying for it. This may tend

Believe it or not, the 2019-2020 flu season has already started, with scattered outbreaks reported around the country. According to the Florida Department of Health (FDH), during the last four weeks, influenza A (H3), influenza A 2009 (H1N1), and influenza B Victoria lineage viruses were identified as circulating in Florida. At least one child—a four-year-old in Riverside, CA—has died this year from complications of the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone receive their flu shot by the end of this month, and our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach support that

If our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach offered you a drug that cost nothing and could increase flexibility and balance, improve upper- and lower-body strength, lower blood pressure as well as cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce pain and the symptoms of depression, and relieve stress and anxiety, would you take it? For a slow, gentle form of exercise that can be performed by almost anyone at any age in any condition, study after study has shown that qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) and its popular offshoot, tai chi (pronounced “ty-chee”), can produce remarkable results for better health. Qi (sometimes spelled

Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach is so pleased and proud to welcome two talented, board-certified primary care doctors to our highly experienced staff of family practice physicians! Following a long search to find the perfect doctors to complement our wide range of full-service healthcare specialties, we were fortunate to be able to recruit Dr. Christy Baggett and Dr. Evan Bergmann to join our practice.   Meet Dr. Christy Baggett Dr. Christy Baggett grew up in Boca Raton and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida. She attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine where

Various forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, are a real possibility as we age. But one possibility that often isn’t considered when older people begin to exhibit memory problems is known as polypharmacy, which literally means “many drugs.” Our family practice doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach carefully monitor the different medications our patients take to guard against interactions and side effects. But we can’t monitor those we aren’t aware of. It’s critical that we know about all the drugs you’ve been prescribed because polypharmacy can have serious—even deadly—results. Drug interactions and side effects can affect people of any age, but