If you think you’d rather risk getting the flu than get a flu shot, Cohen Medical Associates's primary care doctors in Delray Beach, Florida would like to offer some food for thought. Exactly one hundred years ago in 1918, while World War I was being fought in Europe, between 50 million and 100 million people died of the flu. That’s nearly a third of the population of the United States today. In those days, the death total equaled one-fifth of the world’s population. While 20 million died in WWI, as many as five times that number perished from the flu during
Your primary care doctors in Delray Beach, Florida, at Cohen Medical Associates, always encourage our patients to consume healthy foods as much as possible: lean meats, nuts, vegetables, and fruits. This includes fruit juices like grapefruit juice in place of sodas. The problem with grapefruit and grapefruit juice, however, is that it can interfere with important medications. Grapefruit isn’t the only fruit juice that can have this effect, by the way. Marmalade made from Seville oranges can have a similar effect, as can limes, pomelos, and tangelos, along with citrus-flavored soft drinks which may contain grapefruit. So why would something that is
Your primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida would like to discuss with you a common question we get at the office. Should you take a daily low-dose aspirin? Many doctors are proponents of a daily 81 milligram dose of aspirin for those who’ve already had a heart attack in order to prevent another one. But for years, many physicians have recommended that their patients who are at risk of a heart attack or stroke also take a low-dose aspirin tablet or fish oil supplements to prevent the first incident. Different studies have reached differing conclusions on the
Modern life is full of stress, but so was life in the past. We may worry about whether we’ll lose our jobs or why our child isn’t doing well in school, but centuries ago people worried whether the crops would fail or how many of their children would die before reaching adulthood. They didn’t know about the health effects of stress, which is one reason they died younger than we do. Fortunately, we can take measures to mitigate the stress we experience in our lives. The key to surviving and even thriving despite stress is learning to effectively cope with it.
Although it's the last week of the official summer season, here in South Florida beach trips are year-round. The primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, want to help ensure you have a great time while you’re there, so we’d like to remind you of these hazards you may encounter. 1. Rip currents This is possibly the greatest danger you’ll find at the beach, and also the most common. Each summer an average of 100 swimmers lose their lives to this phenomenon, and it accounts for 80 percent of all rescues made by lifeguards. Rip currents, sometimes misnamed rip tides, are
The controversy has been raging for decades, at least since the late Linus Pauling suggested in the 1950s that megadoses of Vitamin C could cure not only the common cold, but a host of human illnesses and conditions. Now a new research review attempts to answer the question regarding the effectiveness of vitamin supplements, at least regarding whether they can help prevent heart disease. Because your primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida, often receive questions about vitamin supplements from our patients (which we strongly encourage, by the way!), we’d like to explain these new findings to you,
Because one of the specialties your primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach, Florida, offers is senior care, we often encounter patients who worry that they are developing Parkinson’s disease (PD). This is not unusual, because Parkinson’s affects nearly a million people in the United States, according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, with nearly 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year, mainly among older Americans. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be frightening, because it is progressive, meaning it becomes worse over time. Symptoms include the familiar body tremors, as well as difficulties with balance and coordination, loss of the
Last year a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) caused some concern when it showed that not only were colon cancer deaths rising among younger white people, but that the cancers diagnosed in this population were more advanced and more deadly than those normally found in older Americans. That study confirmed results from others released in the last few years.