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Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach, Florida, have heard from some of our heart patients who have heart disease or are at risk for it that they are concerned about the COVID-19 vaccines. There’s no need to worry. In fact, the American Heart Association (AHA) released a statement encouraging people with cardiovascular risk factors, heart disease, or a history of heart attack or stroke to vaccinate “as soon as possible.” What the experts are saying about heart disease patients “People with heart disease or stroke—or for that matter, risk factors for heart disease and stroke—are at much greater risk from the virus

Among other dietary recommendations for good health, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have often urged you to increase your intake of vegetables. “Strive for Five” is the catchphrase to remind you to consume at least five fruits and vegetables every day to maintain your health. A new study from the American Heart Association (AHA) says simply choosing from the category “fruits and vegetables” won't produce optimal results. It appears that there are “good”—or at least, “better”—selections than others. Not all fruits and vegetables are equal, according to the new study. Impressive results Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s

Approximately 16 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one vaccine for COVID-19. Now, about eight percent are fully vaccinated. In Florida, those numbers are 15 percent and more than seven percent, respectively. So yes, progress has been slower than everyone would like, largely due to a shortage of vaccines. That’s about to change, however. Pfizer and Moderna have both pledged to step up production. And Johnson & Johnson is rolling out their newly approved vaccine, aided by an agreement with rival Merck under the Defense Production Act to increase capacity. Because our family practice doctors in Delray Beach have

We’ve said before that dietary supplements are ineffective in boosting memory. But there’s no denying that memory loss is a concern as we grow older. Two new studies, however, appear to show that regular napping can improve memory and cognitive ability more than previously thought. These studies show that regular napping—done correctly—confers numerous health benefits. So instead of turning to ineffective over-the-counter supplements, our family practice doctors would like to suggest you consider an afternoon nap. Improved heart health First, a 2019 study published in the BMJ journal Heart found that those who napped once or twice a week had a 48 percent

Many people are desperate to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Many mistakenly believe after their coronavirus vaccination, their lives can then return to “normal.” Our family practice doctors want to caution you that it’s not that simple. There are so many things we still don’t know for sure about the vaccine that it’s unlikely we’ll have a quick return to pre-pandemic life. “There are many people that think it’s kind of an antidote to it all and that once you’re vaccinated, you won’t have to mask or distance or any of those things,” Namandje Bumpus, director of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular

Are you among the many who picked up the COVID-19 “19”? Pounds, that is, which is the average weight gain resulting from the widespread pandemic-related shutdowns last year. Between sheltering at home with little exercise and turning to comfort foods like sourdough bread, it’s not surprising that we’ve tended to pack on more weight recently. But our family practice doctors want you to know that there’s fat, and then there’s belly fat, which is far more concerning than the fat that lies just below the skin (subcutaneous fat). That’s because belly fat is dangerous. The research For example, a 2015 study researched more

To say it’s been a rough year is putting it mildly. But the advent of the COVID-19 vaccinations has produced a light at the end of the tunnel for all of us. The vaccine rollout and distribution has been uneven, confusing, and even chaotic, with approximately 10 percent of Americans having been vaccinated to date. Unfortunately, there are those preying on our collective desperation to receive the vaccine as soon as possible. So our family practice doctors want you to know about the many shameful vaccine scams that criminals are trying to use to steal your money and even your identity. Some

Our family practice doctors certainly understand the delightful taste sensation of crispy fried chicken or fish, or the delicious combination of hot oil, salt, and potatoes that comprise a well-done french fry. Unfortunately, a new study confirms that eating fried food is tied to an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. And this risk rises with each additional four-ounce serving a week. The study was published last month in the online journal Heart. It found just a half-cup of fried food a week is enough to increase the risk of

Our family practice doctors continue to receive questions about masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Since we’ve learned a great deal about masking since the start of the pandemic, and new studies continue to add to our knowledge, we thought we’d provide an update on what we now know. Masks vs. vaccines Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said last fall that wearing masks is even better than a vaccine to help stop the virus in its tracks.  He held up a face mask during a congressional hearing and said, “I might even go so

Of all the things that worry us about getting older is the possibility of dementia. When you lose your memories, does that mean you lose your identity? Unfortunately, it’s becoming more common. According to Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), there were over 50 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2020. They project that number to nearly double every 20 years, reaching a total of 82 million in 2030 and 152 million by 2050. In addition, more than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s dementia, 80 percent of which are age 75 and older. But our family practice doctors want you to know that