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Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach were saddened to learn of the death of Gen. Colin Powell last month from COVID-19. We were also concerned to see that some misinformed people took the wrong lesson from his particular case. Several people heard he received a full dosage of the vaccine against the coronavirus. Then, they asked what might seem a logical question: “Then how did he die of COVID?” The answer is, his having received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine wasn’t the whole story. Here’s the rest of it. Complicating factors Colin Powell was 84 years old. His age automatically put him at higher

Aspirin seems like such a benign drug. After all, countless millions have used it since it was invented in 1899 so it must be safe, right? Not necessarily. The fact is that aspirin, like any drug, can have potential side effects. This is why the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced new draft recommendations for those considering taking it to prevent heart attacks or strokes. So our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want to explain their recommendations. We also want to share why adults 60 and older should not begin taking aspirin as a preventive measure. The

When former President Clinton was admitted to the hospital with what was described as a urinary tract infection (UTI), many people suspected it was a cover story for some other illness. That’s because women are far more likely than men to contract a UTI. Although the condition is less likely in men, it does happen more often than you think, and the consequences can be deadly. Our primary care doctors have seen too many instances of men ignoring or dismissing their early symptoms because they don’t believe they can catch UTIs. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as

In the fight to bring the coronavirus under control, our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach continue to emphasize universal vaccinations as the primary weapon in our arsenal. But rapid at-home test kits for COVID-19 also have a place. Free walk-up testing sites are readily available here in South Florida. Click here or here to find testing sites. There may be times when you can’t get to a testing site, or you’d like something that can give you faster results. This is where rapid at-home tests can be useful. Think of times, for instance, when your workplace or

If you’re eligible for Medicare, our family practice doctors want you to know that you have until Dec. 7 to enroll or to make changes to your existing coverage. This is the so-called Open Enrollment Period, in which you pay nothing to change plans or coverage. So now’s the time to act and switch Medicare coverage. During Open Enrollment you can: change how you get your Medicare coverage—Original Medicare or a Medicare Advantage Plan; switch Medicare Advantage Plans (that include or don’t include drug coverage); and, join, switch, or drop a Medicare prescription drug plan. You’ve no doubt been inundated with mail,

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach hoped that by now the coronavirus pandemic would be largely behind us. The summer wave seems to be receding, but we’re concerned that COVID-19 is keeping people from seeking care for non-coronavirus conditions. “There are individuals who, with rising rates of COVID-19 infection, have been hesitant about coming to the doctor’s office,” Michael Knight told The Washington Post. Knight is a primary care physician and the associate chief quality and population health officer with the George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates. “And that has allowed for missed opportunities to identify a disease early on or to achieve

The differing guidance about who can get a booster shot to protect against COVID-19 has left many of our patients wondering whether they’re eligible to receive a third dose (or a second one, for those who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine). Our primary care doctors have been closely following the government’s decision-making process regarding the approval of booster shots. It now appears all the agencies involved have finally reached a consensus. Here’s what we know now. Pfizer-BioNTech booster shot approved Late last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) amended its emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to be

Many tragic stories result from the coronavirus pandemic. One of the more recent ones concerns an Alabama man who died of a heart attack this month after being turned away from 43 hospitals in three different states. There was no room for him in any of the intensive care units because they were too full of patients being treated for COVID-19, most of whom had not been vaccinated. The 73-year-old man, who received the vaccine, required specialized cardiac care he was unable to receive from his local hospital. Our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach know that many

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach will continue to strongly recommend that all of our patients be vaccinated against the coronavirus. In addition, this upcoming flu season threatens to be more severe because our immunity has waned over the last year. So we also want to make sure everyone receives a flu shot this year. While so much attention is focused on these vaccines, we want to remind you that there are other, equally necessary vaccines. Especially if you are over age 50, these vaccines can keep you from contracting a host of debilitating illnesses. The flu problem First, though, we want to

In case you haven’t heard, South Florida has set up several monoclonal antibody treatment centers. But what does this mean? Should you get such treatment? Do you need it? Our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach have been getting these types of questions and more from our patients, so we want to offer you the information you need to make an informed decision about whether or not they can help you. What are monoclonal antibodies? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines antibodies as “proteins created by your immune system that help you fight off infections.” Once