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As we get older, we begin to lose the ability to do things we did when we were younger without consequences. One of those is walking around barefoot or in flip-flops or similar kinds of non-supportive footwear. Our primary care doctors often see patients with different types of foot issues or pain, but when we suggest their shoes might be to blame, we hear some version of, “But doctor, this is what I’ve always worn!” So let us explain why that may not be working for you anymore, and why you need to at least think about trying a different shoe. Problems from footwear No

Just as you would get in shape for a marathon—eating right, exercising more—it makes sense to prepare before heading into elective surgery. Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach are proponents of this kind of pre-surgery preparation and for good reason. The concept is called “prehabilitation,” as opposed to the typical rehabilitation that takes place following surgery. Numerous studies have shown it can help you recover faster from an operation. In some cases, prehab can help postpone the need for surgery or even help you avoid it altogether. Prehab gaining more attention What began several years ago as an effort to help candidates

If you’re already fully vaccinated against COVID-19, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach want to congratulate you for helping in the war against the coronavirus. And now that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been fully authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), we hope any of our patients who haven’t received the vaccine will do so as soon as possible. But do you need a booster shot if you receive the vaccine? Would you achieve even better protection from the highly contagious delta variant? The answer is, it depends. Okay for immunocompromised Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended

Here we are at the hottest time of year when our bodies need extra fluids to help keep us cool and compensate for fluid loss. But often we fail to compensate for that, and as a result, we end up flirting with dehydration and feeling lethargic, weak, or worse. And it’s not confined just to the hotter months: We can become dehydrated sitting indoors in air conditioning if we’re not regularly taking in the fluids our bodies need. Our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach want to alert our patients, especially those over 65, that dehydration can have

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach are getting questions from our patients about so-called “breakthrough” infections in those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19. This is actually a misunderstanding. The term “breakthrough” implies an unexpected event, an infection that was able to breach some type of impenetrable barrier. But this is the wrong way to look at it. To understand why, let’s review how vaccines work. How viruses get past a vaccine The purpose of any vaccine is to prompt the body to recognize a harmful invader. Like a dress rehearsal for a play, it stimulates the immune system to prepare for

Falls can be deadly, especially as we age. Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older Americans, leading to at least 30,000 deaths among people older than 65 every year. In addition, the risk of falls increases with age and is greater for women than for men. Over half of seniors ages 80 and older fall every year. This is why our primary care doctors at Cohen Medical Associates in Delray Beach will monitor our older patients for signs of balance issues, as well as other problems that can contribute to falls. Contributing factors Everyone falls from time to

As the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to spread like wildfire, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach are getting more questions from our patients about the various vaccines. In addition, we’re still hearing a great deal of vaccine misinformation and confusion from social media and other sources. Therefore, we want to bring you up to date on all the latest COVID-19 vaccination information. COVID-19 up in every state As we mentioned a few weeks ago, the delta variant has the potential to outstrip the virus’s earlier versions, because it is learning how to reproduce more efficiently and to damage its host more effectively.

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have received several calls from our patients regarding the recent recall of CPAP devices used to treat sleep apnea. We’re also concerned that others using these devices haven’t yet heard about last month’s recall. So we want to share what to do if you are using one of these devices. The CPAP recall On June 30, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an alert to all users of certain Philips Respironics Ventilators, Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP), and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines. This alert occurred because Philips Respironics has voluntarily recalled certain

As if we needed another reason to be vaccinated against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have learned of one more possible after effect of infection with the virus: Recent research has hinted that infection with COVID-19 might lead to long-term loss of brain tissue. Your brain on COVID-19 For the past 18 months, scientists have been struggling to connect COVID-19 leading to an array of neurological symptoms. Even some of those diagnosed with mild cases of the virus have reported lingering brain-related symptoms. These symptoms include anxiety, depression, confusion, dizziness, sleep disorders, headaches, and even hallucinations, and delirium. Of

Our patients often question our primary care doctors in Delray Beach about ways to preserve their memory. The possibility of memory loss can be terrifying and leads people to try anything to keep it intact. This includes buying unproven supplements advertised on television. Even respected scientists can get caught up in the need for some way to offer hope to patients and their families, as we explained recently. (“Alzheimer’s Drug Approval Brings Controversy”) But science is still working to find answers to this devastating disease. High blood pressure and memory One avenue they’ve explored is the connection between high blood pressure and memory impairment. In