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Because many of our patients have been asking about the COVID-19 Delta variant that has been so much in the news lately, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach want to explain what it is, and what it means for those who have and haven’t been vaccinated. As more people become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it has more chances to mutate, to “learn” how to survive better. When a mutation allows the virus to take on somewhat different characteristics from the original virus—that is, to learn to reproduce more efficiently, or to damage its host more effectively, for example—scientists label

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have been receiving questions from some of our patients about the new drug the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved earlier this month. The new drug, aducanumab, is the first new drug since 2003 approved by the FDA to treat Alzheimer’s disease. Marketed under the trade name Aduhelm, it is manufactured by Biogen. Biogen says it expects to charge $56,000 a year for a patient of average weight with mild cognitive impairment. How it works There are many forms of dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is one of them. Experts believe that between 60-80 percent of those

“If I see the needle, I will hyperventilate,” Armand Dávila, a 49-year-old digital marketing strategist, told The Washington Post recently. “If I hear the person coming with the needle, I will hyperventilate. Literally, just looking at a needle makes my blood run cold.” Believe it or not, some of our primary care doctors in Delray Beach aren’t all that fond of needles, either. But they’re a regular part of our working lives, so we’ve gotten used to them to the point that they don’t bother us. And we certainly don’t have the type of reaction described by the unfortunate gentleman quoted

“I’m 95. And a lot of my friends won’t do these,” legendary entertainer Dick Van Dyke told “CBS This Morning” recently, while doing sit-ups in the backyard of his Malibu home. “All you old guys out there, listen to me, I’m telling you: You can keep going — I’m still dancing and singing.” Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach took note of the interview, because even many of our middle-aged patients kind of shrug and say, “It’s too late now,” when we suggest more exercise or a healthier diet. What the science says It’s not just this one celebrity urging older people

Our Delray Beach primary care doctors continue to receive COVID-19 vaccine questions, so we want to bring you up to date on what we know. Q: I’m concerned about the side effects of the vaccine. What can I expect? A: Not everyone will experience aftereffects or side effects from the vaccine. Fewer than half experience some unpleasant symptoms. These symptoms possibly include injection-site pain, fatigue, fever, nausea, headache, muscle or joint pain, or chills. Others report no side effects at all. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) analysis found that for both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, the side effects were more

When every step you take is painful, it’s difficult to do anything. One common cause of foot pain is plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-ee-I-tis), a common condition seen most often in runners or other athletes, overweight women, and seniors. Although not life-threatening, it can interfere with your lifestyle and normally doesn’t get better without treatment. Our family practice doctors in Delray Beach, however, want to reassure you that plantar fasciitis can often be relieved through simple measures. Drugs and surgery are necessary only as a last resort. What is plantar fasciitis? “Fasciitis” means inflammation of the fascia, and can occur in any of the

Ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance on wearing a mask for those who are vaccinated against COVID-19, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have been receiving questions from our patients on what it all means. So we thought we’d take this opportunity to try to clear up some confusion. Why the change? The vaccines were originally granted approval based on clinical trial results. However, subsequent testing under real-world conditions has supported the early performance data. For example, a federal study released in late April showed that both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines were highly

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), more than 31 million Americans experience low back pain every year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that it causes more global disability than any other condition. In one study, it was the most common type of pain reported by patients, with 25 percent of U.S. adults reporting low back pain in the prior three months. Because low back pain affects so many of our patients, our primary care doctors in Delray Beach want to explain the various causes and let you know about the many alternatives to opioid drugs and

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach have received a number of questions about the safety and efficacy of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, so we thought we’d answer them here. Background The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was approved for use in February of this year. Unlike the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which use messenger RNA (mRNA) technology, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses the more traditional route: an inactivated cold virus that does not replicate in the body. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine provides 73 percent protection against the coronavirus in a single dose, vs. two for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines,

Our primary care doctors in Delray Beach know how disconcerting it can be when the world suddenly starts spinning out of control (vertigo). Or when it feels as if you’re on the deck of a boat in rough waters (dizziness). Or when your head feels as if it’s floating slightly above your body (lightheadedness). Most of the time, these conditions are benign and can be attributed to harmless causes. Occasionally, however, they can signal serious health problems, such as heart attack or stroke. Here’s how to know the difference, and what to do about this common condition. A continuum Dizziness is a catch-all