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August 14, 2021

COVID Update August 2021

The Delta Variant The delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is one of the latest mutations of this persistent corona virus.  So is this a big deal?  We have already had several variants including one that originated in the UK and one in Brazil.  Viruses want to survive so they adapt.  Mutations occur naturally in viruses.  If a particular mutation is more efficient in reproduction than the others, it survives and reproduces.  The delta variant, which was first noted in India, is now the dominant form of SARS-Cov-2 in the US.  So why be concerned?   We define the infectivity of a virus […]
June 7, 2021

Changes to Lab Services

We have some news about changes in laboratory and phlebotomy services (blood drawing) in our office. For the last several years Mercy Hospital has provided a phlebotomist (Cedric) for blood tests done in my office prior to each comprehensive wellness physical. Sadly, Cedric will no longer be available to us effective June 10, 2021. Mercy does not have enough phlebotomists and they need him more in the hospital and other areas. So, while we can no longer provide you with Cedric’s smiling face and banter, we have made an arrangement with LabCorp for blood drawing. They have several convenient drawing […]
September 9, 2020

Flu Vaccine 2020

Greetings everyone: We now have a quadrivalent flu vaccine available in our office. This vaccine covers two influenza A types and two influenza B types. The strains are influenza A/Nebraska, influenza A/Delaware, influenza B/Darwin and influenza B/Delaware. The influenza A/Nebraska is an H1/N1 like virus. The influenza A/Delaware is an H3/N2 like virus. Getting the flu vaccine is more important this year because of the possible combination of Covid 19 and Influenza occurring together. Both can be fatal in the elderly. Covid 19 is worse in the elderly but not so severe in children. Flu can have bad effects in […]
November 14, 2018

How to Predict and Prevent a Heart Attack

Your friend just turned 50 and after seeing his doctor was told his physical exam was fine and he appeared to be in good health.  Two days later he was in the hospital with a heart attack.  This is a nightmare scenario for doctors as well as the patient with the heart attack.  So how do we do better in predicting and preventing heart attacks and stroke? Causes of Heart Attacks Heart attacks and strokes are caused by blockages in coronary arteries (heart) or cerebral arteries (stroke).  These are caused by a build up of cholesterol plaque that eventually deprives […]
August 8, 2018

The Real Truth About Statins

So you just got back from your doctor where you were told that you are at high risk for a heart attack and need to start a statin medication to lower your cholesterol. You then tell your wife who refers you to her best friend Jane.  Jane says her brother was put on a statin and had all kinds of problems.  Jane then refers you to the internet site where people report problems with medications.  You read about muscle aches and something unpronounceable called rhabdomyolysis. You think to yourself “holy sh**” I’m not going to take this stuff.  Your doctor […]
April 15, 2018

Diabetics and the Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet, low carb diet, protein and produce diet, keto diet and Miami Beach diet are all very similar.  There are many advocates of the Paleo diet because it is the way humans ate before agriculture.  Humans have been around for at least 300,000 years.  Some upright form of us, called homids, have been around for about 1,000,000 years.  In these early years we were hunter gatherers and foragers.  This means that we did not have agriculture.  We ate a lot of meat, killing the bear, Woolly mammoth, saber toothed tiger or other animals for food, and in between, […]
February 21, 2018

National Heart Month

February is National Heart Month Contrary to popular belief it is heart disease that kills most of us, not cancer. The pain associated with a heart attack is called angina. In men it is manifested as a heaviness or pressure in the chest, neck and jaw or left arm.  Women many times experience only fatigue, shortness of breath, or a sense of doom.  Men experience heart attacks at a younger age but are more likely to survive a heart attack because of their larger coronary arteries.  We now have the tools and medications to largely prevent coronary artery disease. Risk […]
January 10, 2018

SHINGRIX: A Break-through Shingles Vaccine

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