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COVID-19 Vaccines: Here’s Where We Are

As reports of effective COVID-19 vaccines hit the news, more of us are seeing the proverbial light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. Vaccines have long been considered a major weapon against infections, and the three that have announced successful Phase 3 trials are no exception. Nevertheless, public health experts and the physician-scientists participating…

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Vaping and COVID-19: What are the Risks?

A recent survey of 4,351 young adults showed that electronic cigarette use might be putting individuals at a greater risk for contracting COVID-19 and possibly facing a more difficult recovery.  Study* authors concluded that a COVID-19 diagnosis was five times more likely among users of e-cigarettes, seven times more likely among users of e-cigarettes and…

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Can COVID-19 Cause Brain Fog?

As if lingering physical effects from COVID-19 were not worrisome enough, elderly adults who have survived are reporting issues with “brain fog.” Though not a medical term, neurologists say it accurately labels the confusion and lack of concentration experienced by patients after a severe bout with the virus. “It’s a lay term to capture and…

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The Rise of Eating Disorders During the Pandemic

Living with the symptoms of an eating disorder is tough at any time. And the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has made the challenge even greater for many people. “According to the National Eating Disorders Association, hotline calls related to eating disorders are up 70-80% in the last several months,” says Michelle Pearlman, M.D., a gastroenterologist at…

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In Good Times and Bad, Emotional Resilience is Key

Normal life can be hard. Disappointments and failures are unavoidable. But the challenges of 2020 have created a new normal — complete with increased anxiety and depression. “I think it’s super common to be a bit down and overwhelmed right now with everything going on around us,” says Nicole Mavrides, M.D., a psychiatrist with the…

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Focusing on You: Emergency Room Safety Precautions are in Place

Despite the pandemic, do not delay seeking emergency care, especially when seconds count. [arve url=”https://youtu.be/HVInFbfuTIQ” width=”640″ height=360″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”] Dr. David Lang, Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at the University of Miami Health System, discusses the precautions the emergency department has undertaken to ensure the safety of patients during the pandemic. He encourages anyone experiencing…

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Advocate for Yourself During the Pandemic

Navigate the new normal with grace and grit. In Florida, most schools have reopened for in-person instruction, restaurants and bars serve customers, and sporting events carry on. Soon enough, the holidays will arrive with their own set of social expectations.  And yet, the pandemic continues.  Reopening society is a dicey dance, moving one step forward,…

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Not Every COVID-19 Test is the Same

The pandemic has focused a spotlight on the importance of accurate medical tests, especially in light of recent increases in coronavirus cases. “The important thing to remember,” says Merce Jorda, M.D., who serves as chair of pathology and laboratory medicine at the University of Miami Health System, “is that there are multiple types of tests…

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Can a Drug Cocktail Prevent COVID-19?

The lab-made antibody cocktail that President Donald Trump received when he had COVID-19 is entering clinical trials at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The UM trial, however, focuses on prevention instead of treatment. As part of a nationwide exploration into how Regeneron might combat the novel coronavirus, the trial seeks to prevent…

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Listen to This: The Pandemic Could Affect Your Hearing 

With many of us working — and learning — from home, we spend more time than ever with headphones or earbuds plugged into our ears. As laptops, smartphones, and tablets have become a more significant part of our world, a number of conveniences have arisen. Making plans, getting directions, buying things, and communicating with one…

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