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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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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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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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Could I Get Reinfected with COVID-19?

A few confirmed cases worldwide have shown that becoming reinfected with COVID-19 is possible. At this point, our primary concern is taking the proper precautions to prevent the infection and spread. However, a few news reports have recently raised another disturbing idea — the risk of becoming reinfected with the virus after a first infection.…

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Should I Get a Flu Shot During COVID-19?

Does the pandemic have you worried about the flu shot this year? Rest assured, it’s more important to get one than ever. [arve url=”https://youtu.be/vQFEVC9hFPg” width=”640″ height=”360″ frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen=”allowfullscreen”] The influenza vaccine, a.k.a. the flu shot, is a critical step for protecting your health every year. According to the CDC, every flu season is different, and…

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How Does COVID-19 Affect Kids?

With Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 rates dropping for the past few weeks, local education leaders are considering the possibility of students returning to public schools next month, while other students have already started classes at charter or private schools. According to the Florida Department of Health, as of September 23, a total of 56,614 children under…

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