Pfizer says its COVID-19 pill ‘Paxlovid’ cuts disease’s worst risks by 89%

Pfizer’s COVID-19 pill may cut severe illness by 89%, says the company.

The oral medicine is called Paxlovid. Pfizer says that its drug showed good results when administered within five days of the first COVID-19 symptoms. All COVID-19 treatments in the United States currently require IV or injection

Pfizer announced that its pill (Paxlovid) to treat COVID-19 was found to reduce the risk of hospitalization or death by 89% among high-risk adult patients in a clinical trial.

The vaccine-maker said there were no deaths reported in patients who received Paxlovid along with another antiviral through day 28 of the study; whereas 10 deaths were reported in patients who received a placebo.

Similar reductions in COVID-19-related hospitalization or death were observed in patients – who were unvaccinated with mild to moderate symptoms – treated within five days of symptom onset.

Pfizer plans to submit the data to the FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA) as soon as possible.

At the medical concierge practice of Dr. Yael Vidal, we monitor these positive developments and we bring them to the attention of patients who seek a Concierge Doctor near Palm Beach, as these important news are of interest to our patients and to the entire community.

Vidal Medical Concierge is located in Palm Beach County and provides concierge medicine services to a variety of people who need a concierge doctor in Jupiter as well as nearby areas.

Conveniently located in Juno Beach, Vidal Concierge is headed by Dr Yael Vidal who is a board-certified internist, and serves also patients who want a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in North Palm Beach.

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Environmental factors are significant contributors to heart disease

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death around the world. The mitigation of CVDs has typically focused on making individual lifestyle changes. However, some environmental factors — such as pollution and climate change — also significantly contribute to a person’s risk of developing CVDs.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), CVDs are the leading cause of death globally. CVDs affect the blood vessels and heart; they increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, which account for 4 out of every 5 deaths due to CVDs.

A new research explains that environmental factors typically increase the risk of CVDs by increasing stress hormone signaling, oxidative stress, and inflammation. The researchers identified four key environmental factors that contribute to CVDs: Air pollution, Noise pollution, Light pollution, and Climate change.

At the medical concierge office of Dr Yael Vidal, located in Juno Beach, Florida, emphasis is put on explaining the importance of such risk factors to patients who search for a concierge doctor in Palm Beach Gardens or the nearby areas.

In fact, Dr. Vidal often discusses with her patients, including people who search for concierge physician in Jupiter or Tequesta, to take into account health risks that derive from smoking and drinking alcohol, and to attempt to adopt a healthy or healthier lifestyle in order to support their well-being.

At the Vidal Concierge office in South Florida, patients who seek a local concierge doctor for women in Palm Beach or Jupiter often ask Dr. Yael Vidal for her medical input with regard to such environmental risk factors.

Environmental Factors are important!

New FDA guidance aims to cut salt in food supply

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now asking food manufacturers and restaurants, as a fresh guidance, to cut down the salt in their products over the coming 2.5 years, with a target to reduce Americans’ sodium intake by 12 percent.

The FDA recommendation is expected to cover a variety of foods, from chain restaurant meals to processed food on grocery store shelves. and even baby food.

Current dietary guidelines recommend that adults consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium per day. That equates to about one teaspoon of table salt.

But the average person in the U.S. consumes about 3,400 mg of sodium per day, according to the FDA. The majority of that comes from processed foods, not table salt.

The new recommendations aim to cut the average salt intake by 12 percent, down to 3,000 mg a day. That is the equivalent of consuming 60 fewer teaspoons of salt a year.

While that goal would not reach the recommended daily intake of 2,300 mg of sodium, experts said the guidance is a good step to address high blood pressure, which affects nearly half of all U.S. adults.

Dr. Yael Vidal frequently advises her patients, who seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter, about medical effects of food consumption. It is not easy to eat health products all the time, when we are surrounded by junk food and also by restaurant food that is tasty yet is often full of sodium, fat, and calories. It is important for patients who are searching for a concierge doctor in Palm Beach Gardens or in the nearby areas to consult with their concierge physician or other primary care physician (PCP) about nutrition habits.

At Vidal Medical Concierge, located in Juno Beach FL, the practice of Dr Yael Vidal who is a board certified internist that provides medical advice to patients and residents who often search for a concierge doctor in Palm Beach or in North Palm Beach, as well as in adjacent areas.

Cutting down on Salt is not easy…

FDA Advisers Endorse Pfizer COVID Booster Only For Those 65 And Over Or At Risk

FDA advisers have decided to recommend COVID-19 booster shot for people who are 65 years or older, or to people who run a high risk of severe disease; but they reject broad approval of the COVID-19 booster shot to the general population.

The panel of advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) voted recently to recommend COVID-19 vaccine booster shots for Americans who are 65 and older and for those who are at high risk of severe illness, after also overwhelmingly rejecting a call for broader approval of the booster shot to all people.

The panel also recommended that the FDA would include healthcare workers and others at high risk of occupational exposure to COVID-19, such as teachers.

Vidal Medical Concierge of Juno Beach, Florida, is monitoring closely the news and updates with regard to COVID-19 shots and booster shots. The office is advising to patients who seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter, Florida or in nearby town, and such patients often ask for medical advice with regard to COVID-19.

Additionally, Dr. Yael Vidal provides medical advice to residents who are looking for a Palm Beach Gardens concierge physician, as her office is located nearby and many residents of Palm Beach Gardens or North Palm Beach can easily and quickly access it. Similarly, people who live in West Palm Beach or people seeking a Palm Beach Concierge Doctor often approach Vidal Medical Concierge for such services and medical advice.

Pfizer and Moderna vaccines may provide years of protection from COVID-19

A new small-scale study suggests that mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 may offer long-term protection, as long as the virus does not evolve significantly.

The Pfizer / BioNtech and vaccine, as well as the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, will likely provide protection against the coronavirus for several years, if it does not evolve significantly, a small new study suggests.

The level of protection depends on several factors, for example: how much and how quickly the virus evolves, as well as on how robust different types of vaccines are in spurring a lasting immune response. The Pfizer / BioNTech and the Moderna vaccines, utilize a new platform known as messenger RNA (mRNA) to train the human immune system to fight against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Accordingly, Vidal Medical Concierge is following up on these developments with regard to COVID-19 and the available vaccinations against it. Dr. Yael Vidal advises patients who seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter or in the nearby area, and who request medical advice or medical assistance.

It is important for patients to be up to date with regard to medical advice and medical developments, especially at time of the pandemic, which may cause various concerns to patients who search for a Concierge Physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in its vicinity.

For this reason, for people or patients who look for the services of a Medical Concierge in West Palm Beach or in the nearby Juno Beach or North Palm Beach, it may be beneficial to consider Vidal Concierge in Juno Beach as a great opportunity.

Vitamin D can improve your mood, lower the risk of a heart attack, and help with asthma management

A recent article by U.S. News & World Report reminds us of the various benefits associated with Vitamin D.

For example, there is a greater risk of bone fractures if Vitamin D levels are low, as this may cause less calcium to be stored in bones.

Vitamin D is also essential for good muscle function: It aids in the absorption of calcium and phosphate, which are essential to muscle contractions.

Vitamin D and its advantages is one of the topics that Dr. Yael Vidal sometimes discusses with her patients, those who need a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida or in nearby neighborhoods. Vitamins and other supplements may provide various benefits that may be very important to patients and can help to improve their health and their quality of life.

Seven benefits of Vitamin D include: Improved bone health; Reduced risk of heart attack and all-cause mortality; Asthma management; Lower inflammation in people with heart failure; Lower risk of several chronic conditions; Improved calcium absorption in the small intestine; Improved mood.

Patients of Dr. Vidal are those who are enrolled with Vidal Medical Concierge, a local provider of concierge medicine that caters to people who seek a concierge doctor near Jupiter Florida, and who appreciate the setting of direct access to a board certified internist. Accordingly, residents of Palm Beach county who are in need of concierge medicine in Palm Beach or Juno Beach often find their needs answered, as well as their questions and inquiries, and appreciate the timely manner and the high quality of service.

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The health benefits of Vitamin B12

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune summarizes the importance of Vitamin B12, as well as its benefits.

Cobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, is something that the human body needs but cannot produce on its own. Humans get it from supplements or from certain foods.

Vitamin B12 is needed for nerve cell function, red blood cell production, and DNA synthesis. Vitamin B-12 is essential to our nervous system, as it prevents the loss of neurons which is linked to memory loss with age. People with Vitamin B12 deficiency were more likely to develop dementia.

Furthermore, Vitamin B12 is good for the bones. Adequate vitamin B12 levels may reduce bone density issues, such as osteoporosis. As a person gets older, her / his bones are more likely to lose strength, so Vitamin B12 may help. This correlation is particularly true for women, who are more prone to bone loss with age.

Additionally, Vitamin B12 plays a part in preventing heart disease, as it helps decrease homocysteine in the blood.

Finally, Vitamin B12 works with red blood cells in our body to prevent anemia, a condition that can cause fatigue, weakness and even hospitalization and death if left untreated. Anemia happens when red blood cells become vitamin B12 deficient and physically deformed.

In her concierge medicine office in Juno Beach, Florida, Dr. Yael Vidal emphasizes to patients who seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter regarding the importance of Vitamin B12 in their diet and lifestyle. As described above, Vitamin B-12 may assist in preventing various diseases and medical conditions, and its role in proper health may be even greater for older patients.

Vidal Medical Concierge often answers questions and inquiries, typically by area residents who search for a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or the vicinity, with regard to health issues and health matters and also with regard to medical solutions that may improve the quality of life of the patient. Some patients of Vidal Concierge are often those who desired to get medical advice from a provider of concierge medicine in West Palm Beach or in the palm beach county area, who inquire with Dr. Vidal regarding their medical questions and medical issues.

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Pfizer says Covid vaccine is 100 percent effective in children ages 12 to 15

More than 2,200 young teenagers were enrolled in the Pfizer vaccine trial in the U.S. About half got the real shots, while the others got placebo shots. Pfizer said 18 cases of Covid-19 were reported among the teenagers who got the placebo, compared with none in those who got the real vaccine.

The company plans to request emergency use authorization for 12- to 15-year-olds in the coming weeks. The vaccine, given in two doses three weeks apart, is already cleared for emergency use in people ages 16 and up.

Patients in Palm Beach County, including those who are interested in Concierge Doctor in Jupiter, often inquire with Dr. Yael Vidal regarding updates in this important medical field. Indeed, Vidal Medical Concierge is a leading provider of concierge medicine services to the residents of the area who seek a Concierge Physician in Palm Beach Gardens or nearby regions.

Dr. Vidal often explains to her patients the latest research findings that are emerge in this important topic, and ensure that they are up to date with information. Patients who live in the county, and particularly those who need a concierge internist in Juno Beach or nearby, often choose Vidal Concierge for their medical needs. Keeping up to date with recent developments is extremely important to patients.

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CDC Real-World Study Confirms Protective Benefits of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

A new CDC study provides strong evidence that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections in real-world conditions among health care personnel, first responders, and other essential workers. These groups are more likely to be exposed to the virus because of their occupations.

The study checked the effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna mRNA vaccines in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections among 3,950 study participants in six states.

Following the second dose of vaccine (the recommended number of doses), the risk of infection was reduced by 90 percent two or more weeks after vaccination.

Following a single dose of either vaccine, the participants’ risk of infection was reduced by 80 percent two or more weeks after vaccination.

Dr. Yael Vidal, who leads and manages Vidal Medical Concierge in Juno Beach, explained this to patients who seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter or nearby areas. Patients continue to inquire about such data, as the pandemic of Covid-19 continues to spread on a daily basis and continues to infect residents of Palm Beach County as well as other regions in Florida and the nation.

The effectiveness of vaccines is an important piece of information that many patients, who search for a Concierge Physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in West Palm Beach, request to know.

Dr. Vidal explained to her patients, who often request the advice of Concierge Medicine in Palm Beach, the importance of getting vaccinated and the effectiveness of such vaccines.

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GSK and Vir to seek emergency use clearance for COVID-19 antibody therapy

GlaxoSmithKline and Vir Biotechnology announced that they will immediately request emergency-use authorization in the USA after they finished a late-stage study early, based on the recommendation of an independent monitoring board. VIR-7831 has reduced the number of patients who were hospitalized or died by 85%, compared to placebo.

Antibody treatments are configured to decrease the severity of COVID-19 among patients who were already diagnosed with the infection. Dr. Yael Vidal, who is a board-certified internist advising patients who seek a concierge doctor in Jupiter Florida or in nearby areas, explained to some of her patience the importance of this positive result.

The two companies also said that a new laboratory study showed that the therapy, VIR-7831, was equally effective against the UK variant, the South African variant, and the Brazilian variant of the COVID-19 virus.

This new move brings the antibody therapy for Covid-19 one step closer to becoming yet another weapon against the CoronaVirus pandemic. It joins similar therapies that were introduced by Eli Lilly and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, receiving recommendations from U.S. and European health regulators earlier.

This antibody treatment was developed under a collaboration between Vir Biotechnology and GlaxoSmithKline, explains Dr. Vidal to patients searching for a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens. The fresh recommendation was based on an interim analysis of the data collected from 583 patients, wherein the analysis demonstrated a reduction of 85% in hospitalization or death in the VIR-7831 arm compared to placebo.

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