Pfizer plans to manufacture up to 100 million doses of Omicron-specific vaccine by spring

Pfizer is racing ahead with plans to manufacture to 100 million doses of a new Omicron-specific version of its coronavirus vaccine.

Pfizer also is testing hybrid combinations of vaccine to target multiple coronavirus forms, as well as larger doses.

Pfizer says Omicron-specific vaccine will be ready in March 2022

Pfizer said the vaccine will also target the other variants that are circulating; and that it is still not clear whether or not an Omicron vaccine is needed or how it would be used, but Pfizer will have some doses ready since some countries want it ready as soon as possible.

At the medical practice of Vidal Concierge, located in Juno Beach of sunny Florida, we monitor closely these developments as we advise patients who seek a concierge doctor in Jupiter or nearby areas.

According to Dr. Yael Vidal, who leads this practice, many residents of the area who search for a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens are asking for advice with regard to Covid-related questions or inquiries. The concierge medicine services are tailored to their needs.

People who live in this region, and desire a concierge internist in Palm Beach or Jupiter, often address their medical needs to Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Concierge.

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FDA approves eye drops that can replace reading glasses for millions

A new FDA-approved eye drop hitting can change the lives of millions of Americans having age-related blurred near vision, a condition affecting mostly people 40 and older.

Vuity, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October, would potentially replace reading glasses for some of the approximately 128 million Americans who have trouble seeing close-up. The new medicine takes effect in about 15 minutes, with one drop on each eye providing sharper vision for a period of 6 to 10 hours.

Vuity is the first FDA-approved eye drop to treat age-related blurry near vision, also known as presbyopia. The prescription drug utilizes the eye’s natural ability to reduce its pupil size, explains Dr. George Waring, the principal investigator for the trial. “Reducing the pupil size expands the depth of field or the depth of focus, and that allows you to focus at different ranges naturally.”

Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Medical Concierge has updated her clients, who seek a Concierge Physician in Palm Beach Gardens, with regard to this exciting development. The potential of this particular type of eye drops to help people in need sounds promising.

Furthermore, Vidal Concierge in Juno Beach regularly advises to its patients, particularly those who search for a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter or in Juno beach, with regard to their medical conditions. This important update can be relevant to many such patients and people.

Additionally, explained Doctor Yael Vidal, a concierge doctor who is a Board Certified Physician and typically helps patients and local residents who need a Concierge Internist in Palm Beach area, this interesting development may be relevant to the particular age group mentioned above.

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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.

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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.

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 releases highly anticipated guidance for people fully vaccinated against Covid-19

The CDC has issued fresh guidelines for COVID-19 vaccinated population. It is the first guidance from the CDC for those who are fully vaccinated against Coronavirus

The federal health agency said that those who are fully vaccinated can spend time with unvaccinated people indoors, with no mask, so long as those who are unvaccinated are at low-risk for severe COVID-19.

Two weeks after the second dose of vaccine by Pfizer or Moderna, or the single-dose for those receiving the vaccine of Johnson & Johnson, fully vaccinated persons can gather inside with other fully vaccinated people without wearing face masks or physical distancing, the CDC said, calling these indoor gatherings “likely low risk.”

Also, indoor gatherings involving fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people from a single household at low-risk for severe COVID-19, with no mask use, presents a “low risk” of virus transmission.

In gatherings with fully vaccinated people and unvaccinated people from multiple households, everyone should wear a mask and practice distancing.

Regardless of vaccination status, everyone should avoid medium-to-large-sized gatherings indoors. If fully vaccinated people decide to partake, they should wear masks, practice distancing and wash hands often.

“These fresh guidelines were highly anticipated”, explains Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Medical Concierge, a primary care concierge practice who often advises patients seeking a concierge doctor in Jupiter or in the nearby Juno Beach. “It is the first time that the CDC advises on what fully-vaccinated people should do, or should not do; and these guidelines are indeed helpful to patients, especially as the vaccinated population increases gradually, day by day.”

Dr. Vidal explained that many residents of Palm Beach County, particularly those who search for a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or in nearby neighborhoods or areas, are often inquiring at Vidal Medical Concierge with regard to which safety measures that should be following. The new guidelines from the CDC can definitely assist in providing answers to the already-vaccinated portion of the community in Jupiter, in Juno Beach, as well as in North Palm Beach and adjacent regions.

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Johnson & Johnson one-shot CoronaVirus vaccine authorized in the U.S. for people 18 and over

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the third vaccine for prevention of Covid-19. The EUA allows the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine to be distributed in the United States for in individuals that are 18 years or older.

Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advisory panel on Sunday recommended the Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine for people 18 and over. The recommendation came one day after the FDA authorization.

The vaccine is the third Covid-19 vaccine to become available in the U.S., and is also the first Covid-19 vaccine that requires only one shot.

Vidal Medical Concierge, a local concierge physician in Juno Beach, is monitoring and following closely such positive developments, and bringing such news to the attention of its patients.

“Patients are continuously inquiring about Covid-19, its complications and medicaments, and are interested in finding out more about the available vaccines”, says Dr. Yael Vidal, who takes care of many patients who seek a concierge physician in Jupiter or in nearby regions.

The recent developments are definitely positive, and increase the medical arsenal against Covid-19, which is good news to patients and residents who search for a concierge doctor in Palm Beach Gardens and often turn to Vidal Medical Concierge in the nearby Juno Beach for medical advice.

People who had COVID-19 may only need one vaccine dose, Dr. Fauci says

Officials are looking into the possibility of giving only one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to people who had already been infected with the virus, Dr. Anthony Fauci said today.

The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said that data from administering a single shot to virus survivors is “really quite impressive.”

“The boost that you get with that single dose is really enormous,” Fauci says.

Still, at this point, the United States is sticking with two-dose COVID-19 vaccine schedule, though study suggests one shot provides good short-term protection.

Dr. Yael Vidal at Vidal Concierge in Juno Beach is monitoring closely any developments in this particular topic. Residents of the area, who seek a concierge doctor in Jupiter, often call the office to inquire regarding Covid-19 vaccines, tests, and medicaments; therefore, obtaining new information and keeping up-to-date is an important role of a physician in the community, particularly for a Board Certified internist operating as a medical concierge doctor in Juno Beach.

Additional research is still required in order to determine whether one shot or two shots are best, for people who were already infected in the past with Covid-19 and seek immunization.

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CDC says tight-fit masks or double masking with cloth and surgical masks increases protection.

Wearing any type of mask reduces the risk of infection with coronavirus; however, wearing a more tightly fitted surgical mask, or layering a cloth mask on top of a surgical mask, can vastly increase protections to the wearer and to others, reported the Center for Disease Control this week.

New research by the CDC indicates that transmission of Covid-19 can be reduced by up to 96.5 percent, if both the infected individual and the uninfected individual wear tightly fitted surgical masks or a cloth-and-surgical-mask combination.

At Vidal Medical Concierge, located in Juno Beach, Florida, we monitor any new developments in this field of Covid-19. Dr. Yael Vidal, MD, is continuously updating her patients, who often seek a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter region, about the new developments related to CoronaVirus.

It is important to wear masks at these challenging times, explains Dr. Vidal to her patients who seek the help of a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens or the nearby areas.