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.

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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.

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.

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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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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CoronaVirus Human Challenge: healthy volunteers to be exposed to Covid-19 in world first trial in the U.K.

The world’s first Covid-19 human challenge study will begin within a month in the United Kingdom, deliberately exposing up to 90 healthy young people to the CoronaVirus.

The study received ethics approval this week, the country’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said.

During the trial, up to 90 volunteers aged between 18 to 30 years will be exposed to Covid-19 in a safe and controlled environment. The purpose is to increase understanding of how the virus affects people. The study will play a “key role in developing effective Covid-19 vaccines and treatments.”

Dr. Yael Vidal, of Vidal Medical Concierge in Juno Beach, explained to her patients that this unique clinical study will be the first ever of its kind, with regard to Covid-19. Previous studies have tested the safety and the efficiency of vaccines for Covid-19, or of medicaments attempting to cure Covid-19. This new trial would be unique.

A patient who lives in Jupiter, Florida has explained: “I was looking for a high-quality Concierge Doctor near me, near Jupiter, and I was delighted to find Dr. Vidal right here in the neighboring Juno Beach”.

Indeed, patients who seek a concierge physician in Palm Beach Gardens, often find that the proximity to Juno Beach makes Vidal Concierge an excellent provider that suits their goals. In a relaxed and non-rushed setting, the patients of Vidal Medical Concierge can receive the full attention to detail that Dr Vidal can provide them.

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‘Absolutely remarkable’: No one who got Moderna’s vaccine in trial developed severe COVID-19.

Biotech company Moderna announced the final results of the 30,000-person efficacy trial for its candidate vaccine: Only 11 people who received two doses of the vaccine developed COVID-19 symptoms after being infected with the pandemic Coronavirus, versus 185 symptomatic cases in a placebo group. That is an efficacy of 94.1%, the company says.

Moderna also says that its candidate vaccine had 100% efficacy against Severe disease. There were zero such COVID-19 cases among those vaccinated, but 30 such cases in the placebo group.

Moderna plans to file a request for emergency use authorization (EUA) for its vaccine with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and is also seeking a similar green light from the European Medicines Agency.

“This is excellent news”, explains Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Medical Concierge, a private practice of Concierge Medicine located in Juno Beach , Florida and serving the nearby areas. “We are thrilled to learn about this positive development, which may greatly assist in fighting this pandemic.”

Vidal Concierge serves residents of Palm Beach Gardens, Jupiter, and Palm Beach who seek a Concierge Doctor near Jupiter or a Concierge Doctor near Palm Beach Gardens.