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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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…

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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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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Coronavirus cases decline across U.S., but experts urge caution

In the last 14 days, according to data compiled by NBC News, coronavirus cases have declined to varying degrees in all 50 states.

The average number of daily new coronavirus cases in the United States fell below 100,000 Friday for the first time in months, according to an NBC News tally.

However, experts warn that infections remain high nationwide and Americans must continue to follow precautions to slow the spread of the virus.

Dr. Yael Vidal of Vidal Medical Concierge has updated some of its patients with regard to this positive development, and has also reminded patients to continue to practice all safety measures at this time. Patients that desire the services of a Concierge Medicine in Palm Beach Gardens often approach Vidal Concierge in Juno Beach, as it is nearby to their home or work place.

Vidal Concierge is particularly appropriate for patients and residents who seek a Concierge Physician in Juno Beach, as well as for residents of the nearby area, North Palm Beach, Jupiter, and Palm Beach Gardens. Those patients who search for a Concierge Doctor in Jupiter can find it easily accessible and only a few minutes drive, to reach the offices of Vidal Medical Concierge in Juno Beach, Florida.

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.