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.

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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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.

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.