Moderna’s Coronavirus Vaccine Also Has High Effectiveness Rate

Another company says its coronavirus vaccine is more than 90 percent effective. Moderna, which is most of the way through phase 3 testing on a vaccine to prevent COVID-19, says its mRNA vaccine has reached 95 percent efficacy in preventing coronavirus infections. The data is preliminary.
 


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Food for Thought: How to Eat for Brain Health

Lara Hitchcock, MD, FAAFP
By Lara Hitchcock, MD, FAAFP
November 14, 2020

Like exercise, nutrition is an important component of maintaining your brain health. Studies show that following the right diet and eating the right foods can help improve your cognitive function. 

While certain foods are commonly associated with a healthier brain, we know that a healthy dietary pattern including lots of fruits, veggies, legumes and whole grains — the kind of foods that are part of a Mediterranean diet — can help keep your brain healthy and dementia at bay.


About the Physician
Lara Hitchcock, MD, FAAFP

My passion as a family medicine physician is to provide you and your family with highly personalized care and attention in order to effectively treat your current health concerns and prevent new problems. To help accomplish this, I am pleased to be offering MDVIP Wellness Program Plus, which incorporates an advanced cognitive screening and personal medication management program among other tests and tools to help us combat the problems that can creep up as we age.
 
As your personal primary care doctor, I am able to invest the necessary time to thoroughly review your records, discuss lab results and truly understand your concerns and goals. I am committed to building a strong doctor-patient relationship by being there for you and your family when there is a new health issue or illness and to coach you along your personal path to wellness.

With over 18 years of practicing primary care in the Orlando community, I have relationships with many specialists to help you with your specific needs. I am affiliated with Dr. Phillips Hospital/Orlando Health and have taught at the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine. I was recently selected as one of Orlando’s Elite Doctors by Orlando Style Magazine and have maintained my standing as one of the Best Doctors in America every year since 2005. As one of the few female family medicine physicians in Southwest Orlando to offer this type of personalized healthcare, similar to concierge medicine, I see patients from Dr. Phillips, Windermere, Bay Hill and surrounding towns.

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Behavioral Therapies May Be More Effective in Reducing Inflammation in the Body

Janet Tiberian Author
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
November 13, 2020

Chronic inflammation has been linked to chronic diseases, autoimmune disorders, musculoskeletal pain, mental health issues and gut biome-related problems. And while medications are often the treatment of choice in lowering inflammation, psychological and behavioral therapies may be just as effective in controlling disease-casing inflammation, according to a study published in JAMA Psychiatry. 


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Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Indulging in Just One High-Fat Meal Can Impair Your Ability to Focus

Janet Tiberian Author
By Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES
November 13, 2020

When you’re stressed out, indulging in your favorite, high-fat comfort foods may hit the spot. But doing so may interfere with your ability to concentrate, according to a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The Ohio State University researchers found that just one meal high in saturated fat can impair your focus. 


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Janet Tiberian Author
Janet Tiberian, MA, MPH, CHES

Janet Tiberian is MDVIP's health educator. She has more than 25 years experience in chronic disease prevention and therapeutic exercise.

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Two Coronavirus Vaccines Are 95% Effective, But When Can You Get One?

In what could be a major leap forward in vaccine development for COVID-19, both Pfizer and Moderna have announced  their vaccines are 95 percent effective in preventing the coronavirus. This efficacy is far and above the 50 percent required by the Food and Drug Administration for approval of a vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19. 

The companies expect to apply for emergency use authorizations from the FDA in the coming weeks

If successful, the vaccines will be the first of their type approved by the FDA.


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Don’t Invite Coronavirus to Your Holidays

Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer MDVIP
By Dr. Andrea Klemes , MDVIP
November 9, 2020

If you’re feeling like the pandemic will never end, you’re not alone. We’re now entering our ninth month since the pandemic officially began — nine months without a vacation, nine months without visits with our grandchildren or elderly parents, nine months without normalcy.


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Dr. Andrea Klemes, Chief Medical Officer MDVIP
Dr. Andrea Klemes
, MDVIP

Dr. Andrea Klemes is the Chief Medical Officer of MDVIP. She also serves as the executive and organizational leader of MDVIP’s Medical Advisory Board that supports quality and innovation in the delivery of the healthcare model drawing expertise from the affiliated physicians. Dr. Klemes oversees MDVIP’s impressive outcomes data and research including hospital utilization and readmission statistics, quality of disease management in the MDVIP network and the ability to identify high-risk patients and intervene early. She is instrumental in the adoption of the Electronic Health Record use in MDVIP-affiliated practices and the creation of the data warehouse. Dr. Klemes is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and a fellow of the American College of Endocrinology. Dr. Klemes received her medical degree from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an internal medicine residency at Cabrini Medical Center in Manhattan, New York and an Endocrine and Metabolism Fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Prior to joining MDVIP, Dr. Klemes worked at Procter & Gamble in the areas of personal healthcare, women’s health and digestive wellness and served as North American Medical Director for bone health. She spent 10 years in private practice specializing in endocrinology and metabolism in Tallahassee, Florida. In addition, Dr. Klemes held leadership roles with the American Medical Association, Florida Medical Association and as Medical Director of the Diabetes Center in Tallahassee and Panama City, Florida, as well as Chief of the Department of Medicine at Tallahassee Community Hospital. She has been a consultant and frequent lecturer and has completed broad clinical research in diabetes and osteoporosis and published extensively.

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Surge of Coronavirus Cases, COVID-19 Vaccine Update

With the global pandemic entering its ninth month, there’s a disturbing upward trend of new infections just as flu season begins. Nationally, new COVID-19 infections began increasing in mid-October, with the country recording several record days of new positive tests. By the end of the month, the U.S. set a record for new infections – 500,000 in one week. From Alaska to Florida, states experienced upticks in new infections with some Midwestern states like Wisconsin, North and South Dakota and Ohio hit hard.


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How to Find the Best Primary Care Doctor for You - MDVIP

Finding a new primary care physician can be a challenge because so many are booked for months in advance and may not be able to see you quickly. Others may not be willing to see you at all. Even finding strong leads presents difficulties. These tips can help streamline the process and bring you closer to finding the best primary care doctor for you.

 


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Should I See a Primary Care Physician or a Nurse Practitioner? - MDVIP

How many times have you arrived at your doctor’s office for an appointment and been asked if you’d like to see the doctor or a nurse practitioner? This question may come as a surprise; chances are you just assumed that you’d see your doctor.

These days, however, that’s not necessarily the case. Nurse practitioners and medical assistants are now providing care that was once the domain of primary care doctors, even though they lack the broad training that primary care physicians have.

What is driving this trend?


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Which Kind of Primary Care Doctor Should I Choose? - MDVIP

Primary care doctors play an important role in your health. They should be the center of your medical team, your starting place for most health care, and the person who has an in-depth knowledge of your medical history and any current health concerns and understands your risk factors for specific conditions.


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