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What Everyone Should Know about the Shingles Vaccine

What Everyone Should Know about the Shingles Vaccine (Shingrix) One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease Shingles vaccination is the only way to protect against shingles and postherpetic neuralgia (PHN), the most common complication from shingles. CDC recommends that healthy adults 50 years and older get two doses of the shingles vaccine called Shingrix (recombinant zoster vaccine), […]

Direct primary care can rein in America’s out-of-control healthcare costs

While Democrats and Republicans debate the merits and drawbacks of reforming America’s broken health insurance system, few policymakers are paying attention to perhaps the biggest reason health insurance is so expensive: The actual cost of healthcare, which insurers have to pay, is out of control. There are many reasons the cost of providing healthcare has […]

Rachel Huerta: Boca Raton nurse helping sick kids in Tanzania

BOCA RATON, Fla. – Nurse practitioner Rachel Huerta has a heart for helping sick children. Not only children in the U.S., but in Africa. Rachel said, “I’m doing this because the people in Tanzania. I have built a relationship with them over the last five years. I’ve gone there twice before. I worked in their […]

Medical Marijuanna… Does it work?

Bottom line There is a lack of good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for any chronic neuropathic pain. Background Neuropathic pain is pain coming from damaged nerves. It is different from pain messages that are carried along healthy nerves from damaged tissue (for example, a fall, or cut, or arthritic knee). Neuropathic pain is treated by different medicines […]

Nurse Practitioner Week Florida Governor Rick Scott commemorated the work of Nurse Practitioners

A Year ago for Nurse Practitioner Week:  Florida Governor Rick Scott commemorated the work of Nurse Practitioners : WHEREAS, nurse practitioners in Florida (NPs) are referred to as Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNPs) who have advanced clinical education and training, building upon their initial registered nurse preparation; and WHEREAS, there are more than 250,000 licensed […]

Viruses or Bacteria? What got you sick?

When you use antibiotics correctly, you do the best for your health, your family’s health, and the health of those around you. Here are tips for how to use antibiotics correctly. Ask if an Antibiotic is Necessary Say YES to antibiotics when needed for certain infections caused by bacteria. Say NO to antibiotics for viruses, such as colds and […]

Why a low-carb diet can help you lose weight and keep it off

“The largest and longest feeding study to test the ‘carbohydrate-insulin model’” concludes that a lower carb intake burns more calories, which may help people maintain weight loss over a longer period of time. Cara Ebbeling, Ph.D., together with Dr. David Ludwig — both at Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts — led the new study, which now […]

Nurse’s cash-only practice opens in Boca Raton

Family nurse practitioner Rachel Huerta has opened a concierge practice in Boca Raton with a monthly fee she thinks may be a first in Palm Beach County. Offering an alternative to fast-track health care, Huerta won’t take insurance. “When you step out of insurance you’re free, and the office has time,” she said. “Most visits are 30 to […]

Why Direct Primary Care?

It is an honor to bring the first Direct Primary Care family practice to Palm Beach County and I want to take a moment to explain how it happened. When I first started my journey into patient care, I remember having a passion for patient care that drove me to be the best clinician I […]