What is the COVID-19 vaccine made of? mRNA explained

The first COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are what’s called messenger RNA vaccines, also referred to as mRNA vaccines. These vaccines have proven 94-95% effective at preventing the COVID-19 virus and are a crucial step to keeping you, your family and our communities safe. But we get it — while researchers have …

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Pregnant or trying to conceive? What to know about the COVID-19 vaccine and fertility

If you’re pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, you likely have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine — Is it safe for you? Are there any risks to your baby? Can the vaccine impact fertility for women of childbearing age? As an OB/GYN and maternal fetal medicine specialist, I hear you. These are important questions to …

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What to expect when you get the COVID-19 vaccine

As the COVID-19 vaccines become more widely available, you may be wondering what to expect when it comes time for your vaccination appointment. Studies submitted to the CDC demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of the vaccines — and getting vaccinated is fundamental to keeping you, your loved ones and your community safe.  Here’s what’s involved in …

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COVID-19 home treatments: Facts vs. myths

As COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Texas and across our country, people are looking everywhere for advice on what to do if they get sick with coronavirus. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there.  So, with that being said, what advice can we actually count on? Let’s address four areas where there are common …

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Replacing a replacement: When an artificial joint wears out

When you buy a new car, even one that has top ratings for quality, you still know that eventually it will have to be replaced — like virtually everything else that is man-made. That includes the artificial joints used during knee and hip replacement procedures. Many of the more than 1 million people each year …

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COVID-19 testing: How to choose the right test for you

What should you do if think you have been exposed to COVID-19, or SARS CoV-2? With a handful of options available for coronavirus testing, there is quite a bit of confusion about what to do if you think you have COVID-19 symptoms or were exposed.  Let’s try and simplify this. Stay smart and stay home …

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Life after COVID-19: Helping patients overcome lasting coronavirus symptoms

Over the last several months, we have all witnessed the numerous ways COVID-19 can leave a lasting impact on a person’s life and health. Ongoing problems can occur for anyone who has contracted COVID-19, not just those who have been hospitalized or faced serious illness. The list of potential lasting effects is a long one, …

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How COVID-19 increases your risk of stroke

You’re likely well aware of the common symptoms and complications of the COVID-19 virus like difficulty breathing and pneumonia. But you may be surprised to learn that the novel coronavirus can also increase your risk of heart and vascular problems, including strokes. The connection between COVID-19 and clotting As we learn more about the COVID-19 …

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20 takeaways from 2020

I know. I know. Most of us would rather leave 2020 in hindsight and gaze only into the hopeful eyes of 2021. In a time full of uncertainty and loss, I’m right there with you. Yet, as we end this topsy-turvy year, it can be helpful to reflect upon what the unpredictable days have taught …

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