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Why masking up is just as important after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine

As the country continues its efforts to reach herd immunity against COVID-19, it’s each of our responsibilities to safely carry on with our new normal without putting others at risk. Sure, the distribution of the vaccine brings some much-needed hope, but we can’t let our guard down just yet. Here’s why it’s not quite time to ditch …

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How to get rid of that pain in your neck

Chances are, you’ve experienced neck pain at some point in your life. While neck pain is usually temporary, it can be caused by numerous factors. Here’s what you should know. Common causes of neck pain Trauma — whiplash, falls or lifting injuries Minor instances like sleeping position or turning the neck quickly Infections Arthritis in …

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What will it take to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19?

Herd immunity has been the dangling carrot, the saving grace that the world is waiting for as the end to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are now more than a year out from the first clusters of infection in China. There are currently more than 100 million cases worldwide and more than 400,000 deaths in the …

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Diabetes distress: Coping with the emotional toll of diabetes

In this day and age, most people are familiar with diabetes. Diabetes is an autoimmune condition that is related to either the dysfunction of insulin or insulin resistance (Type 2) or a complete lack of insulin production (Type 1). What most people don’t think about with diabetes is the extreme mental and physical toll the disease itself …

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So, you got the COVID-19 vaccine. Now what?

Getting the COVID-19 vaccine is a critical step toward protecting you from the virus, but remember — its effect isn’t immediate. Getting vaccinated also doesn’t mean you can let up on those important safety measures. Here’s what to know and what to do after you get the COVID-19 vaccine. Get your second dose, if applicable. …

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COVID-19 variants: What are they and where are they coming from?

Lately, we’ve been hearing that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 is changing, developing variants that may have different characteristics.  As the curiosity catches up to us, we ask, what is that all about? How does a virus mutate? For one thing, viruses do mutate. As viruses reproduce thousands and millions of times, they occasionally make mistakes in replicating …

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Life is stressful — it’s time for a mental health check-in

How are you feeling? How have you been feeling the past week? Most importantly, what are you doing about how you’re feeling? Let’s talk about the importance of checking into our emotions and mental well-being, and explore a few tools that can help us begin to notice, process and regulate emotions during stressful times. (Say, …

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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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