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Doctors Should Watch for Punctured Lungs in COVID Patients | Health News

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter

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TUESDAY, Sept. 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) — Punctured lungs occur in as many as 1 in 100 hospitalized COVID-19 patients, a new study finds.

Before the pandemic, this problem was typically seen in very tall young men or older patients with severe lung disease. But some British researchers noticed that several patients with COVID-19 developed the condition and decided to investigate.

“We started to see patients affected by a punctured lung, even among those who were not put on a ventilator,” said Stefan Marciniak, a professor at the University of Cambridge Institute of Medical Research.

“To see if this was a real association, I put a call out to respiratory colleagues across the U.K. via Twitter,” Marciniak said in a university news release. “The response was dramatic — this was clearly something that others in the field were seeing.”

The researchers noted that damage

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Coronavirus Doctors Battle Another Scourge: Misinformation

Dr. Howard Mell, an emergency room physician, in O'Fallon, Ill., Aug. 8, 2020, who said he meets several patients a week who swear by falsehoods they found on the internet. (Jess T. Dugan/The New York Times)
Dr. Howard Mell, an emergency room physician, in O’Fallon, Ill., Aug. 8, 2020, who said he meets several patients a week who swear by falsehoods they found on the internet. (Jess T. Dugan/The New York Times)

An emergency room doctor in Illinois was accused in April of profiting from naming coronavirus as the cause of a patient’s death, a rumor spreading online.

An internist in New York treated a vomiting patient in May who drank a bleach mixture as part of a fake virus cure found on YouTube.

And in June a paramedic in Britain aided a clearly sick man who had refused to go to a hospital after reading misleading warnings about poor coronavirus treatment on social media.

Doctors on the front lines of the global pandemic say they are fighting not just the coronavirus, but also increasingly combating a never-ending scourge of misinformation about the disease that is

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Doctors Explain Why Every American Should Be Wearing a Face Mask Right Now

From Prevention

As we creep closer to cold and flu season, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to climb across the country. At the time of publication, more than 5 million Americans have been diagnosed with the respiratory illness caused by the novel coronavirus, while more than 160,000 have died. Experts warn that things will likely get worse before they get better.

In addition to frequently washing your hands, maintaining a six-foot distance from others, and cleaning high-touch surfaces, one of the simplest things you can do to protect those around you from infection is wear a face mask or cloth covering.

But the public health messaging around face masks has had a confusing timeline, especially in the United States. When COVID-19 first started to spread, public health officials said that face masks would not help prevent the spread of the virus. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams even went as

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‘Fix your bike’ vouchers launch, as doctors to prescribe bikes on NHS

A government scheme offering £50 bike repair vouchers will launch in England on Tuesday as part of plans to boost cycling and walking.

An initial 50,000 vouchers will be made available online later in the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

The prime minister also announced that bikes will be made available on the NHS as part of the strategy.

But Labour said many of the government’s proposals were taking too long to come into effect.

It comes after the government launched its obesity strategy on Monday.

GPs in areas of England with poor health will be encouraged to prescribe cycling, with patients able to access bikes through their local surgery.

Recent Public Health England research found that being overweight or obese puts people at greater risk of serious illness or death from Covid-19.

Government statistics showed nearly 8% of critically ill patients in intensive care units with the virus

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Green Dental of Alexandria, VA, Recognized as a 2020 Top Patient Rated Alexandria Dentist by Find Local Doctors

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We are so honored to receive this award. We truly value our patients and always strive to provide the best in dental care, says Dr. Hye Park

Green Dental of Alexandria is located at 1725 Duke St., Suite GR03, in Alexandria, Virginia. Led by Dr. Hye Park, this thriving dental clinic offers a range of services to address every aspect of a patient’s smile. Based on numerous excellent reviews and patient ratings, Find Local Doctors has awarded Green Dental of Alexandria the designation of 2020 Top Patient Rated Dentist. Find Local Doctors connects consumers to top-notch physicians and dentists in their area. This distinguished recognition is strictly based on dentist reviews received from actual patients. A common theme in the numerous positive reviews of this practice is the high level of personalized and courteous care that patients received.

Dr. Park and

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Female doctors share bikini photos after male-led study calls it ‘unprofessional’

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Women doctors are sharing photographs on social media of themselves wearing bikinis after a study conducted by a predominantly male team described doing so as “unprofessional”.

The study in question, titled “Prevalence of unprofessional social media content among young vascular surgeons”, was recently published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery.

The authors said that “publicly available social media content” posted by vascular surgeons “may affect patient choice of physician, hospital and medical facility”.

They stated that “potentially unprofessional content” included pictures of vascular surgeons wearing “inappropriate attire”, such as “pictures in underwear, provocative Halloween costumes, and provocative posing in bikinis/swimwear”.

Following the publication of the study, doctors on social media have been pushing back against the notion that sharing pictures of themselves wearing bikinis makes them any less professional or capable of carrying out their jobs.

Numerous women doctors have been sharing pictures online of themselves wearing

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In Era of Sickness, Doctors Prescribe Unusual Cure: Voting

Dr. Alister Martin starts his commute to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he has created a kiosk to register patients to vote. (Tony Luong/The New York Times)
Dr. Alister Martin starts his commute to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where he has created a kiosk to register patients to vote. (Tony Luong/The New York Times)

BOSTON — The sign is easy to miss in the waiting room of the emergency department at Massachusetts General Hospital, next to the reception desk and a hand sanitizer pump. “Register to vote here,” it says, above an iPad attached to a podium.

The kiosk has stood there since November, before the pandemic began, and stayed there through the worst weeks of April, when 12 gasping patients were put on ventilators during a single grueling 12-hour shift.

Now, as the number of coronavirus patients has slowed to a trickle, Dr. Alister Martin, the 31-year-old emergency room doctor who built the kiosk, is determined to keep trying to register voters.

“There will be a time where, above the din of suffering, we ask,

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Why the new doctor’s office is your own home

What do you do when you can’t go to the doctor’s office? As the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people around the world to stay at home and avoid crowded and possibly contaminated areas, this has become a big concern.

The pandemic has spurred a new wave of innovation, shedding new light on online diagnosis and remote care technologies that have been around for a while but have been limited to the doctor’s office.

The Dutch startup community, one of the fastest-growing technology hubs in Europe, has played a key role in developing new tools and facilities to make sure doctors can monitor and care for patients remotely. Techleap.nl, a non-profit responsible for accelerating the Dutch startup ecosystem, has helped nurture and grow health-tech startups that are now providing remote care services in the Netherlands and beyond.

Here are just a few areas of medicine where startups are making doctor’s office

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The Best Way to Help a Poison Ivy Rash Heal Quickly, According to Doctors

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Photo credit: NoDerog – Getty Images

From Prevention

Having more time to explore nature is a sweet perk of summer, but dealing with a poison ivy rash that pops up after trekking through greenery isn’t the ideal way to end your outdoor adventures.

Poison ivy is found in most parts of the U.S., except Alaska, Hawaii, and parts of the West Coast, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It can grow as either a vine or a small shrub that trails along the ground, and it can climb on low plants, trees, and poles. Poison ivy is usually identified by its three shiny leaves that bud from one small stem, the FDA says.

But here’s the tricky part: Poison ivy can change color. Its leaves are reddish in the spring, green in the summer, and yellow, orange, or red in the fall. It can also have greenish-white flowers

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Doctors Have Another Enemy To Fight Besides COVID-19 Itself. This Might Help Them.

"About 80% percent of my patients scheduled appointments just for information on COVID-19." (Photo: Rostislav_Sedlacek via Getty Images)
“About 80% percent of my patients scheduled appointments just for information on COVID-19.” (Photo: Rostislav_Sedlacek via Getty Images)

Within a week of the first COVID-19 case in Michigan, my practice had fully transitioned to telehealth. I went from putting my hands on patients to seeing them from my kitchen on my iPad.

The first few days were busy with patients who had flu-like symptoms and those facing grave anxiety. By the third day, I felt the need for a new medical diagnostic code: Misinformation. (Diagnostic codes are a combination of letters or numbers used to identify disease and reasons for patient encounters, for the purpose of medical charting, billing and research.)

Many false claims are circulating about the virus, which leads to harmful consequences to patients. Patients are panicked and confused, and in some cases this is leading them to do things like ingesting harsh chemicals or overdosing on herbal

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