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Prone ventilation, or proning, has been around since the late 1990's, but has come to the forefront recently due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Historically, prone ventilation was used in only the most extreme cases. Patients who were not able to maintain proper oxygen levels on...

A recent FAA directive instructs, "Use of chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine to prevent coronavirus infection is disqualifying while on the medication and for 48 hours after the last dose before reporting for flight or other safety related duties."  Apparently for the safety of pilots and passengers the...

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has mandated that workers in essential businesses wear face coverings due to the coronavirus pandemic. He also instructed businesses to refuse service to customers who aren't wearing them. So is there data to support this mandate? Actually, there is. A study...

California-- the land of fruits and nuts. OK, we Californians might be a bunch of nuts but at least we got the social distancing thing right. California took social distancing very serious from the beginning when governor Newsom implemented the “shelter in place”  back in early...

Many of us in the medical community have questioned why Donald Trump has vigorously promoted the drug chloroquine contrary to the recommendation of leading health experts. This article may shed light to his motives.  https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-stake-company-hydroxychloroquine_n_5e8c41d7c5b6e1d10a696280?ncid=engmodushpmg00000006 What this brought to light for me is that most of the ...

A plethora of real time data regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is being amassed and disseminated over the internet. With nothing more than a click of a mouse you can assess accurately the rate of death from coronavirus around the world. Currently in the United States...

Long waiting lists and exorbitant pricing have frustrated many who would like to protect themselves when they are out in public. Well, let’s get creative with your personal protective equipment! MASKS: N95 respirators fit tightly and will keep out 95% of bacteria and viruses. This is the...

[caption id="attachment_17241" align="alignright" width="300"] 33982521 - human lungs[/caption] Pneumonia is inflammation of the lung tissue causing consolidation of lung tissue and affecting the lung’s ability to exchange air.  This inflammation is usually caused by bacteria or virus, but can also result from chemicals or trauma. Pneumococcal pneumonia...

There is well documented evidence that poor or diminished sleep is associated with increased stress. Decreased sleep yields increased stress. Increased stress yields increased cortisol production. Increased cortisol yields increased facial flushing and acne. Adequate sleep is also associated with: Increased collagen production. Increased epidermal cell...