You've been coughing. A lot. And you get short of breath and fatigued doing things you used to easily do.
You may chalk these symptoms up to simply getting older. But they could be something more serious—like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD .
What is COPD?
COPD is an umbrella term that describes several progressive lung diseases, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. The most common cause of COPD is smoking.
Many people don't recognize the symptoms of COPD until th...
10/27/2021 9:54:00 AM
A man in his 70s was recently admitted into the emergency room with signs of a clot in his leg. The patient had a history of DVT, otherwise known as deep vein thrombosis, a condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein deep within the body. DVTs usually occur in the legs, and produce pain, swelling and discoloration of the affected region. If left untreated, the clot could travel through the body and lodge itself in the lungs, causing a potentially deadly pulmonary embolism. Decisive a...
10/20/2021 1:19:00 PM
Shaking hands. Lending a hand. Holding hands. Our hands are just right for all kinds of wholesome activities. Unfortunately, they're also very good at spreading germs. That's why proper handwashing is so important, especially with diseases like COVID-19 around. In addition to other preventive measures—like getting vaccinated, avoiding contact with people who are sick and not touching your face—the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that people wash their hands ofte...
10/14/2021 6:04:00 PM
Your face mask can provide protection against the spread of the coronavirus. But quality matters!
N95 and KN95 masks are the most effective at curbing the threat of aerosol transmission.
These masks offer multiple layers of protection, and are designed to fit snugly over the nose and mouth without any openings around the edges.
In research studies, the N95 and KN95 masks have been shown to block particles that are roughly the same diameter as the COVID virus by as much as 98.4%.
10/14/2021 3:34:00 PM
Ninety-three years ago, the medical landscape underwent a seismic shift with the invention of penicillin. In the years since, these antibacterial medications have treated infections with great success and saved the lives of countless millions. Approximately 10% of patients have a reported allergy to penicillin. But studies have shown that the vast majority of these patients – as many as 90% - have been misdiagnosed with a true penicillin allergy. In fact, unbeknownst to many patients, thes...
10/13/2021 4:38:00 PM