Hypersensitivity pneumonitis is characterized by inflammation in the air sacs in the lungs; it starts when the immune system reacts to some "trigger," said Dr. Jenny King, a physician trainee in respiratory medicine at the University Hospital South Manchester in England and the lead author of the report. … [Read more...] about Deadly Case of ‘Bagpipe Lung’ Highlights Danger of Fungal Infections
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A man in Atlanta has been diagnosed with a severe case of saxophone lung. Though the name of the condition seems odd, it's quite appropriate, since saxophonists, clarinetists and other wind-instrument players are among those who contract the illness most often. … [Read more...] about What Is Saxophone Lung?
Marijuana is the dried flower of the cannabis plant. “Cannabis” is the usual term outside North America; it and “pot” are also acceptable. Slang terms such as weed, reefer and ganja are acceptable in limited, colloquial cases or in quotations. (1/9) #APStyleChat … [Read more...] about Ask Ars: Should you stop using the word “marijuana”?
Even if the risk is understated or under-acknowledged by the WHO, it may not have a dramatic effect on combating the spread. The organization does recommend avoiding crowded places as part of their official guidance on protecting yourself from COVID-19. It also advises those who feel sick to stay home or wear a mask when leaving the house, another factor limiting the risk of airborne transmission. … [Read more...] about Is the coronavirus airborne? What we know about COVID-19 transmission
Since March, physicians have also figured out other ways to help severely ill patients avoid ventilation. “We appreciate that it’s probably not a great thing for these patients, and we’ve developed other ways to get people high levels of oxygen,” says James Hudspeth, the COVID response inpatient floor lead at Boston Medical Center. For example, doctors are turning to nasal cannulas, which are noninvasive prongs that blow oxygen into the nose, before a ventilator. … [Read more...] about Doctors are better at treating COVID-19 patients now than they were in March