The Guardian (UK): Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts

The Guardian (UK): Doctors could soon face action over ‘misleading’ social media posts. “Doctors who share ‘misleading’ information on social media could face regulatory action, according to planned new guidelines. Posts made on Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are among those that could be scrutinised by the General Medical Council (GMC) if a doctor is reported. The council is to update its Good Medical Practice guide, seen by some as a modern-day Hippocratic Oath, for the first time in almost a decade.”

Chicago Tribune: Two years. 33,000 dead. Tracing the pandemic’s toll across Illinois and one doctor’s family.

Chicago Tribune: Two years. 33,000 dead. Tracing the pandemic’s toll across Illinois and one doctor’s family.. “It was the early weeks of the pandemic. A mystery illness was spreading across the Chicago area. And Dr. Sandra McGowan-Watts felt powerless. She was a family doctor but could do little as her husband and mother-in-law fell ill. Her mother-in-law soon died. Her husband clung to life for a week longer before the virus claimed him too, at age 51. ‘I’m a doctor,’ she said last week, the pain fresh in her voice. “I’m supposed to be able to fix people and change things, and I can’t even help the person I love the most.””

STAT News: Doctors often turn to Google Translate to talk to patients. They want a better option

STAT News: Doctors often turn to Google Translate to talk to patients. They want a better option. “‘I do think it is the future,’ said Breena Taira, a clinical emergency medicine researcher at UCLA Health whose recent study evaluated Google-translated discharge instructions in seven languages. Tech giants like Google and Microsoft, which have invested heavily in voice recognition software, have expressed interest in exploring medical translation. ‘We just have to be really aware of what the limitations are,’ Taira said, including significantly lower accuracy rates for languages that aren’t widely spoken.”

Washington Post: Boston doctors wanted to help Ukrainians. They made YouTube tutorials on how to control bleeding wounds.

Washington Post: Boston doctors wanted to help Ukrainians. They made YouTube tutorials on how to control bleeding wounds.. “As heavy metal music plays in the background, a doctor grabs a piece of cloth and places it atop an open wound on a medical dummy. Pressing on the cloth with both hands, he applies pressure. Later, he secures a tourniquet to the dummy’s leg. The video is less than 40 seconds long — but its creators say it could help save lives in Ukraine.”

Kansas Reflector: Kansas senator under investigation after prescribing ivermectin for COVID-19, seeks legal cover

Kansas Reflector: Kansas senator under investigation after prescribing ivermectin for COVID-19, seeks legal cover. “Sen. Mark Steffen revealed Wednesday he is under investigation for prescribing ivermectin to COVID-19 patients, accused the chief medical director of the University of Kansas Health System of spreading propaganda, and challenged him to a public debate.”

Maine Public Radio: Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations

Maine Public Radio: Ellsworth doctor faces license suspension over COVID misinformation allegations . “During a virtual meeting, Maine’s Board of Licensure in Medicine voted unanimously to conduct a further investigation into Dr. Meryl Nass of Ellsworth in response to at least two complaints that she was spreading misinformation about COVID-19. The board also voted to subpoena additional records from Nass and approved suspending her license for 30 days during the investigation, although it also gave the doctor another option.”

Stuff New Zealand: Anti-vax ex-doctor in Canterbury looks set to continue new career as chocolatier

Stuff New Zealand: Anti-vax ex-doctor in Canterbury looks set to continue new career as chocolatier. “An anti-vaccine former doctor is no longer able to practise medicine in her North Canterbury clinic any more, but her ‘guilt-free’ chocolate business still seems to be going strong. Kaiapoi GP and weight-loss clinic owner Jonie Girouard​​ was caught on camera giving out medical certificates as exemptions for the Pfizer vaccine in early December.”

NBC Think: Covid vaccine and treatment misinformation is medical malpractice. It should be punished.

NBC Think: Covid vaccine and treatment misinformation is medical malpractice. It should be punished.. “From making false claims about vaccines to offering to sign medically unnecessary mask exemptions in exchange for payment, these ‘disinformation doctors’ are amplifying lies and often profiting from a cottage industry of social media posts, websites, live and virtual conferences and podcasts. In the process, they are weaponizing their white coats and putting patients, the public and their profession at risk.”

The Atlantic: Hospitals Are in Serious Trouble

The Atlantic: Hospitals Are in Serious Trouble. “Here, then, is the most important difference about this surge: It comes on the back of all the prior ones. COVID’s burden is additive. It isn’t reflected just in the number of occupied hospital beds, but also in the faltering resolve and thinning ranks of the people who attend those beds.”

The News Tribune: Doctor wrote bogus COVID vaccine exemptions for patients, Washington officials say

The News Tribune: Doctor wrote bogus COVID vaccine exemptions for patients, Washington officials say. “A Washington doctor has been barred from issuing COVID-19 vaccination exemptions after she administered misleading exemptions to patients, according to court documents. Anna Elperin, an osteopathic physician and surgeon in Ellensburg, Washington, had her license restricted and the Washington State Department of Health is conducting an investigation into the doctor.”