‘It should be stopped’: Idaho medical group files complaint against Dr. Ryan Cole (Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho Capital Sun: ‘It should be stopped’: Idaho medical group files complaint against Dr. Ryan Cole. “The Idaho Medical Association on Thursday filed a complaint with the Idaho Board of Medicine against Dr. Ryan Cole, a local pathologist who owns Cole Diagnostics and this year was appointed to the lone physician seat on the board of Central District Health, the state’s largest regional public health agency. ‘Our primary concern is that he says he has treated patients ‘from Florida to California’ by refusing to use accepted and documented medical practices and vaccination and instead prescribing ivermectin,’ the complaint said. ”

Associated Press: Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation

Associated Press: Doctors grow frustrated over COVID-19 denial, misinformation. “They describe being aggravated at the constant requests to be prescribed the veterinary parasite drug Ivermectin, with patients lashing out at doctors when they are told that it’s not a safe coronavirus treatment. People routinely cite falsehoods spread on social media, like an Illinois doctor who has people tell him that microchips are embedded in vaccines as part of a ploy to take over people’s DNA. A Louisiana doctor has resorted to showing patients a list of ingredients in Twinkies, reminding those who are skeptical about the makeup of vaccines that everyday products have lots of safe additives that no one really understands.”

Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’ (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Retired doctor’s license suspended after state found she mailed fake vaccine exemption forms: ‘Let freedom ring!’. “Over the summer, an anonymous tipster reached out to the Connecticut Department of Public Health with an alarming complaint. Sue McIntosh, a retired physician, was mailing fake coronavirus vaccine and mask exemption forms to those who reached out and followed her instructions, the person reported. All a requester had to do, the tipster wrote, was send McIntosh a stamped and self-addressed manila envelope ‘for every person you would like an exemption for.’”

UMass Chan: A direct recommendation from a doctor may help with vaccine hesitancy

UMass Chan: A direct recommendation from a doctor may help with vaccine hesitancy. “Though the science is clear that COVID-19 vaccines save lives, it can be difficult to start a productive conversation about vaccination. And doctors experience the same challenge, too. We are researchers at the UMass Chan Medical School who have been trying to address this challenge. One of us is a critical care pulmonologist who was on the front lines working in the COVID-19 intensive care unit during the darkest days of the pandemic. And one of us has studied patient perspectives on health and health care for many years. To figure out how doctors can best talk to their patients about vaccination, we first needed to understand what patients were concerned about.”

Opinion: State medical boards should punish doctors who spread false information about covid and vaccines (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: State medical boards should punish doctors who spread false information about covid and vaccines. “In hindsight, it’s clear that the virus has had an accomplice — the infodemic, as the World Health Organization calls this parallel epidemic of disinformation. Regrettably, much of it is circulated by a small number of unethical physicians in league with political interests, who intentionally generate and repeat false allegations and undermine the public health response. Individual front-line physicians are powerless to restrain those misguided colleagues. We now call on our country’s regulatory bodies, primarily the state medical boards, to take the requisite disciplinary measures — including suspension or revocation of guilty physicians’ licenses to practice medicine.”

The Oregonian: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation

The Oregonian: Oregon Medical Board revokes license of doctor who bucked COVID guidelines, spread misinformation. “The Oregon Medical Board revoked the license of a Dallas doctor earlier this month after he refused to follow COVID-19 guidelines in his office, spread misinformation about masks and over-prescribed opioids to his patients, according to medical board documents. The board also fined Steven Arthur LaTulippe $10,000 on Sept. 2.”

NPR: This Doctor Spread False Information About COVID. She Still Kept Her Medical License

NPR: This Doctor Spread False Information About COVID. She Still Kept Her Medical License. “NPR looked at medical licenses for 16 doctors, including [Dr. Simone] Gold, who have proven track records of doing so online and in media interviews. Fifteen of the 16 had active licenses in good standing. One appeared to have let his license expire, but there was no suggestion in his record that it was because of any disciplinary action. Now, some organizations affiliated with medical licensing are encouraging action.”

The Register: Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?

The Register: Why tell the doctor where it hurts, when you could use emoji instead?. “Doctors could soon use emoji, those love-them-or-hate-them colourful successors to the humble emoticon, to communicate with patients and ease their diagnosis and recovery – or, if you prefer, 👨‍⚕️🗣️🖼️🤒🚑🏥🩺🤕.” I use a text editor to write ResearchBuzz. Apologies if anything got mangled in the excerpt.

No Vax, No Visit: South Florida Doctor Won’t Treat Unvaccinated Patients in Person (6 South Florida)

6 South Florida: No Vax, No Visit: South Florida Doctor Won’t Treat Unvaccinated Patients in Person. “A Florida doctor says she will stop treating patients in person if they are not vaccinated against COVID-19, citing the risk of exposing immunocompromised patients and staffer to the virus that has killed over 46,000 people in the state and more than 648,000 nationwide.”

Each COVID-19 surge poses a risk for healthcare workers: PTSD (Reuters)

Reuters: Each COVID-19 surge poses a risk for healthcare workers: PTSD. “Nurse Chris Prott’s knees jump, his heart races, his mouth goes dry and his mind floods with dark memories when he talks about working in the Milwaukee VA Medical Center’s intensive care unit (ICU) during pandemic surges. Prott shares a struggle common to many of the military veterans for whom he has cared for years: symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”

The Batavian: Doctors, medical experts call on residents to reject social media misinformation about COVID-19

The Batavian: Doctors, medical experts call on residents to reject social media misinformation about COVID-19. “More than 40 health care organizations along with 40 physicians from throughout Western New York have issued a statement calling on area residents to ignore social media misinformation about COVID-19 treatment and prevention and asking them to follow the recommendations of doctors and scientists. Among the organizations: Erie County Medical Center, Veterans Affairs, Kaleida Health, Horizon Health, Lake Plains Community Care, and Independent Health. ”

At my hospital, over 95% of COVID-19 patients share one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated (The Conversation)

The Conversation: At my hospital, over 95% of COVID-19 patients share one thing in common: They’re unvaccinated. “As an emergency medicine and critical care doctor at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, I’ve lost count of the number of COVID-19 surges since the U.S. pandemic began in Seattle in February 2020. But this one feels different. The patients are younger. They have fewer preexisting medical conditions. And at my hospital, over 95% of these hospitalized patients share one common feature: They’re unvaccinated.”

New York Times: Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation

New York Times: Calls Grow to Discipline Doctors Spreading Virus Misinformation. “The Federation of State Medical Boards, which represents the groups that license and discipline doctors, recommended last month that states consider action against doctors who share false medical claims, including suspending or revoking medical licenses. The American Medical Association says spreading misinformation violates the code of ethics that licensed doctors agree to follow.”

CBS News: Arkansas doctor who prescribed ivermectin to jail detainees for COVID now under investigation by medical board

CBS News: Arkansas doctor who prescribed ivermectin to jail detainees for COVID now under investigation by medical board. “A doctor in Washington County, Arkansas who has been using the anti-parasite drug ivermectin to treat inmates who have COVID-19 is now under investigation by the state’s medical board. The drug, which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has specifically warned against, is frequently used as a dewormer in animals, and is not an approved or recommended treatment for COVID-19.”