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‘Blue legs’ and long COVID; Nearly half of LGBTQ patients experience medical gaslighting; Many believe marijuana smoke is safer than tobacco smoke Morning Medical Update

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‘Blue legs’ and long COVID

Blue legs may be the latest in long COVID symptoms. A recent case report featured a 33-year-old man with long COVID whose legs turned blue after 10 minutes of standing. This previously healthy man was diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) at the same time as long COVID.

Nearly half of LGBTQ patients experience medical gaslighting

A new study shows that 47% of LBGTQ patients experience gaslighting from medical professionals when compared to 26% of their heterosexual, cisgender peers. These experiences have led many to delay care – in the past year 1 in 4 LGBTQ adults did not have a health screening of any kind.

Many believe marijuana smoke is safer than tobacco smoke

A new report reveals that 44% of adults believe smoking weed daily is safer than smoking tobacco. “Just because it's legal doesn't mean it's safe,” Dr. Albert Rizzo, chief medical officer for the American Lung Association said in an article. “It's being made [legal] because of people's preferences and judgments.”

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