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U of M doctor's vaping X-ray video goes viral on TikTok

The second-year resident has used the social media platform to get across a vital message.

A University of Minnesota doctor has become a viral hit after her video highlighted the potential dangers of vaping to her young followers.

Dr. Rose Marie Leslie, a second-year medical resident at the U of M, has amassed a huge following on TikTok, the short-form video social media app that's exploded in popularity over the past year.

With more than 200,000 fans, Dr. Leslie shares daily medical facts ranging from how many bones babies have when they're born, to how to use a menstrual cup.

But it's her recent video on vaping that sent her viral, with her short video showing a normal chest X-ray compared to a vaper's getting more than half a million likes and several million views.

The second X-ray is from one of the vape users who has suffered the serious disease linked to vaping, 

The X-ray showed a large amount of white clouding in the lungs, which Dr. Leslie notes could be associated with inflammation, fluid in the lungs, infection, bleeding or a combination of those.

"That is a pretty gnarly chest X-ray and I would not want to have that disease, if you're thinking about quitting now is the time to do it."

Here's the video as shared on Twitter:

More than 500 people have been stricken with the mystery lung illness linked to vaping, with eight people so far confirmed to have died nationwide. 

The Centers for Disease Control say the lung damage is likely the result of "chemical exposure from vaping," but at this stage it's uncertain what specific compounds and the types of vaping cartridges are causing the illnesses, per Popular Science.

Dr. Leslie, a family practice physician, told MPR she sees a lot of vaping in her line of work, particularly among teens and young adults, though says some have reached out to her since her video to say they've quit vaping.

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