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Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in the lungs and causes a cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. The disease can be mild or serious; even life-threatening. What Are the Signs That You Have Pneumonia as Opposed to a Cold or Flu? Mild pneumonia may cause symptoms that are much like a cold or flu, but they last longer. Other more recognizable symptoms of pneumonia include: Chest pain with coughin
The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD Committee) has released its 2018 edition of the Pocket Guide to COPD Diagnosis, Management and Prevention: A Guide for Health Care Professionals. Click on the image below to access the report from their website. Access to the report is free, but please note that the report is copyrighted. If you wish to print or distribute paper copies of the report, click here to contact the GOLD C
Although cigarette smoking is on the decline, it remains the leading cause of preventable disease in the U.S. More than 480,000 deaths every year are due to cigarette smoking. The rates of cigarette smoking remain highest among young adults ages 18 to 24, people with lower levels of education, those whose incomes are below the poverty level, and some races and ethnicities. In fact, among high school students, tobacco and nicotine use is growing b
In last week’s post, we reported on the relationship of BMI, or body mass index, to mortality rates in COPD patients. Here’s how to figure out your own BMI: Weigh Yourself Step on a scale and determine your weight. Convert Your Height to Inches Instead of “Feet and Inches” Convert your height from “feet and inches” into just “inches.” For example, if you’re 5 feet 10 inches tall, your height in inches is (5 feet X 12 in
Dry mouth is one of the less dramatic symptoms that COPD patients sometimes experience, but it is uncomfortable and disruptive nevertheless, especially when it’s severe enough to interrupt your sleep. The technical word for dry mouth is xerostomia. It can wake you up with the feeling that your tongue, mouth, and throat are completely dried out, making it difficult to swallow. During the day, it might be less severe, but the effect can still ca