Pneumonia: Some Early Indicators

Pneumonia is a lungs infection or the inflammatory situation of lung. People suffering from such ailment can face breathing trouble. It can happen because of infection with fungi or bacteria or parasite or viruses or physical suffering to your lungs etc.  Pneumonia can be mild to severe. When we are aware about its symptoms then we can get a clear idea about what we need to do next. So the following list of symptoms will help you to get back on your next step.

Some Signs of Pneumonia:

•    Fever along with cough, which generates yellow or greenish phlegm is one of the most common symptoms of pneumonia. Sometimes they can also produce blood during cough & can also cause moist as well as sweaty skin.

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What Is Pneumonia? What Causes Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is a transmission of the lungs that is induced by viruses, Pneumoniabacteria, parasites or fungi. The disease is characterized by the inflammation of the alveoli that are found in the lungs or in some cases the alveoli are filled with fluids. The alveoli are the microscopic sacs in the lungs whose main duty is to absorb oxygen. In some cases serious conditions of pneumonia can lead to severe illness or even cause death.

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Better Behaved Child: Another Potential Benefit to Breast-Feeding

feedingAnother potential benefit to breast-feeding has come forward as fewer behavioral problems in children.

A new study finds that parents of youngsters who were breast-fed as infants have been reporting less regarding behavioral problems in their children during the first five years of life.

Similarly, the possibilities of mental health issues reduce in proportion to the duration of breast-feeding, i.e. if a child has been breast-fed for a year is less likely to develop behavioral problems than a child who has been breast-fed for just two months.

Dr. Katherine Hobbs Knutson (a resident in the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston) presented the study at the American Public Health Association’s annual meeting, in San Diego. She said: “Though it’s an early finding, it indicates that breast-feeding during infancy could have an effect on behavior during childhood.”

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Statins can Decrease Pneumonia Related Death Risk, a Danish Study Finds

StatinsA Danish study finds that patients who were hospitalized for pneumonia and taking statins at the time (cholesterol-lowering drugs) had one-third lower death rate than those not taking statins.

According to experts, the findings are preliminary and further research is needed to prescribe statins as infection fighters.

Dr. Reimar W, Thomsen, who led the study, says: “We must interpret these findings with care.” The study has been published in Oct. 27 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Thomsen adds, “Staists have an anti-inflammatory effect, and we have just begun to understand that systemic infections like pneumonia cause inflammation can possibly trigger many adverse reactions in human bodies.”

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Smokers Should Get Vaccine – Panel Says

vaccineATLANTA – A government panel has recommended vaccination especially for smokers, for the very first time. The panel decided that, smokers under 65 should get pneumococcal vaccine.

The shot is already recommended for adults aged 65 or older and provides protection against pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses.

Studies have already proven that smokers higher degree than nonsmokers to suffer pneumococcal disease. Also, the number of cigarettes someone smokes each day is directly proportional to odds of developing illnesses.

The reason for, why smokers are highly susceptible is not exactly known. But some scientists believe, because smoking cause damage to lung which provide bacteria an atmosphere to attack lungs and trachea (windpipe).

Pneumococcal infections are top killer among vaccine-preventable diseases. It’s an advanced complication of influenza, specifically in the elderly. It is also responsible for, around 36,000 deaths per year.

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Smoking Diseases

Your body is affected gradually due to the nicotine entering the body every time when you smoke a cigarette. If you smoke for a long period, then your body will develop health problems like organ damage, heart disease and cancer. Each cigarette reduces 5 to 20 minutes of your life.

Bone Problems

Smokers loose bone density, so the risk of osteoporosis increases and the bone may break. As the lung function is reduced, smokers are less active than non-smokers. Continue reading “Smoking Diseases”