For many years, asthma patients have been recommended to get annual flu shots in order to prevent the flu. As this year's fall season gets started, it is time to put your winter virus protection plan into effect, focused on the seasonal flu and pneumonia. These respiratory infections can be irritating and misery-inducing to most of the world, but to people with chronic respiratory disease like asthma, influenza and pneumonia can be deadly.
Getting a vaccine is the easiest way to stay healthy by preventing the flu and pneumonia from striking you this year. But with all the media hype about the "new" swine flu , it can be confusing as to just what you DO need. So, in this article, we'll take a closer look at the options.
Seasonal Flu Shots
We are now dealing with two different types of flu and flu shots -- the usual seasonal flu shot and the new swine flu vaccine, now being referred to as the H1N1 virus vaccine. Both types of flu can significantly worsen respiratory health for peo...
With the crazy weather lately, all the news about hospitals being full of flu patients, some actually overflowing out to parking lot tents, major cities declaring public health state of emergencies. I was thinking just after the holidays I would like to post an article on the added risks we face due to our suppressed immune systems.
Little did I know I would have real time, up close and personal facts to report to you on the subject. You may or may not know, depending on the length of time you have been treated for RA, that the main villain in RA is your immune system. It is mistaking your synovial linings around your joints as an enemy of your body. As it is programmed to do, your immune system attacks this lining and as it slowly erodes the lining you also begin to lose cartilage, and finally bone. (this is a VERY simplified explanation) There are many different parts of the immune system that may be at fault with RA, T cells, B cells, TNF, IL-6 and IL-1 are only a few....
Definition Percussion is a method of tapping body parts with fingers, hands, or small instruments as part of a physical examination. The purpose is to evaluate the size, consistency, and borders of body organs, and the presence or absence of fluid in body areas. Percussion of a body part produces a sound -- like playing a drum -- that indicates the type of tissue within the body part or organ: Lungs sound hollow on percussion because they are filled with air. Bones, joints, and solid organs such as the liver sound solid. The abdomen sounds like a hollow organ filled with air, fluid, or solids. Information
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