How does your doctor go about figuring out what is wrong with you and arrive at the correct diagnosis? Let's begin with a story, something that happened to me not long ago...
“Well, it’s one of three things,” said the doctor. It could be caused by a medication, it could be Adie Syndrome, which could go away anytime or you might have it forever…or it could be a brain aneurysm.” I lost it, broke down and cried, right there in front of the doctor and the nurse. The doc patted me on the shoulder and handed me a tissue. “We’ll figure it out. Stay right there, we’ll try the eye drops and see if that helps.” I’d just returned from a wonderful vacation, my first time ever on a cruise. As we were heading home, my left pupil, the middle, black part of my eye became huge. That’s what brought me in to see the opthomologist that morning. ~~~~~~~ They say it’s not necessarily what your doctor says – but what y...
Risk Factors Risk factors for pneumonia often depend on the specific type of disease. Risk Factors for Institutional- and Hospital-Acquired (Nosocomial) Pneumonia Pneumonia that is contracted in the hospital is called hospital-acquired or nosocomial pneumonia. It affects an estimated 5 - 10 of every 1,000 hospitalized patients every year. More than half of these cases may be due to strains of bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics. In fact, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa are leading causes of death from hospital-acquired pneumonia. Those at highest risk: The elderly and very young. People with chronic or severe medical conditions, such as lung problems, heart disease, nervous system (neurologic) disorders, and cancer. People who have had surgery, particularly people over age 80. Among the surgical procedures that pose a particular risk are removal of the spleen (splenectomy), abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, or ope...
What is asthma?
Asthma is a disease in which the airways become blocked or
narrowed. These effects are usually temporary, but they cause
shortness of breath, breathing trouble and other symptoms. If an
asthma attack is severe, a person may need emergency treatment to
restore normal breathing.
About 15 million Americans have asthma, including nearly five
million children under age 18. This health problem is the reason
for nearly half-a-million hospital stays each year. People with
asthma can be of any race, age or sex. Its treatment costs billions
of dollars each year.
Despite the far-reaching effects of asthma, much remains to be
learned about what causes it and how to prevent it. Although asthma
can cause severe health problems, in most cases treatment can
control it and allow a person to live a normal and active life.
What Causes Asthma Attacks?
Things in the environment trigger an asthma attack. These
triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include cold
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