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Chronic bronchitis is an inflammation of the main airways in the lungs that continues for a long period or keeps coming back.
Bronchitis - chronic
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Cigarette smoking is the main cause of chronic bronchitis. The more a person smokes, the more likely it becomes that the person will get bronchitis and that the bronchitis will be severe.
Secondhand smoke may also cause chronic bronchitis. Air pollution, infection, and allergies make chronic bronchitis worse.
Chronic bronchitis is one form of chronic obstructive pulmonary (lung) disease. Chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma as a group are a leading cause of death in the United States.
Italian astrologers called the seasonal misery we are familiar with "influenza" because they blamed it, as they did all misfortune, on the influence and placement of the heavenly bodies. However, we now know it's caused by a virus and is highly contagious.
According to Health Canada, 500-1000 deaths occur in Canada each year due to influenza or its complications. The best way to gain protection from the flu is to have a yearly flu shot in the fall. Because of new strains and mutations, the annual shot is necessary to be sure your protection is up to date.
The flu gives you that achy, sneezy, tight-in-the-chest, can't breathe feeling. It's not pleasant for anyone. It's dangerous for the elderly and anyone suffering from a chronic disease or condition. It's doubly dangerous if that condition is breathing related. If you suffer from asthma, bronchitis, sleep apnea, or even if you are a habitual snorer, influenza aggravates the situation.
Some types of influen...
New scientific studies are released daily, often reporting a grim prognosis for our future health. It's enough to make you feel hopeless about your own health as well as the health of everyone around you. There is no denying that obesity is a growing problem in the United States and around the world. The vast body of research on this topic allows us to make informed decisions and lifestyle changes; however, it is important to know that all research has limitations and the results are simply a best guess. A recent study that found people who have overweight friends are more likely to become overweight has been widely covered in the press. This particular study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that if someone became obese their friends were 57 percent more likely to become obese, that's more than twice as likely. When not carefully considered, these findings can be quite disheartening. The very people you consider to be your support system...
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