Alternative Names Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral Symptoms Symptoms of viral pneumonia often begin slowly and may not be severe at first. The most common symptoms of pneumonia are: Cough (with some pneumonias you may cough up mucus, or even bloody mucus) Fever , which may be mild or high Shaking chills Shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs) Other symptoms include: Confusion, especially in older people Excessive sweating and clammy skin Headache Loss of appetite, low energy, and fatigue Sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you breathe deeply or cough Fatigue Signs and tests Persons with suspected pneumonia should have a complete medical evaluation, including a thorough physical exam and a chest x-ray -- especially since the physical exam may not always distinguish pneumonia from acute bronchitis or other respiratory infections. Depending on the severity of illness, other tests may be done, including: Complete blood count (CBC) CT scan of the chest Blood cultu...
Psittacosis is an infection caused by Chlamydia psittaci, a type of bacteria found in the droppings of birds. Birds spread the infection to humans.
Ornithosis; Chlamydia psittaci
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Psittacosis is a rare disease: 100 - 200 cases are reported each year in the United States.
Bird owners, pet shop employees, persons who work in poultry processing plants, and veterinarians are at increased risk for this infection. Typical birds involved are parrots, parakeets, and budgerigars, although other birds have also caused the disease.
We lose so many of our shining stars too soon. But is it so surprising? These are people who live on the edge, always on an emotional high. They burn with a perpetual fire. Is it any wonder that sometimes they burn out?
Some are, obviously, suicides. Others die from accidental drug overdoses, and here we aren't necessarily speaking of street drugs like heroine and cocaine. Many times the drugs involved are prescription drugs ordered by the star's own doctor.
ANNA NICOLE SMITH
With the fast paced life these people live, it's no surprise that often sleep drugs are involved. It must be almost impossible for these people to shut down their minds long enough to fall asleep without some sort of help.
Anna Nicole Smith is but the latest in the line. An autopsy revealed that her body contained a soup of prescription drugs, and at least one of them, Chloral hydrate, was related to sleep.
Chloral hydrate was once used for the treatment of insomnia but has be...
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