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7. Influenza

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Influenza—commonly called the flu—is a viral infection of the respiratory system that affects the lungs and the whole body. Most people who get the flu come down with it during “flu season,” which starts in October, peaks in February, and lasts through March. Children are more susceptible to getting the … Read More

Resources

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For general information about the lung diseases in this report, contact the following organizations: Allergy & Asthma Network www.allergyasthmanetwork.org 800-878-4403 8229 Boone Blvd., Suite 260 Vienna, VA 22182 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology www.aaaai.org 414-272-6071 555 E. Wells St., Suite 1100 Milwaukee, WI 53202-3823 American Association of Cardiovascular … Read More

Glossary

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airways: The tube-like organs of the respiratory system through which air is breathed in and out. These include the trachea, bronchi, and bronchioles. allergen: A substance that is not a harmful infectious agent, yet triggers the immune system to respond. Some common allergens are animal dander (shed skin flakes), plant … Read More

10. Conclusion

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Unless we can breathe, we cannot live. That’s why it behooves us to treat our lungs with respect by not smoking or inhaling any unnecessary products, and by avoiding air pollution whenever possible. These simple measures can help prevent the majority of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the most … Read More

9. Tuberculosis

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Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious disease that can lie dormant in the lungs for years before becoming active. If active TB is left untreated, it can destroy the lungs—moreover, because TB bacteria infect the alveoli, bacteria also can move into the bloodstream and infect the lymph nodes, bones, joints, kidneys, … Read More

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