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How Long Does the Flu Last?

How Long Does the Flu Last?

We all dread the day when we hear that the flu is going around—and then start to feel the first strains cropping up somewhere in our body. Every time you sneeze, cough, or feel a tingle in your throat, you wonder, “Is it my turn?” If and when you do

8. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, a virus (such as the flu virus), or another infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible, and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection,

6. Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic obstructive airway disease in which the bronchi become damaged and easily collapse. Bronchi walls contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their shape. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the walls of medium-sized

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

Pneumonia Vaccine: It Could Be a Lifesaver

Pneumonia is often relatively mild in healthy people, but it can be life-threatening for older adults, young children, and people whose immune systems are compromised by disease or medications. The good news is that there is an effective pneumonia vaccine available to fight it. In fact, according to the Centers

Why Are You Coughing?

Coughing is a reflex response to an irritant, and it’s your body’s way of trying to prevent an infection. Coughs due to colds and flu often contain mucus, a naturally produced substance of the lungs’ bronchial tubes. Mucus traps bacteria, pollen, and other particles. When you cough, these particles are

8. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs caused by bacteria, virus, or other infectious agent. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible and the strength of the individual’s immune system.
When the immune system detects an infection, it produces inflammation, which triggers processes

6. Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is a chronic obstructive airway disease in which the bronchi become damaged and easily collapse. Bronchi walls contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their shape. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the walls of medium-sized

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin E from Your Diet?

The vast majority of us fall short of meeting vitamin E recommendations. But, that doesn’t mean we have a vitamin E deficiency. Outright vitamin E deficiency is uncommon. And despite shortfalls, the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans did not identify vitamin E as a nutrient of public health concern. That’s because average vitamin E intakes—

8. Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or other infectious agents. The severity of pneumonia depends on several factors, including which germ is responsible and the strength of the immune system.
When the body’s immune system detects injury (from infection or other cause), it produces

6. Bronchiectasis

Bronchiectasis is an uncommon chronic obstructive airway disease in which bronchi become damaged and collapse easily. The walls of the bronchi contain elastic and muscle fibers, which allow the bronchial tubes to expand and contract while maintaining their structure. In people with bronchiectasis, the elastic and muscular components in the

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