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  • Art Bell in the Hospital again..(for Coast to Coast AM listeners)

    07/02/2016 12:44:40 AM PDT · by lee martell · 27 replies
    July 2 2016 | Lee Martell
    George Noory made a brief mention that Art Bell has been in and out of the hospital here lately. He is back in now for problems with COPD (shortness of breath) Colitis and possible pneumonia. I can't get Art on my terrestrial radio, and am not yet in the habit of using my computer to get radio. So, I hadn't given Art any thought in quite a few months. I was saddened to hear that he's been feeling poorly for the last few months. Art is not quite sure when he'll be back on the air. He does have a...
  • Michael Moore Hospitalized: ‘Things Don’t Look Good'

    02/07/2016 8:16:50 PM PST · by Baynative · 122 replies
    Washington Star ^ | Feb 7, 2016 | News Desk
    Arguably one of the most anti-American filmmakers, Michael Moore is recovering from a days-long stay in the ICU after being diagnosed with pneumonia, even though "things didn't look good" soon after he was admitted. Moore revealed his health struggles, which led to the cancellation of multiple planned public appearances, in a pair of Facebook updates published Friday.
  • Sarah Brady, wife of former Reagan press secretary and gun control advocate, dies at 73

    04/03/2015 4:30:30 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 64 replies
    Sarah Brady, the wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady and tireless advocate for gun control, has died at the age of 73, her family announced in a statement Friday. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved Sarah passed away today after battling pneumonia. Her son, Scott, daughter-in-law Andree, stepdaughter, Missy, and brother, Bill, have been by her side in her final days, the statement said. ADVERTISEMENT We are enormously proud of Sarahs remarkable accomplishments and the impact she had on so many people -- whether as an elementary school teacher, advocate for a safer America, devoted mother,...
  • Sarah Brady dies at 73

    04/03/2015 3:00:24 PM PDT · by The KG9 Kid · 104 replies
    NBC News ^ | 04/03/2015
    Sarah Kemp Brady, the widow of former White House Press Secretary James Brady, died Friday after battling pneumonia, her family said in a statement. She was 73. Sarah Brady became a prominent gun control advocate after her husband was shot during the attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan's life in 1981. James Brady died in August at age 73.
  • Saudi royal court says king, 90, has pneumonia

    01/02/2015 10:34:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 2, 2015 12:25 PM EST
    Saudi Arabias King Abdullah is being treated for pneumonia and his condition has stabilized with the help of a breathing tube, according to a Royal Court statement issued Friday. The statement, which was released by Saudi state media, said the monarch, 90, had been transferred Thursday to a military hospital after experiencing shortness of breath and back pain. The Saudi Royal Court said medical tests showed the king had a respiratory infection. [] The health of the monarch is of extreme importance in the kingdom, where Abdullah holds absolute powers to enact laws and appoint ministers. His condition is also...

    03/06/2014 3:56:31 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 185 replies
    Original Content | 3/6/2014 | By Laz A. Mataz
    I had a bacterial pneumonia over this last week. It manifested as flu-like symptoms, at first: Low-grade fever, dizziness, chills, then sweats, and a constant fatigue. I thought nothing of it for the first day, having been the self-administered victim of minor food-poisoning before. However, this illness didn't seem to want to pass. By the second day, Sunday, I became more anxious as to the true cause of the malady. It was less likely to be a true influenza, because I had received a flu vaccine shot this year. So what was it? I almost thought to get to the...
  • US Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

    06/03/2013 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 300 replies
    North NJ com ^ | BY HERB JACKSON
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg died this morning of viral pneumonia at age 89, his office said
  • (Civil War Forensics) Surgeon: Pneumonia Likely Killed 'Stonewall' Jackson

    05/10/2013 8:08:54 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Charleston Gazette ^ | May 10, 2013 | The Charleston Gazette
    Surgeon: Pneumonia likely killed 'Stonewall' Jackson Legendary Confederate general died 150 years ago Friday Historians and doctors have debated for decades what medical complications caused the death of legendary Confederate fighter Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, felled by friendly fire from his troops during the Civil War. Shot three times while returning from scouting enemy lines in the Virginia wilderness, Jackson was badly wounded in the left arm by one of the large bullets the night of May 2, 1863. Blood gushed from a severed artery. It took at least two hours to get him to a field hospital, and Jackson...
  • Genome sequencing provides unprecedented insight into causes of pneumococcal disease

    05/08/2013 3:34:18 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    Biology News Net ^ | May 5, 2013 | NA
    A new study led by researchers from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in the UK has, for the first time, used genome sequencing technology to track the changes in a bacterial population following the introduction of a vaccine. The study follows how the population of pneumococcal bacteria changed following the introduction of the 'Prevnar' conjugate polysaccharide vaccine, which substantially reduced rates of pneumococcal disease across the U.S. The work demonstrates that the technology could be used in the future to monitor the effectiveness of vaccination or antibiotic use against different species of bacterial...
  • Vanity: FReeper Rogle gave the good fight (Sad Update at #30)

    02/09/2013 7:31:17 AM PST · by JaguarXKE · 59 replies
    Self | 9 Feb 2013 | Self
    FReeper Rogle, former New Mexico State Representative Rory Ogle, will be removed from life support this morning. He is not expected to live.
  • Socialized medicine: Patients starve and die of thirst on hospital wards

    10/06/2012 2:34:17 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/6/2012 | Laura Donnelly
    Forty-three hospital patients starved to death last year and 111 died of thirst while being treated on wards, new figures disclose today. There were 558 cases last year where doctors recorded that a patient had died in a state of severe dehydration in UK hospitals The death toll was disclosed by the UK Government amid mounting concern over the dignity of patients on NHS wards. They will also fuel concerns about care homes, as it was disclosed that eight people starved to death and 21 people died of thirst while in care. Last night there were warnings that they must...
  • George Michael's condition worsened overnight say doctors

    11/25/2011 11:54:45 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 63 replies ^ | November 25, 2011 | Vienna Times
    The hospital refused to say why the star was moved but it is believed it was decided that the singer's condition was so acute that it would be better if he was moved to the AKH - the biggest in Europe and where many of the continent's top medical experts are based because of the advanced facilities it offers for research as well as treatment. The hospital has two skyscrapers, identified for navigating around the huge complex as the red tower and the green tower. He is currently in intensive care on the 13th floor of the red tower as...
  • Woodsmoke from cooking fires linked to pneumonia, cognitive impacts (Say goodbye BBQ)

    11/11/2011 9:18:13 AM PST · by Red Badger · 49 replies ^ | 11-10-11 | Provided by University of California - Berkeley
    An estimated 3 billion people in the world still cook with open fires and dirty cookstoves, including this mother in Guatemala. Credit: Photo by Nigel Bruce, University of Liverpool Two new studies led by University of California, Berkeley, researchers spotlight the human health effects of exposure to smoke from open fires and dirty cookstoves, the primary source of cooking and heating for 43 percent, or some 3 billion members, of the world's population. Women and young children in poverty are particularly vulnerable. In the first study, the researchers found a dramatic one-third reduction in severe pneumonia diagnoses among children in...
  • Vitamin D deficiency in pneumonia patients associated with increased mortality

    05/10/2011 7:05:05 AM PDT · by decimon · 22 replies
    Wiley-Blackwell ^ | May 10, 2011 | Unknown
    A new study published in the journal Respirology reveals that adult patients admitted to the hospital with pneumonia are more likely to die if they have Vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is known to be involved in the innate immune response to infection. The team of researchers at Waikato Hospital and the Universities of Waikato and Otago, measured vitamin D in the blood samples of 112 adult patients admitted with community acquired pneumonia during the winter at the only acute-care hospital in Hamilton, New Zealand. The researchers found that Vitamin D deficiency was associated with higher mortality within the first...
  • My Brother Went Into The Hospital today

    04/25/2011 7:37:10 PM PDT · by AKA Elena · 57 replies
    E-mail | Self
    My oldest brother, Jim, is 79 years old today. As I sent a birthday message to his computer, I got an e-mail from his wife saying he had had a problem breathing this morning when he got up and was taken to the ER. He was found to have fluid in is lungs and is in the hospital with pneumonia. Everybody's brothers are special, but I could not begin to tell you of the aura of goodness of my brother Jim and his actual acts of charity and kindness. Jim has made contacts throughout Orange County, CA and collects from...
  • Flu helps spread pneumonia

    04/11/2011 8:43:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 4 replies
    Society for General Microbiology ^ | April 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could help reduce incidence of pneumococcal infections in very young children, who are more susceptible to disease. Streptococcus pneumoniae normally lives harmlessly in the nasal passage. Up to 80% of young children carry the bacterium in their nose. It is already known that if a colonized individual is infected with influenza virus, the bacterium is more likely...
  • There's A "Superbug" Spreading Around America Killing 40% Of The People Who Come In Contact

    03/24/2011 1:07:23 PM PDT · by Dr. Sheldon Cooper · 66 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 24, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    The joke that's going around is that the Mayans got it wrong: The world is ending this year, not 2012. Here's the lates sign of that. A superbug is spreading around America, and has hit Southern California. LA Times: A dangerous drug-resistant bacterium has spread to patients in Southern California, according to a study by Los Angeles County public health officials. More than 350 cases of the Carbapenem-Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, or CRKP, have been reported at healthcare facilities in Los Angeles County, mostly among elderly patients at skilled-nursing and long-term care facilities, according to a study by Dr. Dawn Terashita,...
  • Man who promoted grill's unhealthy menu dies at 29

    03/03/2011 7:47:59 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 3, 2011
    PHOENIX (AP) -- A 575-pound man who gained a measure of fame as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill - a Phoenix-area restaurant that unabashedly touts its unhealthy, high-calorie menu - has died. Friends of 29-year-old Blair River say he died Tuesday, possibly from contracting pneumonia after a bout with the flu.
  • Vaccine made with synthetic gene protects against deadly pneumonia

    02/22/2011 5:18:40 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine ^ | February 22, 2011 | Unknown
    Triggers protective immune response while preventing fatal inflammationFebruary 22, 2011 (BRONX, NY) Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed an experimental vaccine that appears to protect against an increasingly common and particularly deadly form of pneumococcal pneumonia. Details of the new vaccine, which was tested in an animal model, are reported in a paper published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Pneumococcal pneumonia can occur when the lungs are infected with the bacterial species Streptococcus pneumoniae (also known as pneumococcus). "Like many microbes that cause pneumonia, pneumococcus is spread from person to...
  • ObamaCare: My 90 Year-Old Mom Kicked Out of the Hospital

    02/21/2011 10:33:02 AM PST · by neverhome · 69 replies
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 02.21.11 | Alan Burkhart
    For those of you who still think ObamaCare is a good idea, heres how its affecting my family at the very moment Im writing this My 90 year-old mother has taken ill. High fever (103), throwing up, weakness, spasmodic cough and significant respiratory issues. Her neighbor took her to the ER. The doctor says that "due to the changes in Medicare under ObamaCare" (the doctor's own words) he could not admit her into the hospital, even though he thought she should be admitted. Kicked out of the hospital, even though shes also a heart patient. Kicked out of the hospital,...
  • A Better Way to Diagnose Pneumonia

    02/19/2011 7:24:09 AM PST · by decimon · 13 replies
    Georgia Institute of Technology ^ | February 1, 2011 | Unknown
    Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have created a new sampling device that could prevent thousands of people worldwide from dying of pneumonia each year. > Ku challenged a group of mechanical engineering and bioengineering graduate students to develop an accurate device for diagnosing pneumonia. Current sampling methods using the mouth and nose are only 40 percent effective. The samples are typically contaminated by bacteria in the mouth, which leads to misdiagnosis and an incorrect prescription of antibiotics. > The device contains a plastic tube with a mouthpiece. A patient coughs into the device to fill up a balloon-like...
  • New study re-examines bacterial vaccine studies conducted during 1918 influenza pandemic

    11/02/2010 9:03:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    WHAT: Secondary infections with bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, were a major cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic and may be important in modern pandemics as well, according to a new article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases co-authored by David M. Morens, M.D., senior advisor to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers examined 13 studies published between 1918 and 1920. During this time, many scientists erroneously believed that influenza was caused by bacteria, not a virus. As a result, researchers...
  • Parents' fury as teenage daughter dies just days after doctors sent her home and 'told her to

    07/21/2010 10:52:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 21st July 2010
    A schoolgirl suffered multiple organ failure and four heart attacks just days after doctors sent her home with paracetamol and told her to take 'plenty of rest', an inquest heard. Amy Carter, 15, begged doctors not to discharge her, telling them 'I'm dying' but medics assured her she would be fine. She developed septicaemia after being released by doctors who had diagnosed her with glandular fever. Two days later on Christmas Eve, Amy - who had not been able to eat for 19 days and weighed just six stone - was taken to hospital and died hours later. Amy was...
  • Prayer Request for FReeper Farmer Dean's Wife [Update at #133]

    04/11/2010 9:48:48 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 140 replies · 1,350+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/10 | wagglebee
    Please pray for FReeper Farmer Dean's wife Beckie. She was diagnosed last week with pneumonia in both lungs. Thankfully she is starting to improve, but she is still ill and needs our prayers. Pray also for Farmer Dean, he isn't resting or eating well and needs his strength for Beckie. Please post your prayers to Farmer Dean. Thank you and God Bless.
  • Prayer Request for my Mom

    02/17/2010 1:19:31 PM PST · by Tennessee_Bob · 28 replies · 323+ views
    Self | 17FEB10 | Tennessee_Bob
    Haven't posted here in a long while. I got a call from Dad yesterday that Mom has a mild case of pneumonia. Mild though, is a relative term. Mom is 74 years old, and had 2/3rds of her right lung removed about 12 years ago due to lung cancer. I spoke with Dad earlier today, and he advised that she had a rough night, but seems to be slightly improved. If you would, please keep my Mom in your prayers. We would all appreciate it.
  • H1N1 flu victim collapsed on way to hospital [Latest H1N1 updates downthread]

    06/24/2009 8:04:24 AM PDT · by metmom · 8,598 replies · 86,478+ views ^ | June 24, 2009 | Raveena Aulakh
    Within minutes, six-year-old Rubjit Thindal went from happily chatting in the back seat of the car to collapsing and dying in her father's arms. "If we had known it was so serious, we would have called 911,'' Kuldip Thindal, Rubjit's distraught mother, said in Punjabi yesterday. "She just had a stomach ache -- she wasn't even crying.'' Rubjit was pronounced dead at hospital barely 24 hours after showing signs of a fever. Later, doctors told her parents she had the H1N1 influenza virus. She is believed to be the youngest person in Canada with the virus to have died.
  • Ukraine in panic over swine flu

    11/09/2009 4:00:57 AM PST · by flash2368 · 11 replies · 576+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 08-Nov-2009 | Russia Today
    Health Officials in Ukraine say the death toll from a suspected swine flu outbreak has reached 144. Almost a million people are thought to be infected, mostly in the west of the country. ~ Over a hundred have died since the outbreak of the virus last week. But it's still unclear exactly what killed those Ukranians. Only some are confirmed as a result of AH1N1, the rest are blamed on respiratory diseases. Even so, talks over imposing a state of emergency in the country are surfacing from the highest levels. Should that happen, the upcoming presidential vote could be shifted...
  • Pneumonia and Influenza (Swine-Flu H1N1) Deaths Within Normal to Low Range for Current Time of Year

    09/26/2009 10:09:56 AM PDT · by Nevadan · 9 replies · 1,226+ views
    Center for Disease Control and Prevention Website ^ | September 25, 2009, 1:30 PM ET | CDC
    2009 H1N1 Flu: Situation Update: The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) based on the 122 Cities Report was low and within the bounds of what is expected at this time of year.
  • 11-year-old Laurence Manning Academy student dies of pneumonia

    09/23/2009 9:06:46 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 30 replies · 1,462+ views
    WIS TV ^ | September 23, 2009 | Jordan Sandler
    MANNING, SC (WIS) - A 11-year-old Sumter girl who attended Laurence Manning Academy has died according to her family. Ashley Pipkin's family says she died while riding in an ambulance headed to Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia around 2pm Wednesday. Hospital officials say Pipkin died of pneumonia from flu-like symptoms she had been suffering from. Pipkin's family adds Ashley had already visited Tuomey Medical Center in Sumter twice for the same issues. Ashley's mom, Brandi, says the 5th grader felt fine last Friday and didn't feel any symptoms until Monday when she woke up sick. Brandi says Ashley was...
  • More Effective Treatment For Pneumonia Following Influenza Found, Study Shows

    06/17/2009 4:51:43 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 20 replies · 834+ views
    Science Daily ^ | January 10, 2009 | Jonathan McCullers, M.D et al. [adapted]
    Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have demonstrated a more effective treatment for bacterial pneumonia following influenza. They found that the antibiotics clindamycin and azithromycin, which kill bacteria by inhibiting their protein synthesis, are more effective than a standard first-line treatment with the "beta-lactam" antibiotic ampicillin, which causes the bacteria to lyse, or burst. The finding is important because pneumonia, rather than the influenza itself, is a principal cause of death from influenza in children and the elderly. During pandemicssuch as the one that may arise from avian influenzaup to 95 percent of influenza deaths are due to pneumonia....
  • Researchers unlock secrets of 1918 flu pandemic

    12/29/2008 4:37:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies · 2,232+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2008
    Researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly -- a group of three genes that lets the virus invade the lungs and cause pneumonia. They mixed samples of the 1918 influenza strain with modern seasonal flu viruses to find the three genes and said their study might help in the development of new flu drugs. The discovery, published in Tuesday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could also point to mutations that might turn ordinary flu into a dangerous pandemic strain. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and colleagues at the...
  • How is Pneumonia Diagnosed?

    12/18/2008 10:35:29 AM PST · by PublishHouse · 24 replies · 1,473+ views
    Suite 101 Magazine ^ | December 18 2008 | Naheed Ali
    Excerpt from this new article: "Diagnosing pneumonia is becoming an increasingly common practice in doctors offices everywhere..."
  • FDA ties pneumonia deaths to infant vaccine

    02/17/2008 2:16:17 PM PST · by 3Lean · 6 replies · 138+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 2/15/2008 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON - GlaxoSmithKline Plc's rotavirus vaccine is associated with increased pneumonia-related deaths and other adverse reactions, U.S. regulatory staff said in documents posted on Friday. The review comes ahead of a Food and Drug Administration advisory meeting next Wednesday to consider approval of the oral vaccine to prevent the most common cause of severe diarrhea and dehydration among infants and young children in the world. FDA staff said its analysis of 11 studies revealed that in the largest trial, there was a statistically significant increase in deaths related to pneumonia compared with placebo, documents posted on the FDA's Web site...
  • Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia (MRSA)

    01/28/2007 4:09:37 PM PST · by blam · 105 replies · 3,342+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 1-28-2007 | Texas A&M
    Source: Texas A&M Health Science Center Date: January 28, 2007 Bacteria In Staph Infections Can Cause Necrotizing Pneumonia Science Daily Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology at Houston have discovered a toxin present in the bacteria responsible for the current nationwide outbreak of staph infections also has a role in an aggressive pneumonia that is often fatal within 72 hours. "The virulence of CA-MRSA (community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) strains that produce the PVL (Panton Valentine leukocidin) toxin presents a nightmare scenario," said M. Gabriela Bowden, Ph.D., research assistant professor at HSC-IBT and...
  • Lawsuit seeks ban on smoking around apartment complex

    06/29/2006 7:43:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 559+ views
    AP ^ | 6/29/6
    Los Angeles -- The father of a 5-year-old asthmatic girl has sued the apartment complex where the family lives in an attempt to stop residents from smoking in common areas. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Superior Court, alleges that second-hand smoke from common areas around the complex have hurt Melinda Birke's health. The areas include the swimming pools, the barbecue areas, the children's playground, the outdoor dining area and the entrances to the rental office and clubhouse. The girl has had pneumonia three times since 2003, and has suffered from asthma and chronic allergies since she was 18 months old,...
  • Pillows - a hot bed of fungal spores

    10/17/2005 3:26:05 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 78 replies · 1,525+ views
    Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows. Aspergillus fumigatus, the species most commonly found in the pillows, is most likely to cause disease; and the resulting condition Aspergillosis has become the leading infectious cause of death in leukaemia and bone marrow transplant patients. Fungi also exacerbate asthma in adults. The researchers dissected both feather and synthetic samples and identified several thousand spores of fungus per gram of used pillow - more than a million spores per pillow. Fungal contamination of bedding...
  • Pneumonia, flu vaccines lie at center of storm

    08/22/2005 6:35:15 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Newark Star Ledger ^ | 08.22.05 | CAROL ANN CAMPBELL
    Vaccine opponents, a scattered though potent force, have been gearing up in recent weeks to fight state health officials who are pushing for new immunization rules for babies and young children. This latest vaccine skirmish centers on proposals to require that young children in child care centers or preschool get vaccinated against both the flu and pneumonia. The shots would be for children over 6 months old and would include the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7), and the influenza vaccine. Health officials said the mandates, not yet final, would prevent as many as 300 hospitalizations each year -- and possibly several...
  • Hundreds of U.S. Troops in Iraq Infected with Potentially Deadly Drug Resistant Bacteria

    08/02/2005 3:48:31 AM PDT · by Flavius · 18 replies · 756+ views
    forbes ^ | Aug. 2, 2005 | na
    NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 2, 2005--Hundreds of U.S. soldiers have been infected with a potentially deadly drug resistant bacteria, Acinetobacter baumannii, that apparently originated in Iraqi soil, according to Medical & Science Writer Matthew Herper. Visit for this exclusive report, "The Iraq Infection." According to Herper's report, "most of the victims are relatively young troops who were injured by the land mines, mortars and suicide bombs that have permeated the Iraq conflict." While no active duty soldiers have died from the infection, five deaths did occur among extremely sick patients who were in the same hospitals as the injured...
  • WARNING: Whooping Cough Outbreak

    06/09/2005 12:26:04 AM PDT · by ppaul · 211 replies · 11,722+ views
    Whooping Cough Outbreak Communities throughout the U.S. are experiencing whooping cough (pertussis) outbreaks - the worst in 40 years. If the school nurse or the health department informs you that there is a pertussis outbreak in your school or community, you may need to call your pediatrician. The school or health department will tell you if your child was directly exposed and requires antibiotics. Health departments across the country are acting quickly to prevent the spread of pertussis, so your cooperation in contacting your pediatrician is crucial. Please follow the instruction of the health department. The care of children in...
  • British Marine killed by scratch and superbug

    05/28/2005 3:30:17 PM PDT · by Coleus · 21 replies · 1,117+ views
    Times Online ^ | 05.24.05 | Simon de Bruxelles
    A SUPERFIT Royal Marine collapsed and died within days of scratching his leg on a bush while on a training run victim of a mutated superbug one doctor described as the worst she had ever seen. Richard Campbell-Smith, 18, fell victim to pneumonia caused by a rare strain of bacteria that produces a lethal toxin that kills white blood cells. A microbiologist who gave evidence at the inquest into his death yesterday said that she had come across two such cases since December but none in the previous 15 years. Marina Morgan, of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital,...
  • Terri's Last Chance

    03/23/2005 7:21:50 PM PST · by Zivasmate · 102 replies · 2,194+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | mar. 23, 2005 | William Anderson
    Terri's Last Chance It's time to try giving Terri Schiavo orally administered liquids. by William Anderson 03/23/2005 12:45:00 PM THE CHIPS ARE DOWN. We have had a surfeit of due process. It is now well past time to consider the facts which process has willfully ignored. There is no reason, medical, moral, or legal, to refrain from an attempt to provide Terri Schiavo with orally administered liquids. There are only two possible explanations for having employed gastric tube feeding. Either (1) her neurologic damage has brought about a swallowing dysfunction with danger of aspiration pneumonia; or (2) it was simply...
  • Prayer Request - Vanity (sick child)

    03/21/2005 3:59:42 PM PST · by Salo · 227 replies · 3,300+ views
    Vanity ^ | 03/21/05 | self
    My son, Henry, was admitted to the ICU a week ago with Strep Pneumonia. He's had a very rough go of things - Saturday was particulalry bad for him. I thought we were going to lose him. He's two years old and has already had open-heart surgery. He's been riding a real roller coaster and has almost no room to get worse.
  • 'Meet the Parents' Actress Dies of Pneumonia

    03/11/2005 2:42:15 PM PST · by OrangeDaisy · 24 replies · 4,836+ views ^ | 3-11-2005 | AP
    LOS ANGELES Actress Nicole DeHuff (search), who memorably took a volleyball in the face from Ben Stiller in the 2000 hit movie "Meet the Parents" (search), died of complications from pneumonia. She was 31. DeHuff had twice visited a hospital shortly before her death Feb. 16 but was sent home both times, the E! Network's E! Online Web site reported Friday.Read the full article at
  • Doobie Brothers Drummer Keith Knudsen Dies

    02/08/2005 6:30:08 PM PST · by missyme · 111 replies · 3,449+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb 8th, 2005
    Keith Knudsen, a drummer for the Doobie Brothers since 1974, died of pneumonia Tuesday. He was 56. Knudsen, who lived in Sonoma County's wine country, had been hospitalized for more than a month. He died at Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital at about 12:30 p.m., according to the band's longtime manager Bruce Cohn. "I just saw him Sunday, just before the Super Bowl," Cohn said. "He was in good spirits. He was weak, but he was OK." Knudsen, who said he began drumming in eighth grade, joined the classic rock band in 1974 after he met Cohn, who told him the Doobies...
  • Program Coaxes Hospitals to See Treatments Under Their Noses

    12/25/2004 12:44:31 AM PST · by neverdem · 37 replies · 1,156+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 25, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    The federal government is now telling patients whether their local hospitals are doing what they should. For now, the effort involves three common and deadly afflictions of the elderly - heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia - and asks about lifesaving treatments that everyone agrees should be given but that hospitals and doctors often forget to give. The expectation, though, is that this is just the beginning; other diseases, other treatments and surgery are next. Within a few years, individual doctors will be rated as well. Using incentives like bonus pay and deterrents like public humiliation, it is a bold...
  • Rare pneumonia found among U.S. soldiers in Iraq

    12/21/2004 12:09:33 PM PST · by jdm · 25 replies · 1,248+ views
    CNN/Reuters ^ | December 21, 2004
    CHICAGO, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A rare and sometimes deadly pneumonia has hit 18 U.S. soldiers deployed in Iraq, and Army medical investigators are at a loss to explain the cause, according to a study published on Tuesday. In a report appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center said two of the soldiers had died from the rare illness, called acute eosinophilic pneumonia, or AEP. No common source was found for the outbreak that occurred between March 2003 and March 2004 among the soldiers in Iraq. The study covered only...
  • New antibiotic target could mean the end of pneumonia

    12/10/2004 7:28:47 AM PST · by Born Conservative · 10 replies · 514+ views
    Science Blog ^ | 12/10/2004
    Scientists have found a ''molecular Achilles heel'' in the organism that causes pneumonia, providing a target for the development of a new class of antibiotics that could eventually eradicate the disease. ''Streptococcus pneumoniae places an enormous burden on the welfare of humanity,'' says Thomas Leyh, Ph.D., a professor of biochemistry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and lead author of the paper. ''Worldwide, the organism takes the lives of some 3,700 people daily, the majority of whom are children below the age of five.'' From American Chemical Society: New antibiotic target could mean the end of...
  • SARS virus may spread via sweat, food, sewage, touch: study

    05/06/2004 10:27:51 PM PDT · by twntaipan · 250+ views
    Drudge ^ | May 6, 2004
    SARS virus may spread via sweat, food, sewage, touch: study Thu May 6, 2004 15:11:03 ETThe SARS virus has been found in sweat glands and the intestine, according to a new study, which says that in theory the disease may spread via contaminated sewage, food or even a handshake, not just by airborne droplets. Pathologists from the First Military Medical University in Guangzhou, southern China, warn that if further research proves that Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) can be transmitted by these unexpected routes, the implications for public health are major. The results were remarkable, according to their study, which...
  • Prayer request: My step-grandmother

    01/28/2004 10:52:30 AM PST · by WinOne4TheGipper · 59 replies · 226+ views
    1/28/04 | will1776
    I've never asked for prayers on FR before. I'm really a bit nervous, so here goes. My 70 year old grandmother was hospitalized yesterday with pneumonia. She's in fair condition, but she's a small woman who has a history of emphyzema, so I'm worried for her. I ask that you keep her in your prayers. Thanks.
  • Prayer Request -- Mo1 Lost her Mother Tuesday PM

    12/24/2003 8:05:22 AM PST · by Salvation · 222 replies · 506+ views
    Freepmail ^ | 12-24-03 | kayak/Salvation
    I got this FReepmail from kayak: Forwarding it for everyone: Mo1's mother has passed away From kayak | 12/23/2003 11:10:05 PM PST replied Mo1 lost her mother Tuesday afternoon. She had had the flu and it went into pneumonia. She posted the message in #183 on this thread: (which is the Dose for 12/22/03). May you and your family have a very blessed Christmas and may God bless you and keep you!