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Old 01-14-2009, 12:12 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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This is a frightening statistic:

Deaths information for Pneumonia: The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate nearly 90,000 people in the United States died from one of several kinds of pneumonia in 1999. (Source: excerpt from Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

I am wondering since SO MANY PEOPLE die from this disease every year, how come "they" aren't doing research on how to stop it?

I realize that there is a pneumonia vaccine out there, but I believe that is only good for the bacterial version and not the viral.

Pneumonia is considered the 7th leading cause of death in this country. I am wondering why modern medicine, which has eradicated so many illnesses that have plagued mankind, cannot seem to put a dent in this disease.

20yrsinBranson
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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20yrsinBranson,

My guess is that in many instances the pneumonia could be a secondary complication of another more illness, but the pneumonia is what pushes them over the edge.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:20 AM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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Age and recovery is a factor, too. Just because an infection is treated doesn't mean the patient will live. Pneumonia affects the lungs. My grandmother had hip surgery and died from Pneumonia. She was 89.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:54 AM
 
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There's and old saying that is very true. "Pneumonia is the Old Man's Friend."

Dying of many things, heart failure, cancer, stoke and many other dreadful conditions, can be slow and painful. Sometimes, in the case of some types of cancer, very painful. If the patient develops pneumonia, the end will come quickly and much more painfree.

Being bedridden to the point of not being able to get about, is another frequent cause of pneumonia. The lungs just don't function well when the patient can't get up and move about.

I am one of those people that thinks that Mother Nature knows what's best for her children. Pneumonia is one of her tools to ease our passing.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:25 AM
 
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This is a frightening statistic:

Deaths information for Pneumonia: The U.S. Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate nearly 90,000 people in the United States died from one of several kinds of pneumonia in 1999. (Source: excerpt from Pneumococcal Pneumonia, NIAID Fact Sheet: NIAID)

I am wondering since SO MANY PEOPLE die from this disease every year, how come "they" aren't doing research on how to stop it?

I realize that there is a pneumonia vaccine out there, but I believe that is only good for the bacterial version and not the viral.

Pneumonia is considered the 7th leading cause of death in this country. I am wondering why modern medicine, which has eradicated so many illnesses that have plagued mankind, cannot seem to put a dent in this disease.

20yrsinBranson

My friend just recovered from pneumonia, and her doctor told her that they learned if you drink lots of water you will not get pneumonia. Keep hydrated.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:52 AM
 
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My friend just recovered from pneumonia, and her doctor told her that they learned if you drink lots of water you will not get pneumonia. Keep hydrated.
If only that were true...

Pneumonia is caused by a variety of organisms, bacterial, viral and atypical such as mycobacterium, fungi. Aspiration can lead to pneumonia as well as immobility, idiopathic pneumonia can occur where no infectious agent is even present.

There is no one cure for all the causes...and the underlying health of the individual with pneumonia determines the outcome in many cases.

You can't catch pneumonia from someone that has it, but any one can develop pneumonia given the right conditions and presence of an infectious agent that leads to inflammation and consolidation of the lungs.

Drinking lots of water is not going to prevent anyone from developing pneumonia...
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:15 PM
 
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If only that were true...

Pneumonia is caused by a variety of organisms, bacterial, viral and atypical such as mycobacterium, fungi. Aspiration can lead to pneumonia as well as immobility, idiopathic pneumonia can occur where no infectious agent is even present.

There is no one cure for all the causes...and the underlying health of the individual with pneumonia determines the outcome in many cases.

You can't catch pneumonia from someone that has it, but any one can develop pneumonia given the right conditions and presence of an infectious agent that leads to inflammation and consolidation of the lungs.

Drinking lots of water is not going to prevent anyone from developing pneumonia...

Agree completely. The best the pneumonia vaccine will do for you is protect you against the most common form of pneumonia caused by ONE organism: Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumonia is a common sequela of influenza and and that's why preventing that viral infection through immunization is so strongly recommended.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:54 PM
 
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I had a severe case of pneumonia that left me hospitalized for weeks when I was a teen. I think part of the problem is that it can become quite advanced without the patient knowing that something major is wrong.

I had a bad case of the flu, which led to my pneumonia. I had every one of the classic pneumonia symptoms, including severe chest pain, shaking chills and high fever, but I thought the chest pain was muscle aches from the flu, and I thought the shaking chills and high fever were also from the flu. By the time I showed up in the ER, because I could barely breathe, my pneumonia was extremely advanced. I still have health effects to this day from a complication of the advanced pneumonia.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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This is a good example of what happens. If the above poster had died, the death would have been attributed to pneumonia, not flu.

The same thing happens with alcoholics. At some point they eat little food, preferring to drink. The cause of death is usually due to malnutrition, (that is, he starved to death) rather than the alcohol.
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Old 01-15-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Pneumonia was the only time in my life that I was so sick that I got kind of scared. I had no idea that I had it until I finally went to the doc and got a lung x-ray. I got better right away, but I wonder if my lungs are still a bit compromised.
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