The Fragility of Life and Lung: My Dad's Severe Pneumonia Story

The first message arrived midday on a Sunday, picking up the latest in the long paper and electronic trail that chronicles our family's health. Mom, Jan. 4, 12:49 p.m.: Yesterday morning Dad woke up very sick. He has a terrible cough. Mom, Jan. 5, 2:52 p.m.: Dad has the flu. Mom, Jan. 6, 3:40 p.m.: Doc said Dad has to get down fluid. He spit up water twice. If he can't, I have to take him to an urgent care clinic. Don't come home! This is highly contagious. Dad, Jan. 7, 2:15 p.m.: I will be visiting the doctor again today. I had a very bad night last night and I am very weak. You must stay away from the house. When I was 4 years old, my dad lived on red meat and his total cholesterol reached 300. His doctor began him on Lipitor -- a cholesterol-reducing medication -- and told him he must change his lifestyle through diet and exercise or else he'd have a heart attack. When my dad played music with his band on Saturday nights, my mom would take my older brother, JD, and me to Pizza Hut. This was our only chance to eat pizza. My dad quit eating most everything besides poultry and broccoli. My dad hasn't eaten steak in 27 years. Mom, Jan. 7, 4:40 p.m.: Dad lost 6 lbs from not eating. He keeps wanting to go to the hospital. Yesterday the doc told him he didn't need it. Me, Jan. 7, 5:00 p.m.: Holy crap. I've never seen him want to be admitted to a hospital before. Dad, Jan. 7, 6:11 p.m.: The doctor has added a strong antibiotic to calm the cough. I hope that it works. She was...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Related Links:

Publication date: Available online 24 May 2019Source: Veterinary MicrobiologyAuthor(s): Sante Roperto, Valeria Russo, Francesca De Falco, Alessandra Rosati, Cornel Catoi, Franco RopertoAbstractE5 protein, the major oncoprotein of the bovine Deltapapillomavirus genus, has been detected in 17 of the 19 urothelial cancers by molecular and morphological procedures. In 10 urothelial cancers, the oxygen sensitive subunit HIF-1α, which is upregulated by hypoxia, was overexpressed. Mitophagy, the selective autophagic removal of dysfunctional mitochondria, was upregulated in hypoxic neoplastic cells infected by BPVs which was...
Source: Veterinary Microbiology - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2019Source: Preventive Veterinary MedicineAuthor(s): L. Wisnieski, B. Norby, S.J. Pierce, T. Becker, J.C. Gandy, L.M. SordilloAbstractDuring the transition from late gestation to early lactation, dairy cattle are at increased risk for disease. Herd-level monitoring for disease risk involves evaluating multiple factors, including food intake, cow density, and biomarkers of nutrient metabolism. Biomarkers that are measured include non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) and beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), which are usually measured in a subset of the herd (i.e. cohort). If a certain proportion...
Source: Preventive Veterinary Medicine - Category: Veterinary Research Source Type: research
Authors: Vigna L, Morelli F, Agnelli GM, Napolitano F, Ratto D, Occhinegro A, Di Iorio C, Savino E, Girometta C, Brandalise F, Rossi P Abstract Epidemiological data indicate that subjects affected by obesity have an increased risk of developing mood disorders. The relationship between obesity and mood disorders is bidirectional. We assessed whether a Hericium erinaceus treatment improved depression, anxiety, sleep, and binge eating disorders after 8 weeks of supplementation in subjects affected by overweight or obesity under a low calorie diet regimen. Looking for a possible clinical biomarker, we assessed the seru...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Conclusion: Formal consensus was achieved for the first time on a core list of knowledge items on how exercises and physical activities might stimulate anticancer immunity. This core list might be considered at the time of developing training/educational interventions and/or continuing education for primary healthcare providers and CAM practitioners. Future studies are still needed to investigate if such consensual lists might improve congruence in cancer care continuum and improve survival rates and wellbeing of cancer patients and survivors. PMID: 31118968 [PubMed]
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Oei SL, Thronicke A, Schad F Abstract In early tumor development, cancer cells develop a plethora of strategies to escape surveillance from the adaptive and innate immune system. Cancer immunotherapies, in particular immune checkpoint inhibitors, are becoming a highly promising cancer therapeutic approach that has remarkable increased progress in combating various cancer types. Unfortunately, their mechanisms of action induce some complications, such as inflammatory reactions and immune-related adverse events. In the management of side effects during anticancer therapy, complementary and integrative therap...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Authors: Ko JH, Kim SN Abstract MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are the main regulators of diverse physiological processes. Recently, miRNAs have emerged as significant players related to the effect of acupuncture although the biological mechanisms connecting the function of these miRNAs with the effect of acupuncture are not well understood. In animal models of various diseases, such as neurological disease, cardiovascular disease, myopathy, and pain, a number of miRNAs were altered after administration of electroacupuncture or manual acupuncture. Nonetheless, there are a limited number of studies published so far. This paper ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
In this study, we report that the Protium javanicum methanol extract (Pj-ME) plays an important role in suppressing nitric oxide (NO) levels without cytotoxicity. The effect of Pj-ME in LPS-induced expression leads to reduced inflammatory cytokine expression, specifically inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), cyclooxygenase (COX-2), and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α). Pj-ME significantly inhibited LPS-induced protein expression of the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-κB) signaling pathway in a time-dependent manner. Syk and Src were identified as putative signaling molecules of Pj-ME-mediated anti-inflammatory activ...
Source: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Evid Based Complement Alternat Med Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 25 May 2019Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Shao Su, Qian Sun, Ling Wan, Xiaodan Gu, Dan Zhu, Yi Zhou, Jie Chao, Lianhui WangAbstractUltrasensitive detection of cancer biomarkers has shown great promise for precision medicine. Here, a triple signal amplification strategy was developed for analysis of carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) by using MoS2-based nanocomposites. Gold nanoparticles-decorated molybdenum disulfide nanocomposite (MoS2-AuNPs) was used to construct the modified electrode and nanoprobe, which could efficiently amplify electrochemical signal due to its large su...
Source: Biosensors and Bioelectronics - Category: Biotechnology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2019Source: Molecular Aspects of MedicineAuthor(s): Ester Saus, Susana Iraola-Guzmán, Jesse R. Willis, Anna Brunet-Vega, Toni GabaldónAbstractThe gastrointestinal tract harbors most of the microbiota associated with humans. In recent years, there has been a surge of interest in assessing the relationships between the gut microbiota and several gut alterations, including colorectal cancer. Changes in the gut microbiota in patients suffering colorectal cancer suggest a possible role of host-microbe interactions in the origin and development of this malignancy and, at th...
Source: Molecular Aspects of Medicine - Category: Molecular Biology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 24 May 2019Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: BiointerfacesAuthor(s): Shuoshuo Yang, Yong Wang, Shan Luo, Chenjie Shan, Yibo Geng, Tinghong Zhang, Sunren Sheng, Xingjie ZanAbstractBone related implants have huge potential market in global. Improving the implant outcomes and probability of implant success are highly pursued to relieve the pain of patients and burden on native healthy system. There are growing evidence to support reactive oxygen species (ROS) directly involved in bone diseases and failure of implants. Taking advantage of the antioxidant property of tannic acid (TA) and biocom...
Source: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces - Category: Biochemistry Source Type: research
More News: Atorvastatin Calcium | Back Pain | Blogging | Bone Marrow Transplant | Cancer | Cancer & Oncology | Cardiology | Cholesterol | Chronic Pain | Cough | Emergency Medicine | Eyes | Health | Heart | Heart Attack | Heart Transplant | Hospitals | Lipitor | Lung Transplant | MRSA | Nanotechnology | Nightmares | Nurses | Nursing | Nutrition | Pain | Pneumonia | Sleep Disorders | Sleep Medicine | Sports Medicine | Staphylococcus Aureus | Statin Therapy | Transplant Surgery | Transplants | Zivast