Pneumonia Taking Severe Toll On Children In Developing World

Around 12 million children under the age of five are hospitalised with chest infections such as pneumonia and bronchiolitis each year, a global study suggests. Researchers also found that an estimated 265,000 children under five suffering from chest infections die in hospital each year. Almost all of these deaths - 99 per cent - take place in the developing world...

Forest Fires And Pollution Are Impacting The Health Of People With Chronic Lung Diseases

Pollution from forest fires is impacting the health of people with asthma and other chronic obstructive lung diseases, finds a study in Biomed Central's open access journal Environmental Health. This study uses data from pharmacies and dispensaries to measure the increase in drugs needed to alleviate symptoms associated with pollution...

Mycobacterial Disease A Greater Risk For Tall, Thin Women

Tall, thin women face a greater risk of infection with nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), cousins of the organism that causes tuberculosis, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. Women with NTM infections also showed a weakened immune response associated with their fat cells, in a paper published in The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care...