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Does COPD affect older adults?

Does COPD affect older adults?

Yes: COPD is more common in older adults than younger ones. It is commonly caused by long-term smoking, but can also be caused by a condition called alpha-1-antitrypsin (aat) deficiency. Non-smokers and younger adults who are diagnosed with COPD are strongly urged to get tested for aat deficiency. Some even recommend that any person with COPD should be tested for aat deficiency. ...Read more

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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


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Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Can pulmonary fibrosis affect older adults?

Yes: Typically, patients are in their forties and fifties when diagnosed. Pulmonary fibrosis could be idiopathic (unknown cause), or due to asbestosis, silicosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, lupus (sle), sarcoidosis, certain medications, radiation and many more. ...Read more

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Does emphysema effect older people?

Does emphysema effect older people?

It can....: Empysema is a form of copd, usually a result of cigarette smoking. The more cigarettes you smoke over time, the bigger your risk of developing this disease. So, elderly people who have smoked lots of cigarettes over many years are at high risk of developing this disease. ...Read more

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Does COPD affect small children?

No: Not typically. The biggest risk factors for COPD are years of smoke exposure and a certain enzyme deficiency that is hereditary. Smoke exposure during the childhood years increases the risk of developing COPD over time, but to have the onset of COPD in childhood would be extremely rare. ...Read more

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Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Will brown lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Hopefully not in kid: Byssinosis, brown lung disease, is an inflammatory condition of the lungs & breathing tubes that occurs in persons working with raw cotton, flax, sisal & hemp. Constantly breathing the dust of these materials results in symptoms of asthma. Continued exposure for many years can cause irreversible lung damage. Age is not a factor. Children may be exposed in third-world textile factories. ...Read more

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Will bronchitis affect children differently than adults?

Will bronchitis affect children differently than adults?

Yes: Most times bronchitis in children is caused by a virus not so in adults. Bronchitis in children is usually self limiting, time will cure it. ...Read more

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Does meningitis effect children or elderly worse than adults?

Does meningitis effect children or elderly worse than adults?

Yes: Due to an immature or suppressed immune system these age ranges are more at risk. This is yet another reason to make sure we are all fully immunized, becasue a lot of shots target pathogens that cause meningitis. ...Read more

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Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

Does alzheimer's disease occur in younger adults too?

It is rare: There are rare forms of early-onset alzheimer disease that run in families. These forms of alzheimer disease are usually cause by mutations in one of three genes. People with these mutations often develop alzheimer disease in their 40s and 50s. Families with multiple people suffering from early-onset alzheimer disease may wish to consider genetic testing. ...Read more

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Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

Does obesity impact children more negatively than it does adults?

In many ways: Children have the capacity to develop more fat cells until late childhood. After that, fat cells can get larger. So, an obese child will struggle more with weight loss as an adult than an adult who was a thin child. Additionally, the extra weight is particularly hard on the developing weight bearing joints, heart, lungs and self esteem. In my opinion, not addressing child obesity is abusive. ...Read more

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Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different than healthy adults?

Does anthrax effect children or the elderly different than healthy adults?

Yes : The very young and elderly are typically affected more so and have higher rates of loss of life or prolonged recovery by any serious infection. ...Read more

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How can spinal meningitis affect older adults?

How can  spinal meningitis affect older adults?

Dangerous: In the elderly, the flagrant fever, stiff neck, etc, may be relatively absent or minimal, and perhaps only the acute onset of confusion and disorientation, with headache, may be witnessed. However, as insidious as the presentation may be, a bacterial meningitis by even a bug such as listeria, can be deadly, without appropriate antibiotics. ...Read more

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Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Does restrictive lung disease affect children?

Yes: But more often children are affected be "reactive or constrictive" lung disease like asthma.Restrictive lung disease(think emphysema) usually affects older people(cystic fibrosis is the exception). ...Read more

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Will dandruff affect children differently than adults?

Will dandruff affect children differently than adults?

Yes: Most causes of dandruff in children is either dry skin or seborrhea.Good scrubbing and anti-seborrhea shampoos are usually all that is necessary. ...Read more

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Do oral health problems affect children differently than adolescents and adults?

Do oral health problems affect children differently than adolescents and adults?

Yes : Young children do not handle pain or oral discomfort as well as an adult or adolescents. Please have your child see a dentist or children dental specialist to have an exam and solve any problem that may exist. ...Read more

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Does e.Coli infections affect children worse then adults?

Does e.Coli infections affect children worse then adults?

Depends: Really depends on the strain of e. Coli. Some are very virulent and cuase significant organ damage, no matter what the age. ...Read more

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Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Will legionnaires' disease effect children, the elderly, or adults differently?

Yes: The disease is a result of inhaling droplets or soil contaminated by the legionella bacterium. Not everyone who is exposed will get this. Risk factors include age over 65 years, low immunity, smoking, steroid treatment, chronic lung disease and occupational (air conditioner maintainers). ...Read more

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Does childhood meningitis affect fertility in males?

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Does childhood meningitis affect fertility in males?

Depends: I suppose it depends on what the original cause of the meningitis was, but in general no, previous meningitis would not cause fertility issues in males. ...Read more

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Can emphysema affect small children?

Can emphysema affect small children?

Yes: 3% of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit can have interstitial pulmonary emphysema. There is a genetic condition that causes low levels of an enzyme that protects the lungs, and these patients can get emphysema even without smoking, but it does not affect small children. (it might be apparent in their 30's or 40's). Thanks @yayayarndiva. ...Read more

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Will toxic goiter affect children differently than adults?

Will toxic goiter affect children differently than adults?

Hyperthyroidism: Inappropriately high thyroid hormone, causes tachyarrhythmias, proptosis, weight loss, feeling hot all the time, etc. The treatments can be medical, radiotherapeutic, or surgical. Despite being a radiation oncologist, I do not know if i-131 treatment is ever used in pediatrics, but i suspect not. ...Read more

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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (Copd) (Definition)

Also known as COPD, may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. ...Read more