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Does Meningitis Effect Children Or Elderly Worse Than Adults
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Yes: The very young have less developed lungs and a more active immune system, causing more inflammation and damage. The elderly have more scarred and damaged lungs, plus likely heart issues, and a less effective immune system, enabling an infection to cause more damage. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Generally: It depends on the virus - there are outbreaks where the old and very young appear to have been spared for unclear reasons while those in the prime of life are most affected (e.g. The h1n1 outbreak). In most cases, however, the very young and elderly are more vulnerable due to either a fading immune system or an immature one. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Yes: The lungs do get "smaller" with age and lose some of their elastic recoil (ability to deflate with exhalation) but age alone should not result in breathing difficulties. It would be advisable to determine smoking history, other medical problems and evaluate with chest xray, breathing tests oxygen level and work to regain their breathing capacity when cause is determined. ...Read more
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