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Doctor insights on: Pneumonia In Older People

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Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Asthma in children more common than in adults?

Yes: According to CDC statistics asthma incidence (new cases per year) among adults (age 18+ years) was 3.8/1000, whereas that among children was 12.5/1000. Incidence among children aged 0–4 years was 23.4/1000, more than five times greater than that among youth aged 12–17 years (4.4/1000). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Can people develoup dementia in their twenties?

Can people develoup dementia in their twenties?

Very rare, but yes: Early-onset dementia can strike in the thirties and perhaps late twenties. This is especially true for adults with down's syndrome. It is quite rare in any case. Chemically induced brain damage from illicit drug/substance abuse can also present as dementia in young people. ...Read more

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Are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease different in younger than older folks?

Are the symptoms of Parkinson's disease different in younger than older folks?

Yes, in some ways: Young patients are more likely to develop inconsistent symptom relief ("on" vs "off" states) & dyskinesia (writhing, twisting, jerking movements). This is because they live longer with pd & have a longer period over which their brain degenerates & makes mal-adaptive changes to compensate, causing these problems. They may also develop pd younger because they have a more severe form to begin with. ...Read more

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Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Does pneumonia in children damage their lungs?

Most often no: Kids' lungs are quite resilient and a quite good at healing very well after infections. Even after severe infections. The vast majority of children recover extremely well after a pneumonia with no future problems. ...Read more

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Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Why do adults and older children get sicker than younger children with chickenpox?

Good question !!: The viral infection is systemic and adults for some reason are more susceptible to brain and lung involvement. ...Read more

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How common is malnourishment in older people?

How common is malnourishment in older people?

Malnourishment: It is sad that many of our Seniors have not experienced Golden Years! As the journey of life progresses, we get many illnesses which affect appetite, many medications prescribed affect appetite Many seniors lose their suppose, other family members and friends which can cause depression-further loss of appetite and weight. Sadly some are neglected and placed in nursing homes Let us be concerned! ...Read more

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Are people who's parents smoked in house gunna look significantly older than those who's parents didn't smoke in the house?

Are people who's parents smoked in house gunna look significantly older than those who's parents didn't smoke in the house?

No: People do not look significantly older just because of second hand smoke exposure. They might look older for other reasons, if there are other reasons. ...Read more

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May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

May older children and adults catch the respiratory syncytial virus (rsv)?

Yes: RSV may be acquired at any age. It is especially severe in its presentation among patients who are already ill. The elderly population is also vulnerable. To prevent the spread of RSV, good hand washing and wiping off surfaces with anti-bacterial wipes is helpful. PRMG/Pediatrics/CA ...Read more

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Can Alzheimer's occurs in young people such as 24 years of age?

Can Alzheimer's occurs in young people such as 24 years of age?

Yes but rare: Alzheimer's disease can present in young adults, but usually in patients with down's syndrome or some other genetic abnormality. The likelihood is extremely low, likely less than 1 in a million. Any young adult with alzheimer-like symptoms should undergo a full evaluation to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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What are some rare stomach diseases in younger adults?

What are some rare stomach diseases in younger adults?

Stomach diseases: There are textbooks which are several thousand pages long describing stomach diseases. You must be more specific about what kind of symptoms you are wondering about for us to answer this question in a meaningful way. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients, but not in younger ones?

Why does pneumonia cause dementia like symptoms in geriatric patients, but not in younger ones?

Aka delirium: Many acute illness may cause transient confusion & agitation i n the elderly especially post op also-most likely due to metabolic factors. ...Read more

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How many young people die from DVT in uk?

How many young people die from DVT in uk?

Estimate 25K/yr: Your House of Commons in 2005 estimated that 25,000 men & women die every year from hospital acquired venous thromboembolism. So while we don't die directly from deep vein thrombosis, death can occur when blood clot breaks free & blocks blood flow in lungs eg pulmonary embolism. Unfortunately, I could not determine breakdown by age http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/CG92/chapter/introduction. ...Read more

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How common are vision problems in older adults?

How common are vision problems in older adults?

Common: Older adults have the accumulated changes in refraction acquired through the years. To this is added any diseases they might have acquired which might cause vision problems such as diabetes, glaucoma, etc. And finally the additional vision issue related to middle age after age 40 (presbyopia) when near correction is needed. ...Read more

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What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

What percentage of young adults in america have pingueculas in their eyes?

High percentage: Pingueclua are a normal response to wind, dust and uv light. They are the eyes defense in the middle years to these external forces. They have no symptoms and are usually unnoticed. Many are small enough that they can only be seen with a medical microscope. Almost all young adults have some degree of pinguecula even if not obvious in a mirror. ...Read more

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How common is osteoarthritis in older adults?

How common is osteoarthritis in older adults?

Very Common: Its a normal part of aging however if you are a high level athlete you may have higher incidence of this as you age. ...Read more

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Are children or the elderly more susceptible to tuberculosis?

Are children or the elderly more susceptible to tuberculosis?

Yes: They have in general a weaker immune system. But everybody can get it given enough exposure. ...Read more

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