Drips and other medical devices were potential sources of infection. But no-one expected to find hospital-acquired pneumonia and urinary tract infections.
A surprising number of people are catching pneumonia or urinary tract infections in hospital, a new Australian study shows for the first time.
People typically become sick between one and 21 days after being infected.
The bacteria that causes melioidosis usually lives 30cm underground in clay soil but is dredged to the surface during heavy rains and floods, and can enter the body through small breaks in the skin.
X-ray of the lungs in a 5-year-old child who has pneumonia.
There have been many advances made in the prevention and treatment of pneumonia, but providing for people's basic needs can help reduce the disease burden.
Communities that live near mines are exposed to particles of dust from these mines which affects their health.
People living close to mine dumps are more inclined to show symptoms of asthma.
Potting mix is known to carry harmful bacteria and fungi.
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The risk of bacterial or fungal infection from potting mix is very low. Wearing gloves and washing your hands will keep it even lower.
By committing ourselves to understanding how interventions work on the ground, we have the opportunity to save the millions who die unnecessarily each and every year.
The age profile of people living in Africa is changing - they are living longer.
The burden of communicable disease is declining in Africa and life expectancy is increasing. But non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancer are wreaking havoc.
The types of bugs that may be calling your lungs home.
Understanding the bugs in our lungs could help treat certain diseases, including asthma.
Who needs to be in the ICU?
ICU image via www.shutterstock.com.
Limiting ICU beds is suggested as a way to cut down on overuse, but that assumes doctors always know which patients need to be there.
Leaky blood vessels in the lung can lead to acute respiratory distress.
Chest X-ray via Guzel Studio/Shutterstock
When you get an infection, your immune system responds with an influx of inflammatory cells that target the underlying bacteria or viruses. These immune cells migrate from your blood into the infected…