Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a rapidly developing, life-threatening condition in which the lung is injured to the point where it can't properly do its job of moving air in and out of the blood.
Doctors first recognized the syndrome in 1967, when they came across 12 people who developed sudden breathing problems and rapid lung failure. All of them had similar patchy spots on their chest X-rays.
At first, the condition was called adult respiratory distress syndrome, so people would...
People get pneumonia in daily life through the home or workplace (community-acquired
pneumonia). Community-acquired pneumonia does not include cases of pneumonia
contracted in a health care facility (such as a nursing home or a hospital). Pneumonia is more common during the winter months.
million of the people who get community-acquired pneumonia each year will have to go to the hospital.
Make up about one-third of all cases of
Are hospitalized more often and stay
longer in the hospital than younger people.
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