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Pneumonia. The cough comes and he can’t catch his breath no matter how hard he tries. He’s lightheaded from it, his chest aches, it hurts, what little air he can get tastes like cold water in his mouth as he gasps for more. Steve’s arms are strong around him, Pepper’s hand firm against his back. Rhodey’s voice is steady and calm in his ear. “exhale. now breathe with me, Tone. You’re okay. We’ve got you”

OMG IT WOULD BE SO TERRIBLEEEEEEEE DDDDDD: he’d have to be on oxygen whenever he got sick because he just can’t get enough air between the congestion and the fluid in his lungs and his shallow breathing and it would be hell. he’d have to drag around an oxygen tank for weeks afterward and it would ache for months. his poor sore abs and ribs. 

That’s my dad in the middle, dressed as Jack Sparrow, performing a wedding. As you can probably tell, he has an amazing sense of humor. Not only that, but he is the kindest, smartest, most generous guy you will ever meet. He is a wonderful Middle School Spanish teacher, too

Recently, he became very ill due to the rarest form of pneumonia, called BOOP (Bronchiolitis Obliterans Organizing Pneumonia). He stayed in the hospital for 5 days, and the medical bills totaled at $12,000. When he got home, we discovered there was a mold infestation in our house and were forced out of our home for six weeks. To top it all off, he has had a reoccurrence of pneumonia, and developed a blood clot in his leg, called DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis). He spent six days in the hospital, and he is now home breathing from an oxygen tank. 

I’ve never asked money from you guys before, but I really need it. Our hospital bills are so much more then we can afford. However if each one of my followers donated $1, we would have $17,405 and would well surpass the goal of $12,000! Even if you just have one extra dollar from Christmas, please donate. If not, please reblog this to spread the word – it only takes one click. 

I don’t want to blindly ask you for money, so I want to try and give back to those who donate. If you donate any amount of money and have proof of the donation, you can have any of these: a follow, blog rate, promo, or a personalized gif or edit. I know it’s not much, but it’s all I can do. 


As doctors who have seen too many children die of pneumonia, struggling to breathe, we are asking anyone who cares about children’s lives to join our public call on Pfizer and GSK to make sure all developing countries can afford to protect all their babies against this killer disease.
—  Dr. Greg Elder, Director of MSF Operations in Paris. Sign the petition at 

Pneumonia by Danny Brown!

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There’s an African immunization conference going on right now…we want to make sure the serious issue of skyrocketing prices of new vaccines is not left off the agenda.

High vaccine prices are a key barrier to immunization efforts in Africa, and other developing countries. Sign our petition to #AskPharma to lower the price of the pneumonia vaccine:

“I’m a retired software engineer, a long-term supporter of Doctors Without Borders, dating back to the 1990s. I have worked in biomedical research and am very concerned about how tremendous advances in disease prevention and treatment are currently not available to people in developing countries because corporations charge too much for key medicines and vaccines. The pneumonia vaccine could save millions of lives if made available to developing countries and humanitarian organizations.”

Thank you, Pete, and the 80+ New Yorkers who participated in our live stunt to deliver over 400,000 petition signatures to Pfizer, asking they lower the price of the pneumonia vaccine to $5 a child. #AskPharma 

View the stunt here:

Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

No one knows what the death toll in the Ebola epidemic will be. As of Tuesday, nearly 2,500 people have died and nearly 5,000 have caught the virus, the World Health Organization says.

So how does this epidemic compare with the toll taken by other contagious diseases?

Comparing fatality rates could help put the current Ebola outbreak in perspective. Trouble is, getting an accurate value for many diseases can be hard, especially in places where the health care infrastructure is weak.

Take the situation in West Africa right now. “We can only count those who come to the doctor, not those who stayed home and got well, or those who stayed home and died,” says Carol Sulis, an epidemiologist at Boston University School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center.

Another issue is that “deadliest” can mean two things. It can refer to the fatality rate — the number of deaths per number of cases — or it can mean the number of deaths in total caused by a disease.

What’s more, diseases can take a different toll in different parts of the world. In low- and middle-income countries, only limited medical care may be available, if that. This will raise the fatality rate for many infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis, malaria and infectious diarrhea.

“Similar to Ebola, people’s chances of survival increase for most of these [contagious] diseases, some dramatically, if people receive medical treatment,” says epidemiologist Derek Cummings, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Even if lists have their limitations, they can shed light. We spoke to Cummings and Sulis and consulted data from the World Health Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to come up with two lists: the deadliest contagious diseases by death toll and by death rate if untreated.

See the lists here.

Photo: Do you know what the deadliest disease is? Hint: It’s not Ebola (viral particles seen here in a digitally colorized microscopic image, at top right, along with similar depictions of other contagious diseases) NPR Composite/CDC


These are radiographs of a dog with pneumonia. Normally lungs should be mostly black on a radiograph but these have lots of white in them. If you look closely at the right caudal lung field of the top picture you can see the bronchioles. The reason they show up so well is because the alveoli are full of fluid so the air filled bronchioles show up, we shouldn’t see them normally. This dog was put on antibiotics and given nebulization treatments and coupage in the hospital and got better after several days.

Symptoms of Legionella pneumonia mnemonic

Happy weekend everyone!

The mnemonic for Legionella is in the word itself - LEGIONella.

L: Lungs - Atypical pneumonia.
Relatively nonproductive cough
Pleuritic or non pleuritic chest pain
Confluent or patchy infiltrates on x-ray
Random fact: Interstitial infiltrates aren’t seen often like in other atypical pneumonias.

E: Encephalon - Neurologic abnormalities.
Confusion or changes in mental status

G: Gastrointestinal symptoms.
Abdominal pain
Watery diarrhea

ION: Na ion decreases.
Hyponatremia (serum sodium level of 131 meq/L)

Interesting fact: Even though medical textbooks list Legionella as a cause of SIADH, no evidence that increased ADH secretion would explain low sodium levels in Legionella patients was found in studies.

Did you know? Legionnaires’ disease is the designation for pneumonia caused by Legionella species.

That’s all!

Quote for the day by Stephen Hawking: There should be no boundaries to human endeavor. We are all different. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there’s life, there is hope.


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