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What is MERS?

Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus or MERS is a viral respiratory ailment that strikingly resembles pneumonia. All the reported cases have been linked to travel or residing in and around the Arabian Peninsula. The exact origin of MERS-CoV is still unknown, but it probably started in an animal. The virus has been found in camels […]

Collapsed lung

A collapsed lung is characterized as deflation of some or the entire lung which results to chest pain, difficulty breathing and hypoxia. Generally, it starts as a hole in the lung that allows air to escape from the interior of the lung and inflates the space amidst the lung and ribcage. The pressure from this […]


Emphysema is a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that results to the destruction of the air sacs in the lungs. This leads to diminished lung capacity and difficulty breathing. Individuals over the age of 45 are likely to develop the condition. Smoking is the main cause of emphysema and the risk is high […]

Bacterial pneumonia

Bacterial pneumonia is an infection that affects one or both lungs. There is inflammation of the alveoli of the lungs where they are filled with pus, fluid and cellular waste. This results to diminished ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide in the body. The severity of the infection is based on the type of […]