Cough may be dry or wet, but there is a lot of difference between symptoms and diagnose of both. This article helps you learn about cough, kinds of cough, symptoms and diagnose.
A cough is only a symptom, not a disease, and often the importance of your cough can be determined only when other symptoms are evaluated. Coughing is the body?s way of removing foreign material or mucus from the lungs and upper airway passages or of reacting to an irritated airway. Coughs have distinctive traits you can learn to recognize. There are two kinds of wet coughs, productive and non-productive wet cough. The symptoms of these cough conditions can help a health professional decide further test or go for treatment procedure.
Illnesses That may Cause a Cough
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I once had a boss once who wasn’t very respectful. He pulled my only trained assistant in the middle of a major operation without caring how it might impact the person I was treating. In my earlier training days, we used to say to each other that we were like the Marines — we got it done with less. Well, I had just landed on the shores of Tripoli. The case turned out fine, and I have a much better boss now.
I had been warned by someone I had met when I first came to the large Northeastern city where I went to medical school, “This is a pretty good town, but don’t ever leave anything around in the open or it will be taken.” This from someone who trained attack dogs for a living certainly enhanced my feelings of trust with my unseen neighbors.
One of my first rotations in medical school was at a free neighborhood health clinic. The clinic was located in one of the worst areas in the city. I would park my car on the street near the clinic every day. Nothing ever happened to my car or myself. Maybe the locals knew why I was there. Maybe it was about respect.
I remember two interesting situations in medical school where respect played a role. The first was during my OB/GYN rotation. I was to examine a young lady who had an obvious internal abscess. The instructor told me to palpate it. I declined, saying that I knew it would be painful for the patient. From beyond the dividing sheet, the patient’s soft voice said, “It’s okay, you can touch it.” I was very careful!
The second was on the same rotation, when a nurse was very unfriendly towards me, the lowly medical student. It’s true that for the well-trained nurse, a medical student can double their workload. I said to her, “I know I’m just a medical student, and I’m not from this city, but where I’m from, we are a lot nicer to each other.” Surprised, she apologized. Another day, we happened to be working together again and I said a very inexperienced thing to a patient during an exam. Rather than point out how dumb I was, she covered up my silliness with her carefully worded reply. I later expressed my sincere appreciation. We had earned each other’s respect.
I had just walked out to my car on an early winter morning as I was getting ready to head off to my current surgery rotation in a nearby city. As I was about to unlock the door, a man appeared from out of the bushes that bordered the apartment parking lot. He approached me in a friendly way, though I always kept my big-city skills at the ready.
“What do you want,” I queried.
“Maybe you have some spare change?” was his reply.
“Do you see the broken window on my car?”
“Yes,” he said.
“Just last week someone broke in and took everything I had that they could remove from my car.” (It was the third time this month! I had planned on leaving a note on the dash that read, “Sorry, low inventory this week.”)
“I wouldn’t do that,” he offered.
“I wouldn’t break into your car.”
“Why is that?”
“Respect,” was all he said.
His reply brought a smile to my face. I couldn’t help but think of Aretha:
We talked for a while. He was homeless and had spent the night in the bushes after just arriving from Baltimore. He said that Baltimore was not a very friendly town. As I didn’t consider the place where I was living during my training very friendly, I could only imagine.
I gave him what money I had on me. Perhaps we each left that day a little richer.
Respect people no matter their situation, be it better or worse than yours. We are all traveling together on this voyage. When you meet others and you want to have a positive relationship with them, R-E-S-P-E-C-T is a good place to start.
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In my last post, I reviewed the main points of a Chicago Tribune article on how and why a number of Chicago public school students reacted negatively when the school system introduced healthier food alternatives in its breakfast and lunch programs. By “negatively,” we mean refusing to buy the healthy items, or throwing them away uneaten. Since the U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to institute a set of healthy school meal regulations similar to Chicago’s nationwide, finding ways to make the student response more positive would seem to be of a high priority. Fortunately, people are at work on this challenge.For example, the Tribune article took note of Brian Wansink’s Smarter Lunchrooms project at Cornell, and a number of ploys that he has found can be used to make healthy food choices more attractive to the kids. Among them: Giving the food items trendier or edgier names (“Killer Enchilada,” for example, as opposed to “Hi-Health Enchilada”), moving healthy items to the front of the line or the display, using more attractive lighting and presentation, bargain-pricing the healthier foods, express lines for the healthy choices and so forth.
The Tribune article also contained a particularly relevant observation, offered by a specialist in industrial food service: “I am baffled and disappointed by the tendency of 21st century adults to give in to children’s preferences when it comes to food. We know that teens prefer pornography magazines over the classics, but we don’t give them copies of Playboy in literature class. Adults are present in children’s lives to be role models, disciplinarians and caretakers…”
This caught my eye because of a related news item from Australia, where the schools have introduced a pre-paid swipe card system for kids to use to buy their school meals. Parents can load the cards not just with money, but with restrictions and controls; if a particular food item is not permitted by the card, the kid doesn’t get it. The card even brings up a photo of the authorized child on the checkout monitor to prevent card switching and other evasions. And parents can go online to access an ongoing record of the foods their child has been buying.
Of course, food items once purchased can still be traded or dumped, but the cards at least introduce an element that seems to be totally absent from the Chicago and other school food programs: a means by which parents can actually have some control over their offspring’s eating habits during the day.
Unfortunately, the fact that most American public school systems are hard pressed to cover the expenses they already have reduces the likelihood of the Aussie school lunch swipe card technology being quickly adopted to any serious extent here at home, but with childhood overweight and obesity rates at unprecedented levels, it looks very much like an idea whose time has come.
But even if and when such a card system comes into play, it still begs the much larger question raised by our childhood obesity epidemic: Do parents of overweight kids actually care enough to exert meaningful control over what their kids eat and drink?
(By Robert S. Wieder for CalorieLab Calorie Counter News):
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On our Lab Notes page CalorieLab’s editors select and rank the day’s essential health news items in real time. Readers can suggest, vote and comment on items. Below are brief summaries of yesterday’s (February 24, 2011) Lab Notes items. To see today’s items, visit Lab Notes.
A 48-year-old accountant who was not named for legal reasons was given a 51-week sentence for supplying her autistic son with pot.
Hot flashes and night sweats during menopause may be annoying, but they have a bright side: lower risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and death.
Once called the “stethoscope of the future,” ultrasound technology as a bedside tool is now a reality, say clinicians writing in New England Journal of Medicine.
Because people are continuing to be sexually active into their golden years, public health officials are considering covering STD testing as part of the preventative care Medicare already covers.
A new study conducted by Researchers at the Children?s Hospital of Philadelphia challenges the standard 24 to 48 hours shelf life that whole blood and show it could be a lot longer, which could potentially save more lives.
Rush Limbaugh did everything but use the actual word “fat,” when criticizing Michelle Obama during his Monday radio program.
A tired dog stuck in a canal on Florida’s Marco Island was saved by some persistent dolphins, says 2 RSW Florida news.
The FDA and the CDC both warn consumers against the consumption of raw milk, saying that the risk is great for food-borne illness such as from E. coli bacteria. The FDA is considering tighter federal restrictions on the sale and production of raw milk.
Pro-anorexia sites proliferate on the web say researchers who add that understanding how they operate may save members from self-destructive behaviors.
(By CalorieLab editors)
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Thus far in our Food Allergy Friday interview series, we’ve covered ways for food-allergic individuals to minimize allergen exposure in a variety of settings; this week’s edition focuses on eating a balanced diet with food allergies. We’ve asked three esteemed members of the food allergy community — Linda Coss, Kristi Winkels and Sloane Miller — for their stories, suggestions and tips on how to ensure a well-balanced diet. Whether you’re a parent trying to make the best nutritional choices for your child or a food-allergic individual looking to add spice to your culinary routine, these pointers will get you headed in the right direction.Featured Food Allergy Experts
Linda Coss, a food allergy mom and one of the “pioneers” in the food-allergy world, has written three food allergy books, including two cookbooks. Her Twitter handle is @LindaCoss.
Kristi Winkels is a registered dietitian, health coach and the founder of Eating With Food Allergies. Her Twitter handle is @KristiWinkelsRD.
Sloane Miller is the author, coach and food allergy consultant behind Allergic Girl Resources; she is also a vocal advocate in the food allergy community. Her Twitter handle is @AllergicGirl.
1. Consult a professional who specializes in food allergies. All three of our experts recommended seeing a dietitian. “If you have any confusion about what you should and should not be eating, never risk it. Talk with a board-certified allergist or registered dietitian well versed in food allergies,” says Sloane Miller. “If you’re concerned about your child’s overall nutrition, meeting with a registered dietitian to discuss your concerns and challenges can be very helpful, especially when dealing with food allergies. Many dietitians, like me, specialize in food allergies,” adds Kristi Winkels. See our Resources section below for recommended sites to find a dietitian near you.
2. Resist the urge to severely limit your diet (or that of your child). “Just because you have a restricted diet doesn’t mean your life should be restricted,” says Miller. Kristi Winkels touched on the parental instinct to avoid any foods that could potentially cause harm:
Food allergies can have a big impact on a child’s diet, especially if he or she is allergic to multiple foods. When this is the case, parents sometimes err on the side of caution and avoid other common food allergens to prevent potential allergic reactions. I can certainly identify with parents who choose to do this, as this was my initial reaction when my son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies when he was an infant. However, when a child’s diet is already restricted due to food allergies, it is important to avoid limiting it further out of fear. Parents should work closely with their child’s allergist to determine what foods are unsafe and try not to limit foods beyond those recommendations.
Instead of unnecessarily limiting your diet or your child’s diet, work with a registered dietitian to find nutritious food groups you can safely enjoy.
3. Focus on the positive. “My first piece of ‘menu planning’ advice to parents of children with multiple food allergies is always to focus on what your child can eat rather than lamenting the ‘loss’ of what they cannot eat,” says Linda Coss. “Doing so can be very empowering, and can get you thinking in new, creative ways. For example, if your child is allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts, stop focusing on the mac-and-cheese and peanut-butter sandwiches and all the other ‘family favorites’ that are now off the menu. Instead, take a step back and realize that your child is not allergic to any of the fruits, veggies, meats, poultry, fish, beans or grains. To create a balanced diet, offer a full range of choices from all of the healthy foods available to you.”
4. Don’t be afraid to experiment within reason. “I know my allergies — what’s safe and what’s not. I trust myself,” says Miller. “I experiment, within safe guidelines. I am allergic to tree nuts, salmon and a few other foods, but I don’t feel that my diet is limited. I love food, and the world of food is large! To ensure that I explore every corner of that world, I add a new thing to my diet a week. It’s a technique I created to ensure that my diet and my clients’ diets are varied, fun and never ‘restricted.’ I focus on whole foods: lean proteins, fresh fruits, vegetables, grains, organic dairy and healthy fats, which are all by nature free of gluten. And as I’m always trying new foods (at least a new one a week), I make discoveries weekly of new and fun treats.” Consider purchasing a food journal and recording meals, foods or ingredients that were a hit to track them for future culinary adventures.
5. Channel your inner chef. Linda Coss told us that her preference for safe, nutritious at-home cooking is to prepare as much as possible “from scratch.” While this may require picking up a few cookbooks (see our Resources section for suggestions to get you started), the fulfillment and peace of mind you’ll gain is well worth the effort.
6. Remain open-minded. “Try not to jump to conclusions about what your child will or will not like. Just give them a small portion and ask that they try it,” says Winkels. “In our house, we try to follow the ‘two-bite rule,’ which means that all picky eaters must try at least two bites of everything on their plate. Sometimes the picky eaters stop at two bites, but other times those two bites lead to requests for seconds.”
7. Be persistent. “Kids are often picky eaters, which can pose a challenge when it comes to providing a balanced diet. I have two sons, and the one with multiple food allergies is also the pickiest eater in the household. It’s important to continue to offer a variety of foods,” says Winkels. Coss agrees: “Many children are very picky eaters, whether they have food allergies or not. Treat the food-allergic child the same way you would treat any other picky child: Offer a wide variety of foods, [and] offer each food multiple times before you give up on it.”
8. Get creative with food presentation. “Try cutting the food into interesting shapes or present it in a fun way, such as in the shape of a happy face,” suggests Coss. “If your child doesn’t like to have different foods touch each other, respect that and serve the food on a divided plate. Many children don’t like sauces. Others will eat just about anything if it is dipped in their favorite condiment, such as ketchup or salad dressing. My own children went through a phase where lots of foods that they usually refused to eat suddenly became more palatable if I served them with colorful sprinkles (e.g. the type you usually put on cupcakes).”
9. Integrate favorite healthy foods. “If there are a handful of healthy foods that your child is happy to eat, don’t fight it. Just because you’re tired of serving the item doesn’t mean that your child is tired of eating it,” says Coss. This fare may serve as a “gateway food” to other healthy items as your child ages.
10. Revisit old food foes. “As children age, their tastes often mature. I think that the teen and adolescent years are a perfect time to try reintroducing some of those healthy foods that your child refused to eat when he or she was younger,” advises Coss. “My own son, for example, now enjoys sweet potatoes — a food that he wouldn’t even taste four years ago!”
11. Amp up caloric intake wisely. “Depending on the specifics of your child’s diet, trying to fill him up during those teenage growth spurts can be a challenge,” says Coss. “Many non-allergic children, for example, consume a lot of dairy products during this time. If your child is allergic to dairy, you may want to try adding more potatoes, pasta or whole grain bread to his diet — in addition, of course, to fruits, vegetables, proteins and other elements of a well-balanced diet.”
12. Get your child involved in the kitchen. If you haven’t already integrated your child into your daily meal-preparation routine, the teen years are an excellent opportunity to start. “These years are the optimal time to teach your child to cook,” says Coss. “More so than for their non-allergic peers, for your child, cooking truly is a vital life skill. Your child will be on his or her own before you know it. Chances are the drive-through or prepared foods from the grocery store won’t be safe options, so knowing how to cook easy and healthy meals is a must.” To further prepare your teen for adulthood, involve him or her in your grocery trips and use these times to share your favorite shopping strategies.Food Allergy Friday Interview Series
If you’re new to our Food Allergy Friday interview series, read our experts’ top tips for school safety, cooking at home, traveling, dining out, finding a support network, and getting involved in food allergy advocacy. To learn more about food allergies, see our comprehensive analysis of the “Big-8″ food allergies here.
(By Marissa Brassfield for CalorieLab)
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