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Posts published in January 2020

Occupational Lung Disease

Occupational lung disease is the number one work-related illness in the United States based on the frequency, severity, and preventability of diseases.¬†These illnesses are usually caused by extended exposure to irritating or toxic substances that may cause acute or chronic respiratory ailments, although severe single exposures can cause chronic lung disease as well.¬† Smoking can act synergistically to increase the…

Pleurisy

The lungs and chest cavity are lined with a thin membrane called pleura. With each breath, the pleura slide smoothly against each other, lubricated by a fluid. Pleurisy occurs when the pleura become inflamed and they rub and grate against each other. This causes pain, aggravated by coughing and deep breathing. Also called pleuritis, the inflammation is often caused by…