motivation & concentration

i have a hard time concentrating on things in school. it's fairly annoying, because i find myself watching the professor, reading the slides, listening, but 10 seconds later i retain nothing, and it feels like i wasn't listening at all. i'm not sure if it's something related to me being exhausted all the time or... Continue Reading →

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copd

COPD: persistent respiratory symptoms & airflow limitations due to airway and/or alveolar abnormalities usually caused by smoking - chronic & irreversible split between emphysema (destruction of terminal airways = useless airsacs) & chronic bronchitis (mucus = cough) s/sx: dyspnea, chronic cough, chest tightness, wheezing, depression, anxiety, ankle swelling, weight loss, fatigue, rib fractures; see loss... Continue Reading →

asthma

what is asthma? it's a heterogenous disease, usually characterized by chronic airway inflammation, defined by the history of respiratory symptoms like wheezing, SOB, chest tightness, cough, & expiratory airflow limitation that varies, and is usually diagnosed in children etiology: SES, family size, second-hand smoke, allergen exposure, urbanization, RSV infection, low birth weight, male, parental smoking... Continue Reading →

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