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COUGH WON'T STOP: News Articles
What are the reporters saying about this persistent and incurable cough? As time goes on, we will include their ideas here. Please use the contact box in the left column if you have links to add to this endeavor to find information on this widespread and epidemic problem.

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No news is not good news.

There is almost no media news coverage of this epidemic. As articles are found, they will be posted here. Please send in links to any articles you find that acknowledge there is a weird, seemingly-incurable cough going around ~ use Contact box in left column.

"The Rise of Antbiotic-Resistant Infections"

In this online article by the Food and Drug Administration, a report on drug-resistant diseases that are cropping up is presented. A full report, readable though somewhat confusing in places.

A quote:
"No one really has a good idea of the extent of antibiotic resistance, because it hasn't been monitored in a coordinated fashion. Each hospital monitors its own resistance, but there is no good national system to test for antibiotic resistance ... This may soon change. CDC [Center for Disease Control] is encouraging local health officials to track resistance data, and the World Health Organization [WHO] has initiated a global computer database for physicians to report outbreaks of drug-resistant bacterial infections."




Scientists, please contact this website if you have any information and/or experience with this cough, especially if you can provide some explanation of what it is, what is causing it, and what the public can expect in efforts to eradicate it.




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Definitions

Acute: Characterized by sharpness or severity; having a sudden onset, sharp rise, and short duration; seriously demanding urgent attention

Bacterium (Plural = Bacteria): Any of a class (Schizomycetes) of microscopic plants having round, rodlike, spiral, or filamentous single-celled or noncellular bodies often aggregated into colonies or motile by means of flagella, living in soil, water, organic matter, or the bodies of plants and animals, and being autotrophic, saprophytic, or parasitic in nutrition and important to man because of their chemical effects and as pathagens.

Bronchitis: An acute or chronic inflammation of the bronchial tubes, or a disease marked by this.

Bronchial tube: A bronchus or any of its branches.

Bronchioles: The tiniest brochial tubes in the lungs; there are about 30,000 of them in each lung; each one is about the thickness of a hair

Bronchus: Either of the two primary divisions of the trachea that lead respectively into the right and left lung.

Chronic: Marked by long duration or frequent recurrence; not acute

Cough: A symptom, not a disease. A reflex action that tries to clear the lungs. At least one online MD recommends getting a chest x-ray if one has a cough for 6 weeks, even if a doctor has used a stethoscope and pronounced the lungs "clear."

Epidemic: Affecting, or tending to affect, many individuals within a population, community, or region, at the same time; excessively prevalent

Inflammation: A local response to cellular injury that is marked by capillary dilatation, leukocytic infiltration, redness, heat, and pain and that serves as a mechanism initiating the elimination of noxious agents and of damaged tissue; when tissues are damaged or otherwise attacked, blood cells rush to the area to bring healing and remove damaged tissue, causing swelling, and also causing blockage of circulation

Trachea: The main trunk of the system of tubes by which air passes to and from the lungs in vertebrates.

Virus: Any of a large group of submicroscopic infective agents that are regarded either as the simplest microorganisms or as extremely complex molecules, that typically contain a protein coast surrounding an RNA or DNA core of genetic material, that are capable of growth and multiplication only in living cells, and that cause various important diseases in man, lower animals, or plants.