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Pneumonia: What does Clinton's affliction say about her health?

Pneumonia: What does Clinton's affliction say about her health?

On Sunday, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s bout with pneumonia put this common, and commonly dangerous, infectious disease in the spotlight. When we posed some questions about pneumonia to physicians who specialize in lung health, primary care and women’s health, some surprising facts came to light.

What’s pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, caused by one of many different kinds of pathogens — viruses, bacteria or fungi — that circulate widely and are readily passed from person to person. It causes the tiny air pockets of the lungs, called alveoli, to fill with fluid. When a physician listens to...

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