Are colds more dangerous to certain people than others?

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Ronald Turner, MD of the University of Virginia explains if colds are more dangerous to certain people than others.

    Dr. Ronald Turner

    Ronald Turner, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Clinical Research at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. Dr. Turner earned his MD degree from Southern Illinois University and did his training in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Columbus Children’s Hospital (Ohio State University) and the University of Virginia. He subsequently served in faculty positions at the University of Utah and the Medical University of South Carolina. In addition to his administrative role at the University of Virginia, Dr. Turner has clinical care and teaching responsibilities in General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. His research interests are directed at the pathogenesis and treatment of viral respiratory infections.

    Host: Are cold more dangerous to certain people than others?

    Ronald Turner: There are certain populations that are at greater risk if they catch a cold and those are primarily the individuals who have lower respiratory illnesses such as asthma or chronic bronchitis. They can actually have exacerbations of their disease associated with colds.