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Pneumonia is a leading cause of death and hospitalization, costing health care systems billions of dollars and an estimated 600,000 adult deaths worldwide each year. Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and the term describes a group of illnesses, including invasive infections, such as bacteremia/sepsis and meningitis, as well as pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections. Although all age groups may be affected, the highest rate of pneumococcal disease occurs in young children and older adults. In addition, persons suffering from a wide range of chronic conditions (eg, diabetes, cardiovascular disease) and immune deficiencies are at increased risk.
New research pinpoints how immigrant microbes get to the lungs

New research pinpoints how immigrant microbes get to the lungs

First breath of newborn shapes lifelong immunological milieu of lungs

First breath of newborn shapes lifelong immunological milieu of lungs

Researchers explore how patients with COPD, heart failure and heart attack fared in ICU

Researchers explore how patients with COPD, heart failure and heart attack fared in ICU

New class of antibiotics effective in treating children with MRSA skin infections

New class of antibiotics effective in treating children with MRSA skin infections

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

New report highlights serious health problems faced by spinal cord injury patients

Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections, study finds

Vitamin D supplements protect against acute respiratory infections, study finds

UC San Diego engineers develop desktop diagnosis tool that detects harmful bacteria in few hours

UC San Diego engineers develop desktop diagnosis tool that detects harmful bacteria in few hours

Parents can take eight steps to boost child's immunity, says family medicine specialist

Parents can take eight steps to boost child's immunity, says family medicine specialist

Study finds high rates of hospital-acquired infections among children in paediatric ICUs

Study finds high rates of hospital-acquired infections among children in paediatric ICUs

Transthoracic lung ultrasound can help diagnose other diseases that mask as pulmonary embolism

Transthoracic lung ultrasound can help diagnose other diseases that mask as pulmonary embolism

Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Mutations in gene that enables memories, sense of direction can contribute to schizophrenia symptoms

Improving fungal disease diagnostics could help battle against antimicrobial resistance

Improving fungal disease diagnostics could help battle against antimicrobial resistance

Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Better fungal disease diagnostics could be critical to fight against antimicrobial resistance

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Important vaccines that should not be missed by adults, elders and pregnant women

Vaccine campaign targeting freshers could hold key to reducing spread of meningitis

Vaccine campaign targeting freshers could hold key to reducing spread of meningitis

Researchers finding way to manipulate signals in bacteria to reduce infections

Researchers finding way to manipulate signals in bacteria to reduce infections

S. pneumoniae uses hosts' immune defenses to spread infection, study reveals

S. pneumoniae uses hosts' immune defenses to spread infection, study reveals

Dutch scientists discover favorable conditions for growth of Legionella bacteria

Dutch scientists discover favorable conditions for growth of Legionella bacteria

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates

New study from Veterans Health Administration finds significant decline in MRSA HAI rates

Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults

Monthly high dose of vitamin D lowers respiratory infections in older adults