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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.
Researchers have decoded the genome of Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease

Researchers have decoded the genome of Legionella pneumophila, the bacteria responsible for Legionnaires' disease

Chiron CEO to appear before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Chiron CEO to appear before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging

Outbreak of whooping cough in South Australia

Outbreak of whooping cough in South Australia

Allow genomic information to be freely available on the internet

Allow genomic information to be freely available on the internet

Pneumonia could be treatable by the oral antibiotic amoxicillin rather than injectable penicillin

Pneumonia could be treatable by the oral antibiotic amoxicillin rather than injectable penicillin

Auckland kids are five times more likely than those in other developed countries to need hospital admission for pneumonia

Auckland kids are five times more likely than those in other developed countries to need hospital admission for pneumonia

American Lung Association launches online flu shot locator

American Lung Association launches online flu shot locator

Whooping cough at highest levels since 1997 in Western Australia

Whooping cough at highest levels since 1997 in Western Australia

Streptococcus bacteria uses sword and shield to fight white blood cells

Streptococcus bacteria uses sword and shield to fight white blood cells

A new lipid-based nasal ointment effective at reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis

A new lipid-based nasal ointment effective at reducing symptoms of allergic rhinitis

Poverty not linked to winter deaths in elderly

Poverty not linked to winter deaths in elderly

Inhaled nitrite spray may help babies diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

Inhaled nitrite spray may help babies diagnosed with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn

Patients who experience medical or neurological complications following stroke are at a greater risk of dying in the hospital

Patients who experience medical or neurological complications following stroke are at a greater risk of dying in the hospital

Influenza associated hospitalizations among elderly patients has increased substantially over the past two decades

Influenza associated hospitalizations among elderly patients has increased substantially over the past two decades

Researchers keep milk free of contaminants

Researchers keep milk free of contaminants

Pneumococcal vaccine reduces the incidence of middle ear infection and pneumonia

Pneumococcal vaccine reduces the incidence of middle ear infection and pneumonia

New way of killing dangerous bacteria like the ones which cause anthrax and pneumonia

New way of killing dangerous bacteria like the ones which cause anthrax and pneumonia

New multilingual chronic obstructive pulmonary disease website

New multilingual chronic obstructive pulmonary disease website

Madeline Mann, the world's smallest surviving baby now 15

Madeline Mann, the world's smallest surviving baby now 15

Tobacco industry's efforts to influence the print media

Tobacco industry's efforts to influence the print media