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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.
Pollution kills more than three milion children under the age of five every year

Pollution kills more than three milion children under the age of five every year

MRSA superbugs emerged independently in at least eight countries including the UK

MRSA superbugs emerged independently in at least eight countries including the UK

Cooking with gas increases risk of respiratory illness in young children

Cooking with gas increases risk of respiratory illness in young children

SARS, the highly infectious respiratory virus, has been found in tears

SARS, the highly infectious respiratory virus, has been found in tears

Undernutrition is the cause of more than 53 percent of all child deaths

Undernutrition is the cause of more than 53 percent of all child deaths

Emergence of MRSA bacteria that are increasingly resistant to vancomycin

Emergence of MRSA bacteria that are increasingly resistant to vancomycin

New report outlines New Yorkers health problems

New report outlines New Yorkers health problems

Significance of the discovery of anthrax toxin genes in a naturally occurring microbe other than Bacillus anthracis

Significance of the discovery of anthrax toxin genes in a naturally occurring microbe other than Bacillus anthracis

U.S.$2.8 to study a virus associated with respiratory infections

U.S.$2.8 to study a virus associated with respiratory infections

AMA campaign to stop parents smoking near babies and children

AMA campaign to stop parents smoking near babies and children

Studies suggest white tea help prevent staphylococcus and streptococcus infections

Studies suggest white tea help prevent staphylococcus and streptococcus infections

Chronic diseases are the largest cause of death in the world

Chronic diseases are the largest cause of death in the world

West Nile set to explode in summer 2004

West Nile set to explode in summer 2004

Smoking a lot more harmful than previously thought

Smoking a lot more harmful than previously thought

Smoking causes diseases in nearly every organ of the body

Smoking causes diseases in nearly every organ of the body

KETEK® (telithromycin) is highly active in vitro against Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) isolates

KETEK® (telithromycin) is highly active in vitro against Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae) isolates

An antibiotic, Tigecycline produces 74 percent cure rate in cSSSI patients

An antibiotic, Tigecycline produces 74 percent cure rate in cSSSI patients

Nicotine remains one of the most addictive drugs ever used

Nicotine remains one of the most addictive drugs ever used

Zinc may help to accelerate recovery from pneumonia

Zinc may help to accelerate recovery from pneumonia

People infected with chlamydia is at an all-time high

People infected with chlamydia is at an all-time high