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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.
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

African American children in Los Angeles County more likely to have asthma compared to whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, or Latinos

African American children in Los Angeles County more likely to have asthma compared to whites, Asians/Pacific Islanders, or Latinos

Study has found the Sars virus in sweat glands and the intestine

Study has found the Sars virus in sweat glands and the intestine

International research team have decoded the genetic blueprint of the tularemia (rabbit fever) bacterium

International research team have decoded the genetic blueprint of the tularemia (rabbit fever) bacterium

Immtech signs agreement with CombinatoRx to test Immtech compounds as potential cancer treatment

Immtech signs agreement with CombinatoRx to test Immtech compounds as potential cancer treatment

Hong Kong SARS update

Hong Kong SARS update

Study shows those with weak immune systems should avoid the shower

Study shows those with weak immune systems should avoid the shower

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of death for infants in their first year of life

Breastfeeding can reduce the risk of death for infants in their first year of life

AAP expands recommendations for annual influenza immunizations to include children ages 6 through 23 months

AAP expands recommendations for annual influenza immunizations to include children ages 6 through 23 months

Canadian woman dies of flesh eating disease

Canadian woman dies of flesh eating disease

Dean of Columbia's dental school has issued a "call to action" on geriatric oral health

Dean of Columbia's dental school has issued a "call to action" on geriatric oral health

Elderly black male cancer patients stay in hospital longer than white

Elderly black male cancer patients stay in hospital longer than white