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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.
Novel miniature probe measures tissue damage in the lung

Novel miniature probe measures tissue damage in the lung

New measure identifies patterns of pediatric antibiotic use around the world

New measure identifies patterns of pediatric antibiotic use around the world

HIB-vaccinated children show improved anthropometric, cognitive, and schooling outcomes

HIB-vaccinated children show improved anthropometric, cognitive, and schooling outcomes

Study finds triple the number of Legionnaire's cases than previously reported

Study finds triple the number of Legionnaire's cases than previously reported

Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world

Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world

First chemoimmunotherapy regimen approved by FDA for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

First chemoimmunotherapy regimen approved by FDA for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

New research explores foundational questions about end-of-life choices for people with dementia

New research explores foundational questions about end-of-life choices for people with dementia

New research provides welcomed news for countless patients taking PPIs

New research provides welcomed news for countless patients taking PPIs

New research helps provide better understanding of megaviruses

New research helps provide better understanding of megaviruses

Young children with community-acquired pneumonia receive unnecessary tests, antibiotics

Young children with community-acquired pneumonia receive unnecessary tests, antibiotics

Robin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals? New math promised on Medicare payments

Robin Hood to rescue of rural hospitals? New math promised on Medicare payments

New statement highlights occupational burden of non-cancerous lung diseases

New statement highlights occupational burden of non-cancerous lung diseases

Human contact plays major role in the spread of some hospital-acquired infections

Human contact plays major role in the spread of some hospital-acquired infections

Study links heartburn drugs to fatal cases of heart, kidney disease and gastrointestinal cancer

Study links heartburn drugs to fatal cases of heart, kidney disease and gastrointestinal cancer

Cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, study finds

Cranberry extract makes bacteria more sensitive to antibiotics, study finds

Scientists discover new compound that visualizes and kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Scientists discover new compound that visualizes and kills antibiotic-resistant superbugs

Researchers discuss how time of day affects the severity of illness

Researchers discuss how time of day affects the severity of illness

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

Scientists develop single vaccination approach to combat influenza and pneumococcal infections

Sophisticated molecular machinery is used by dangerous pathogens to infect hosts

Sophisticated molecular machinery is used by dangerous pathogens to infect hosts

Circadian rhythm influences immune responses across a range of diseases

Circadian rhythm influences immune responses across a range of diseases