Streptococcus pneumoniae News and Research

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Streptococcus pneumoniae, or Pneumococcus, is a very common bacterial infection in both industrialized and developing countries. In particular, young children and the elderly represent high-risk populations of developing pneumococcal infections. According to the WHO, the bacterium kills up to one million children under the age of five years each year worldwide. It accounts for many Bacterial Meningitis cases in adults and it is the most common cause of Bacteraemia, Pneumonia, Meningitis and Otitis media in young children.
Research highlights importance of adopting current adult pneumococcal vaccination guidelines

Research highlights importance of adopting current adult pneumococcal vaccination guidelines

New understanding of what makes a major global bacterial infection deadly

New understanding of what makes a major global bacterial infection deadly

Meningococcal vaccine now recommended for ages 11 to 18

Meningococcal vaccine now recommended for ages 11 to 18

Nasal spray of virus enzymes for ear infections

Nasal spray of virus enzymes for ear infections

Increase in pneumococcal infections not covered by childhood vaccine

Increase in pneumococcal infections not covered by childhood vaccine

Viral protein is an effective preventative against infection

Viral protein is an effective preventative against infection

New method for identifying viruses and bacteria that cause common infections in children

New method for identifying viruses and bacteria that cause common infections in children

Children with chronic otitis media have biofilms in their middle ears

Children with chronic otitis media have biofilms in their middle ears

Health experts meet in Asia to discuss preventing deadly childhood diseases

Health experts meet in Asia to discuss preventing deadly childhood diseases

Vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia

Vaccinated adults less likely to die from pneumonia

FDA grants Cerexa fast track designation

FDA grants Cerexa fast track designation

New tools in the fight against pneumococci

New tools in the fight against pneumococci

Link between childhood exposure to tobacco smoke and Streptococcus pneumoniae

Link between childhood exposure to tobacco smoke and Streptococcus pneumoniae

New fungal defensin, plectasin, possesses as much power as penicillin

New fungal defensin, plectasin, possesses as much power as penicillin

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions leads to fewer superbugs

Fewer antibiotic prescriptions leads to fewer superbugs

Specialized immune-system B cells play dual role in triggering both kinds of immunity - innate and acquired

Specialized immune-system B cells play dual role in triggering both kinds of immunity - innate and acquired

Bacteria use host's immune response to their competitive advantage

Bacteria use host's immune response to their competitive advantage

Alcohol consumption increases movement of S. pneumoniae toward the lungs

Alcohol consumption increases movement of S. pneumoniae toward the lungs

Scientists find how pneumonia bacteria get sugar boost to survive

Scientists find how pneumonia bacteria get sugar boost to survive

Surprising discovery about natural immunity to pneumococcus

Surprising discovery about natural immunity to pneumococcus