Pneumonia

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.
Viral vs Bacterial Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs which affects alveoli. This article looks at the differences between bacterial and viral pneumonia.

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Unveiling late-onset combined immunodeficiency in patients with 18q del syndrome

Unveiling late-onset combined immunodeficiency in patients with 18q del syndrome

Mapping pathogen spread and evolution using genomic and human mobility data

Mapping pathogen spread and evolution using genomic and human mobility data

New research highlights potential of antimicrobial peptide mixtures to inhibit drug resistance

New research highlights potential of antimicrobial peptide mixtures to inhibit drug resistance

Bird flu virus detected in Alaskan polar bear

Bird flu virus detected in Alaskan polar bear

NIH launches Phase 1 trial for innovative nasal COVID-19 vaccine

NIH launches Phase 1 trial for innovative nasal COVID-19 vaccine

Study shows how milking equipment spreads bird flu risk

Study shows how milking equipment spreads bird flu risk

Understanding the role of vaccination in mitigating long COVID brain fog

Understanding the role of vaccination in mitigating long COVID brain fog

Cannabis use tied to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Cannabis use tied to increased risk of severe COVID-19

Less healthy intestinal flora could increase the risk of serious infection

Less healthy intestinal flora could increase the risk of serious infection

Personalized medicine approaches for sepsis based on immune response profiling

Personalized medicine approaches for sepsis based on immune response profiling

Amoxicillin outperforms penicillin V in treating pediatric pneumonia, study finds

Amoxicillin outperforms penicillin V in treating pediatric pneumonia, study finds

Pediatric RSV infections surged 2017-23, straining U.S. hospitals

Pediatric RSV infections surged 2017-23, straining U.S. hospitals

Global study confirms pantoprazole's role in reducing upper GI bleeding in the ICU

Global study confirms pantoprazole's role in reducing upper GI bleeding in the ICU

Study identifies drug target to prevent autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury

Study identifies drug target to prevent autonomic dysfunction after spinal cord injury

Multi-center study validates systemic score in identifying high-risk patients with Still's disease

Multi-center study validates systemic score in identifying high-risk patients with Still's disease

UC San Diego engineers develop algae-based microrobots for lung cancer treatment

UC San Diego engineers develop algae-based microrobots for lung cancer treatment

Study identifies genetic predictors of X chromosome loss in aging women

Study identifies genetic predictors of X chromosome loss in aging women

Low-cost quality improvement program lowers mortality in El Salvador's pediatric ICU

Low-cost quality improvement program lowers mortality in El Salvador's pediatric ICU

Unveiling Pseudomonas aeruginosa's lung invasion tactics with human lung microtissues

Unveiling Pseudomonas aeruginosa's lung invasion tactics with human lung microtissues

New AI camera technology could offer a future tool for quickly assessing the severity of infections

New AI camera technology could offer a future tool for quickly assessing the severity of infections

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