- Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate. The work could have implications for the management of influenza pandemics and could help reduce incidence of pneumococcal infections in very young children, who are more susceptible to disease.
- Researchers developed a new vaccine candidate potentially cheaper and able to protect against any pneumococcal strainPneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) accounts for as much as 11 percent of mortality in young children worldwide. While successful vaccines like PrevnarÂ® exist, they are expensive and only work against specific pneumococcal strains, with the risk of becoming less effective as new strains emerge.
- Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed an experimental vaccine that appears to protect against an increasingly common and particularly deadly form of pneumococcal pneumonia.
- Cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia — the most lethal and among the most common of all hospital-associated infections — dropped by more than 70 percent in Michigan hospitals where medical staff used a simple checklist designed by Johns Hopkins researchers. Such pneumonias kill an estimated 36,000 Americans each year.
- Recent study shows a startling finding that drugs commonly used to treat heartburn could actually shoot up the likelihood of having pneumonia.
- Using acid suppressive medications, such as proton pump inhibitors and histamine2 receptor antagonists, may increase the risk of developing pneumonia, states an article in CMAJ.
- A Pneumonia Report Card released by the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) on behalf of the Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia reveals where urgent efforts are needed to reach target levels of coverage for the life-saving interventions that can prevent, protect against and treat pneumonia in children.
- A new breakthrough in the fight against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia has been announced today by scientists in Dublin and Leicester.
- Research teams from Dublin and Leicester collaborated with others from Trinity College Dublin, the U.S and Switzerland and announced a dramatic breakthrough in the fight against pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia.
- Patients were misdiagnosed with pneumonia at an alarming rate when they were readmitted to the hospital shortly after a previous hospitalization for the same illness, according to two Henry Ford Hospital companion studies.
- Early evaluation and intervention critical for vaccinated children with hearing loss from meningitisDespite widespread use of pneumococcal vaccination, some children still develop deafness following pneumococcal meningitis, according to a report in the October issue of Archives of Otolaryngologyâ€“Head & Neck Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
- Contrary to current thinking, the group of serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae responsible for most invasive pneumococcal disease worldwide is conserved across regions.
Pneumonia is an inflammatory condition of the lung—especially affecting the microscopic air sacs — associated with fever, chest symptoms, and a lack of air space on a chest X-ray. Pneumonia is typically caused by an infection but there are a number of other causes. Typical symptoms include cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing.