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Streptococcus Pneumoniae

  • Strep Spreads by Harnessing Immune Defenses of Those Infected
    The bacteria that cause most cases of pneumonia worldwide secrete a toxin that helps them jump from one body to the next - with help from the hosts' immune defenses. This is the finding of a study led by researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center and published online Jan. ...More
    January 11, 2017 Posted in News
  • Pneumococcal Vaccine 'Watches' Bacteria, Strikes Only When Needed
    A new vaccine allows pneumonia-causing bacteria to colonize inside the body, springing into action only if the bacteria pose a threat.  The breakthrough approach, coupled with the protein-based vaccine's potential to counteract more than 90 strains of the bacteria, has ...More
    June 7, 2016 Posted in News
  • Capsule Shedding: A New Bacterial Pathway That Promotes Invasive Disease
    St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have identified an enzyme that acts early in pneumococcal infections to promote bacterial survival and invasive disease by removing the bacteria's capsule. The research appears today in the scientific journal Nature ...More
    February 29, 2016 Posted in News
  • Anti-stroke Drug is Effective Treatment for Middle-ear Infections
    An existing anti-stroke drug is an effective treatment for middle-ear infections, showing the ability to suppress mucus overproduction, improve bacterial clearance and reduce hearing loss, according to researchers at Georgia State University and the University of Rochester. ...More
    May 22, 2015 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover Bacterial Cause Behind Fatal Heart Complications
    Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major human pathogen and is known to be associated with increased risk of fatal heart complications including heart failure and heart attacks. As Streptococcus pneumoniae is a respiratory pathogen that does not infect the heart, however, this ...More
    May 18, 2015 Posted in News
  • RSV Infection May be Associated With Higher Risk for Bacterial Pneumonia
    Two common and sometimes dangerous respiratory diseases, a viral one caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and a bacterial one caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae may be linked, suggests a study published in this week's PLOS Medicine. Daniel Weinberger, from Yale ...More
    January 7, 2015 Posted in News
  • Can Extra Vitamin E Protect Against a Common Type of Pneumonia?
    Extra vitamin E protected older mice from a bacterial infection that commonly causes pneumonia. Microbiologists and nutrition researchers from Tufts University report that the extra vitamin E helped regulate the mice's immune system. The findings, published online in ...More
    December 16, 2014 Posted in News
  • Scientists Discover New Properties of Microbes That Cause Common Eye Infection
    Scientists from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology have used the power of new genomic technology to discover that microbes that commonly infect the eye have special, previously unknown properties. These properties are predicted to ...More
    November 12, 2014 Posted in News
  • Pneumonia Bacterium Leaves Tiny Lesions in the Heart, Study Finds
    The long-observed association between pneumonia and heart failure now has more physical evidence, thanks to research in the School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. ...More
    September 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Influenza A Potentiates Pneumococcal Co-Infection
    Influenza infection can enhance the ability of the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae to cause ear and throat infections, according to research published ahead of print in the journal Infection and Immunity. In the study, the investigators infected mice with either ...More
    September 22, 2014 Posted in News
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