Pneumonia

Pneumonia Discovery May Offer Way to Boost Body's Defenses

July 28, 2016

A molecule being targeted in cancer is also critical for the immune system's ability to battle pneumonia, researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have determined. The finding may offer a new way for doctors to boost patients' ability to fight off the life-threatening infection as bacteria become more and more resistant to antibiotics.

Hospital Data Helps Predict Risk of Pneumonia After Heart Surgery

July 26, 2016

Pneumonia is the most prevalent infection after open-heart surgery, leading to longer hospital stays and lower odds of survival. But a new analysis of data from thousands of patients who had coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery at Michigan hospitals revealed ways people can prepare their bodies to reduce the risk of postoperative pneumonia -- a complication that occurred in 3.3 percent of patients in the observational review.

Investigators Identify New Pneumonia Epidemic in Beijing

March 31, 2016

Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections began rising in Beijing last spring, and by December, this pathogen was found in more than half of hospitalized children suffering from pneumonia in that city, according to investigators from the Capital I

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