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Facts about Pneumococcal Disease for Adults

What is pneumococcal disease? Pneumococcal (noo-muh-kok-ul) disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal disease can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection (sepsis), or meningitis. The bacteria spread through coughing or sneezing, or through direct contact such as kissing. Pneumococcal infection kills tens of thousands of people in the US each year. Older people… Read More »

Arizona man tells of surviving rare liver disease, double-lung transplant

An Arizona man survived a rare liver disease and is sharing his story in hopes of bolstering awareness. Ed Kriesel, 58, of Ahwatukee Foothills, an urban village in Phoenix, found out he had alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, also called alpha-1, Fox 10 reported. Alpha-1 is a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, liver and skin, according to the… Read More »