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S.pneumoniae bacteria may look harmless, but don't rile them.
August 8, 2013 The bacteria that cause many cases of ear infection in kids and pneumonia in the elderly are usually harmless until activated by distress signals from their human host. When the flu or another virus gives you a fever, for example, mild-mannered pneumococcus can turn nasty.
You can probably chuck those ear plugs and enjoy the pool.
July 1, 2013 Many young children get surgery for ear tubes to prevent infections, but it can be hard to figure out which children will benefit. The first guidelines on when children need tubes could help reduce the confusion.
Giancario Gemignani-Hernandez, 2, of Pittsburgh has his ear examined by Dr. Alejandro Hoberman.
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February 25, 2013 The new guidelines for treating childhood ear infections are intended to reduce unnecessary antibiotics use. They say doctors should look at the eardrum to make sure a child really has an ear infection, instead of relying on symptoms. And if the child doesn't have severe symptoms, see if the ear gets better on its own.
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