Pneumonia hospitalizations increased 29% among Americans 65 and older to more than 2.3 million cases between 2000 and 2002 from about 1.6 million cases between 1988 and 1990, but better care for comorbidities such as heart disease and diabetes could shift the trend, according to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Among all elderly patients with pneumonia -- with the percentage who also were diagnosed with chronic cardiac disease -- chronic pulmonary disease or diabetes rose to 77% between 2000 and 2002 from 66% between 1988 and 1990. Lead author Alicia Fry, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said possible solutions include developing vaccines that target the elderly and protect against a wider array of pathogens. Read the abstract. -- by Andis Robeznieks
Pneumonia hospitalizations for elderly up 29%: study
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