Meningitis FAQ

You know when they say the symptoms of meningitis are commonly a headache and a stiff neck and perhaps purple blotches on the skin that don’t pale when pressed…well…it can be far worse than that and can kill. If you’re in a vulnerable group, make sure you’re vaccinated. It is highly recommended that new university and college students are vaccinated because meningitis is far worse than a spot of “fresher’s flu” (usually just a cold) and can be passed on through coughs and sneezes, close contact and kissing infected people and even just sharing kitchen utensils. If it doesn’t kill it can lead to amputation where tissues in the feet or hands have died, for instance. Graphic photos of youngster, Charlene Colechin, hospital shown on the BBC site today are fair warning! What is meningitis? Meningitis is acute inflammation (the itis bit of the name) of meninges, the protective membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord. What causes meningitis? Infection by viruses, bacteria, or other microorganisms (fungi like Cryptococcus and Histoplasma), and far less commonly certain drugs, can cause meningitis (mainly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, antibiotics and intravenous immunoglobulins). Viral meningitis is fairly common but rarely fatal, while bacterial forms are less common but are extremely dangerous and can be fatal. One common bacterium that causes meningitis is meningococcus, which can lead to both meningitis and s...
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Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: Trends in Pharmacological SciencesAuthor(s): Bushu Dong, Alex M. Jaeger, Dennis J. ThieleThe ability of cancer cells to cope with stressful conditions is critical for their survival, proliferation, and metastasis. The heat shock transcription factor 1 (HSF1) protects cells from stresses such as chemicals, radiation, and temperature. These properties of HSF1 are exploited by a broad spectrum of cancers, which exhibit high levels of nuclear, active HSF1. Functions for HSF1 in malignancy extend well beyond its central role in protein quality control. While HSF1 has be...
Source: Trends in Pharmacological Sciences - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: International Journal of PharmaceuticsAuthor(s): Mahsa Shahriari, Seyed Mohammad Taghdisi, Khalil Abnous, Mohammad Ramezani, Mona AlibolandiAbstractIn the current research, the synthesis of polysaccharide-based polymersomes for targeted delivery of doxorubicin is reported. To this aim, doxorubicin was encapsulated in aqueous compartment of hyaluronan-polycaprolactone polymersomes via nanoprecipitation method. Then the therapeutic index of the prepared formulation was studied in metastatic breast cancer model in vitro and in vivo.The size of obtained polymersomes wa...
Source: International Journal of Pharmaceutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 11 November 2019Source: International Journal of PharmaceuticsAuthor(s): Anirban Jana, Pankhuri Narula, Archana Chugh, Ritu KulshreshthaAbstractThe levels of microRNAs (miRNAs) are altered in various diseases including glioblastoma (GBM) and this alteration may have widespread effects on various hallmarks of cancer cells. MiR210 is overexpressed in GBM and functions as an oncogenic miRNA. Anti-miR210 therapy holds great promise but its efficient delivery remains a major challenge. Our work here explores a novel role of Tachyplesin (Tpl), a cell-penetrating antimicrobial peptide, as a nano...
Source: International Journal of Pharmaceutics - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionOur result indicated miR-195 suppresses cyclin D1 and Cdc42 to inhibit EC cell proliferation, and Cdc42 may via regulating both cyclin D1-dependent and independent pathways to control EC cell proliferation.
Source: Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe effects of PLB in endocrine-resistant breast cancer cells is dependent on NQO1’s activity.Graphical Abstract
Source: Phytomedicine - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
This study aims to determine if a disparity in BR utilization exists in women from Appalachia Kentucky. Methods A retrospective, population-based cohort study was conducted from January 1, 2006, to December 31, 2015. The Kentucky Cancer Registry was queried to identify population-level data for female patients diagnosed with breast cancer and treated with mastectomy. A multivariate logistic regression model controlling for patient, disease, and treatment characteristics was constructed to predict the likelihood of BR. Results Bivariate testing showed differences (P
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Breast Surgery Source Type: research
This article describes ossification of the corresponding vascular pedicle after soft tissue transfer with the lateral upper arm free flap and microsurgical anastomosis in oral cancer treatment. Similar findings in the context of the lateral upper arm free flap have never been reported in the literature; however, it is important for surgeons to know that pedicle ossification can occur. This knowledge may be helpful to avoid erroneous diagnosis of the ossification as a sign of tumor relapse/recurrence as well as to anticipate potential difficulties in the surgical approach in cases requiring reentry of the reconstructed regi...
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Microsurgery Source Type: research
Conclusions We present a quick, simple, and affordable method to decellularize a muscle flap through the vascular network. Our proposed method is efficient and can be completed in a significantly shorter time when compared with other methods. It is also safe and does not affect integrity of tissue, and this is essential for a reliable recellularization.
Source: Annals of Plastic Surgery - Category: Cosmetic Surgery Tags: Transplantation Surgery and Research Source Type: research
ConclusionsIn this high-risk low-income cohort, contributions of risk factors to HF varied, particularly by race. To reduce the population burden of HF, interventions tailored for specific race and sex groups may be warranted.Graphical abstract
Source: JACC: Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Source Type: research
Publication date: 11 November 2019Source: Cancer Cell, Volume 36, Issue 5Author(s): Xue-Yan He, David Ng, Linda Van Aelst, Mikala EgebladStress has long been suspected to negatively influence cancer mortality, yet the molecular mechanisms responsible for this effect have only recently been identified. A new study identifies a stress-induced response in dendritic cells—the activation of the glucocorticoid-inducible transcriptional regulator TSC22D3—as a potent, immunosuppressive effect of stress on cancer.
Source: Cancer Cell - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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