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Africa:Overlooked Infection Kills 150,000 Babies a Year, Mostly in Africa - Study
[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Nearly one in five pregnant women worldwide is infected with Group B Streptococcus (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 9, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study reveals global burden of Group B Strep infection
An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria, according to a study on the major, yet preventable, cause of maternal and infant ill health. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - November 6, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Group B Streptococcus infection causes an estimated 150,000 preventable stillbirths and infant deaths every year
An estimated one in five pregnant women around the world carry Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria which is a major, yet preventable, cause of maternal and infant ill health globally. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - November 6, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research, International, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School, Faculty of Health Sciences, Translational Health Sciences; Press Release Source Type: news

Streptococcus vaccine 'could prevent over 100,000 baby deaths worldwide'
Experts call for more work to be done to develop vaccine for infection commonly carried by pregnant women, which can cause stillbirth and deathMore than 100,000 stillbirths and baby deaths worldwide could be prevented by the development of a vaccine against an infection commonly carried by pregnant women, according to a groundbreaking report.The impact of disease caused by group B streptococcus (GBS) has not been properly chronicled before and only in relatively recent years has anyone taken seriously its role in the deaths of babies in the womb as well as in the early days of life.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 6, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Vaccines and immunisation Medical research Health Pregnancy Family & wellbeing Parents and parenting Society Immunology Science Source Type: news

Group B Streptococcus infection causes estimated 150,000 stillbirth & infant death
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) 21.7 million pregnant women carry this bacteria according to the first global study of Group B Strep -- most of them are currently unidentified and untreated. Study shows for first time that a maternal vaccine may prevent 231,000 infant and maternal GBS cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Massive fall in animal antibiotic use
Ministers says reduction will help combat rising rates of antibiotic resistance Related items fromOnMedica No evidence to back mantra that patients need to complete antibiotic course Children with asthma prescribed ‘unnecessary antibiotics’ Antibiotics for women in early labour to combat Group B Strep Antibiotics not recommended for acute otitis, says NICE Dipstick test children ’s urine before prescribing antibiotics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 27, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

RCOG Advises GBS Prophylaxis for Women in Preterm Labor RCOG Advises GBS Prophylaxis for Women in Preterm Labor
Updated guidelines from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists advise intrapartum antibiotics to fight group B strep for all women in preterm labor.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics cut infection risk in obese women after caesarean
Surgical infection less likely if obese women take prophylactic antibiotics for 48h after C-section Related items fromOnMedica Infection risk after caesarean 2.4 times higher in obese women Caesareans associated with increased risk of complications from hysterectomy Antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesity Wide European variations in C-section rates Antibiotics for women in early labour to combat Group B Strep (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 20, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

More pregnant women to get Group B Strep treatment
Wider use of antibiotics in those at highest risk will save more young babies lives, say experts. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antibiotics for women in early labour to combat Group B Strep
Updated guidance to tackle growing Group Strep B cases Related items fromOnMedica Antibiotics during pregnancy increases risk of childhood obesity Experts query treatment of mild hypothyroidism in pregnancy Include pregnant women in studies, urge researchers New guidelines on epilepsy in pregnancy Antenatal flu drugs not linked to newborn risks (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 13, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

C-section mums warned about dangers of 'vaginal seeding'
What is the issue? A technique called vaginal seeding, sometimes used for babies born by caesarean section, "can give newborns deadly infections and sepsis," warns the Mail Online. Vaginal seeding involves rubbing vaginal fluid onto the skin of a newborn baby born by caesarean section. It's intended to mimic the natural transfer of microbes from their mother that babies have during a vaginal birth. This has been reported by some to help boost a baby's response against allergies and asthma. As many as 90% of Danish obstetricians and gynaecologists said they have been asked about it by prospective parents. Despite...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Human milk sugars may protect against group B strep
A new study presented at a conference finds that some breast milk contains sugars that may protect against group B strep microbial and biofilm infection. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases / Bacteria / Viruses Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Late-Onset Infant Group B Streptococcus Infection Associated with Maternal Consumption of Capsules Containing Dehydrated Placenta — Oregon, 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 29, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

GenePOC Announces FDA Clearance for Revogene(TM) Instrument and its GBS LB Test
GenePOC announces it received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration to market its first molecular assay to detect Group B Streptococcus and for the revogene molecular diagnostics instrument QUÉBEC CITY and LAUSANNE, Switzerlan... Diagnostics, FDA GenePOC, revogene, GBS LB, antepartum, Group B Streptococcus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - June 1, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Give pregnant women routine test for deadly bug
A study at Northwick Park Hospital found that offering screening for the Group B Strep (GBS) bug led to an 83 per cent drop in numbers of newborns developing it. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Growing up with a pet may boost a baby's bacterial health
Conclusion This subgroup analysis of babies from a large Canadian birth cohort assessed whether exposure to furry pets before and after birth has any impact on infant gut bacteria. Overall it found that exposure to pets while in the womb and after birth was linked with richer and more diverse gut bacteria. The researchers say that several studies in the past, including their own, have found a link between richness of gut bacteria and both the development of allergies and the development of obesity. Therefore these findings may be taken to imply that pet exposure could protect against allergy and obesity in infants – ...
Source: NHS News Feed - April 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Screening pregnant women for group B streptococcus (GBS) not recommended
Following a further comprehensive review of the evidence, the independent expert screening committee has not recommended a national screening programme for GBS in pregnancy. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - March 23, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Mom Shares Postpartum Medical Struggles With Powerful Instagram
A powerful Instagram post is shedding light on the medical challenges that can follow childbirth and celebrating moms’ scars. Eighteen months ago, Kari Horn gave birth to her son via emergency C-section. Though becoming a parent has been a joyful experience for the Virginia mom, her postpartum journey involved umbilical hernias, more surgery and further complications. While recovering from these complications, Horn posted a striking photo of her abdomen on Instagram to share her story and remind other struggling moms that they are not alone. In the caption, Horn described her photo as one of “the part...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aimee was left disabled after contracting Group B Strep
Newborn babies are dying and being left with disabilities because of Group B Strep infection (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A £40 DIY kit that can save babies
Doctors have welcomed the introduction of a £40 kit which allows expectant mothers to test themselves for Group B Strep, which is harmless in adults but can trigger deadly illnesses in children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group B Strep warning: The £35 test which could save YOUR baby's life
STREP B is a bacteria which lives inside the body and is carried by one in three expectant mothers. The bug can be potentially life-threatening to babies - and one woman has spoken out about the loss of her son. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bereaved parents call for routine Strep B screening
250,000-signature petition says testing would prevent avoidable deaths and disability Related items fromOnMedica New hopes for eradication of streptococcus B in children The risks posed by Group B Streptococcus infection Pregnant women will no longer to be screened for rubella susceptibility Local Strep B guidelines must be reviewed regularly, audit says (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - January 22, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Luminex wins FDA nod to test for dangerous pregnancy infection
Luminex Aries GBS assay [Image courtesy of Luminex]Luminex continues to rack up FDA clearances for assays to use in its Aries systems. The Austin, Texas–based company said Wednesday that FDA has cleared an Aries assay for group B streptococcus. It’s the third assay FDA has cleared for use with Luminex’s Aries systems. The GBS assay has also received a CE-IVD marking. Luminex plans to launch additional Aries assays this year. Aries systems are meant to increase laboratory efficiency and ensure result accuracy. Get the full story on our sister site, Medical Design & Outsourcing. The post Luminex wins FD...
Source: Mass Device - January 5, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Chris Newmarker Tags: Laboratory Instruments/Laboratory Supplies Aries GBS Assay IVD Luminex MedTech Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Deadly strep infection in infants could be prevented with breast milk sugars
Naturally occurring sugars present in some women's breast milk have the potential to prevent group B streptococcus infection in babies, researchers find. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Mother's milk contains sugars which protect babies from deadly meningitis and pneumonia
A naturally occurring sugar in breast milk may help prevent Group B streptococcus infection - a common cause of deadly meningitis, researchers from Imperial College London found. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection
A type of sugar found naturally in some women ’s breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study. These bacteria are a common cause of meningitis in newborns and the leading cause of infection in the first three months of life globally. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 26, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection
A type of sugar found naturally in some women's breast milk may protect new born babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study from Imperial College London. These bacteria are a common cause of meningitis in new borns and the leading cause of infection in the first three months of life in the UK and globally. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - August 26, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Breast milk sugar may protect babies against deadly infection
(Imperial College London) A type of sugar found naturally in some women's breast milk may protect newborn babies from infection with a potentially life threatening bacterium called Group B streptococcus, according to a new study from Imperial College London. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 26, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Mothers urge the Government to screen pregnant women for bacteria GBS
Shaheen McQuade, of North Lanarkshire, Natalie Russell, of Edinburgh, and Fiona Paddon, of Greenwich, south London, all lost their babies as a result of Group B Streptococcus infection. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Serotypes Cause the Most Group B Streptococcal Disease?
Patient Presentation A 30-minute old, 39 2/7 week gestation female was admitted to the newborn nursery. The past medical history showed she was born to a G2P1 now 2, 28 year old mother who had received appropriate prenatal care. Her pregnancy had been complicated by group B streptococcus (GBS) positive vaginal colonization, but negative for GBS bacturia. She had rupture of membranes 7 hours prior to vaginal delivery and had received 2 doses of ampicillin at 6.5 and 3 hours prior to delivery. She had no intrapartum fever. Apgars were 8 and 9. The family history showed some diabetes and heart disease. The 2.5 year old sibli...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 22, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

At What Age Does the Risk of Infant Listeria Infection Decrease?
Discussion Neonatal bacterial infections are commonly caused by Group B Streptococcus, enteric gram-negative organisms such as Escherichia coli, coagulase negative Staphylococcus, Listeria monocytogenes and Haemophilus influenza. Infections are usually because of transplacental infection or ascending infection from the mother’s genitourinary tract. Empiric treatment for suspected sepsis for neonates is usually combined IV aminoglycoside and expanded-spectrum penicillin antibiotic therapy in the US and Canada and this combination specifically covers for Listeria. Listeria monocytogenes was first discovered in 1927 an...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 25, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Group B Strep Vax for Pregnant Women Shows Promise (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Previous strep B exposure appeared to boost antibody response (Source: MedPage Today State Required CME)
Source: MedPage Today State Required CME - January 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group B Strep Vaccine For Pregnant Women Found Safe, Effective In Phase 2 Trial
A new vaccine for group B strep given to pregnant women in a phase 2 trial was effective in transferring antibodies from the mothers to their newborns. The vaccine had few safety concerns. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 12, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Tara Haelle Source Type: news

Baby died from GBS infection which can be detected with an £11 test
Edward Paddon-Bramley suffered brain damage caused by Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria and died on June 5 2014 at St Thomas' Hospital, London, an inquest heard. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 2, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Models of Perinatal Brain Injury in Premature and Term Newborns Resulting from Gestational Inflammation Due to Inactivated Group B Streptococcus (GBS), or Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) from E. coli and/or Immediately Postnatal Hypoxia-Ischemia (HI)
It is known that gestational and/or perinatal inflammation combined or not with hypoxia-ischemia (HI) is a risk factor for brain injuries, but the mechanisms underlying are still unclear. This chapter discusses about animal models mimicking those conditions, allowing scientists to uncover mechanisms involved and to study the adverse effects on the offspring. Here is presented a model of maternal inflammation induced by inactivated Group B Streptococcus (Sect. 2) and two experimental designs using LPS. One explores the effects of prenatal LPS administration and/or immediately postnatal HI (Sect. 3) and the second one, the i...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Neuroscience - September 21, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news

Following maternal transmission, group B strep mutates to sicken infants
(American Society for Microbiology) Group B streptococcus, a mostly benign inhabitant of healthy adults, is one of the world's leading causes of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. A team of French investigators has now shown that such cases might occur when the microbe mutates within the infant following transmission from the mother. The research appeared August 17 in the Journal of Bacteriology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - August 18, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

As International Group B Strep Awareness Month Begins,...
Group B strep is a bacterium that routinely inhabits the lower GI tract and intestines, rarely doing any harm to healthy adults and children. However, it can be fatal to infants and older adults.(PRWeb July 09, 2015)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/awareness/strep/prweb12834655.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 12, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Grieving mother releases tragic picture of the only hug she shared with her baby as she calls for more screening for the bug that killed him
Hayley Keane, 26, believes her baby, Simon, who died at just three days old, could have been saved if she had a routine screening for the Group B Streptococcus, a bacteria in the vaginal-rectal area. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 31, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

James Roby: We'd never heard of Group B strep – until it nearly robbed us of our baby boy
AS A hardened rugby league veteran, England international James Roby has faced his fair share of brutal physical challenges. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Group B Streptococcus breaches the blood-brain-barrier
(Journal of Clinical Investigation) A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation identifies a pathway that is induced by Group B Streptococcus and disrupts junctions between cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 11, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Great Basin Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Group B Strep Molecular Diagnostic Test
Menu expansion on track with first of three new molecular assays planned for this year SALT LAKE CITY, April 22, 2015 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- Great Basin Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ:GBSN and GBSNU), a molecular diagnostics company, to... Diagnostics, FDAGreat Basin Scientific, Group B Streptococcus, Streptococcus (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 22, 2015 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Group B streptococcus incidence rises significantly among newborns despite widespread adoption of prevention initiatives
Group B streptococcus, a major cause of serious infectious diseases including sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia, has increased by about 60% among infants younger than 3 months in the Netherlands over the past 25 years despite the widespread use of prevention strategies, new research has found. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 20, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Group B streptococcus incidence rises significantly among newborns
(The Lancet) Group B streptococcus, a major cause of serious infectious diseases including sepsis, meningitis, and pneumonia, has increased by about 60 percent among infants younger than 3 months in the Netherlands over the past 25 years despite the widespread use of prevention strategies, new research published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 19, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Current Status of Vaccine Development for Group B Streptococcus
The incidence of neonatal early-onset sepsis due to group B Streptococcus (GBS) has decreased with the use of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis, but GBS infection remains a significant clinical concern. Early-onset disease still occurs among term infants born to women falsely screened GBS-negative, and premature infants still disproportionately suffer from both early-onset and late-onset GBS infection. In addition, there is no current strategy for preventing GBS disease among elderly and immunocompromised, nonpregnant adults. The development of GBS vaccines with efficacy across serotypes may address many of the clinical g...
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - October 1, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Puopolo, K. M. Tags: Articles Source Type: news

Late-Onset Group B Streptococcus in the Late-Preterm NeonateLate-Onset Group B Streptococcus in the Late-Preterm Neonate
In this case, a neonate develops late-onset group B streptococcus disease. What signs and symptoms should clinicians look for? Journal of Pediatric Health Care (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 1, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics Journal Article Source Type: news

Genetic risk factor for premature birth found
Researchers have discovered a genetic risk factor for premature birth. The risk factor is related to a gene that codes for a protein that the scientists have found helps the body’s immune cells recognize and fight Group B Streptococcus (GBS) bacteria. These bacteria are found in the vagina or lower gastrointestinal tract of approximately 15 to 20 percent of healthy women, but may cause life-threatening infections, such as sepsis or meningitis in newborns, especially those born prematurely. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 6, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Genetic risk factor for premature birth found
(University of California - San Diego) Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have discovered a genetic risk factor for premature birth. The risk factor is related to a gene that codes for a protein that the scientists have found helps the body's immune cells recognize and fight Group B Streptococcus bacteria. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 5, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Legal Briefs: Late-Onset Group B Streptococcus Meningitis: Should It Happen in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit?
(Source: NeoReviews recent issues)
Source: NeoReviews recent issues - February 28, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Sims, M. E. Tags: Articles Source Type: news

Announcements: Smartphone Application Available for Preventing Group B Streptococcus Infections
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 20, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news