DR Congo Reports Meningitis Outbreak After 129 Die
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), the largest country in sub-Saharan Africa, has reported 129 deaths and 261 suspected cases of meningitis. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Disha Shetty, Contributor Tags: Science /science Innovation /innovation Healthcare /healthcare Source Type: news

Meningitis outbreak declared in Democratic Republic of the Congo: WHO  
A deadly outbreak of meningitis has been declared in a northeastern province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the World Health Organization (WHO) have been supporting health authorities to deploy an initial emergency response team.  (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Congo-Kinshasa: Meningitis Outbreak Declared in North-Eastern Province
[WHO-AFRO] Kinshasa -- The Democratic Republic of the Congo has declared an outbreak of meningitis in the north-eastern Tshopo Province where 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths - a high case fatality ratio of 50% - have been reported. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 8, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nigeria: Improving Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Nigeria - the Only Language Cholera Understands
[Nigeria Health Watch] Nigeria is prone to seasonal disease outbreaks and in the last few years, a series of outbreaks including monkeypox, measles, Lassa fever, yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis and cholera have threatened the nation's public health security. In 2020, while responding to COVID-19, Nigeria was at the same time tackling what was reported as the largest recorded outbreak of Lassa fever in the country. Today, amid efforts to contain the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nation is also dealing with an in (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Skin and sepsis: contribution of dermatology to a rapid diagnosis
In patients who develop sepsis, whether due to primary, secondary or metastatic lesions, the skin is frequently affected. However, there are unresolved aspects regarding the general clinical manifestations in the skin or the prognosis and/or therapeutic implications. The main challenge in the approach to sepsis is its early diagnosis and management. In this review, we address the sepsis –skin relationship and the potential impact of early dermatological intervention on the septic patient through ten basic questions. We found little evidence of the participation of the dermatologist in sepsis alert programs. There are...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - August 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cryptococcal Meningitis: Single-Dose Regimen Noninferior Cryptococcal Meningitis: Single-Dose Regimen Noninferior
Mortality from cryptococcal meningitis with a single-dose regimen of liposomal amphotericin B is similar to the longer, more toxic standard of care, but controversy continues over pricing and supply.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines)
Source: Medscape Hiv-Aids Headlines - July 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: HIV/AIDS News Source Type: news

Community-acquired bacterial meningitis
Progress has been made in the prevention and treatment of community-acquired bacterial meningitis during the past three decades but the burden of the disease remains high globally. Conjugate vaccines against the three most common causative pathogens (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, and Haemophilus influenzae) have reduced the incidence of disease, but with the replacement by non-vaccine pneumococcal serotypes and the emergence of bacterial strains with reduced susceptibility to antimicrobial treatment, meningitis continues to pose a major health challenge worldwide. In patients presenting with bacterial m...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine sales help GSK beat forecasts
Demand for jabs for meningitis, diphtheria and hepatitis recovers after pandemic disruption (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - July 28, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Pharmacist in Deadly US  Meningitis Outbreak Resentenced to 10-1/2 Years in Prison Pharmacist in Deadly US  Meningitis Outbreak Resentenced to 10-1/2 Years in Prison
An ex-pharmacist at a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy whose mold-tainted drugs sparked a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012 was resentenced on Wednesday to 10-1/2 years in prison.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Former Supervisory Pharmacist of Defunct New England Compounding Center Resentenced in Connection with 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
FDA OCI, Glenn Chin, Canton MA, NECC, New England Compounding Center, re-sentence, nationwide, Barry Cadden, fungal meningitis, outbreak, supervisory pharmacist, defunct, 126 months, prison, forfeiture $473,584, restitution, $82 million, racketeering, conspiracy, mail fraud, misbranded, drugs, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 22, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Pharmacist in meningitis outbreak gets more prison time
A former Massachusetts pharmacist convicted for his role in a deadly 2012 multistate meningitis outbreak will spend more time behind bars (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

MenQuadfi (Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, W) Vaccine for Injection) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - July 21, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

People given 'friendly' bacteria in nose drops protected against meningitis
(University of Southampton) A world-first trial has shown that nose drops of modified 'friendly' bacteria protect against meningitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Neonatal meningitis: the immaturity of microbiota and epithelial barriers implicated
(Institut Pasteur) In a mouse model, scientists from the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with Inserm, Universit é de Paris and Necker-Enfants Malades Hospital (AP-HP) demonstrated that the immaturity of both the gut microbiota and epithelial barriers such as the gut and choroid plexus play a role in the susceptibility of newborn infants to bacterial meningitis caused by group B streptococcus (GBS). The findings were published in the journal Cell Reports on June 29, 2021 (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence
THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 -- A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others. Barry... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 8, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Quality Improvement: The Quiet Hero of Global Health Programs
By Sujata Bijou, Senior Measurement and Learning Technical AdvisorJuly 08, 2021In my past life, I was a chemical engineer. More specifically, I was a process engineer for Head & Shoulders shampoo.  While my colleagues were working on other process aspects of manufacturing efficiency (faster, cheaper, less waste, etc.) I was finding ways to improve the manufacturing process to make the shampoo more effective at fighting dandruff. In our case, we wanted to fight dandruff without creating any other neg...
Source: IntraHealth International - July 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: kseaton Tags: Measurement & Analytics Source Type: news

Former Owner of Defunct New England Compounding Center Resentenced to 14 Years in Prison in Connection with 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak
FDA OCI, NECC, New England Compounding Center, Barry Cadden, Wrentham MA, resentence, 2012, fungal meningitis, outbreak, public health, crisis, contaminated, pharmaceutical drug, contaminated, preservative-free, methylprednisolone acetate, MPA, prison, forfeiture, fine, (Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)
Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases - July 8, 2021 Category: Medical Law Authors: DOJ Source Type: news

Pharmacy Exec Behind Meningitis Outbreak Gets Longer Prison Sentence
THURSDAY, July 8, 2021 -- A longer prison sentence has been handed to the founder of a now-closed Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for the 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 100 people and sickened hundreds of others. Barry... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 8, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Pharmacy exec resentenced to 14 years in meningitis outbreak
A founder of a now-defunct Massachusetts pharmaceutical facility responsible for a deadly meningitis outbreak has been ordered to serve 14 and a half years behind bars (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Commensal bacteria 'vaccine' may safely prep immune cells for meningitis-causing cousin
(American Association for the Advancement of Science) Researchers have produced vaccine-like immune responses to a dangerous bacterium by colonizing 26 healthy volunteers with a related, but harmless, commensal bacterial species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Meningococcal B vaccine free for at-risk people in New Zealand
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Dacrocystitis in a Teenager?
Discussion Tears are produced in the lacrimal gland which resides in the upper outer quadrant of the eye. The tears flow across the eye medially and are collected in the superior and inferior puncta which drain into their respective canaliculi, and these drain into a common canaliculus. Tears then pass through the valve of Rosenmuler into the lacrimal sac where they are collected. Tears then pass through the nasolacrimal duct, through the distal valve of Hasner and into the nasal cavity. Vascular connections are extensive in this anatomic area and veins do not have valves. Therefore infections can spread easily through dir...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 14, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Africa: Global Strategy to End Cryptococcal Meningitis in People Living With HIV
[spotlight] Cryptococcal meningitis is the second biggest killer of people living with HIV after tuberculosis (TB). For decades it has flown under the radar - despite its high mortality rate - but it is finally getting the attention it deserves with the launch of a new global initiative to end deaths due to this fungal brain infection by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says
MONDAY, May 24, 2021 -- Leslie Maier lost her son, Chris, to meningococcal meningitis more than 15 years ago, but by telling his story she hopes to educate other parents about this rare but potentially deadly illness that a vaccine can... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 24, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald Says
Title: 16 Candles? Time for Your Meningitis Shot, Molly Ringwald SaysCategory: Health NewsCreated: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 5/24/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General)
Source: MedicineNet Kids Health General - May 24, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

Infants With UTI: No Increased Risk of Bacterial Meningitis Infants With UTI: No Increased Risk of Bacterial Meningitis
The decision to perform a spinal tap procedure in infants to determine whether they have bacterial meningitis should not be guided by abnormal urinalysis results alone, according to new research.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - May 18, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Teens Ages 12 to 15 Should Get Pfizer-BioNTech ’s COVID-19 Vaccine, Says a CDC Expert Panel
Following the US Food and Drug Administration’s decision on May 10 to extend emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to include 12- to 15-year olds, the Centers for Disease Control added its recommendation that teens in that age group should be vaccinated with the shot. The expert panel of the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes immunization recommendations, and determined that based on the evidence from a study of more than 2200 teens conducted by Pfizer-BioNTech, that the vaccine was safe and effective. During the day-long meeting, however, the members discussed whethe...
Source: TIME: Health - May 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

Nigeria: Kano State Created a Budget Line for Epidemic Preparedness
[Nigeria Health Watch] The health security of a nation comprises the activities that lessen adverse public health incidents and ensures a healthy and productive population. It is vital to developing strong and resilient health systems that can prevent, detect, and respond to infectious disease threats, wherever they occur. Nigeria has experienced outbreaks of infectious diseases such as Lassa fever, cerebrospinal meningitis, Ebola, COVID-19 and resurgences of yellow fever and monkeypox. The Ebola outbreak in the West African Dem (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 11, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

The Most Important Thing Rich Countries Can Do to Help India Fight COVID-19
The Biden Administration is debating whether COVID-19 vaccine patents should be temporarily waived, given the devastating humanitarian crisis unfolding in India from the virus. There are two key factors that should drive the Biden team to agree to do so: first, there is strong precedent on waiving patents in the context of public health emergencies; second, the real-world effectiveness of most COVID-19 vaccines against symptomatic disease and transmission can temper the disaster. The Biden Administration will be making its decision on lifting some patent restrictions as early as May 5. India faces a catastrophe, with ove...
Source: TIME: Health - May 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Dr. Monica Gandhi Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 India Source Type: news

With Covid Vaccines for Teens and Kids, Timing Matters
There can be a seven- or eight-week window around Covid vaccines when other shots can ’t be given, so those who need them for camp, school or sports have to plan ahead. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Perri Klass, M.D. Tags: Vaccination and Immunization Pediatric Inflammatory Multisystem Syndrome (PIMS) Coronavirus Risks and Safety Concerns Meningitis Youth Teenagers and Adolescence Children and Childhood Source Type: news

What Are Some Etiologies for Intellectual Disability?
Discussion “Intellectual disability (ID) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by deficits in both intellectual functioning and adaptive function whose onset is in the development period.” Global developmental delay (GDD) is used to describe children from 0-5 years old with significant delays in 2 or more developmental areas. These delays may be transient but up to 2/3 of children with GDD will have ID. Overall 1-3% of the general population has ID which makes it very common. Most children with GDD/ID are identified because of delays in meeting milestones or general academic achievement. ID pat...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 3, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Study shows how meningitis-causing bacteria may sense fever to avoid immune killing
(Karolinska Institutet) Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have discovered a mechanism through which meningitis-causing bacteria can evade our immune system. In laboratory tests, they found that Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae respond to increasing temperatures by producing safeguards that keep them from getting killed. This may prime their defenses against our immune system and increase their chances of survival, the researchers say. The findings are published in the journal PLoS Pathogens. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 29, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Nick Springer, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dies at 35
A quadruple amputee, he was a relentless defender on the United States ’ wheelchair rugby team, which won a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Richard Sandomir Tags: Springer, Nick Deaths (Obituaries) Disabilities Rugby Meningococcal Meningitis Paralympic Games Wheelchair Rugby Source Type: news

Babies surviving Group B strep more likely to require special educational support
(London School of Hygiene& Tropical Medicine) Invasive Group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease, notably meningitis, during the first days and months of a baby's life can have persistent effects for children and hence their families, according to new research. Published in the Lancet Child& Adolescent Health, the study is the first evidence of long-term effects including after GBS sepsis (infection in the bloodstream). (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 21, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Meningitis epidemics could be forewarned by weather forecasts in sub-Saharan Africa
A pilot is under way to harness forecasts to predict where conditions that fuel cases are likely to developA weather-based surveillance system that could offer advanced warning of outbreaks of meningitis is being piloted across sub-Saharan Africa in a bid to save lives, researchers have revealed.According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, meningitis affectsabout 5 million people around the world each year, one in 10 of whom die, while two in 10 are left with lasting impacts, such as brain damage.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Meningitis Africa Health World news Meteorology Science Source Type: news

Sub-Saharan meningitis epidemics could be signalled by weather forecasts
Pilot scheme is under way to harness forecasts to predict where conditions that fuel cases are likely to developA weather-based surveillance system that could offer advanced warning of outbreaks of meningitis is being piloted across sub-Saharan Africa in a bid to save lives, researchers have revealed.According to the Meningitis Research Foundation, meningitis affectsabout 5 million people around the world each year, one in 10 of whom die, while two in 10 are left with lasting impacts, such as brain damage.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 12, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Nicola Davis Science correspondent Tags: Meningitis Africa Health World news Meteorology Science Source Type: news

WHO recommends CAD with chest x-rays to fight tuberculosis
The World Health Organization (WHO) has updated its recommendations for tuberculosi...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: AI-based CAD accurately detects tuberculosis on chest x-rays Are studies on AI for tuberculosis really valid? FDG-PET/CT helps predict tuberculosis relapse PET shows efficacy of tuberculosis meningitis drug Portable automated x-ray system targets tuberculosis (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - March 24, 2021 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Janssen Announces U.S. FDA Approval of PONVORY ™ (ponesimod), an Oral Treatment for Adults with Relapsing Multiple Sclerosis Proven Superior to Aubagio® (teriflunomide) in Reducing Annual Relapses and Brain Lesions
TITUSVILLE, N.J. – (March 19, 2021) – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved PONVORY™ (ponesimod), a once-daily oral selective sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor 1 (S1P1) modulator, to treat adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS), to include clinically isolated syndrome, relapsing-remitting disease and active secondary progressive disease.1,2,3 PONVORY™ offers MS patients superior efficacy in reducing annualized relapse rates compared to an established oral therapy and a proven safety profi...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - March 19, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Innovation Source Type: news

U.S. Will Have Enough COVID-19 Vaccines for All Adults by End of May, Biden Says
(WASHINGTON) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that the U.S. expects to take delivery of enough coronavirus vaccines for all adult Americans by the end of May, two months earlier than anticipated, as his administration announced that drugmaker Merck & Co. will help produce rival Johnson & Johnson’s newly approved shot. With the bolstered supply, Biden also announced he would be using the powers of the federal government to direct all states to prioritize vaccinating teachers, and said the federal government would provide the doses directly through its pharmacy program. He challenged states to administe...
Source: TIME: Health - March 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ZEKE MILLER, LINDA A. JOHNSON and JONATHAN LEMIRE/AP Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 wire Source Type: news

ACIP Releases 2021 Child/Adolescent Vaccine Schedule ACIP Releases 2021 Child/Adolescent Vaccine Schedule
Changes include new recommendations on the influenza and meningococcal vaccines and guidance on COVID-19 vaccines.News Alerts (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Alert Source Type: news

Can AstraZeneca ’s Vaccine Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Virus?
In a new—yet to be peer-reviewed—study, the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca and its partners at the University of Oxford report that their COVID-19 shot may not only protect against disease but also help to prevent spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The news was heralded by policy makers desperate to see a vaccine that can curb spread of the disease, but scientists have been a bit more cautious. If confirmed, the results would represent a breakthrough in the COVID-19 vaccine race. So far, the shots authorized or approved around the world have shown strong protection against moderate to severe disease, but haven...
Source: TIME: Health - February 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized COVID-19 Source Type: news

What Causes Lethargy?
Discussion Lethargy is a common word used to describe a person who is drowsy, sluggish, listless and apathetic. Concentration may be difficult and they may have problems doing simple tasks. Many people actual mean fatigue or lassitude or being more tired when they use the word. In medical terms, lethargy is usually used to describe patients who have some type of excessive tiredness and usually have mental status changes with decreased alertness or arousal. Patients and health care providers both usually qualify the term and give more description to better communicate what is implied when using the term. This is true of man...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 25, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Research establishes antibiotic potential for cannabis molecule
(University of Queensland) The main nonpsychoactive component of cannabis has been shown to kill the bacteria responsible for gonorrhoea, meningitis and legionnaires disease, which could lead to the first new class of antibiotics for resistant bacteria in 60 years. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - January 19, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Suzi Perry health: Sports host's 'horrendous' symptoms of meningitis
SUZI PERRY made her mark hosting the BBC's Gadget Show and MotoGP. With more than two decades on the box, the Shropshire born presenter has had her fair trials of ill health. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother reveals two-year-old daughter's flu-like symptoms were deadly meningitis
Restaurant manager Irisa Kelly, 27, of Syracuse, New York, became concerned after noticing her two-year-old daughter Riley had a high fever, lack of energy, and spots all over her body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Is Meningitis Contagious
? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - December 14, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Researchers create gene expression database to gain new insights into pneumococcal infecti
(University of Maryland School of Medicine) Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published one of the most comprehensive analyses of how genes get expressed during infection (known as a transcriptome). The analyses include three different strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, meningitis and middle-ear infections. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 14, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Consumer Health: What's the difference between bacterial and viral infections?
Many illnesses, including pneumonia, meningitis and diarrhea, can be caused by either bacteria or viruses. In some cases, it may be difficult to determine which is causing your symptoms. Bacteria are one-celled organisms that can be seen only with a microscope. Not all bacteria are harmful, and some bacteria that live in your body are helpful. However, many bacteria [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - December 14, 2020 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222) against SARS-CoV-2: an interim analysis of four randomised controlled trials in Brazil, South Africa, and the UK
Background A safe and efficacious vaccine against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), if deployed with high coverage, could contribute to the control of the COVID-19 pandemic. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine in a pooled interim analysis of four tr ials. Methods This analysis includes data from four ongoing blinded, randomised, controlled trials done across the UK, Brazil, and South Africa. Participants aged 18 years and older were randomly assigned (1:1) to ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine or control (meningococcal group A, C, W, and Y conjugate vac cine or saline). ...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - December 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study shows why some people may become seriously ill from meningococcal bacteria
(Karolinska Institutet) Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden have come one step closer toward understanding why some people become seriously ill or die from a common bacterium that leaves most people unharmed. In a study published in The Lancet Microbe, the researchers linked RNA mutations within the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis to invasive meningococcal disease, marking the first time a non-coding RNA in a bacterium has been linked to disease progression. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 7, 2020 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news