The World ’s Largest Vaccine Manufacturer Stumbled in 2021. Its CEO Bets He Can Still Help End COVID-19
Adar Poonawalla is no stranger to gambles. He owes his multibillion-dollar empire to a series of big bets that paid off handsomely. Cyrus Poonawalla, his father, made his own fortune on horses—and then multiplied it by making another bet in 1966: that he could make more money producing vaccines than he could on horse breeding and racing. He formed the Serum Institute of India (SII), which grew slowly for three decades, selling antivenoms and lifesaving vaccines for India. When Adar, then just 21, joined the company in 2001, he persuaded his father to dramatically ramp up production—wagering that they could fill...
Source: TIME: Health - January 20, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abhishyant Kidangoor Tags: Uncategorized biztech2030 COVID-19 Davos feature Magazine overnight Special Project Source Type: news

Zydus gets nod to conduct Phase II clinical study in patients with CAPS in Australia
CAPS is a rare life-long auto-inflammatory condition, and is classified under orphan diseases. CAPS patients also experience multiple neurological complications like sensorineural hearing loss, migraine, headache, aseptic meningitis and myalgia. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - December 13, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria: Taraba State Flags-Off Integrated Yellow Fever, Measles and Meningitis Vaccination Campaign
[WHO-AFRO] The National Primary Health Care and Development Agency (NPHCDA), World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF, Gavi, the global vaccine alliance, and partners are working to boost population immunity against measles, meningitis, and yellow fever in 13 high-risk states. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 25, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: UCT Leads in Training Aspiring African Neurologists
[UCT] Training a pool of neurologists in sub-Saharan Africa is an important step towards Africanising the vital discipline of neuroscience on the continent. In addition, it will help to facilitate inter- and cross-disciplinary research and accelerate treatment options for common neurological disorders like stroke and epilepsy, and neurological infections such as tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and HIV-related dementia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Cape Town University Leads in Training Aspiring African Neurologists
[UCT] Training a pool of neurologists in sub-Saharan Africa is an important step towards Africanising the vital discipline of neuroscience on the continent. In addition, it will help to facilitate inter- and cross-disciplinary research and accelerate treatment options for common neurological disorders like stroke and epilepsy, and neurological infections such as tuberculous meningitis (TBM) and HIV-related dementia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 19, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Gates Foundation to invest up to $90M in vaccine maker Inventprise
Redmond-based vaccine maker Inventprise is gaining serious backing from the Bill& Melinda Gates Foundation. On Wednesday, the biotech company announced an investment from the foundation of up to $90 million, contingent on manufacturing, clinical and preclinical milestones. The foundation is investing in IVT-25, a vaccine targeting pneumococcal bacterial infections. Pneumococcus can cause infections like pneumonia and meningitis. "High rates of morbidity and mortality due to pneumococcal disease… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 10, 2021 Category: American Health Authors: Rick Morgan Source Type: news

Simple Febrile Seizures Safely Managed Without Lumbar Puncture Simple Febrile Seizures Safely Managed Without Lumbar Puncture
Limiting diagnostic procedures did not delay diagnosis of bacterial meningitis, a study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Emergency Medicine Headlines - November 3, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

What Is the Survival Rate of Bacterial Meningitis
? (Source: eMedicineHealth.com)
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 1, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Acute care costs of neonatal sepsis and meningitis in Africa
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - November 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Invasive meningococcal disease uncommon but a high economic burden for Spain
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - November 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Upstate seeks volunteers for a study evaluating a new combination vaccine for the prevention of meningitis
Upstate is working with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop the new combination vaccine intended to protect against five of the most prevalent serogroups of the bacteria causing meningitis. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - October 27, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

'Our son would not have died if he had seen GP face to face': Parents' fury over meningitis death
David Nash, 26, (pictured) had four remote consultations with doctors and nurses at a GP practice but his family say he wouldn't have died of meningitis if he had seen a GP in person. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Irritability?
Discussion Child abuse or non-accidental trauma is a clinical diagnosis. It is the constellation of history, physical examination, radiographic evaluation, laboratory testing and investigation that determines if child abuse has occurred. Irritability caused by fractures or other trauma can be a presenting symptom of abuse. Fractures can be a presentation but they are also common problems not associated with abuse. Femoral shaft fractures are estimated to account for only 1.6% of all fractures in children, therefore they are potentially more suspicious for child abuse. A review of femur fractures can be found here. A review...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 18, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

WHO Unveils Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030 WHO Unveils Global Roadmap to Defeat Meningitis by 2030
WHO has outlined an ambitious plan to reduce cases of meningitis by 50% and deaths by 70% by 2030.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - October 8, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Vaccination Rates For Whooping Cough, HPV, Meningitis (And More) Plummeted During Covid Lockdown
Routine vaccinations fell across all age groups, according to a new study (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Graison Dangor, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Breaking breaking-news Coronavirus Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Targets Elimination of Meningitis By 2030
[This Day] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has joined the global community to launch the roadmap to defeat meningitis by 2030. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 1, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Black patients ’ Lyme disease often diagnosed late, possibly due to missed signs
FINDINGSA UCLA study suggests that many physicians may not have the knowledge or training to properly recognize how Lyme disease appears on the skin of Black patients. The disease, caused by the tick-borne Borrelia bacterium, generally begins with a bull ’s-eye–shaped rash on the skin, along with fever, headache, chills and muscle pain; if not diagnosed promptly and treated with antibiotics, it can lead to more severe and long-lasting symptoms.UCLA ’s Dr. Dan Ly found that approximately 1 in 3 Black patients who were newly diagnosed with Lyme disease already had related neurological complications such as ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 1, 2021 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Nigeria: Nigeria Ready As WHO Seeks to Eliminate Bacterial Meningitis By 2030 - NCDC DG
[Vanguard] The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, says Nigeria has keyed into the global roadmap to defeat Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, by 2030 as launched by the World Health Organisation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 30, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Africa: New Global Meningitis Strategy Aims to Save 200,000 Lives a Year
[UN News] More than 200,000 lives could be saved annually if the goals of a new global strategy to defeat meningitis are achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 29, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New global meningitis strategy aims to save 200,000 lives a year
More than 200,000 lives could be saved annually if the goals of a new global strategy to defeat meningitis are achieved, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - September 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

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