Woman, 25, died of meningitis after being diagnosed with 'panic attack'
Sarah Cullen, 25, from Blackpool in Lancashire, died in December 2014 after suffering a stroke and meningitis and her parents say the hospital where she died won't meet with them or answer their questions. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Resources to help beat meningitis and sepsis
The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF) has launched a resource highlighting the importance of information for patients at risk of serious infections such as meningitis and sepsis. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - October 15, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Compounds in human breast milk found to protect infants from Giardia infection
(Natural News) The importance of breastfeeding can’t be stressed enough. Numerous studies have shown that breastfed babies are less susceptible to a variety of diseases, such as meningitis and ear infections. Another illness that breastfeeding protects against is Giardia infection or giardiasis, an infection of the small intestine and a leading cause of diarrhea. According... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Berlin nightclub patrons urged to get meningitis test
Berlin authorities are calling on patrons of a nightclub in the German capital to immediately visit a doctor and get checked for bacterial meningitis after they may have been exposed to the contagious disease there (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Meningitis report: Spotting a seriously ill child
This report, launched at the start of Meningitis Awareness Week, concludes that lives could be saved if parents are given consistent, explicit advice about recognising meningitis and septicaemia from health professionals. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

'My girl's meningitis was diagnosed as ear infection'
A charity warns the NHS must be more vigilant over deadly meningitis and sepsis cases. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors are putting babies ’ lives at risk from meningitis and sepsis, report finds
Parents in the UK are too often told their children have ‘trivial infections’ – but these can quickly become life-threatening, the Meningitis Research Foundation said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors are putting babies’ lives at risk from meningitis and sepsis, report finds
Parents in the UK are too often told their children have ‘trivial infections’ – but these can quickly become life-threatening, the Meningitis Research Foundation said. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors must give parents explicit advice on spotting sepsis
Half of children with meningococcal infection sent home, not admitted, after first visit to GP Related items fromOnMedica Eight in ten stillbirths might have been avoided Abused babies sicker and younger than those accidentally injured Hospitals failing to prevent cardiac arrests Most CCGs missing smoking target for pregnant women CQC tells Trust to improve safety of 111 service (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 14, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Girl, four, 'died of meningitis' just hours after she was sent home from hospital
Gracie Foster, of Chesterfield, Derbyshire, died of meningococcal septicaemia. Her mother  is now raising questions over her daughter's sudden death ahead of her inquest. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meningitis risk for millions as more than half of Britons don't know which jabs they have had
Research by British charity the Meningitis Research Foundation surveyed 2,000 people and discovered nearly one in ten think they've never had a vaccination or cannot remember having one. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Dog walker, 33, claims he developed deadly meningitis after being bitten by a tick
Tom Varga claims he was bitten by a tick, which he later removed,  while walking his dog Cher on the fells near Millom in the Lake District in August last year. He became ill 10 months later. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Physicians Lack Knowledge About Serogroup MenB Vaccination
TUESDAY, Aug. 28, 2018 -- U.S. pediatricians and family physicians (FPs) have considerable knowledge gaps regarding serogroup B meningococcal (MenB) vaccination, according to a study published online Aug. 20 in Pediatrics. Allison Kempe, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - August 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cochrane review looks at accuracy of Xpert for the diagnosis of extrapulmonary TB
(Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine) In one-fifth of people with active tuberculosis (TB), the site of disease is outside the lungs (extrapulmonary TB). Some forms of extrapulmonary TB, such as TB meningitis, are extremely dangerous, where a rapid diagnosis can make all the difference to a patient. In a new Cochrane Review, a team of authors reviewed the evidence and assessed the accuracy of the widely-used rapid diagnostic test, mainly used to diagnose pulmonary TB for such cases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

No major public health events during hajj 2018 (1439 H) thanks to effective and timely ...
23 August 2018, Makkah – An estimated 2.7 million Muslims from 109 countries have safely concluded the annual hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia’s holy region of Makkah.   The hajj is one of largest annual religious mass gatherings in the world, but months of preparedness by the Saudi Ministry of Health meant hajj 2018 (1439 H) was celebrated without major health events.  With technical support from WHO, the Ministry invested in improving readiness, preparedness and response capacities at all levels to prevent and detect potential health threats early on. A comprehensive and integrated plan e...
Source: WHO EMRO News - August 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

CDC: HPV Vax Coverage Rises Among Teens
(MedPage Today) -- Increase also shown for coverage of quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 23, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

More Teenagers Than Ever Are Getting the HPV Vaccine, CDC Says
More teenagers than ever before are getting vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Federal guidelines now say that all children should start two-dose HPV vaccination at age 11 or 12 to protect against HPV-associated cervical, vaginal, penile, anal and throat cancers. Despite that recommendation, however, HPV vaccination rates have traditionally lagged far below their targets. That’s still true — but the new report does suggest that rates are rising. Between 2016 and 2017, the CDC says, the percentage of teenagers who report...
Source: TIME: Health - August 23, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Freshers are urged to make sure they are up-to-date with their meningitis and measles jabs
Public Health England's request to new university students comes as the number of cases of the contagious bug measles on the continent has reached an eight-year high. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Physicians Missing Info, Action on MenB Vaccine Many Physicians Missing Info, Action on MenB Vaccine
A new study finds that primary care providers require more education and clearer guidance with respect to meningococcal B vaccine delivery.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

The Best Therapy for Cryptococcal Meningitis, According to Cochrane The Best Therapy for Cryptococcal Meningitis, According to Cochrane
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Many doctors skip meningococcal vaccine talks with teens
(Reuters Health) - Many pediatricians and family physicians don't discuss the meningococcal B vaccine with teens even though these conversations are recommended to determine whether adolescents should get shots to protect against this lethal infection, a U.S. study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine
As recently as 2016, a majority of doctors were not routinely discussing a newer bacterial meningitis vaccine with teenaged patients and their parents, a new study has found. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - August 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctors Not Talking About Newer Meningitis Vaccine
MONDAY, Aug. 20, 2018 -- Many U.S. doctors aren't telling teenaged patients and their parents about a newer vaccine for potentially deadly bacterial meningitis infections, a new study finds. Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the brain and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 20, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Africa:Africa's Meningitis Belt - Why There's a Case for a Booster Vaccination Drive
[The Conversation Africa] A number of countries in sub-Saharan Africa - including Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger, collectively known as the meningitis belt - have been repeatedly devastated by overwhelming epidemics of meningitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 20, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

RCN urges student nurses to have vaccine against deadly MenW
The Royal College of Nursing is urging prospective student nurses to get vaccinated against meningitis and septicaemia before starting university, as the W strain continues to rise. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - August 17, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Nigeria:NCDC, PHN, Others Seek End to Disease Epidemics in Nigeria
[Vanguard] Towards ending the series of outbreaks of Lassa fever, Monkeypox, yellow fever, cholera, meningitis, Ebola and other epidemic diseases in Nigeria, the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the Private Sector Health Alliance of Nigeria, PHN, have launched the Alliance for Epidemic Preparedness and Response, A4EPR. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite Eating Raw Veggies Linked to Meningitis From Rat Parasite
Rat lungworm infection has spread from Asia to 8 US states. In half the US cases, exposure was via raw vegetables harboring a larval stage of the parasite, which is carried by snails.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Why Is Italy ’s Government Trying to Overturn a Lifesaving Vaccination Law? Here’s What to Know
Italy’s parliament shocked the scientific community on Tuesday by voting to lift a legal requirement that parents vaccinate their children before sending them to pre-school. The move, driven by Italy’s new populist coalition government, has been widely criticized by doctors, who say vaccinations are essential to avoiding outbreaks of serious diseases like measles. Here’s what to know about the Italian government’s decision: What did the Italian government do with vaccines? Italian lawmakers in the upper house of parliament voted 148 to 110 to amend a law that required children under the age of 6 to...
Source: TIME: Health - August 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ciara Nugent and Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized Anti-Vaccines Italy Source Type: news

Try These Techniques to Boost Adolescent Immunizations
Residency programs that won AAFP Foundation Adolescent Immunization Awards share techniques that helped them boost vaccination rates for the following vaccine-preventable diseases: influenza; tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis; HPV infection; and meningitis. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - August 3, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Mother and son develop deadly meningitis after eating raw centipedes
A woman and her son from  Guangzhou, China, both suffered crippling headaches and stiff necks after munching on the worm-like creature bought from a local vegetable market. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Avoiding the Headache: Laboratory Considerations for Implementation, Utilization, and Interpretation of Multiplex Molecular Panels for the Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis, Part II
Meningitis and encephalitis are infections of the central nervous system (CNS) that can range in severity from mild and self-limiting to severe and life threatening. These infections can be caued by a number of bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens. Appropriate management of these infections is dependent upon an accurate and rapid identification of the infecting organism. Despite diagnostic advances with improved detection and turnaround time, currently, the etiological pathogen in central nervous system infections is identified in only 30 to 50% of symptomatic patients. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - July 21, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Blake W. Buchan Source Type: news

Pharmacy Technician Charged in Case Tied to U.S. Meningitis Outbreak Pharmacy Technician Charged in Case Tied to U.S. Meningitis Outbreak
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

New charges filed in New England Compounding Center case
Federal prosecutors have charged another person in the sprawling New England Compounding Center case, accusing a former pharmacy buyer at a Boston hospital with making false statements about payments he allegedly received from the Framingham pharmacy and its sister company, Ameridose. Claudio Pontoriero, 40, of Everett was charged Wednesday with one count of making false statements. The arrest is a part of the meningitis outbreak saga involving the now-shuttered New England Compounding Center,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - July 19, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jessica Bartlett Source Type: news

Meningococcal Working Group report
This is a report on raising awareness of the signs and symptoms, and ensuring early diagnosis and treatment, of sepsis and meningococcal disease. It sets out 12 recommendations aimed at organisations and bodies that have a role to play in improving awareness and early diagnosis of sepsis and meningococcal disease. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pharmacy technician charged in case tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Pharmacy tech charged in case tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak
Federal prosecutors on Wednesday charged a pharmacy technician who worked at a hospital with making false statements during an investigation related to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy at the center of a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak in 2012. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

4-month-old boy dies of meningitis coming into contact with an unvaccinated person
Four-month-old Killy Schultz, from Chesterfield, Virginia, developed a rash and fever within 24 hours back in June. Doctors told his shocked parents he had contracted meningitis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nosocomial neonatal meningitis with Acinetobacter baumannii on myelomeningocele
(Bentham Science Publishers) In this article, together with a review of the literature, we report two cases of imipenem-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii neonatal meningitis following ruptured myelomeningocele, treated with intravenous colistin with favorable results. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 13, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Avoiding the Headache: Laboratory Considerations for Implementation, Utilization, and Interpretation of Multiplex Molecular Panels for the Diagnosis of Meningitis and Encephalitis, Part I
Meningitis and encephalitis are infections of the central nervous system (CNS) that can range in severity from mild and self-limiting to severe and life threatening. These infections can be caused by a number of bacterial, viral, and fungal pathogens. Appropriate management of these infections is dependent upon an accurate and rapid identification of the infecting organism. Despite diagnostic advances with improved detection and turnaround time, currently, the etiological pathogen in central nervous system infections is identified in only 30 to 50% of symptomatic patients. (Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter)
Source: Clinical Microbiology Newsletter - July 11, 2018 Category: Microbiology Authors: Blake W. Buchan Source Type: news

Meningococcal infection: Bacterial aggregates form a thick honey-like liquid that flows through blood vessels
(Institut Pasteur) The Inserm team led by Guillaume Dum é nil at the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with several teams of physicists, has unraveled a key stage in infection by Neisseria meningitidis, a human pathogen responsible for meningitis in infants and young adults. Bacterial aggregates in blood vessels appear to facilitate the progression of the disease. Even if treatment is administered rapidly, the mortality rate due to meningococcal infections remains very high. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 9, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

What is the Interval For Non-simultaneous Administration of Live Virus Vaccines?
Discussion Vaccines are a mainstay of infectious disease prevention and health promotion. Infants, children and adults benefit from vaccines the most when they are given on the recommended schedules. However there are times when this is not possible as children come to the physician a little early, or a little late, or had unavailable records and so received addition vaccine, etc. There are many questions that arise because of these timing issues such as the one above. Standard vaccine schedules can be reviewed here. Commonly administered vaccines includes: Live-attenuated vaccines Cholera Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - July 9, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Quadruple amputee reveals how beauty helped boost her confidence
Hannah Olateju, 18, from London, had all four of her limbs amputated after contracting meningitis, followed by gangrene, at just two years old. She is now hoping to inspire others. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Viruses ID'd As Most Common Cause of Meningitis in U.K. Adults
THURSDAY, July 5, 2018 -- Viruses are the most commonly identified cause of meningitis among U.K. adults, according to a study published online June 29 in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Fiona McGill, Ph.D., from the University of Liverpool in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Woman went from newlywed to widow in just 10 MONTHS after her husband developed meningitis
Michelle Jackson, 46, from Warrington, Cheshire, has told the heartbreaking story of how her 56-year-old husband Stuart died just 10 months after their wedding from a rare complication of meningitis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pneumococcal DNA predicts course of infection
(Radboud University Medical Center) Besides the patient's condition, pneumococcal DNA also appears to provide information about the course of an infection. In the next issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, Radboudumc researchers describe several pneumococcal genes predicting whether a patient runs the risk of developing meningitis or dying from the disease. Use of such genetic tests can improve infection diagnostics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Hidden Threat of Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal bacteria can cause severe illness, even death. The most severe illnesses are meningitis (infection of the lining covering the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (bloodstream infection). Two types of meningococcal vaccines are available to prevent this infection that can kill up to 15 percent of patients who become infected. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meningococcal working group report
A report on raising awareness of the signs and symptoms, and ensuring early diagnosis and treatment, of sepsis and meningococcal disease. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - July 3, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Raising awareness of the signs and symptoms, and ensuring early diagnosis and treatment of meningococcal disease
This report sets out twelve recommendations aimed at organisations and bodies that have a role to play in improving awareness and early diagnosis of sepsis and meningococcal disease. The report has been sent to these organisations and they have been asked to set out how they plan to respond by the end of September 2018. The Meningococcal Working Group was established in January 2018 at the request of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. It was set up to assess what more needs to be done to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease among parents, young people and healthcare professiona...
Source: The Kings Fund - Health Management Specialist Collection - July 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: The King ' s Fund Information & Knowledge Service Tags: Patient safety Quality of care and clinical outcomes Source Type: news