Trojan Horse: How a killer fungus unleashes meningitis and brain infection
(University of Sydney) In a world first, Australian researchers have revealed how a deadly fungus and primary cause of life-threatening meningitis exploits the immune system like a 'Trojan Horse' to promote infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 18, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

UK public shows strong preference for vaccines that prevent severe illness, particularly for children
The UK public has a clear preference for funding vaccination programmes which protect young children against severe diseases, finds a new study that considered the public ’ s preferences on vaccines available on the NHS. The study suggests that the public ’ s preferences about which vaccines are made available on the NHS, particularly children, are not reflected by the current approach. The Meningitis Research Foundation (MRF)-funded study, led by University of Bristol researchers, is published today [13 June] in PLOS ONE. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - June 13, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Medical School; Press Release Source Type: news

Huge drop in children dying of meningitis and pneumonia
Hib and pneumococcus once killed thousands a year in the US and Europe, and still do in developing countries. A new Johns Hopkins report finds vaccines are driving down the rate of deaths. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

1.35 million children's lives saved by HiB and pneumococcal vaccines since 2000
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Childhood deaths from two leading bacterial causes of pneumonia and meningitis, pneumococcus and Hib, declined sharply during the period 2000 to 2015, especially as vaccines against these pathogens were introduced in high-burden countries, according to new estimates from a team led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

1.45 million children's lives saved by HiB and pneumococcal vaccines since 2000
(Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health) Childhood deaths from two leading bacterial causes of pneumonia and meningitis, pneumococcus and Hib, declined sharply during the period 2000 to 2015, especially as vaccines against these pathogens were introduced in high-burden countries, according to new estimates from a team led by scientists at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

In quest to leapfrog Pfizer, Peninsula vaccine company gets $85 million injection
The vaccine that halts pneumonia, meningitis and other bloodstream infections is good, but SutroVax Inc. has 85 million new reasons to believe it can do better. The Foster City company added $85 million in a Series C round and welcomed a well-respected biopharmaceutical executive as chairman as it hopes to surpass Pfizer Inc. to produce a broader, next-generation vaccine against a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. Thanks to the Series C found l ed by new investor TPG Growth, the five-year-old… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

In quest to leapfrog Pfizer, Peninsula vaccine company gets $85 million injection
The vaccine that halts pneumonia, meningitis and other bloodstream infections is good, but SutroVax Inc. has 85 million new reasons to believe it can do better. The Foster City company added $85 million in a Series C round and welcomed a well-respected biopharmaceutical executive as chairman as it hopes to surpass Pfizer Inc. to produce a broader, next-generation vaccine against a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. Thanks to the Series C found l ed by new investor TPG Growth, the five-year-old… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

In quest to leapfrog Pfizer, Peninsula vaccine company gets $85 million injection
The vaccine that halts pneumonia, meningitis and other bloodstream infections is good, but SutroVax Inc. has 85 million new reasons to believe it can do better. The Foster City company added $85 million in a Series C round and welcomed a well-respected biopharmaceutical executive as chairman as it hopes to jump Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) to produce a broader, next-generation vaccine against a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. Thanks to the Series C found led by new investor TPG Growth, the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

In quest to leapfrog Pfizer, Peninsula vaccine company gets $85 million injection
The vaccine that halts pneumonia, meningitis and other bloodstream infections is good, but SutroVax Inc. has 85 million new reasons to believe it can do better. The Foster City company added $85 million in a Series C round and welcomed a well-respected biopharmaceutical executive as chairman as it hopes to jump Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) to produce a broader, next-generation vaccine against a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. Thanks to the Series C found led by new investor TPG Growth, the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ron Leuty Source Type: news

Nigeria:NCDC to Nigerians - Treat CSM As a Medical Emergency
[This Day] The Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has called on Nigerians to treat cerebrospinal meningitis as a medical emergency, as it is a fatal disease that does not give room for first aid treatment. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 7, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pneumococcal Disease: A Vaccine Preventable Threat
Pneumococcal disease is one of the leading causes of illness among children and seniors. The potentially deadly pneumococcal bacteria causes pneumonia, but it also causes meningitis, sinusitis, sepsis, and ear infections. However, a pneumococcal vaccine can protect both children and adults. (Source: TMA News Room)
Source: TMA News Room - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Insurance Products for Ebola, Meningitis, Lassa Fever Underway
[Vanguard] INSURANCE products to facilitate financial responses to outbreaks of diseases such as Ebola, Meningitis, and Lassa fever in Nigeria and 29 other Africa countries are underway. An agency of the African Union, the African Risk Capacity, ARC, in a statement, weekend, said that it is working with West, East and Central African countries to determine their epidemic risks and select pathogens to be covered. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Heartwarming pictures show a baby struck by the 'worst meningitis case' being allowed home
Kia Gott, from Wyke, West Yorkshire, refused to give up her fight and yesterday Kia was allowed home for the first time on a day-release basis from Bradford Royal Infirmary. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kia Gott: Quadruple amputee girl is welcomed home
A one-year-old girl who had her limbs amputated after contracting meningitis C has been allowed home. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Girl who survived the 'worst meningitis case' seen in 25 years
Kia Gott is improving day by day in the high dependency unit at Bradford Royal Infirmary after contracting the killer disease. She has been in hospital since September. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenager 19 survived liver transplant and meningitis got diagnosed with CANCER and is recovering
Sophie Houghton-Hinks, 19, from Poole was fortunate to receive a life-saving liver transplant only to then contract meningitis that left her brain scarred, following by cancer which spread all over her body. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BioGX Launches Six CE-Mark Tests for Meningitis and Antibiotic Resistance
AMSTERDAM, May 24, 2018 -- (Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) -- BioGX B.V. continues its *BD MAX™ menu expansion with the launch of six additional CE-Mark infectious disease tests on Becton, Dickinson and Company's BD MAX™ Sample-to-Answer platform.... Diagnostics, Product Launch BioGX, BD , meningitis, vancomycin resistance (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - May 24, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Supreme Court orders new trial for Alberta parents convicted in meningitis death of toddler
Seven Supreme Court of Canada judges have agreed with the legal team of a former Alberta couple, Collet and David Stephan, that the trial judge erred in instructions to the 2016 jury who convicted the couple in the death of their toddler son. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/Calgary Source Type: news

Researchers discover cellular messengers communicate with bacteria in the mouth
This study establishes that there is a clear channel of communication between RNA messengers and bacteria in our mouth,” said Wong, who holds the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry. “Furthermore, we have shown that these messengers may play an important role in mediating interac tions between bacteria and their host.”Another significant study finding was the majority of tRNA bacteria sequences that show high sequence similarity with salivary tsRNAs came from antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. This observation could lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the growth ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 9, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

UCLA researchers discover cellular messengers communicate with bacteria in the mouth
This study establishes that there is a clear channel of communication between RNA messengers and bacteria in our mouth,” said Wong, who holds the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Chair in Dentistry. “Furthermore, we have shown that these messengers may play an important role in mediating interac tions between bacteria and their host.”Another significant study finding was the majority of tRNA bacteria sequences that show high sequence similarity with salivary tsRNAs came from antibiotic-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. This observation could lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the growth ...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - May 7, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Meningococcal meningitis: Stomach pain should be seen as a warning sign
(Institut Pasteur) Patients with meningococcal infection generally develop symptoms including a high temperature, vomiting and a stiff neck... but they might also just have a bad stomach ache. This can be so severe that they are sometimes wrongly operated for appendicitis. Teams from the Institut Pasteur decided to investigate the question. And the results speak for themselves: 10 percent of patients infected by the meningococcal strain that is on the rise in Europe suffer from abdominal pain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

From Declaration to Action: Improving Immunization in Africa
Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, got her granddaughter immunized using a mix of private and public clinics. Credit: Veronique Magnin – Habari Kibra VolunteerBy Joyce NgangaNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 2018 (IPS)Inviolate Akinyi, a 46-year-old grandmother, is certain that her grand-daughter needs to get all her vaccines for her to grow up healthy and strong. She uses a mix of private and public clinics in Kibera, one of the largest informal settlement in Nairobi, to get the 15-month-old the shots she needs. Mary Awour, mother to two-year-old Vilance Amondi, also believes immunization is important to protect her ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Joyce Nganga Tags: Africa Aid Featured Global Headlines Health Human Rights Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Population Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Matt Dawson's wife Carolin on horror of son's near fatal meningitis
Speaking on ITV's Lorraine, Matt, 45, and  Carolin revealed how doctors told them to say goodbye to Sami, then two, as there was a chance he might not survive meningitis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pfizer Granted FDA Breakthrough Therapy Designation for Trumenba (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine) for the Prevention of Invasive Meningococcal B Disease in Children Ages 1 to 9 Years
Monday, April 23, 2018 - Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) today announced that Trumenba (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine) received Breakthrough Therapy designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for active immunization to prevent invasive... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Applications - April 23, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

What Causes Hyponatremia?
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Meningococcal disease: guidance on public health management
This 2018 guidance on the public health management of cases/clusters of invasive meningococcal disease is an amalgamation of the 2014 guidance on preventing secondary cases of MenB disease and the 2012 version of the guidance for public health management in the UK. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - April 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Health Canada says it takes safety 'very seriously' in face of concerns about homeopathic remedy
The long list of so-called homeopathic nosodes approved by Health Canada include remedies made from the bacteria that causes chlamydia, the cerebral fluid of meningitis patients and cancer cells — to name just a few. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - April 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Ear infections can lead to meningitis, brain abscess and other neurological complications
(Loyola University Health System) While antibiotics have greatly reduced the dangers of ear infections, serious neurological complications, including hearing loss, facial paralysis, meningitis and brain abscess still occur, according to a report in the journal Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mali:Mali - Vaccinating 10,000 Children Over 60,000KM of Desert Roads
[MSF] Being vaccinated against diseases like diphtheria, measles, whooping cough, meningitis, pneumonia, yellow fever, and other potentially fatal illnesses is a commonplace event for many children. But in northern Mali, where a combination of insecurity, isolation, and limited health infrastructure means that many communities cannot access health facilities, it can prove difficult to protect children against these illnesses. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 10, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Archie Musgrave takes his first steps after meningitis
Archie Musgrave's, from Hindley, Greater Manchester, progress has baffled doctors who expected the youngster to still be an induced coma, which he came out of after only four days. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 9, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Nigeria: Situation Analysis and Recommendations
Nigeria Centre for Disease Control. 11/2017 This 158-page situation analysis report is based on the current situation for antimicrobial use and resistance in Nigeria, and provides recommendations for immediate and long-term goals. It discusses how much of the disease burden in Nigeria comes from AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. The country also suffers considerable burden from systemic infections, including HIV, bacteremia, and meningitis. There are, as yet, no available studies outlining the full burden of antimicrobial resistance and its health and economic impact on Nigerians. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - April 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Sudan:14 Cases of Meningitis in Central Darfur
[Radio Dabanga] Darfur -Tests have confirmed 14 cases of meningitis in Central Darfur, with reports of other cases in South, North, and East Darfur. Medical sources told Radio Dabanga that 14 meningitis (cerebro-spinal fever) cases have been confirmed through lab tests in Central Darfur. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 2, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Two Cases of Meningococcal Disease in One Family Separated by an Extended Period — Colorado, 2015–2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - March 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Pupil overcomes needle fear to take part in meningitis vaccine trial
A student says she took part in a meningitis vaccine trial as she wanted to help people in the future. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teenagers urged to take part in meningitis B vaccine trial
Researchers hope the study of 24,000 will cut infections in the young and the wider community. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sudan:Disease Outbreaks Ravage Conflict-Torn Sudanese
[CAJ News] Khartoum -AN outbreak of meningitis has left more than 30 people dead in the war-torn South Sudan. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 26, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Meningitis survivor beats odds to ski
Charlotte Nott, aged 10, lost all four limbs to meningitis when she was just two years old. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meningitis warning: Fife adults dies of meningococcal infection - six symptoms to look for
MENINGITIS warning: Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis with often fatal effects. An adult from central Fife has died in hospital after contracting the illness, and medical professionals are now urging people to recognise the symptoms and seek urgent medical advice and treatment. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Meningitis warning: Six symptoms to look for after woman dies of meningococcal infection
MENINGITIS warning: Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial form of meningitis with often fatal effects. An adult from central Fife has died in hospital after contracting the illness, and medical professionals are now urging people to recognise the symptoms and seek urgent medical advice and treatment. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Isle of Wight mother releases horrific photos of her 18-year-old son
Ben Taylor, 18, from the Isle of Wight, was fighting for his life just days after he complained of a sore throat - but he actually contracted bacterial meningitis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mother-of-six releases horrific photos of her 18-year-old son
Ben Taylor, 18, from the Isle of Wight, was fighting for his life just days after he complained of a sore throat - but he actually contracted bacterial meningitis. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

University of Liverpool awarded £ 1.6 million to develop novel meningitis blood test
(University of Liverpool) Researchers at the University of Liverpool are developing a new commercial blood test to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with suspected meningitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Probiotics help reduce risk of asthma in children
(Natural News) To say that all kinds of bacteria do more harm than good is to do these microorganisms an injustice. Yes, horror stories of how bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus can enter bones, joints, lungs and heart valves and have fatal results. Meningitis, which can deteriorate to brain damage, even death, comes from bacteria, viruses and... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Combo Tx Offers New Hope for Cryptococcal Meningitis (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Amphotericin B-flucytosine effective induction in HIV-positive adults (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 15, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Cryptococcal meningitis: Validation of new therapeutic regimens
(ANRS) The Advancing Cryptococcal Meningitis Treatment for Africa (ACTA) trial funded by the Medical Research Council (UK) and ANRS (France) has highlighted the benefits of new therapeutic regimens in the treatment of cryptococcal meningitis, a frequent and severe opportunistic disease in patients living with HIV. In light of these findings, reported in the March 15, 2018 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the WHO has changed its guidelines regarding treatment of this fungal infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 15, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mother's instinct saves her child from meningitis
Baby Fletcher Faulkner, from Colne in  Lancashire, was not showing any typical meningitis symptoms when his parents Sarah and Tom Faulkner rang 111 in the early hours of July 2 2017. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:What We're Doing to Stop Lassa Fever, Meningitis, Other Diseases - Official
[Premium Times] In this interview with PREMIUM TIMES' Owoseye Ayodamola and Adebowale Nike on March 2 in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Chikwe Ihekweazu, speaks on the outbreak of Lassa fever in Nigeria, government's effort to improve testing of specimens and the activities of the agency since he took office at the helm of the agency in August 2016. Mr. Ihekweazu doubles as the Director of the Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCSDC), an agency of ECOWAS r (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 14, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Woman left paralysed after contracting deadly meningitis
Jemma Pressman fell victim to meningitis - which can strike with similar symptoms as 'fresher's flu' - in September 2013 while studying at Leicester University. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - March 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria:Meningitis Kills 15 in Jigawa, Says Commissioner
[This Day] The Jigawa State Government has said meningitis has killed 15 persons as 51 suspected cases were recorded in 10 local government areas of the state. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 8, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news