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Latest bacterial meningitis Stories

2010-09-30 15:08:51

New research shows that an intravenous (IV) treatment may cut a person's risk of dying from bacterial meningitis. The research is published in the September 29, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The treatment is called dexamethasone. "Using this treatment in people infected with meningitis has been under debate because in a few large studies it was shown to be ineffective," said study author Diederik van de Beek, MD,...

2010-08-18 10:00:00

ATLANTA, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- A new school year can be a busy time for families. As busy as it is, it's a critical time for parents to make sure their children are up-to-date on all recommended adolescent vaccines. The National Meningitis Association (NMA) is urging parents to protect their children from serious, sometimes life-threatening illnesses before they send them back to school. One such illness is meningococcal disease, a deadly but potentially vaccine-preventable bacterial...

2010-08-10 08:00:00

SAN ANTONIO, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas School Nurses Organization (TSNO) and the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District (Metro Health) have joined the Voices of Meningitis campaign to urge parents to vaccinate preteens and teens in San Antonio against meningococcal disease, a rare but serious bacterial infection that can cause meningitis and take the life of a child in just a single day. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and leading medical groups recommend...

2010-06-16 14:48:08

Studies suggest role for IL-10 in prevention and treatment of potentially devastating neurological disease in newborns This bacterium, Escherichia coli K1, is the most common cause of meningitis in premature infants and the second most common cause of the disease in newborns. "The ineffectiveness of antibiotics in treating newborns with meningitis and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria require new strategies," explains Nemani V. Prasadarao, PhD, associate professor of...

2010-05-17 13:19:00

SHENZEN, China, May 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - Hard to Treat Diseases, Inc. (HTDS; http://www.htdsmedical.com) announces that the company received registration certificates for MEVAC-A+C and MEVAC-ACYW (meningococcal vaccine) in Pakistan. Following HTDS' six-month efforts, Pakistani Ministry of Health (MOH) approved HTDS' vaccine, and Hard to Treat Diseases Inc. obtained the registration certificates for MEVAC-AC and MEVAC-ACYW (Group A+C/ACYW135 Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine) in...

2010-02-24 10:17:48

Current research suggests that nitric oxide may play a role in the pathogenesis of neonatal meningitis. The related report by Mittal et al, "Inhibition of inducible nitric oxide controls pathogen load and brain damage by enhancing phagocytosis of Escherichia coli K1 in neonatal meningitis," appears in the March 2010 issue of The American Journal of Pathology. Bacterial meningitis, or inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord, is often fatal, even when treated with...

2009-08-13 13:12:00

HOUSTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dressed in camouflage and armed with the facts of disease and prevention, Meningitis Teen Angels (MA) launched their new national meningitis pre-teen and teen back-to-school campaign today: Stomping Out Meningitis. Meningitis Angels was founded in memory of Ryan Milley, who died at the age of 18 from meningococcemia, a severe infection of the bloodstream caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis. This is the same bacteria which causes...

2009-05-19 13:37:16

British medical scientists say they have discovered how meningococcal bacteria break through the body's natural defense system to attack the brain. University of Nottingham researchers said their discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines. The scientists said it can take just hours after symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis, which in childhood is nearly exclusively caused by the respiratory tract pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and...

2009-05-13 14:47:00

It can take just hours after the symptoms appear for someone to die from bacterial meningitis. Now, after years of research, experts at The University of Nottingham have finally discovered how the deadly meningococcal bacteria is able to break through the body's natural defense mechanism and attack the brain. The discovery could lead to better treatment and vaccines for meningitis and could save the lives of hundreds of children. Bacterial meningitis in childhood is almost exclusively caused...

2009-05-11 07:30:00

Mothers of Children Personally Affected By Meningococcal Meningitis Reach Out to Other Families at www.nmaus.org/panel MARIETTA, Ga., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Lori Buher and Marybeth Leeber each watched her child ravaged by meningococcal disease (also known as bacterial meningitis) -- enduring comas, painful skin grafts, organ transplants and multiple limb amputations. Jane Hession and Kathy Huddleson both lost an otherwise healthy child to the disease within hours of their first symptoms....