Navigation Links
Secondhand Smoke Puts Children at Risk for Meningitis

TUESDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to secondhand smoke -- during their mother's pregnancy or later in the home -- greatly increases children's risk of invasive meningococcal disease, according to a new evidence review.

Invasive meningococcal disease is a major cause of bacterial meningitis and can also cause severe illness when bacteria invade the blood, lungs or joints. Children and young adults are particularly at risk.

The death rate for meningococcal disease is nearly 5 percent, and one in six patients will be left with a severe disability, including neurological or behavioral problems.

U.K. researchers reviewed 18 previously published studies and found that exposure to secondhand smoke at home doubled the risk of invasive meningococcal disease in children. The risk was even higher for children younger than 5 years old.

The results of the review also showed that children born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy were three times more likely to develop invasive meningococcal disease than those born into nonsmoking households.

The study was published Dec. 10 in the journal BMC Public Health.

"We estimate that an extra 630 cases of childhood invasive meningococcal disease every year are directly attributable to secondhand smoke in the U.K. alone," study author Dr. Rachael Murray, of the U.K. Center for Tobacco Control Studies at the University of Nottingham, said in a journal news release.

"While we cannot be sure exactly how tobacco smoke is affecting these children, the findings from this study highlight consistent evidence of the further harms of smoking around children and during pregnancy, and thus parents and family members should be encouraged to not smoke in the home or around children," she added.

Although the researchers found an association between secondhand smoke and invasive meningococcal disease, the evidence review did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about meningococcal disease.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: BMC Public Health, news release, Dec. 10, 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Secondhand Smoke Very Unhealthy for Kids in Cars: Study
2. Secondhand Smoke: All It Takes Is 20 Minutes
3. Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll
4. Secondhand Smoke in Pregnancy Seems to Harm Baby, Too
5. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems
6. Secondhand Smoke May Impair Childrens Cough Reflex
7. Secondhand Smoke Linked to Raised Diabetes Risk
8. Study Ties Secondhand Smoke to Bladder Irritation in Kids
9. Secondhand Smoke May Harm Heart Function
10. Many Asthmatic Kids Harmed by Secondhand Smoke: Study
11. Secondhand smoke continues to vex children with asthma
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Secondhand Smoke Puts Children at Risk for Meningitis
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... The Foundation for Breast and ... prevention—is joining forces with the award-winning creator and writer of Downton Abbey Julian ... 2015 at the Union League of Philadelphia. , The benefit, titled “An ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... , ... The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) announced today that it ... Nov. 30, ASCP shared its “Give a minute. Get tested. Find a cure.” icon ... of getting tested for HIV. , ASCP has asked members to replace their Facebook, ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... their exclusive channel partner for the Nutraceutical Specialties products into oral solid dosage ... effective immediately. , “We are pleased to announce our expanded distribution agreement ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... magazine, quoted Michael Hansen, Ph.D., a senior scientist at Consumer Reports as supporting ... so for a child’s exposure limits. , The original Nov 2015 CR story ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... , ... November 30, 2015 , ... ... for the last 15 years, announced today that Michigan-based Family Health Center (FHC) ... care for over 45 years, FHC was awarded the largest Affordable Care Act ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/30/2015)... (HK$,000)For the Six Months Ended 30 September 2015 2014RestatedChange%Turnover 545,575 , ... 421,979 , 384,242 , 9.8 ... 34,719 , (18.3) Medical Insurance Administration Service Income ... 16.1 Medical Devices and Accessories Sales , 89,645 ... Sales , 2,822 , 2,917 , ...
(Date:11/30/2015)...  Kevin Smith has been appointed Chief Commercial ... in wireless monitoring of vital signs.  As CCO ... Mr. Smith will be responsible for the development ... will also directly oversee partnering with US hospitals ... SensiumVitals, the first early warning detection device to ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... 30, 2015 --> ... Lasers Market by Product (Soft Tissue, All Tissue, Dental Welding ... Clinics), and Geography - Global Forecast to 2020", published by ... at a CAGR of 5.2% during the forecast period from ... Tables and 62 Figures spread through 167 P ages ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: