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Predicting fatal fungal infections

... a major cause of HIV-related death. This form of meningitis affects more than 900,000 HIV-infected people ... HIV is not available. A major cause of fungal meningitis is Cryptococcus neoformans , a yeast-like fungus ... disease. The risk of developing fungal meningitis from Cryptococcus neoformans rises dramatically ...

National Meningitis Association Launches Interactive Online Panel About Meningitis Dangers

... of Children Personally Affected By Meningococcal meningitis Reach Out to Other Families at ... disease. They are part of the National meningitis Association's (NMA) new online panel ( ... Jane and Kathy are also part of NMA's Moms on meningitis (M.O.M.s) program, a coalition of mothers from ...

World Meningitis Day in Texas

... HOUSTON, April 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- meningitis Angels, a national organization, will recognize World meningitis Day (WMD) by enjoining Angels from around the ... immunization advocate. Milley, along with Angel meningitis survivors Leslie Meigs of Houston, Harley Beaty ...

First Annual World Meningitis Day Gaining National Support

... World meningitis Day is April 25, 2009 BALTIMORE, April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The first annual World meningitis Day begins April 25, 2009 and is gaining national ... disease. "We recognize the dangers of meningitis and the importance of being vaccinated against ...

Meningitis Angels to Support First Annual World Meningitis Day

... HOUSTON, March 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- meningitis Angels, a Texas-based, national nonprofit ... is excited to support the first annual World meningitis Day (WMD) on April 25th, 2009. The observance is ... coordinated and promoted by the Confederation of meningitis Organizations (CoMO), an Australia-based global ...

Universal vaccination associated with decreased Canadian cases of most deadly strain of meningitis

... to control disease and prevent epidemics." meningitis is an infection of the lining that covers the ... by viruses and bacteria. The viral causes of meningitis are rarely life-threatening whereas the bacterial types are more deadly. There are five strains of meningitis caused by the meningococcal bacteria (called ...

Antibiotic-Resistant Meningitis Reported in U.S.

... 25 (HealthDay News) -- The first U.S. cases of meningitis bacteria resistant to a widely used antibiotic ... survived were found to have been infected with meningitis bacteria resistant to ciprofloxacin, said a ... About 800 to 1,500 cases of bacterial meningitis occur each year in the United States, Wu said. ...

Video: Late Winter/Early Spring is Meningitis Peak Season: Is Your Preteen or Teen at Risk?

... National meningitis Association Urges Parents to Protect Their ... preteen and teenage children may also be at risk. meningitis peak season is here, and the National meningitis Association (NMA) is urging parents to get their ...

Meningitis Vaccine Seems to Work Like a Charm

... a number of studies reporting on its effect on meningitis and blood infections. "This is the first to ... "There were small increases in the rates of meningitis caused by serotypes that are not included in the ... reported a 60.5 percent increase in cases of meningitis types not protected by the vaccine, but Bennett ...

Most babies with uncomplicated febrile seizures can avoid spinal tap

... October 2006, they found no cases of bacterial meningitis in either age group. Of the 704 babies, 271 ... One major reason is that rates of bacterial meningitis have greatly declined because of the introduction ... in 1990 and 2000, respectively. "Bacterial meningitis in vaccinated babies is a rare disorder, luckily, ...

UCAR weather forecasts aim to reduce African meningitis epidemics

... Program. "By targeting forecasts in regions where meningitis is a threat, we may be able to help vulnerable ... leading African health and weather centers and meningitis Environmental Risk Information Technologies, a ... Meteorological Organization. -----Africa's meningitis belt ----- Epidemics of ...

Pakistan introduces vaccine to prevent top child killer

... Hib, a bacterium that can cause deadly meningitis and pneumonia, is one of the top killers of young ... it is the most common cause of life-threatening meningitis in children under 5 years of age both worldwide ... vaccine has virtually eliminated Hib meningitis as a public health problem in Uganda. Other ...

Corticosteroids of Little Use Against Childhood Meningitis

... Shah said. Mortality among adults with bacterial meningitis runs as high as 30 percent, while in children "it ... kills the bacteria." Physicians who treat meningitis are likely to say that the study supports ... reason -- the very low incidence of bacterial meningitis among American children. Vaccines against the ...

Deadly disease eliminated in children under 5 years of age in Uganda

... GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, 10 March 2008 Hib meningitis has been virtually eliminated in young children ... . Upon monitoring occurrence of bacterial meningitis due to Hib between 2001 to 2006, the ... in Uganda, with elimination of meningitis due to Hib as a public health problem says ...

Protect Your Adolescents Against More Than Just A Cold This Winter

... Late-Winter, Early-Spring is meningitis Peak Season MARIETTA, Ga., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ ... such as colds and the flu, but the National meningitis Association (NMA) wants to be sure you know about ... of the five major strains of the disease. "With meningitis peak season upon us, I encourage all parents ...

Meningitis vaccine study gets £200,000 boost

... researchers will work on a potential vaccine for meningitis B, thanks to a 200,000 grant from the medical charity meningitis UK. Although vaccines exist to protect against ... could be used as a basis for a vaccine against meningitis B. The team has identified a series of ...

New Meningitis Vaccine Works in Infants

... TUESDAY, Jan. 8 (HealthDay News) -- A new type of meningitis vaccine appears to offer protection for babies ... the potential to reduce the number of cases of meningitis in babies and young children," said study author ... seen in children under the age of 2 years." meningitis is an infection that occurs in the spinal fluid, ...

Steroid Fails to Ease Meningitis in Trials

... a powerful steroid to treat deadly bacterial meningitis have shown little or no benefit from the drugs. ... guidelines for the treatment of bacterial meningitis in the United States will almost certainly ... which of these factors explains the results." meningitis is an infection of the spinal fluid (meninges) ...

Meningitis Shot Available, Effective Year-Round

... concerned parents rush to get their kids the meningitis vaccine, with demand sometimes outpacing supply. ... experts note. That's important, they add, since meningitis can strike anytime. "It's a year-round ... Lynn Bozof, executive director of the National meningitis Association. "It can strike anyone at anytime." ...

Strep B Seems to Trick Immune System

... Finding could lead to better treatment of sepsis, meningitis in newborns MONDAY, July 13 (HealthDay News) -- A bacterial pathogen that causes sepsis and meningitis in newborns shuts down immune cell function to ensure its survival, a new ...

Supply of Key Children's Vaccine Almost Back to Normal

... shortfalls that limited booster shots nearly over; Hib can cause bacterial meningitis THURSDAY, June 25 (HealthDay News) -- A children's vaccine ... the CDC said. Hib infection can cause a variety of illnesses, including meningitis (inflammation of the membranes covering the spinal column and brain), ...

CDC Warns of Rise in Childhood Infections Tied to Meningitis Germ

... system, and in the three other cases -- including the child who died from meningitis in November -- parents had refused the vaccine, the officials said. ... introduced. Hib infection can cause a variety of illnesses, including meningitis (inflammation of the membranes covering the spinal column and brain), ...

CDC Warns of Spike in Hib-Linked Meningitis Among Children

... system, and in the three other cases -- including the child who died from meningitis in November -- parents had refused the vaccine, the officials said. ... introduced. Hib infection can cause a variety of illnesses, including meningitis (inflammation of the membranes covering the spinal column and brain), ...

Ear infection superbug discovered to be resistant to all pediatric antibiotics

... invades the lungs and bloodstream, where it leads to cases of pneumonia or meningitis treatable only with unconventional antibiotics not approved for use in ... 7-valent conjugate vaccine), which reduced the incidence of pneumonia and meningitis by at least 69 percent, and difficult to treat ear infections by 24 ...

Eliminating Cell Receptor Prevents Infections in Animal Study

... minor, transient infections. However, this virus may at times cause potentially severe infections, such as myocarditis (in the heart) and viral meningitis (in the lining of the brain). CVB may also infect the pancreas, causing pancreatitis, and is suspected to contribute to childhood-onset diabetes. ...

Breast cancer drug shows promise against serious infections

... with acute lymphoblastic leukemia is about 95 percent, but if they acquire a Candida albicans fungal infection, that drops to 80 percent. Bacterial meningitis has a 5 percent risk of death, but the risk of death for C. albicans blood stream infection is 20 percent. Tamoxifen is given to prevent breast ...

Group B Strep Screening Guidelines Sparing Newborns

... GBS is bacteria that, according to the CDC, became the leading infectious cause of illness and death in newborns in the 1970s. GBS can cause sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia in infants, usually within the first week of life. If a pregnant woman is a carrier, the infection can be passed to her child during ...

ResponsibleShopper.org: What Do You Know About The Companies In Your Medicine Cabinet?

... with the Nigerian government this year, in connection to allegations of performing an illegal drug test that killed or injured 96 children during a meningitis epidemic? Which company was sued last December by more than 2,000 residents of Merced, California who claim a local drug manufacturing plant ...

PA's First West Nile Positive Sample of 2009 Discovered in York County

... While most people do not get sick when infected with West Nile virus, a small percentage of those exposed will experience a fever, rash, headache, meningitis (inflammation of the tissue surrounding the brain), encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or even death, according to the Centers for Disease ...

FDA Grants Priority Review Status to Prevnar 13 Marketing Application

... of infants and toddlers against serious invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae , including bacteremia (bloodstream infection) and meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) caused by the seven serotypes in the vaccine. The seven serotypes (strains) of S. ...

Sanofi-aventis Announces Good First-quarter 2009 Performance

... hemisphere. Net sales of meningitis/pneumonia vaccines amounted to euro 116 million. Net sales of Menactra (R) (quadrivalent meningococcal meningitis vaccine) were down 13.2% at euro 96 million due to a shrinking catch-up opportunity in the adolescent segment of the market. Filing for U.S. approval ...

Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Reminds All Parents to 'Be Wise, Immunize Your Children'

... immunize their children against preventable diseases. "We've recently seen an increase in vaccine preventable diseases such as whooping cough, meningitis and measles -- all of which can cause severe illness in children and can spread rapidly to others," Secretary James said while visiting an ...

Audet & Partners, LLP Files First Raptiva Lawsuit After Announced Withdrawal

... filed by Audet & Partners, LLP Raptiva allegedly causes a number of serious life-threatening infections, including encephalitis, viral meningitis and a rare brain infection known as progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML). At least three and possibly four cases of PML brain infections ...

Wyeth Submits Marketing Application to FDA for its 13-Valent Vaccine for the Prevention of Pneumococcal Disease in Infants and Toddlers

... of infants and toddlers against serious invasive disease caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae , including bacteremia (bloodstream infection) and meningitis (infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord) caused by the seven serotypes in the vaccine. The seven serotypes (strains) of ....

Spinal taps carry higher risks for infants and elderly, study shows

... when doing this procedure." Fluoroscopy-guided lumbar puncture is used most often to diagnose patients who have sudden severe headache, possible meningitis infection or cancers around the brain. Doctors perform this type of spinal tap to analyze cerebrospinal fluid, which can help determine why a ...

Children's Hospital Central California and CVS/Pharmacy Wheelchair Fund Featured in "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"

... chair. Madison had been using a pink loaner wheelchair for the past two years so this is her first wheelchair. The 5-year-old developed a form of meningitis called meningococcemia when she was 5 months. She eventually went into septic shock, which led to the amputation of both legs and several fingers. ...

NBA and WNBA Help Teens Take Their Best Shot at Health With New Vaccines for Teens Educational Campaign

... cough, may lessen over time, so teens who don't receive a booster vaccine may become vulnerable. Meningococcal Disease / Meningococcal meningitis Meningococcal disease, including meningococcal meningitis, is a very serious disease that strikes between 1,000 to 2,600 people each year in the ...

Sanofi-aventis Delivers 2008 Results Above Guidance

... three-quarters of 2008 shipments were completed during the third quarter of the year. Net sales of Menactra (R) (quadrivalent meningococcal meningitis vaccine) rose 7.9% in 2008 at EUR 404 million. Pentacel (R) -- the first 5-in-1 pediatric combination vaccine to protect against diphtheria, ...

MEDEX Global Group Cautions: Beware of Rabies When Abroad

... long could cost you your life." Causing more than 50,000 deaths worldwide each year, rabies kills more people than polio, encephalitis, or meningitis - with almost half of the victims being children. Compounding the problem, there is a global shortage of rabies vaccines and the human or equine ...

How much is the world spending on neglected disease research and development?

... diarrhoeal illnesses surveyed collectively received 4.5% of global funding; the helminth (worm) infections received 2%; and bacterial pneumonia and meningitis received only 1.3%. Five diseases - leprosy, Buruli ulcer, trachoma, rheumatic fever, and typhoid and paratyphoid fever each received less than $10 ...
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