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Meningitis is an infection of the fluid of a person's spinal cord and the fluid that surrounds the brain. People sometimes refer to it as spinal meningitis. Meningitis is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. Knowing whether meningitis is caused by a virus or bacterium is important because the severity of illness and the treatment differ. Viral meningitis is generally less severe and resolves without specific treatment, while bacterial meningitis can be quite severe and may result in brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disability. For bacterial meningitis, it is also important to know which type of bacteria is causing the meningitis because antibiotics can prevent some types from spreading and infecting other people. Before the 1990s, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) was the leading cause of bacterial meningitis, but new vaccines being given to all children as part of their routine immunizations have reduced the occurrence of invasive disease due to H. influenzae. Today, Streptococcus pneumoniae and Neisseria meningitidis are the leading causes of bacterial meningitis.
Takeda announces positive Phase 3 ALTA-1L data in first-line therapy for advanced ALK+ NSCLC

Takeda announces positive Phase 3 ALTA-1L data in first-line therapy for advanced ALK+ NSCLC

Virginia Tech researcher receives $1.7 million to study herpes simplex virus

Virginia Tech researcher receives $1.7 million to study herpes simplex virus

Penn scientists to explore new approach for predicting and treating diseases at individual level

Penn scientists to explore new approach for predicting and treating diseases at individual level

Fina Biosolutions receives patent for expression and purification of the conjugate vaccine protein

Fina Biosolutions receives patent for expression and purification of the conjugate vaccine protein

CHMP adopts positive opinion of Takeda’s ALUNBRIG for treatment of ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer

CHMP adopts positive opinion of Takeda’s ALUNBRIG for treatment of ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer

Most parents aren't able to recognize meningitis until it's too late

Most parents aren't able to recognize meningitis until it's too late

UH researchers win $3.5 million grant to develop technology that combats multi-drug resistant bacteria

UH researchers win $3.5 million grant to develop technology that combats multi-drug resistant bacteria

New Cochrane Review assesses accuracy of Xpert in diagnosing extrapulmonary TB

New Cochrane Review assesses accuracy of Xpert in diagnosing extrapulmonary TB

Researchers use mathematical model to predict viral outbreaks

Researchers use mathematical model to predict viral outbreaks

Scientists develop mathematical model to predict viral outbreaks in advance

Scientists develop mathematical model to predict viral outbreaks in advance

Measles cases on the rise in Europe

Measles cases on the rise in Europe

Pharmacy-made pain creams flagged on fears of Medicare fraud and risk

Pharmacy-made pain creams flagged on fears of Medicare fraud and risk

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Research provides new insights about when booster meningitis vaccines are needed

Parents struggle with what to do when their child has headache, shows study

Parents struggle with what to do when their child has headache, shows study

Bacterial aggregates in blood vessels appear to facilitate progression of meningitis

Bacterial aggregates in blood vessels appear to facilitate progression of meningitis

Pneumococcal genes predict course of disease

Pneumococcal genes predict course of disease

Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

Unlocked and loaded: Families confront dementia and guns

Researchers develop new approach to assess effectiveness of Men B vaccine

Researchers develop new approach to assess effectiveness of Men B vaccine

NCI cancer centers issue joint statement endorsing HPV vaccination and cancer screening

NCI cancer centers issue joint statement endorsing HPV vaccination and cancer screening

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe

First genomic survey of gonorrhea maps antibiotic resistance across Europe