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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.
Why Should We Weigh Every Protein in the Human Body?

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Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

Alcohol related hangovers may soon be passé with the advent of “safer” alternatives

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Tailor-made protein combats several kinds of pathogenic bacteria

Microbiologists find deadly cryptococcal fungi in public spaces in South Africa

Microbiologists find deadly cryptococcal fungi in public spaces in South Africa

Babies exposed to antibiotics during labor have delay in maturation of their gut bacteria

Babies exposed to antibiotics during labor have delay in maturation of their gut bacteria

Study uses NHS data to estimate incidence of brain injury in babies

Study uses NHS data to estimate incidence of brain injury in babies

Parkinson's disease will soon become looming pandemic, research reveals

Parkinson's disease will soon become looming pandemic, research reveals

Overabundance of gut bacteria may exacerbate pain in patients with sickle cell disease

Overabundance of gut bacteria may exacerbate pain in patients with sickle cell disease

Using biologics during pregnancy may not raise infant's risk for opportunistic infections

Using biologics during pregnancy may not raise infant's risk for opportunistic infections

Mumps outbreak in U.S. necessitates third booster dose of vaccine for at-risk individuals

Mumps outbreak in U.S. necessitates third booster dose of vaccine for at-risk individuals

New vaccine for pneumonia holds promise to save thousands of lives

New vaccine for pneumonia holds promise to save thousands of lives

Northumbria researcher develops new, faster and safer way to diagnose Ebola virus

Northumbria researcher develops new, faster and safer way to diagnose Ebola virus

Knowledge about risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low, survey reveals

Knowledge about risk of meningitis among teens remains worryingly low, survey reveals

Bacteria release membrane-derived vesicles that may have different functions during infection

Bacteria release membrane-derived vesicles that may have different functions during infection

Researchers take first steps towards development of biosensor for detection of bacteria

Researchers take first steps towards development of biosensor for detection of bacteria

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Meningitis B vaccine’s high price tag poses a health care conundrum

Vaccination efforts in poor countries prevent 20 million deaths, provide economic benefits

Vaccination efforts in poor countries prevent 20 million deaths, provide economic benefits

New test for meningitis could speed up diagnosis and save lives

New test for meningitis could speed up diagnosis and save lives

Doctor in Nigeria and MSU professor join hands to reduce infant mortality

Doctor in Nigeria and MSU professor join hands to reduce infant mortality

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions

Research finds how omega-3 supplements dampen harmful inflammatory reactions