Meningitis News and Research

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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.
Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Nanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccine

Australian seagulls carry superbugs

Australian seagulls carry superbugs

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

Australia leads the world in childhood immunization coverage

New statement lays down recommendations to combat fall in vaccination rates

New statement lays down recommendations to combat fall in vaccination rates

Researchers develop improved vaccine for meningitis and bloodstream infections

Researchers develop improved vaccine for meningitis and bloodstream infections

HIB-vaccinated children show improved anthropometric, cognitive, and schooling outcomes

HIB-vaccinated children show improved anthropometric, cognitive, and schooling outcomes

Scientists discover weakness in common cold virus

Scientists discover weakness in common cold virus

Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world

Researchers map the most common bacterial cause of pneumonia around the world

Queen’s researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing countries

Queen’s researchers develop innovative rapid test to improve maternal health in developing countries

Researchers study optimum conditions to administer human milk to premature babies

Researchers study optimum conditions to administer human milk to premature babies

Study: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

Study: India has large disparities in under-five mortality rate between richer and poorer states

How proteins in outer membrane of bacteria stick to and populate in human body

How proteins in outer membrane of bacteria stick to and populate in human body

Scientific evidence for and against causal associations for 47 adverse effects after immunization

Scientific evidence for and against causal associations for 47 adverse effects after immunization

PCV10 vaccine against pneumonia sharply reduces incidence of serious pneumococcal disease

PCV10 vaccine against pneumonia sharply reduces incidence of serious pneumococcal disease

Heavy rains, end of drought could help keep West Nile virus subdued — for now

Heavy rains, end of drought could help keep West Nile virus subdued — for now

Researchers identify alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis

Researchers identify alternative treatment for bacterial meningitis

'Battle royale' of oral pathogen helps explain how dangerous bacteria persist in hospital environment

'Battle royale' of oral pathogen helps explain how dangerous bacteria persist in hospital environment

UA immunobiology professor will use $1.9 million grant to study copper's therapeutic potential

UA immunobiology professor will use $1.9 million grant to study copper's therapeutic potential

Research shows financial and quality-of-life toll of intravenous therapy on parents, caregivers

Research shows financial and quality-of-life toll of intravenous therapy on parents, caregivers

Children’s ball pits full of pathogenic microbes

Children’s ball pits full of pathogenic microbes