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Medical News Today: What is aseptic meningitis?

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:00:00 +0100

Learn all about aseptic meningitis, a form of meningitis not caused by bacteria. We look at what does cause it, the symptoms, and treatment options. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)

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Nigeria:Meningitis Kills Four in Niger

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 05:31:18 +0100

[Premium Times] The Niger State Government has confirmed the death of four persons in the state from 'C strain' cerebrospinal meningitis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Toddler's died meningitis was dismissed as tonsillitis

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 09:49:52 +0100

In June 2016, Bobby Beardshall, now three, from Hull, was taken to hospital by his concerned mother Jane Brown, 42, after he developed a fever, high-pitched cry and insomnia. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Teenager dies from meningitis despite not having rash

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:36:22 +0100

Lewis Hilton, 19, from Greetland, near Huddersfield, was killed by meningitis W - a deadly strain that he wasn't protected against. He was given a jab against four other strains in September. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Another Downside to Opioid Use: Pneumonia?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:15:16 +0100

The death rate is as high as 7 percent for pneumococcal pneumonia, 20 percent for bacteremia and 22 percent for meningitis, the researchers said. (Source: WebMD Health)



Charity urges caution after start of national ‘pharmacy first’ campaign

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 15:27:00 +0100

A meningitis charity has urged caution after the start of a major awareness campaign to encourage parents to “think pharmacist first” for minor illness in their children. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Opioid use increases risk for serious invasive pneumococcal infections

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(American College of Physicians) Opioid use is associated with a significantly increased risk for serious invasive pneumococcal infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)



Opioid use increases risk of serious infections

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) Opioid users have a significantly increased risk of infections severe enough to require treatment at the hospital, such as pneumonia and meningitis, as compared to people who don't use opioids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Father convicted in son's meningitis death a featured speaker at Wellness Expo

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

Convicted in 2016 of failing to provide the necessities of life to his son Ezekiel, David Stephan has been invited to speak at a number of Wellness Expos. The organizer of the events stands by that decision. (Source: CBC | Health)



Sobeys pulls sponsorship for Wellness Expo featuring father convicted in son's meningitis death

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

Convicted in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to his son Ezekiel, David Stephan has been invited to speak at a number of Wellness Expos. The organizer of the events stands by that decision. (Source: CBC | Health)



Sobeys, Flaman Fitness pull sponsorship for Wellness Expo featuring father convicted in son's meningitis death

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

Convicted in 2016 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to his son Ezekiel, David Stephan has been invited to speak at a number of Wellness Expos. The organizer of the events stands by that decision as sponsors pull out. (Source: CBC | Health)

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Father convicted in son's meningitis death will not speak at wellness expos after backlash

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

After defending his decision to invite David Stephan to speak at events in Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton, the owner of Health and Wellness Expos of Canada says Stephan will no longer speak at the company's events in Western Canada. (Source: CBC | Health)



Mother died after meningitis was dismissed as a migraine

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 15:24:22 +0100

Lissa Beechey, 39, from Bridgend, was sent home after going to hospital on September 10 2015 complaining of fatigue, crippling headaches and eyes so sensitive she was forced to wear sunglasses. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Nigeria:Meningitis Kills Three in Yobe - Commissioner

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:32:18 +0100

[Premium Times] The Yobe Commissioner for Health, Bello Kawuwa, said the state has recorded 10 new cases of Cebro Spinal Meningitis with three deaths this year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



CSF Reference Values Help Detect Meningitis in Infants Up to 2 Months Old CSF Reference Values Help Detect Meningitis in Infants Up to 2 Months Old

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 20:53:21 +0100

Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis?

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 19:30:02 +0100

Cryptococcus neoformans (wikipedia.org) 2.5 out of 5 stars Cryptococcal meningitis in a daily cannabis smoker without evidence of immunodeficiency. Shapiro BB et al. BMJ Case Rep 2018 Jan 26 [Epub ahead of print] Abstract Can smoking marijuana cause meningitis? The question is not unreasonable. A wide range of pathogenic fungi — including Aspergillus and various Cryptococcus species — have been isolated from dispensary-grade medical marijuana samples. Concern that these pathogens could cause pneumonia or central nervous system infections has focussed on those with immunodeficiency, such as HIV and organ transplant patients. This case report describes at 48-year-old California woman who presented to hospital with a “2-month history of progressive fatigue, dizziness, memory im...

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Five-year-old BEATS meningitis but is left with vitiligo

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 23:32:30 +0100

Aria Ellison, five, was born with cerebral palsy and was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis in 2014. After defying all odds, Aria beat the disease, but was left with scars in the form of vitiligo. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Pharmacist sentenced to 8 years in prison for 2012 meningitis outbreak

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 22:51:02 +0100

A Boston pharmacist, Glenn Chin, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison for his role in a 2012 meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people and infected more than 700, according to the Massachusetts Attorney's Office. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Pharmacist to Be Sentenced for Role in U.S. Meningitis Outbreak Pharmacist to Be Sentenced for Role in U.S. Meningitis Outbreak

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 21:30:24 +0100

A Massachusetts pharmacist is set to be sentenced on Wednesday after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Health Highlights: Feb. 1, 2018

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 08:02:11 +0100

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pharmacist Involved in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak Receives 8-Year Jail Term An eight-year prison sentence was handed out Wednesday to the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



January 31, 2018: New England Compounding Center Pharmacist Sentenced for Role in Nationwide Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:40:00 +0100

(Source: Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) Press Releases)

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Pharmacist sentenced for deadly meningitis outbreak

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:36:14 +0100

The deadly outbreak killed 76 people and sickened hundreds (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Pharmacist tied to U.S. meningitis outbreak gets eight years in prison

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:00:30 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist was sentenced on Wednesday to eight years in prison after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Pharmacist to be sentenced for role in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 12:04:12 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist is set to be sentenced on Wednesday after being convicted on racketeering and fraud charges stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more. (Source: Reuters: Health)



California woman caught meningitis from CANNABIS

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 16:43:46 +0100

A 48-year-old woman in California developed potentially fatal meningitis after smoking marijuana that had been contaminated with a fungus from growing in Central California soil. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Meningitis vaccination strategy in Africa found to be effective, economical

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 15:08:27 +0100

Led by YSPH ’s Reza Yaesoubi, an international team of scientists has used a mathematical model to improve vaccination strategies in Africa’s “meningitis belt.” (Source: Yale Science and Health News)

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Nigeria:Cerebrospinal Meningitits - What to Know

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 05:21:40 +0100

[Guardian] Cerebro Spinal Meningitis known as CSM is caused majorly by the bacteria Neisseria Meningitides. The Meningitis epidemic rocked the nation and led to about 1500 deaths from a suspected 14,518 cases from 25 states in the country. The Neisseria Meningitides serogroup C was the major cause of the epidemic between December 2016 and June 2017 when Nigeria was declared free of Meningtis. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Nigeria:Health Minister Warns Nigerians of Meningitis

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 07:26:38 +0100

[Premium Times] Nigerians have been warned to be on alert and take preventive measures against Cerebrospinal Meningitis, CSM, as this is the season of the deadly disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Management of Leukemic and Lymphomatous Meningitis Management of Leukemic and Lymphomatous Meningitis

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:14:37 +0100

Early identification and treatment can, in some cases, prevent meningitis associated with hematologic malignancies.Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Jim Lynskey has been fitted with a battery-operated heart

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 10:38:53 +0100

Jim Lynskey, from Redditch, Worcestershire, has an enlarged heart, known as dilated cardiomyopathy, after he and his twin sister, Grace, caught viral meningitis at just two weeks old. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Neoplastic Meningitis Due to Lung, Breast, and Melanoma Mets Neoplastic Meningitis Due to Lung, Breast, and Melanoma Mets

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 06:14:37 +0100

Determining how to treat patients with neoplastic meningitis can be challenging. Are intra-CSF chemotherapeutic agents effective?Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)

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Nigeria:2017 - Sad Year in Nigeria's Health Sector - Over 1,000 Die From Preventable Diseases

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:13:08 +0100

[Premium Times] Nigeria started 2017 with the news of outbreak of Meningitis which lasted for months and was followed by other rare and uncommon diseases. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Diagnosis and Radiological Findings of Neoplastic Meningitis Diagnosis and Radiological Findings of Neoplastic Meningitis

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 05:08:46 +0100

The diagnosis of neoplastic meningitis can be elusive; clinicians should consider its possibility when multilevel neurological symptoms are present.Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)



Girl who lost all her limbs to meningitis goes skating

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 19:47:42 +0100

WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES. Harmonie-Rose Allen skated on a synthetic ice rink with her family at the  Avon Valley Adventure and Wildlife Park in Keynsham, Somerset. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



New Data on Bivalent Meningococcal B Vaccine Safety, Efficacy New Data on Bivalent Meningococcal B Vaccine Safety, Efficacy

Wed, 27 Dec 2017 03:34:48 +0100

Pfizer's bivalent meningococcal B vaccine targeting factor H-binding protein (MenB-FHbp, Trumenba) elicits bactericidal responses against diverse meningococcal B strains after the second and third doses in adolescents and young adults, according to two phase 3 studies published online December 14 in The New England Journal of Medicine.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Your NEJM Group Today: Sexual Harassment in Medicine / Bivalent Meningococcal B Vaccine / NYC Primary Care Opportunity

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 03:23:36 +0100

Here's what we chose for you from NEJM Group today: New England Journal of Medicine: Perspective: A physician and researcher makes the case that sexual... (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)

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Meningitis suspected in 2 kids' deaths at day care

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:13:57 +0100

Both deaths happened within seven days of each other in the first week of December (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Cases of meningitis W have rocketed by 922% in eight years

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:10:50 +0100

Shirali Patel, who achieved A* grades at Harrow, was forced to restart her medicine degree at Cambridge University after spending three months in hospital with meningitis W. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Meningitis B warning: Grieving parents of boy, 6, call for all children to be vaccinated

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 10:51:07 +0100

THE GRIEVING parents of a six-year-old boy who died from Meningitis B are calling for all children to be vaccinated against the deadly strain of the disease. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Boy dies from meningitis within 24 hours of falling ill

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:45:55 +0100

Oliver Hall, from Halesworth, Suffolk, died in hospital 24 hours after contracting the bacterial infection meningitis B - which mainly affects babies and children. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Vaccination plea after Halesworth boy's meningitis death

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 18:14:29 +0100

The parents of a boy, six, who died from meningitis B have called on all children to be vaccinated. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Why did baby Kia get horrific meningitis?

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:13:39 +0100

Kia Gott, 11-month-old, was rushed to hospital with meningitis C in September. Her parents Paul Gott and Vikki Mitchell are petitioning for the meningitis C vaccine to be reinstated. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Polyganics wins $1m grant for dura sealant patch study

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 16:37:57 +0100

Polyganics said last week it was awarded a $1.4 million (EU €1.2 million) grant from the European Fund for Regional Development to support clinical validation of its dura sealant patch. The Dura patch is a dressing sealant composed of bioresorbable polymers designed to be suitable for the resealing of the dura outer membrane surrounding the brain after brain surgery to minimize leakage of of cerebrospinal fluid, the Netherlands-based company said. “We are hugely appreciative to the EU, as well as the city and province of Groningen for their support in progressing the device into the next phase of its development. The grant is a great recognition of the potential of this application of our synthetic polymers, and we are pleased to have benefitted from the skills and expertise of bo...



Nigeria:Antibiotics, Meningitis, Others Lead to Hearing Loss, Says Audiologist

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:13:06 +0100

[Guardian] Hearing loss has been linked to several factors such as meningitis, measles, jaundice, antibiotics, insufficient oxygen and infection at birth among other factors. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Qool Therapeutics raises $8m to support temp management device

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 16:53:40 +0100

Early stage med device developer Qool Therapeutics said today it raised $8 million in a Series A-1 round to support development and trials of its Qool device designed for targeted temperature management and exercise recovery. Joining the funding round was Zhongji Holdings and Join Medical Technology, Tampcap LLC, BrilliMedical International, BioPacific Investors, Western Technology Investment and FundRx, the Silicon Valley-based company said. Qool Therapeutics said that in addition to the funding, it has also received an award from the US Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation unit Experimental organization. The company’s Qool device is designed for targeted temperature management and exercise recovery and is intended for use with multiple conditions. Those conditions inclu...



Latest meningitis vaccine prevents almost all forms

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:05:04 +0100

A recently-developed meningitis vaccine can prevent nine out of the 10 strains of the virus found tin the US, according to new research from the CDC. The vaccine was approved in 2015. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Sophie Wessex is 'heartbroken' over a baby with meningitis

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 11:38:38 +0100

Kia Gott, from Bradford, is in a high dependency unit and recently had her fourth limb amputated. The Countess wrote to her family wishing them 'peace, strength and hope' as the youngster recovers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Wyke baby with meningitis has her fourth limb amputated  

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 12:17:47 +0100

The family of Kia Gott, 11 months, from Wyke, West Yorkshire, have been warned the youngster may lose her sight and hearing, as well as suffering 90 per cent brain damage, after she became ill. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Baby with meningitis has her fourth limb amputated  

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 11:44:38 +0100

The family of Kia Gott, 11 months, from Wyke, West Yorkshire, have been warned the youngster may lose her sight and hearing, as well as suffering 90 per cent brain damage, after she became ill. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Parents' convictions in son's meningitis death upheld by Alberta Appeal Court

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 04:02:44 +0100

A panel of Alberta judges has dismissed the appeal of a couple found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life to their 19-month-old son, who died of meningitis in 2012. (Source: CBC | Health)



New tool to aid diagnosis of bacterial meningitis in infants

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:35:00 +0100

A new tool has been developed for health professionals wanting to improve their assessment and management of young infants who present with possible bacterial meningitis. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Boy is brain damaged after tick bite gave him Lyme disease

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 19:23:06 +0100

Six year old Adam Mitchell contracted Lyme's disease after bitten by a tick which carries infectious bacteria. The disease spread and caused an outbreak of Meningitis which gave Adam brain damage (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Menomune (Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine) - updated on RxList

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Trumenba (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine) - updated on RxList

Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:00 +0100

(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)



Endo International units sue FDA over drug compounding policy

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:47:31 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - Endo International Plc said two units filed a lawsuit on Thursday accusing the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of ignoring key components of a law passed after a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to a compounding pharmacy. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Pharmacist acquitted of murder in meningitis outbreak; faces sentencing on fraud charges

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 14:23:55 +0100

The pharmacist supervising the clean rooms at New England Compounding Center when mold-tainted  medications were distributed, killing 76 people, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in federal court Wednesday. A jury acquitted Glenn Chin on the murder charges but found him guilty of mail fraud, racketeering and related charges, according to the U.S. attorney's office. He is schedu led for sentencing Jan. 30. He faces up to 20 years in prison, three years of probation and a $250,000 fine,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)

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Pharmacist acquitted of murder in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 02:08:38 +0100

A Boston jury found former supervisory pharmacist Glenn Chin not guilty of murder in the deaths of 25 people during a 2012 meningitis outbreak, but convicted him of other charges. (Source: CNN.com - Health)



Jury reaches verdict for pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 01:13:41 +0100

Glenn Chin would have faced up to life in prison had he been convicted of the murders of at least 76 people in the worst public health crisis in recent U.S. history (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)



Pharmacist in deadly meningitis outbreak cleared of murder

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 00:07:17 +0100

A Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak has been cleared of murder in the deaths of 25 people who were injected with mold-tainted drugs (Source: ABC News: Health)



The Latest: Authorities: Pharmacist disregarded human lives

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:54:16 +0100

Federal authorities say a verdict in the case of a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak holds him responsible in one of the largest public health crises in U.S. history (Source: ABC News: Health)

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Pharmacist guilty of fraud, not murder, over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:13:10 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist was convicted of racketeering and fraud charges but was cleared of murder on Wednesday for his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more across the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Pharmacist guilty of fraud, not murder, in U.S. meningitis outbreak

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:10:38 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist was convicted of racketeering and fraud charges but was cleared of murder on Wednesday for his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds more across the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Pharmacist acquitted of murder in 2012 meningitis outbreak

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 22:06:01 +0100

A Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak has been cleared of murder (Source: ABC News: Health)



The virulent meningitis that's deadly for teenagers

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 00:25:25 +0100

Ollie Towler-Jones was used to the occasional hangover — so when he woke up with a crashing headache and nausea after a late night at a music festival in Suffolk, he tried to sleep it off. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Trial Wraps Up for Pharmacist in Deadly U.S. Meningitis Outbreak Trial Wraps Up for Pharmacist in Deadly U.S. Meningitis Outbreak

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:00:18 +0100

A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a'depraved heart'while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)

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Pharmacist's Choice To Cut Corners Killed 76 People, Prosecutors Argue

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:19:28 +0100

He prioritized production over hygiene or quality control, resulting in a fungal meningitis outbreak. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)



Pharmacist's 'deadly' choices sparked U.S. meningitis outbreak: prosecutors

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:23:04 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor told jurors on Friday that a Massachusetts pharmacist gambled with patients' lives by making drugs in unsafe ways that led to a deadly 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak, but a defense lawyer said he was no murderer. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Prosecutors seek pharmacist's conviction over U.S. meningitis outbreak

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:12:23 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Friday told jurors that a Massachusetts pharmacist, charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak, acted with a "depraved heart" while knowingly producing non-sterile drugs. (Source: Reuters: Health)



The end of pneumonia? New vaccine offers hope

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 04:00:00 +0100

(University at Buffalo) A new vaccine under development provoked an immune response to 72 forms of the bacteria that's responsible for pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. That's up from the 23 forms of bacteria covered by current immunizations. The new vaccine, which represents the 'most comprehensive' coverage of pneumococcal disease to date, could greatly reduce the number of deaths from the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)



Student recovering well after confirmed case of meningitis at the University of Bristol

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:49:00 +0100

We ’ re working closely with Public Health England (PHE) following the confirmed diagnosis of bacterial meningitis (Meningococcal B) in one of our students yesterday. (Source: University of Bristol news)

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What Causes Microcephaly?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 00:22:33 +0100

Discussion Microcephaly is usually defined as an occipitofrontal head circumference (OFC) more than 2 standard deviations (SD) below the mean for sex, age and ethnicity. Severe microcephaly is used for OFC < 3 standard deviations. Rates of microcephaly range from 0.5-12 patients/10,000 live births. The OFC should be measured at every well child visit and at other opportunities and plotted on standard growth charts. The OFC is measured using a nonelastic tape measure around the largest part of the head with the tape measure held above the eyebrows and ears. It is a highly reproducible measurement. There are several different international standard growth charts that can be used and those used should reflect the population the patient is drawn from the best. For example, the World Health...



Pharmacist on Trial for Murder in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:37:19 +0100

(BOSTON) — An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak urged jurors Tuesday not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors argued the man’s actions demonstrated a “shocking disregard” for human life. Glenn Chin, the supervisory pharmacist at the now-closed New England Compounding Center, is on trial for second-degree murder and mail fraud under federal racketeering law for his role in the 2012 outbreak caused by tainted steroid injections that killed 76 people and sickened hundreds of others. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Varghese told jurors Chin instructed staff to use expired ingredients, falsify documents and neglect cleaning to get the products out the door as quickly as possible. Chin also failed to properly steril...



Lawyers trade jabs as meningitis outbreak murder trial opens

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:28:17 +0100

An attorney for a Massachusetts pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak has urged jurors not to be swayed by their emotions while prosecutors say the man's actions demonstrated a "shocking disregard" for human life (Source: ABC News: Health)



'Shocking' disregard for safety in US meningitis case

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 21:18:03 +0100

Glenn Chin, a former supervisory pharmacist at New England Compounding Center, oversaw the production in filthy conditions of tainted steroids, a court in Boston heard on Tuesday. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



'Shocking' disregard for safety in U.S. meningitis case -prosecutor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:53:09 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A federal prosecutor on Tuesday accused a Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak of showing a "shocking" disregard for patients' lives, while his lawyer argued the man was no killer. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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The Latest: Lawyer: Pharmacist didn't contaminate the drugs

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 19:05:37 +0100

The attorney for a pharmacist charged in a deadly meningitis outbreak traced to tainted steroids says there is no evidence the man caused the drugs to become contaminated (Source: ABC News: Health)



Pharmacist in deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak disregarded safety -prosecutor

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 18:49:02 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist charged with murder for his role in a deadly 2012 U.S. meningitis outbreak showed "shocking" disregard for safety standards, a federal prosecutor said at the start of the trial on Tuesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)



FDA Plans New Compounding Pharmacy Policy, Agency Head Says FDA Plans New Compounding Pharmacy Policy, Agency Head Says

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:33:44 +0100

The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday the agency is working on a new policy that would encourage more compounding pharmacies to register under a law enacted in the wake of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to one such company.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)



Trial of pharmacist charged in meningitis outbreak begins

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:05:07 +0100

A federal prosecutor says a pharmacist facing murder charges for his role in a deadly meningitis outbreak caused by contaminated steroid injections demonstrated a "shocking disregard" for human life (Source: ABC News: Health)



Massachusetts pharmacist faces trial over 2012 meningitis outbreak

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:57:05 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts pharmacist is due in court on Tuesday to face trial on charges including murder stemming from his role in a 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that sickened hundreds of people and killed 76 across the United States. (Source: Reuters: Health)

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Halifax schoolgirl sent home dies next day from meningitis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:58:35 +0100

Penny Lockett, from Halifax, was in intensive care as doctors battled to keep her alive, but they were unable to stop the onslaught of Men W. Her mother, Kym, has spoken for the first time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Meningitis not on GP's diagnostic radar, inquest hears

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:16:07 +0100

Kate Pierce was misdiagnosed with tonsillitis and suffered severe brain damage. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)



Girl sent home from school dies next day from meningitis

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 08:09:44 +0100

Penny Lockett, from Halifax, was in intensive care as doctors battled to keep her alive, but they were unable to stop the onslaught of Men W. Her mother, Kym, has spoken for the first time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Trial to begin for pharmacist charged in meningitis outbreak

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:24:36 +0100

A Massachusetts pharmacist facing murder charges for his role in a deadly nationwide meningitis outbreak is set to go on trial (Source: ABC News: Health)



Kate Pierce's brain damage after meningitis misdiagnosis

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:41:05 +0100

Kate Pierce died in 2013 seven years after a doctor misdiagnosed her meningitis as tonsillitis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)

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Health Highlights: Sept. 18, 2017

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 07:33:57 +0100

Here are some of the latest health and medical news developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay: Pharmacist Faces Trial Over Deadly U.S. Meningitis Outbreak A trial is set to begin Tuesday for the supervisory pharmacist at the Massachusetts... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)



Meningitis symptoms warning: New DEADLY strain of condition on the rise

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 06:01:45 +0100

MENINGITIS is a deadly infection that causes symptoms including a rash, headache and vomiting. Students are being urged to get vaccinated in time for the start of university. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



Exclusive: FDA plans new compounding pharmacy policy, agency head says

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:23:38 +0100

BOSTON (Reuters) - The head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Friday the agency is working on a new policy that would encourage more compounding pharmacies to register under a law enacted in the wake of a deadly 2012 meningitis outbreak linked to one such company. (Source: Reuters: Health)



Whether polio or meningitis, India has shown way in health innovation: Melinda Gates, Gates Foundation

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 05:46:02 +0100

"One of the fantastic things I see in India are self-help groups led by women. They're explaining, culturally, to young women why things like exclusive breastfeeding are important", said Gates. (Source: The Economic Times)



Bacterial infection warning: Do YOU know the symptoms of these five serious types?

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:08:00 +0100

BACTERIAL infections can vary in severity, with septicaemia, pneumonia and meningitis causing serious symptoms. (Source: Daily Express - Health)

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Learning from our Lotte

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 12:00:10 +0100

Sam, Lotte and Caroline Parenting is a messy adventure – it tests our patience, our will and our energy, but never our concern, love or passion for our children. With three kids under 10, my wife, Caroline, and I have managed broken noses, split lips, cuts and bruises too numerous to count … even Lyme disease, skin disorders, and serious fevers – most seem to come with the territory. But there have been rare moments when one of our kids was sick and we didn’t know what was wrong or how to ease the pain, and in those moments, we felt pretty desperate. One of those times was when our 4-year-old daughter Charlotte or “Lotte” came down with a high fever when she was 10 months old. While this was not a new experience for us, the part that made us nervous was that the fever, despite ...



FDA warns Entellus Medical over Xpress sinus dilator pediatric trial

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 11:45:04 +0100

The FDA sent a warning letter to Entellus Medical (NSDQ:ENTL) over its failure to prevent physicians from violating the approved protocol for a pediatric trial of its Xpress sinus dilator. The April 6 letter, published online this week by the federal safety watchdog, stems from an inspection that began exactly a year ago of a Plymouth, Minn., Entellus plant that the FDA conducted to review the company’s procedures in sponsoring the pediatric Xpress study. The inspection found “serious violations” of regulations covering investigational device exemptions and the protection of human subjects, involving use of the Xpress dilator in patients under age 12 in frontal and sphenoid sinuses; the trial’s approved protocol only allowed treatment in the maxillary sinus for pat...



Girl died from meningitis after rash dismissed as bruise

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 10:23:47 +0100

Layla-Rose Ermenekli, from Oldham, was told she was fit to go home but passed away within 12 hours. An internal investigation found 'missed opportunities' to spot the illness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Mental health problems for first year college students rising

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +0100

94% of universities see growing demand for counselling services Related items fromOnMedica Eight-year-olds to get 'happiness lessons' Help offered to medical students in crisis Call to boost students ’ uptake of meningitis vaccination Keeping our focus on suicide prevention Child mental health funding not reaching CCGs (Source: OnMedica Latest News)



Video captures Bath amputee toddler taking first steps

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 14:44:18 +0100

WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT Harmonie-Rose Allen, from Bath, was just 11 months old when she developed a rare strain of meningitis that nearly killed her. She had a 10 per cent chance of survival. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Woman got meningitis from a tick bite in New York City

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:25:51 +0100

Dee Vandenburg, of Staten Island, was at her home near a deer park earlier this year when she was bitten by a deer tick. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



Meningitis symptoms: Seven signs you could have the DEADLY infection

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0100

MENINGITIS could soon be diagnosed in under an hour with a simple test. Here are seven symptoms you should also know in order to catch the deadly infection early. (Source: Daily Express - Health)



BOMBSHELL: These teenage girls DIED of meningitis even after getting vaccinated... total media blackout

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 10:53:44 +0100

(Natural News) It’s not hard to find stories in the news urging people to get vaccinated against meningitis, particularly as kids prepare to go back to school. Plenty of headlines warn parents that their teens should get the jab before heading off to college, but hardly any of them discuss the fact that some people... (Source: NaturalNews.com)



New meningitis test 'could save lives'

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 02:05:04 +0100

Existing tests are too slow in an emergency, say scientists, who are asking doctors to try out their alternative. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)