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U.S. Deaths From Infectious Diseases Decline, But Not Everywhere

Posted 27 Mar 2018 by

TUESDAY, March 27, 2018 – Though fewer Americans are now dying from infectious diseases, great disparities persist across the country, a new study finds. Between 1980 and 2014, just over 4 million Americans died from infectious diseases. But while overall infectious disease deaths have dropped almost 19 percent, death rates differed widely by county. A number of factors fuel these disparities, ...

Methylprednisolone for Kidney Disease Tied to Infection Risk

Posted 1 Aug 2017 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 1, 2017 – A drug used for some cases of kidney disease can raise the risk of serious infections, researchers say. A clinical trial was stopped early when researchers discovered that patients on the drug – a corticosteroid called methylprednisolone – suffered a concerning number of serious side effects. Most often, that meant severe infections, including pneumonia and meningitis. ...

Health Tip: When Your Neck Aches

Posted 2 Dec 2016 by

-- An aching, throbbing or shooting pain in your neck could spell trouble. Here are possible causes, courtesy of the Mayo Clinic: Straining the neck muscles by stooping over your computer or phone, or by reading in bed. Osteoarthritis of the neck. A compressed nerve. Sustaining an injury, such as from a car accident. Conditions such as meningitis, cancer or rheumatoid arthritis.

Meningitis B Vaccine Falls Short of Expectations

Posted 20 Jul 2016 by

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 – About one-third of Princeton University students given a vaccine to combat a meningitis B outbreak on campus in 2013 didn't show signs of protection from the immunization, researchers reported. However, none of the vaccinated students developed a meningitis infection, the study found. It was the first-ever use of the meningococcal group B vaccine Bexsero (4CMenB) in ...

New Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Approved

Posted 26 Jan 2015 by

MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 – The Bexsero vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent the "serogroup B" form of bacterial meningitis among people aged 10 through 25. Meningococcal disease, or meningitis, is a life-threatening bacterial infection of the bloodstream and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. N. meningitis bacteria are commonly transmitted ...

Two Vaccines Help Cut Bacteria That Cause Meningitis, Study Finds

Posted 20 Aug 2014 by

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 – Two new vaccines can reduce the spread of meningitis by reducing the number of meningitis-causing bacteria that people carry, according to a new study. Researchers tested the two vaccines – MenACWY-CRM and 4CMenB – on volunteers aged 18 to 24. MenACWY-CRM cut meningitis-causing bacteria populations in the nose and throat by 39 percent and 4CMenB lowered those ...

Doctors Urge Meningitis Shots for Vulnerable Infants, Children

Posted 28 Jul 2014 by

MONDAY, July 28, 2014 – Infants and children who are at risk of contracting meningitis because of specific health problems should be vaccinated against the infection, according to updated recommendations from the largest pediatrician group in the United States. And routine vaccinations for the potentially deadly infection should continue for adolescents and college students, the American Academy ...

Childhood Meningitis Tied to Reduced Education, Employment Prospects

Posted 23 Apr 2013 by

TUESDAY, April 23 – Some young adults who had bacterial meningitis during childhood have less education and are less financially self-sufficient than those in the general population, a new study from Denmark found. Survivors of childhood bacterial meningitis are at risk for hearing loss, seizure disorders, and physical and mental impairments. Learning disabilities are a common problem among ...

Mistaken Infection 'On The Prairie'?

Posted 4 Feb 2013 by

MONDAY, Feb. 4 – Fans of the pioneer tales known as "Little House on the Prairie" are familiar with the ravages of scarlet fever. That's because Mary Ingalls – sister of the autobiographical series' author, Laura Ingalls Wilder – went blind, supposedly because of complications from the illness. But medical experts today think it's time that explanation went the way of the wagon wheel. "Scarlet ...

FDA, States Weigh Pharmacy Regulation in Wake of Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 20 Dec 2012 by

THURSDAY, Dec. 20 – State public health officials want the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to play a stronger role in regulating large-scale compounding pharmacies to prevent tragedies like the recent nationwide meningitis outbreak, officials said at a meeting in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Health officials from 50 states and FDA representatives met to discuss regulatory concerns after ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 25 Oct 2012 by

[UPDATE 10/24/2012]  The updated list of customers (consignees) who were shipped product on or after May 21, 2012 from the New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) Framingham, MA facility is now posted at the FDA website. The technical problems with the previous list have been corrected. You can obtain information about the outbreak by calling the FDA’s Division of Drug Information line at 855-54 ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Posted 22 Oct 2012 by

FDA provides NECC Customer List  [UPDATE 10/22/2012] FDA is making available two lists of customers (consignees) who received products that were shipped on or after May 21, 2012 from New England Compounding Center’s Framingham, MA facility. The first list includes customer names and addresses, organized by state. The second list contains the same basic information as the first list, but is orga ...

FDA Medwatch Alert: FDA Statement on Fungal Meningitis Outbreak: Additional Patient Notification Advised

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by

[Update 10/16/2012] On 10/15/12 the health care facility notified CDC that the initial report of two transplant patients has been revised to one patient who received cardioplegia solution from NECC. The 10/15/12 statement has been revised to reflect this information.   [Posted 10/15/2012] ISSUE: As a result of the ongoing investigation of New England Compounding Center (NECC), a patient with ...

Tainted Steroid Injections May Affect Those Treated for Joint Pain

Posted 16 Oct 2012 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 16 – The nationwide meningitis outbreak linked to contaminated steroid injections has so far been focused on back pain patients. Far less attention has been paid to those patients who got injections of methylprednisolone acetate to ease chronic pain in joints such as knees, shoulders and hips. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now reporting that two people who ...

Meningitis Toll Now 11 Dead, 119 Sick: CDC

Posted 10 Oct 2012 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10 – Eleven people have now died and 119 have been sickened in the national meningitis outbreak apparently linked to contaminated steroid injections, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday. In the wake of the outbreak, members of Congress are calling for more regulatory oversight for the type of smaller, "compounding" pharmacy that distributed the steroid shots. All of the ...

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