Meningitis Center

Meningitis is inflammation of the membranes that envelop the brain and spinal cord usually due to infection by bacteria or viruses.


Meningitis Community Forum
Support for patients with meningitis and and its complications. Discussions among patients, families, caregivers and professionals on topics related to diagnosis, treatment, and activities of daily living.


Novel rapid meningitis diagnostic test moves closer to market
Oct 07, 2011
The new test, which provides a reliable diagnosis in less than 1 hour, uses an emerging molecular method known as loop-mediated isothermal amplification, which is a form of rapid polymerase chain reaction, to provide the result.
Flu helps spread pneumonia, meningitis
Apr 01, 2011
Bacteria that cause pneumonia and meningitis are only able to spread when individuals are infected with flu, says a scientist reporting at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference.
Scientists discover key to effective meningitis vaccine
Mar 08, 2011
Scientists identify a new mutant vaccine antigen for Neisseria meningitidis (also called meningococcus) that has the potential to improve vaccine development against dangerous bacterial infections including meningitis.
Group B strep is still main cause of bacterial meningitis in newborns
Mar 02, 2011
The Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is still the most common cause of bacterial meningitis in newborns, concludes a 7-year French study in the March issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
Children with bacterial meningitis suffer long-term consequences
Jan 13, 2011
Nearly half of children who survive an episode of bacterial meningitis experience persistent behavioral, intellectual, or other complications, reports a study in the January issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.
IV treatment may lower risk of dying from bacterial meningitis
Sep 30, 2010
New research shows that an intravenous (IV) treatment may cut a person's risk of dying from bacterial meningitis. The treatment is called dexamethasone.The research is published in the September 29, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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