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Getting a Boost to Fight Meningitis
One of the more disabling and fatal bacterial illnesses is meningitis. There are vaccines to protect against many meningitis strains, but not all of them — yet.
Water Supply Worries
Health officials in Louisiana are warning residents about a rare but serious threat — a dangerous ameba in the water supply.
Rare Brain Disease Exposure in the OR
Several surgery patients in New England were recently told that they may have gotten more than they bargained for when they went under the knife.
Making a Serious Illness Even Rarer
One of the childhood vaccinations recommended by the CDC is the one for pneumococcal bacteria. This bacteria can cause some types of meningitis.
Drastic Measures for Drastic Infections
Free-living amebae (FLA) are tiny creatures that can cause rare but serious infections in humans.  Now officials are allowing the use of an experimental medication in an attempt to quickly manage difficult-to-treat FLA infections.
Bitten by an Organ Transplant?
Kidney transplants can save lives. But sometimes, transplant recipients are faced with unexpected complications, like getting an illness from the transplanted kidney. Fortunately, such complications are rare and can be prevented.
When Summer Brings West Nile Virus
As summer begins, many may remember the West Nile outbreak that occurred in the summer of 2012. The CDC just released a review of that outbreak and how to avoid another.
An Okay Shot for Pregnant Moms
A pregnant woman should stay as healthy as possible to keep her baby safe and healthy. This includes protecting herself from infectious diseases.
Looking Ahead for Childhood Meningitis
Not getting vaccines that protect against meningitis can leave a child vulnerable to catching the disease. But what is the long-term outlook for those who had meningitis as children?
Managing Meningitis with Vaccines
Meningitis, which results in the inflammation of membranes around the spinal cord and brain, is a disease that causes death and disability around the world. Yet it can be prevented through the use of vaccines.