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Meningitis in children

We know that babies and children are vulnerable to infections. Meningitis can kill within hours and newborn babies are particularly at risk. Twenty five per cent of those who survive, can face devastating challenges like hearing loss, epilepsy, cerebral palsy or losing a limb.

There are different types of bacteria that can cause meningitis and blood poisoning. Vaccines are already available to protect against some of them but they don’t work against all. In the UK more than 90 per cent of cases are caused by a bacterium called MenB. MenB kills more children under five than any other infectious disease in the UK and can dramatically change the lives of those who survive.

Cieran, pictured, was just nine-months-old when he caught meningitis type B but the scars of his battle with the deadly infection remain today. He is now profoundly deaf, with very little speech, and also has epilepsy and cerebral palsy.

We are funding research to help prevent infections like meningitis for children like Cieran.

Protecting more children from meningitis by developing a new MenB vaccine

Research date: 1 September 2014 - 31 August 2017
Grant amount: £199,991.00

Meningococcal disease is a serious illness that strikes with alarming speed, causing meningitis and blood poisoning and killing one in 10 of those affected.1,2 Those who survive can be left with lifelong disabilities. Babies and young children under four are most at risk, although people of all ages are susceptible.1,3 Vaccines are already available, but...

Bacterial meningitis in newborns: harnessing the body’s natural defences

Research date: 1 May 2013 - 28 March 2015
Grant amount: £114,845.00

Bacterial meningitis remains a life-threatening disease in newborn babies and must be treated as a medical emergency. Although survival rates have been increasing, some babies still die.1 What’s more, the frequency and severity of the illness have not been changing substantially.1,2 Babies who survive remain at risk of developing serious, life-long...

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Targeting bacterial meningitis in babies

Posted: 12 September 2016 15:35 pm
Research funded by Action has shown promising results for a new treatment that could protect vulnerable newborn babies from bacterial meningitis – a disease that can kill very quickly. Although survival rates have been increasing, one in 10 babies who contract bacterial meningitis dies and around half who survive go on to develop some form of...

Dancing for Dean

Posted: 14 April 2015 15:16 pm
Local lass organises Scotland’s first ‘Burnathon’ for children’s charity in memory of her brother Arbroath resident, Cheryl Fraser, is organising a two hour ‘Burnathon’ in aid of children’s charity, Action Medical Research. The event, in memory of her baby brother, Dean who died of meningitis, will take place...

Bacterial meningitis

Posted: 9 October 2013 08:23 am
Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency that can kill a vulnerable newborn baby in less than four hours. One in 10 babies who contract the disease will die, and around half of survivors develop some sort of disability by the age of five, including cerebral palsy, epilepsy and learning disabilities. Babies with bacterial meningitis get ill very...

Researchers using common cold virus to help develop new meningitis vaccine

Posted: 2 July 2012 09:31 am
Pioneering researchers are hoping that developing a new meningitis vaccine by inserting part of the bacterium inside a harmless version of the cold virus, could be key to providing effective protection against the devastating condition. The project is being funded by children’s charity Action Medical Research. Infection by the meningococcus B (...

Meningitis - every parent's worst nightmare

Posted: 21 March 2012 11:05 am
The Waring family will never forget Monday 31 January 2005. It was the day baby Cieran contracted meningitis, which changed the family’s lives forever, recalls mum Susan. Susan’s five-year-old daughter, Caitlin, was getting ready for school while twin boys Cieran and Connor, who were just nine-months old, were lying in their cots. It seemed...

Top medical research investment over 60 years in North of England made possible by children's charity

Posted: 5 January 2012 11:12 am
Children’s charity Action Medical Research is celebrating investing more than £100 million into vital medical research over the past 60 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across the North of...

Charity funds 60 years quality medical research in Oxford and Cambridge to help prevent suffering of babies and children

Posted: 5 January 2012 10:53 am
Children’s charity Action Medical Research is celebrating investing more than £100 million into vital medical research over the past 60 years, which has led to some key scientific breakthroughs to help reduce the suffering of sick babies and children. Research funded over the years has included pioneering work carried out across Oxford and...

Commitment to meningitis research continues

Posted: 28 October 2011 11:53 am
Both meningitis and septicaemia can strike at alarming speed. About one in 20 of those who become ill lose their lives and survivors can be left with permanent disabilities. Many are children under four or teenagers aged between 15 and 19. Infection by a bacterium known for short as MenB is a leading cause of these conditions in...

Oxford researchers granted almost £150,000 to help develop a novel vaccine against Meningitis B for children

Posted: 7 March 2011 10:20 am
Researchers in Oxford have just been awarded a grant of almost £150,000 by Action Medical Research – the leading UK-wide medical research charity dedicated to helping babies and children.The charity has been supporting significant medical breakthroughs for nearly 60 years, and today announced its latest round of funding to top research institutes at...

Helping protect children from meningitis since 1992

Posted: 17 December 2010 11:35 am
Children and babies are at particular risk of meningitis, a serious and sometimes fatal infection caused by different bacteria and viruses. Those who survive can face permanent disabilities, such as vision and hearing loss, learning difficulties and limb amputation. During the last 30 years, Action Medical Research has invested over £1 million in...

Leading researchers develop novel vaccine

Posted: 4 October 2010 10:13 am
It is estimated that worldwide over 1.5 million people die from diseases caused by the bacterium pneumococcus every year. Meningitis, pneumonia and septicaemia are among the serious infections that contribute to these deaths – up to one million are children under five.Antibiotics can kill the pneumococcus – although the bacteria are becoming...

The impact of investing over £1m in meningitis research

Posted: 4 October 2010 09:48 am
Meningitis can be a life-threatening illness and babies and children are particularly at risk. Children who survive meningitis may face long-term problems, such as vision and hearing troubles, and learning difficulties.But research, funded by Action Medical Research, has found out more about this serious condition. Projects have looked at...

Charity celebrates investment of over £1million into meningitis research as part of Meningitis Awareness Week

Posted: 20 September 2010 09:58 am
Children’s health charity Action Medical Research is celebrating investing more than £1million in pioneering medical research into meningitis which has contributed to key breakthroughs over the past 30 years, to mark Meningitis Awareness Week starting on Monday (September 20 – 26).

With the focus of the week on raising...

A new vaccine could help prevent serious childhood illnesses

Posted: 27 July 2010 12:29 pm
Researchers are working on a nasal spray which could provide a potential new vaccine against a bacterium which can cause meningitis and pneumonia, as well as other serious illnesses, after receiving funding from children’s health charity Action Medical Research.

Each year worldwide, up to one million children under five lose their lives to...

Countering the deadly threat of meningitis

Posted: 1 December 2003 00:00 am
Known as Group B Streptococcus (GBS), the bacteria live harmlessly in the intestines in around a third of all men and women. These bacteria are also found in the vagina of around a quarter of all women of childbearing age, although there will be no outward symptoms of their presence and they do no harm to the woman. GBS only becomes dangerous during...
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