IT can be mistaken as the flu or even a hangover - but knowing the symptoms of potentially deadly meningitis could save your life. Meningitis can affect anyone, but is most common in babies, young children, teenagers and young adults. We reveal all about the disease. What is meningitis? It is the inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord and can be caused by meningococcal bacteria and viral meningitis. If it is not treated quickly, meningitis can cause life-threatening septicaemia (blood poisoning) and result in permanent damage to the brain or nerves. The two forms of the disease have different symptoms. Around 3,200 people a year get bacterial meningitis. One in 10 die and many more are left with life-changing disabilities. Viral forms of meningitis are less common and rarely life-threatening, but can have lifelong effects. Infections peak during winter when bugs spread more easily in confined spaces. How do you get meningitis? … [Read more...] about What is meningitis, how do you get it, what are the signs and symptoms and what is the meningitis B vaccine trial?
Signs and symptoms of food poisoning
BOTULISM is a life-threatening condition caused by deadly toxins, which are some of the most powerful known to science. The condition is rare, but extremely serious. Here's how to spot the signs... What is botulism? Botulism is a potentially fatal condition caused by toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria. These toxins attack the nervous system - made up of the nerves, brain and spinal cord - and can cause paralysis, which spreads down the body from the head to the lungs. If left untreated, this paralysis can spread to the muscles which control your breathing and become fatal in five to 10 per cent of cases. What are the symptoms of botulism? It can take anywhere between a few hours or several days for symptoms of botulism to develop, after exposure to the bacteria or their toxins. Initial symptoms include: Feeling sick Vomiting Stomach cramps Diarrhoea Constipation If the condition has developed further into paralysis, the symptoms include: Drooping eyelids Blurred or … [Read more...] about What is botulism? Causes, definition and symptoms of rare but potentially fatal condition
A GROOM died four days into his honeymoon from lung cancer despite having no idea he had the disease and mistaking the symptoms for food poisoning. Newlyweds Aimee, 33, and Alan Simms, 31, were on their dream getaway on the African island of Cape Verde when disaster struck. Devastated Aimee said: "In the space of 12 hours he had gone from being fine and dandy to having died. “He didn’t have any signs [of lung cancer]. He didn’t have any coughing or breathing problems. Nothing at all. “It was horrible. I’d been married eight days. That’s what I remember saying to everyone. How can this be happening?” It was love at first sight for the couple from West Yorks, who met at JD’s nightclub in Morley in 2011. “I just knew straight away," said Aimee. "He was like a big teddy bear. He was just a big softy.” After Alan proposed on holiday in Lanzarote they tied the knot in Morley on May 19 before heading off on their honeymoon on … [Read more...] about Groom dies from lung cancer four days into honeymoon after mistakenly thinking he had food poisoning
IT wouldn't be a true British summer without Wimbledon, Pimms, sunburn and, of course, a barbecue. There's nothing quite like being out in the sun with your family and friends, sipping on some rose and cooking up a storm on the barbie. That is, unless, you come down with a nasty case of food poisoning. As temperatures are set to hit 30C again in parts of the country this weekend, you're probably itching to get out the barbecue and bask in the glorious sunshine. Storing your food incorrectly and not cooking it thoroughly can leave you and your family at risk of nasty bugs like E.coli, salmonella and campylobacter. All the bugs can leave you with stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhoea, fever - all kinds of symptoms that will ruin your sunny weekend. Here's 4 tips to avoid food poisoning this weekend...1. Ice, ice baby Keeping your food cold helps prevent the growth of bacteria. Food should be stored in a fridge at 5C or cooler right up until you start cooking it. Here's the best ways to … [Read more...] about Four simple steps to enjoying your BBQ WITHOUT a dose of food poisoning
Warm weather is an invitation to fire up the garden grill with family and friends but let’s face it – nothing ruins sunny weather like having food poisoning.The common illness, which is caused by bacteria or other toxins hidden in contaminated food, can cause sudden onset nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, leaving you desperately in search of the nearest bathroom.Ireland and the UK suffers over a million cases of food poisoning a year according to the Food Standards Agency..While you can be struck down by it at any time of year, cases tend to peak in the summer months as the warmer weather creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to multiply.So how best can you tuck into delicious barbecued food and make the most of the hot weather? Here are a few preventative tips for staying safe in the sun.Wash your handsWe all know that the first rule of cooking is to wash your hands thoroughly, but how many of us actually do it? Before handling any food, make sure you clean your … [Read more...] about Hosting a summer BBQ? Here’s how to avoid giving your guests food poisoning