Why an Outbreak at Princeton?

For the past nine months, Princeton University has been trying to halt an outbreak of bacterial meningitis in its students without success. Since bacterial meningitis is a serious infection of the brain and spinal cord that can cause brain damage and death, having it on campus is no small matter.

The situation at Princeton, where eight students have fallen ill, has had students thinking — why is the meningitis outbreak at Princeton? Continue reading Why an Outbreak at Princeton?

Alzheimer’s Research–The Road Ahead: A Q&A with the NIA Director of Neuroscience

Statistics illustrate the extent to which Alzheimer’s disease is prevalent in the United States. It is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 5.2 million Americans of all ages have this disease in 2013. In fact, it is estimated that in 2013, Alzheimer’s will cost the nation nearly $203 billion and the cost is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion by the end of 2050.2 These numbers all raise concerns as to what is essentially going on about Alzheimer’s research, diagnosis, treatments and prevention.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Princeton Public Health Review reached out to Dr. Neil Buckholtz, the Director of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute of Aging (NIA). Continue reading Alzheimer’s Research–The Road Ahead: A Q&A with the NIA Director of Neuroscience

Meningitis Outbreak on the Princeton Campus

On Friday, November 22, the eighth case of meningitis was reported at Princeton University. This case, like the seven previous ones confirmed at Princeton over the past nine months, was shown to be caused by a rare meningococcal bacterium known as serotype B. While this may be regarded as a small number in a campus of 5,000 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students, what worries public health officials is that meningitis is a rare disease.  Moreover, group B is particularly rare in the United States.

Meningitis is generally characterized as the inflammation of a membrane that surrounds the brain and the spinal cord. Continue reading Meningitis Outbreak on the Princeton Campus

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