Thursday, May 14, 2009

GTF Vs Meningitis



As at 11th May 2009, the number of individuals admitted into hospital for suspected meningitis has been increased to 29 cases.

So, what is meningitis? And how does it affect human?

Short Introduction

First thing first, let's take a general overview at this disease.

Meningitis is an inflammation-like disease which normally inflicts the brain and spinal cord with hazardous consequence.

The cause of this disease is usually due to the BIG THREE, the three categories which come in and out of our lives, namely viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms.

Mechanism

The route of the pathogens to invade the human body is either through direct contact, or bloodstream. But either way, the pathogens will next does further harm to the central nervous system (a system which coordinates the activity of all parts of the bodies of multi cellular organisms). When the infliction reaches a threshold level, immune system will respond right away by instructing the immune cells to release cytokines to counteract upon the pathogens, and thus inflammation happens. (A little reminder here though, inflammation in this case is unlikely happen due to direct bacterial infection, but rather the response of central immune system itself)

When such inflammation unfortunately occurs, this situation can be life-threatening as it affects the brain and spinal cord.

The Symptoms?

To simply put, these are the signs of meningitis.



Severe headache is tipped to be the most obvious symptoms of meningitis. In usual cases, when people who suspect to be infected with meningitis, and having severe headache at the same time, doctors would normally advise the patients to turn his or her head either horizontally or vertically. If the aching sensation is not worsened, then the chances of getting infected with this hazardous disease is pleasantly slim.


Treatments?

Well, for this part, these days, only medicinal treatments are usually considered as the only way to treat it. Among the methods used are antibiotics and anti-fungal medications.

But as we all know, pumping in too much medicines into our precious tummy is definitely a no-no as the pills and bitter liquids will harm other organs of ours (kidney, for example) in the end of the day.

In the year of 2006, GT&F Milk Powder, surprisingly became famous with a super discovery, a name with a catchy rhythm, "Super Discovery 6-in-1"! One of the discoveries is about regulating the amount of interleukin-6 in our body. Interleukin-6, by coincidence, can be considered as the main causal agent in causing the inflammation as far as meningitis is concerned since interleukin-6 itself is a cytokine and scientifically proven that it is also one of the pro-inflammatory factors.

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