The MRF Blog

Opinion, analysis, behind the scenes information and the latest news from the front line of the fight against meningitis and septicaemia.

The psychological impact of limb loss
The psychological impact of limb loss
Mike Davies contracted bacterial meningitis in 2017. This is his story.
Is climate change our most significant health challenge?
Is climate change our most significant health challenge?
Our Director of Communications explore the risk of climate change in relation to meningitis.
The invisible after effects of meningitis
The invisible after effects of meningitis
Many of the after effects of meningitis aren't immediately obvious. In this blog, Support Manager Cat explains how we can help.
Why a strong patient voice matters
Why a strong patient voice matters
The 'Strengthening Patient Voices' project was launched in 2018 between MRF and CoMO.
What's the difference between bacterial and viral meningitis?
What's the difference between bacterial and viral meningitis?
Dr Fiona McGill answers one of our most frequently asked questions.
25 years of Meningitis Research Foundation
25 years of Meningitis Research Foundation
On the eve of her retirement, our Regional Director Diane McConnell reflects on how far MRF has come.
What is a lumbar puncture?
What is a lumbar puncture?
Currently, a lumbar puncture is the only way to confirm a case of meningitis. Our Support & Membership Manager explains the procedure.
What is the 'meningitis rash'?
What is the 'meningitis rash'?
The rash does not always appears in cases of meningitis, and the word ‘rash’ itself may be misleading. So, what actually is it?
How does meningitis spread?
How does meningitis spread?
Professor James Stuart explains how meningitis travels between people.
Defeating meningitis by 2030: a roadmap
Defeating meningitis by 2030: a roadmap
MRF Chief Executive Vinny Smith explains how we're going to defeat meningitis by 2030.
What's the difference between sepsis and septicaemia?
What's the difference between sepsis and septicaemia?
What is sepsis? What is septicaemia? Are they the same? Our Director of Communications explains.
Why don’t some people get their life-saving vaccines?
Why don’t some people get their life-saving vaccines?
Vaccine hesitancy is one of the biggest threats to global health. But why does it happen?
Why do meningitis cases rise in winter?
Why do meningitis cases rise in winter?
As winter hits, we get asked a lot about why the number of people getting meningitis increases over this time of year here in the UK and Ireland.
What happens when antibiotics stop treating meningitis?
What happens when antibiotics stop treating meningitis?
For World Antibiotic Awareness Week, MRF Chief Executive Vinny Smith discusses the threat of antibiotic resistance.
Is it possible to drive after limb loss?
Is it possible to drive after limb loss?
Charlotte Hannibal, MRF Ambassador, lost her lower legs to meningitis aged 18. In this blog, her Dawn mother talks about Charlotte's experience of learning to drive again.
Will's epic ultramarathon
Will's epic ultramarathon
Will Storey is taking on an ultramathon all the way from Ullapool to Skye Bridge, in aid of MRF. In his own words, Will explains why he’s taking on this challenge.
5 things runners should know before joining #TeamMRF
5 things runners should know before joining #TeamMRF
Esther, Events Manager, tells us what she's learned about running for TeamMRF in her five years at the charity.
The latest updates in prosthetic limbs
The latest updates in prosthetic limbs
The world of prosthetic limbs is changing fast. Erin Gilbert, our Community Fundraiser, looks into the latest developments aiming to improve the lives of amputees throughout the world, and explains how Meningitis Research Foundation can help those who've lost limbs to meningitis and septicaemia.
What is safety netting?
What is safety netting?
Dr Matthew Thompson explains the challenges faced by medical professionals in diagnosing meningitis.
Why Meningitis Awareness Week matters
Why Meningitis Awareness Week matters
Kirstie was told her daughter had an ear infection, but her instincts told her it was something else. She explains why this year's theme for Meningitis Awareness Week is so important.
MRF supports #TeamSofia at Superhero Tri
MRF supports #TeamSofia at Superhero Tri
Chloe Milloy takes us behind the scenes at Superhero Tri, with MRF as a proud Charity Partner.
Why do some students not get their MenACWY vaccine?
Why do some students not get their MenACWY vaccine?
Rachel Davis, a third year student at the University of Bristol, asks why some students don't get their free MenACWY vaccine.
The surprising impact of social media on survivors of meningitis
The surprising impact of social media on survivors of meningitis
MRF investigates the impact of social media on meningitis survivors.
Should vaccination be mandatory?
Should vaccination be mandatory?
MRF Evidence and Policy Manager (Prevention), Claire Wright, discusses the pros and cons of making vaccination compulsory in the fight against meningitis and septicaemia
Members’ Day at Grimsthorpe Castle, May 2018
Members’ Day at Grimsthorpe Castle, May 2018

MRF Information and Support Officer, Katherine Carter reports on our latest family day for those affected by meningitis and septicaemia

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