Decades Neglecting An Ancient Disease Has Triggered A Health Emergency Around The World

New extensively drug-resistant variants of an ancient and deadly disease – typhoid fever – are spreading across international borders. Cases have been reported in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Iraq, Guatemala, UK, US, and Germany, as well as more recently in Australia and Canada. In recent years, drug resistant and…Continue readingDecades Neglecting An Ancient Disease Has Triggered A Health Emergency Around The World

The Uganda Vaccine Trial – How African Researchers Are Tackling Ebola

In August 2015 Dr Sakoba Keita, who led the Ebola response in Guinea during the largest Ebola outbreak the world has ever seen, declared: the Ebola vaccine is a gift from Guinea to West Africa and the world. This was just after the preliminary results of the “Ebola ça suffit”…Continue readingThe Uganda Vaccine Trial – How African Researchers Are Tackling Ebola

Special UV Lamp Can Fight Spread Of Airborne Flu Virus

A new study at the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University Irving Medical Center reports that nonstop low levels of far ultraviolet C (far-UVC) light can kill airborne flu viruses without damaging human tissues. The results indicate that use of overhead far-UVC light in schools, hospitals, doctors’ offices, airports,…Continue readingSpecial UV Lamp Can Fight Spread Of Airborne Flu Virus

Antigenically Stable Influenza Vaccine Uses Dual-HA Viruses

A novel method of producing the seasonal flu vaccine could speed up the process and provide better protection against infection. For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal flu shot. But because these human strains frequently mutate to adapt to…Continue readingAntigenically Stable Influenza Vaccine Uses Dual-HA Viruses

Vaccine Protection Against Congenital Zika Virus Infection

A new study in mice shows that females vaccinated before pregnancy and infected with Zika virus while pregnant bear pups who show no trace of the virus. The findings offer the first evidence that an effective vaccine administered prior to pregnancy can protect vulnerable fetuses from Zika infection and resulting…Continue readingVaccine Protection Against Congenital Zika Virus Infection

Antibodies May Block Transmission Of Congenital Cytomegalovirus

A way to protect fetuses from cytomegalovirus, or CMV has been identified in new Duke University research with monkeys. CMV can cause many of the same brain and developmental impairments as the Zika virus. One of only a handful known to be transmitted through the mother’s placenta to a fetus,…Continue readingAntibodies May Block Transmission Of Congenital Cytomegalovirus

New Immunization Strategy Could Prevent Gastrointestinal Disease

Researchers from MIT and the University of California at Irvine have developed a new strategy to immunize against microbes that invade the gastrointestinal tract, including Salmonella, which causes more foodborn illness in the United States than any other bacteria. The researchers targeted a molecule that Salmonella and other bacteria secrete…Continue readingNew Immunization Strategy Could Prevent Gastrointestinal Disease