THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017

WHO receives emergency donation for MenC vaccines

The UK Department of Health recently granted the World Health Organization (WHO) an urgent donation amounting to more than 157,000 meningococcal C (MenC) meningitis and septicaemia vaccines. Read More »

Blood test predicts chances of TB development

A new study from the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative at the University of Cape Town suggests that a simple blood test can predict a person’s chances of developing tuberculosis. Read More »

Statins decreases TB treatment time in tested mice

A recent study from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that when mice receive statins, typically used to reduce cholesterol, their tuberculosis (TB) infections heal faster than they otherwise would. Read More »

Memory B cells of HIV patients show affinity maturation defects

People with HIV infections experience a wide range of abnormalities in their immune systems, and one of the most recently discovered abnormalities includes affinity maturation defects within the memory B cells. Read More »

Mixed-strain malaria infections affect disease's spread

Emory University scientists recently discovered that the competition between different strains of malaria parasites could affect how drug-resistant malaria spreads throughout humans. Read More »

Study shows effectiveness of new HIV therapy drugs on infected children

Louise Kuhn, a professor of epidemiology at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, has been studying the effects of switching HIV therapy drugs after achieving viral suppression. Read More »

Phase 3 of sarcoma chemotherapy trial is discontinued

A clinical trial designed to compare three advanced Kaposi’s sarcoma chemotherapy treatment regimens combined with antiretroviral treatment for AIDS patients will not accept any more participants into its oral chemotherapy drug etoposide tests. Read More »

UK charities seek acceptance of meningitis B vaccination plan

Leaders from Meningitis Now and the Meningitis Research Foundation, two U.K. charities dedicated to fighting meningitis, recently said they intend to encourage Petitions and Health committees to accept an action plan against meningitis B. Read More »

Long-acting injectable effective against vaginal HIV transmissions

Scientists from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine have conducted a study to show that long-lasting injections containing an HIV drug provide people with protection against HIV transmissions. Read More »

WHO reminds of global goals on World TB Day

The World Health Organization (WHO) is commemorating World TB Day on Thursday by encouraging nations and collaborators to “Unite to End Tuberculosis” from being on the world health scene. Read More »

Chimpanzee parasite genomes show human malaria is evolving

An international team of scientists has implemented a selective amplification technique that allowed them to sequence genomes from two species of parasites in chimpanzees, helping them to better understand how human malaria has evolved over time. Read More »

Antibodies may eliminate HIV-like virus after exposure

Scientists recently administered antibodies to infant macaques after they had exposure to a virus similar to HIV, with the antibodies effectively eliminating the infection. Read More »

Only 2 percent of DR-TB patients can access new treatments.

Doctors Without Borders released a new publication of DR-TB Drugs Under the Microscope, showing that just 2 percent out of the 150,000 people with drug-resistant tuberculosis have access to the new, better treatments for the disease. Read More »

Measles, pertussis outbreaks may correlate with vaccination declinations

A recent analysis suggests that intentionally unvaccinated or undervaccinated people may correlate with the measles cases and certain pertussis outbreaks, as turning down vaccines showed a connection with a higher risk for developing the two diseases. Read More »

Computerized methods support fight against Zika virus

Scientists have developed computer-assisted methods to fight the spread of the Zika virus, which does not have any treatment or vaccine to prevent the disease's transmission. Read More »

Temple researchers erase HIV-1 from human T-cells

Scientists from Temple University's Lewis Katz School of Medicine recently developed a specialized gene editing system that can erase HIV-1 from human T-cells, potentially making a cure for patients with HIV infections. Read More »

Liverpool researchers assess alternative malaria prevention measures

Scientists at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have collaborated with the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine recently conducted a study to find alternative preventatives to malaria for pregnant women living in Kenya. Read More »

'Quantum dots' may lead to new Ebola and HIV treatments

A team of researchers from the University of Leeds recently discovered the method that HIV and Ebola viruses use to bond to cells and spread throughout the body, potentially leading a new way to treat Ebola and HIV infections. Read More »

New nano biosensor to quickly detect influenza

A team of scientists have developed a new nano biosensor that is able to quickly detect the influenza and similar viruses with its upconversion luminescence resonance energy transfer (LRET), which is an optical approach. Read More »

All study subjects protected with experimental dengue vaccine

All of the subjects who participated in a clinical trial for an experimental dengue virus vaccine showed vastly different results, as the 21 vaccine recipients did not develop the dengue infection, but the 20 placebo recipients did contract the infection. Read More »