TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2016

UCLA study tracks funding cuts in PREFAR program

The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PREFAR) has seen a dramatic decrease in funding in critical parts of its budget according to a UCLA study. Read More »

Scientists discover human (host) protein with strong HIV implications

University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute (SBP) scientists recently announced they have identified a new human (host) protein that potentially weakens the body’s immune response to HIV as well as other viruses. Read More »

New vaginal lactobacillus for neutralizing HIV-1 antibody fragments

Scientists from Osel Inc. and their partners have engineered a vaginal lactobacillus that is designed to generate neutralizing antibody fragments against HIV-1 infections. Read More »

New drug combinations may expedite TB treatments

Scientists from Shanghai Jiano Tong University and UCLA have created a novel combination of drugs that could shorten the amount of time that tuberculosis patients undergo treatment. Read More »

Simulation demonstrates pandemic swine flu had minor effect in Finland

Scientists recently used a simulation model to demonstrate the true effects of various infectious disease in an area, with the pandemic swine flu and its minor effects on Finland. Read More »

No additional risk for surgical patients receiving influenza vaccine

A recent study suggests that there is no additional risk to surgical patients when they receive the seasonal influenza vaccine while they are still staying at the hospital. Read More »

Stanford chemists find ultra-sensitive test for HIV, cancer

A team of chemists from Stanford recently discovered a new, ultra-sensitive test that can detect cancer or HIV infections, suggesting that the test is significantly more sensitive than current technologies. Read More »

Experimental Ebola treatment trial shows inconclusive results

A non-randomized, multi-centered study evaluating favipiravir in treating 126 patients who had Ebola infections had inconclusive results. Read More »

Colorado State researchers find new dengue fever diagnosis method

Researchers from Colorado State University may have found a way to use small molecules to diagnose dengue fever, possibly also determining the progression of the illness. Read More »

Infant development appears normal after antimalarial treatment for pregnant women

Research from the University of Barcelona shows that antimalarial mefloquine (MQ) treatments administered during pregnancy did not seem to affect the early development of infants involved in the research. Read More »

Blood test could improve TB diagnosis in developing nations

Stanford University School of Medicine researchers recently discovered a gene expression “signature” that can be seen in a simple blood test, making it more affordable and efficient to manage tuberculosis (TB). Read More »

TB cases among immigrants declines in U.S.

Rates of tuberculosis (TB) cases among foreign-born entrants living inside the U.S. declined approximately 20 percent between 2007 and 2011, which experts have attributed to efforts within the entrants’ original home country. Read More »

New compound may fight various influenza strains

A recent study shows a new antiviral drug may help protect people from a wide variety of influenza strains, as the compound works independently from the immune system. Read More »

Varying immune responses may impact West Nile virus

Researchers from Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason in Seattle recently conducted a study that shows unusual, exaggerate immune responses can make West Nile virus infections more severe. Read More »

Shingles vaccine may protect end-stage renal disease patients

A recent study conducted by Kaiser Permanente discovered that elderly people who have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are 50 percent less likely to have shingles after receiving the shingles vaccine than people without ESRD. Read More »

Researched model suggests vaccine could eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic

A newly published research modeling shows that using a vaccine with comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS could successfully eliminate the epidemic around the world. Read More »

California ends Ebola monitoring program for West African travelers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has ended the Ebola monitoring program that evaluated travelers who were traveling from West African countries that had been impacted by Ebola. Read More »

UK researchers seek new strains for polio vaccine

A study recently published in PLOS Pathogens shows scientists from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in the United Kingdom are working to create a new generation of vaccine strains that will be efficient and not result in illness if they are intentionally or accidentally released. Read More »

Yale study shows higher poverty correlates with higher Ebola transmission rates

Scientists from the Yale Center for Infectious Disease Modelling and Analysis, and from the Liberian Ministry of Health recently conducted a study that found people living in areas with higher poverty levels have higher transmission rates of the Ebola virus disease. Read More »

CDC study shows extended regimens aid patients with MDR-TB

Regimens that involve a wider variety of drugs may help to improve the ultimate outcomes for patients when they have multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Read More »