THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

Alterra raises funds to fight Malaria

Alterra has joined the United Nations Foundation "Nothing But Nets" to fight against malaria by raising $105,359 in donations over the course of approximately one year. Read More »

Responses to updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy

President Barack Obama recently released a modified version of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and several leaders and communities have issued their responses. Read More »

USDA unveils conservation incentives for farmers, ranchers

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Monday that beginning on Sept. 1, farmers and ranchers can apply for financial assistance to help conserve their working grasslands, rangeland and pastureland while maintaining the areas as livestock grazing lands. Read More »

Analysis offers insights on how to execute National HIV-AIDS strategy

The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), in a partnership with the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Law at Georgetown Law School, released a report on Thursday recommending how individual U.S. states can help the nation execute the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Read More »

Vaccine rates fail to meet goals among older adults

Paper cites numerous factors that influence underutilization of vaccines in seniors. Read More »

Dr. In-Kyu Yoon named director of Dengue Vaccine Initiative

Dr. In-Kyu Yoon was recently named the new director of the Dengue Vaccine Initiative (DVI). Read More »

Global effort to eliminate polio reaches milestones

Ellyn Ogden, the worldwide polio eradication coordinator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the senior technical adviser for health and child survival, recently held a question-and-answer session about the milestones that have been reached in polio elimination. Read More »

Measles may target immune memory cells, according to report

Measles infections may leave your body weaker than previously thought, according to new research published in the Science Journal. Read More »

Intranasal virus-like particle vaccine shown to be effective against influenza A virus

A study published Tuesday in mBios, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) journal, has found that an intranasal virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine offers broad protection to mice against several subtypes of influenza A virus. Read More »

HHS partnership furthers development of potential Ebola drug

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Wednesday its Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) recently partnered with the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) to further develop and create a drug to treat the Ebola virus. The experimental drug is related to Mapp Biopharmaceuticals’ ZMapp, which was used in tobacco plants. Read More »

Health officials discuss elimination of polio in Africa

Health officials recently met to discuss the best ways to maintain the eradication of polio in Ethiopia and Africa, a meeting held in light of an outbreak of wild polio virus in the Horn of Africa. Read More »

Marken provides direct shipments for MERS outbreak patients

Marken, a leading clinical trial logistics organization that offers services and solutions to the life sciences industry, recently gained government approval to provide the first direct-to-patient shipment of treatments to South Korea for the Middle East Respiratory System (MERS) outbreak. Read More »

Generic heart disease medications may treat Ebola

Researchers recently found that generic medications that are used to manage heart disease patients may also significantly strengthen patients’ immune systems against Ebola and similar life-threatening diseases. Read More »

HHS chooses regional centers to be special pathogen treatment sites

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Friday it has chosen nine health departments and associated partner hospitals as special regional treatment centers in order to improve the nation’s response capabilities to infectious diseases, such as Ebola. Read More »

HHS exploring quick, easy test for Ebola infections

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) said Friday it will continue to pursue the development of a fast, easy diagnostic test for Ebola that it can be used in hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics or field settings. The new diagnostics test, called OraQuick, provides test results within just 20 minutes, making it the fastest Ebola test yet. Read More »

WHO partners refocus on how to measure country health program impact

WHO, World Bank and USAID agree accurate and timely health are foundation to improving public health. Read More »

Avian influenza quarantines end in two North Dakota counties

North Dakota's State Board of Animal Health recently concluded the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 quarantines that stopped all transfer for poultry and poultry products within LaMoure and Dickey counties. Read More »

$50 million grant seeks to combat cholera in Haiti

The International Development Association (IDA) recently donated $50 million to improve sanitation and provide clean water in the small towns and rural regions affected by cholera in Haiti. Read More »

Americas region first to be officially declared rubella-free

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) leaders announced a historic milestone in Washington, D.C., on April 29, by declaring the Americas region the world’s first to be rubella-free. Read More »

South Dakota senators urge USDA to combat avian influenza

U.S. Sens. Mike Rounds (R-SD) and John Thune (R-SD) recently mailed a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Thomas Vilsack, asking that the USDA provide assistance to control the H5N2 avian influenza virus that has been discovered on poultry farms in the state of South Dakota. Read More »