THURSDAY, MAY 25, 2017

HHS announces Secretary’s Ventures projects for 2015

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the Secretary’s Ventures program for three projects for 2015 that will be lead by entrepreneurial teams within the HHS. Read More »

Protection of vaccinators urged to eradicate polio

Experts agree that in order to successfully eradicate polio, vaccinators must be protected as they fulfill their duties, Global Health Council Executive Director Christine Sow said Monday in a blog posting. Read More »

Freshwater compound may help fight drug-resistant TB

Antimicrobial from Lake Michigan effective at treating TB Read More »

Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals to present HBV and HCV treatment candidate

Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company that creates novel therapeutics to treat viral infections, has recently announced that a company representative will present its lead drug candidate, SB 9200, for treating infections of hepatitis B virus (HBV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV). Read More »

USDA temporarily bans avian imports from Ontario, Canada

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has temporarily banned the importation of commercial birds, poultry, research and performing birds, avian hatching eggs and ratites from Ontario, Canada, in an effort to prevent highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) from spreading through America’s commercial poultry industry, the agency said on Saturday. Read More »

World Bank financially supports eliminating polio in Nigeria

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors recently approved $200 million from the International Development Association to financially support eliminating polio and sustaining routine vaccinations in Nigeria for children under 5 years old and women of childbearing age. Read More »

Kaprielian named HHS director for New England states

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell recently announced that Rachel Kaprielian will be HHS’s new Region I director for Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Read More »

Dr. Gary Michelson to receive Albert B. Sabin Humanitarian Award

Renowned physician being honored for work toward eliminating neglected tropical diseases. Read More »

Rule changes proposed for electronic health records

Goal is to support nationwide interoperability of Medicare records. Read More »

Majority of parents still seeking vaccinations for children

Harvard study shows routine vaccinations remain the norm. Read More »

USDA disputes ban on poultry imports

Some countries refusing all U.S. poultry after avian influenza found. Read More »

Missouri taking measures to stop avian influenza

2 turkey growing facilities test positive for virus Read More »

Twitter discussions increase understanding of vaccine refusers

A new study is using Twitter as a means of better understanding why people refuse vaccinations. Read More »

New vaccine being perfected to treat hookworms

Sabine Vaccine Institute testing groundbreaking hookworm vaccine in Gabon. Read More »

VaxInnate, BARDA extend contract to develop influenza vaccines

BARDA recently extended its contract with VaxInnate Corporation for the development of the VAX2012Q influenza vaccine.  Read More »

New drug shows early promise as Ebola vaccine

Researchers recently administered an experimental drug that targets an Ebola virus protein to a group of monkeys and discovered that 75 percent of the monkeys did not contract the virus after virus exposure. Read More »

Global Network aims to boost access to NTD medical help

The Global Network said on Friday that it aspires to expand global access to neglected tropical-disease (NTD) treatment options as part of its Millennium Development Goals. Read More »

BIO endorses Vaccine Access, Certainty and Innovation Act bill

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) recently praised the introduction of Vaccine Access, Certainty and Innovation Act legislation in the U.S. House. Read More »

HHS seeks contractors to test malaria vaccines

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the National Institutes of Health's Allergy and Infectious Diseases unit, is seeking contractor proposals for testing new malaria vaccines, the NIH said recently. Read More »

HHS chief's legal-immunity order aims to further Ebola vaccine efforts

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has taken the initiative to facilitate the development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines. Read More »