TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2017

Missouri studies examine collaboration between HIV-focused agencies

Two recently published studies by the University of Missouri’s Nidhi Khosla examine cooperation between agencies and organizations serving people with HIV in Baltimore and offer suggestions for improving their services and measuring their collaboration. Read More »

Global health community marks World Tuberculosis Day

To mark World Tuberculosis Day Thursday, the global health community honored discoveries from scientists who have made TB discoveries throughout history, including Robert Koch. Read More »

Study shows flu vaccine distribution model needs improvement

Research from Washington University in St. Louis’ Olin Business School demonstrates that the distribution and delivery system for influenza vaccines needs to be improved to avoid shortages. Read More »

Research shows HIV makes protein that manipulates genes

Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center recently discovered that HIV makes a small protein that manipulates human genes so the virus can advance into AIDS. Read More »

Potential single treatment for multiple Ebola strains

Scientists at Vanderbilt University, The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Integral Molecular Inc., and The Scripps Research Institute have found a new approach that may enable them to make a single treatment for several Ebola strains. Read More »

Rice scientists seek removal of legal restrictions on adolescents in HIV/STI studies

Scientists at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Baylor College of Medicine have called for legal restrictions that prohibit adolescents from joining studies for HIV and similar sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Read More »

Sierra Leone workers issue new guidelines for treating children with Ebola

Health care workers based in Port Loko, Sierra Leone, at the biggest Ebola treatment unit, have created guidelines that will help health care professionals to better treat children who have Ebola. Read More »

Study finds Ebola virus mutates spontaneously and frequently

Scientists from Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) recently discovered that the Ebola virus mutates much more spontaneously and frequently than researchers originally estimated. Read More »

US and Mexico increase efforts against mosquito-borne illnesses

The United States and Mexico recently stepped up their efforts to fight mosquito-borne diseases that can cause epidemics. Read More »

Texas Biomed gains grant to develop cure for HIV-born babies

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute (TBRI) recently gained a $5 million National Institutes of Health grant to fund the organization’s research for potential functional cures for babies who are born with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections. Read More »

Parasitic worm increases susceptibility to TB infections

Researchers from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently conducted a study that demonstrates how an infection from a parasitic worm can make people more susceptible to contracting tuberculosis (TB) infections. Read More »

Washington University study finds possible Chikungunya virus antibodies

Antibodies also neutralize HIV, influenza and hepatitis C. Read More »

Study suggests one vaccine may prevent chikungunya and similar viruses

Scientists from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently found broadly neutralizing antibodies that could be used to create one vaccine to protect people from chikungunya and its related viruses. Read More »

Saint Louis University receives NIH contract for omics research

The Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit of Saint Louis University recently gained a contract with the National Institutes of Health for the scientists’ “omics” research initiative, which studies the efficacy and safety of vaccines and similar methods of fighting infectious diseases. Read More »

Washington University researchers devise approach to improve immunity

Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis recently discovered a new approach to improve innate immune defenses while also fighting the virus. Read More »

Researchers develop test to detect virtually any virus

A new test that can detect virtually any virus that could infect any human or animal has been developed at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Read More »

Texas scientists advance understanding of Dengue fever

A recent study conducted by an international consortium of scientists has improved the understanding of how researchers understand and study the deadly dengue virus, which is contracted by 390 million people each year and poses  life-threatening complications in 500,000 of those cases. Read More »

Political, medical leaders discuss 21st Century Cures Act legislation

Political and medical leaders held a roundtable discussion on Tuesday at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas about the new 21st Century Cures Act and the future of U.S. biomedical science. The act legislation would support biomedical research that is currently underway to cure diseases. Read More »

Epidemic bacterial disease mechanism discovered in 'flesh-eating' strep

Scientists for the first time were able to identify the mechanism behind epidemic levels of A streptococcus, also called the “flesh-eating” bacterium, in a recent study. This is the first time that researchers were able to do this. By studying heightened toxin production in the molecules, they determined that these molecular events are a major factor in large epidemics of the illness. Read More »

Crime scene compound may treat malaria

Detectives use a compound to spray crime scenes for trace amounts of blood, and in the future this compound may be used to kill the parasite that causes malaria. Read More »