Whooping cough case reported in N.C.

Health officials have confirmed that a five-year-old student at Pink Hill Elementary School in Lenoir County, N.C., has been diagnosed with whooping cough. Read More »

Gates Foundation names new president

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced the appointment of Dr. Christopher Elias on Monday to the position of president of the foundation's Global Development Program. Read More »

Genetically modified mosquitoes test a success, researchers says

A U.K.-based scientific team recently showed that genetically modified mosquitoes could prove effective at tackling dengue fever and other insect-borne diseases. Read More »

Progress reported on second-gen anthrax vaccine

Further development progress was announced this week by PharmAthene for its second generation rPA anthrax vaccine SparVax. Read More »

Global Fund discovers more evidence of fraud

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria reported this week that 12 new probes had revealed an additional $20 million of mismanagement, alleged fraud and misspending. Read More »

NanoLogix technology detects live TB in four days

NanoLogix, a company specializing in detecting live bacteria, recently announced that its BioNanoPore technology was confirmed to have detected live Mycobacterium tuberculosis in four days instead of the standard 21. Read More »

Research explaining how humans develop malaria immunity

New research is uncovering how humans develop immunity to malaria and could assist in developing programs dedicated to eradicating the parasitic infection. Read More »

Cholera aid to Haiti slowing at critical time

In an interview with Free Speech Radio News, Dr. Charles Patrick Almazor, the director of clinical services in Haiti for Partners in Health, said that aid is drying up at a critical moment. Read More »

Parents see need for vaccinations but fail to get them, survey shows

According to a survey by the American Osteopathic Association, the majority of parents see the importance in making sure their children ages 13 to 17 are current on national recommendations for vaccinations but are failing to do so. Read More »

California student diagnosed with TB

A University of California - Riverside student was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting university officials to offer free testing to 1,500 students, faculty and staff. Read More »

Amber encased insects reveal history of malaria

A comprehensive analysis of insect-borne diseases shows that malaria was present in the New World before humans existed and has evolved through birds and monkeys. Read More »

Wisconsin reports its first influenza case of the season

State health officials in Wisconsin announced last week that an adult from the northeastern part of the state is the first confirmed case of influenza among state residents for the 2011-12 influenza season. Read More »

Source of measles' quick spread discovered

Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered why measles spreads so quickly and have published their results online to give other researchers insight into why some respiratory viruses spread more quickly and easily than others. Read More »

WHO TB test detects twice as many cases as smear microscopy

The World Health Organization's recommended test for pulmonary tuberculosis, Xpert MTB/RIF, was shown to detect twice as many TB cases than smear microscopy in a study conducted among children in Africa. Read More »

Gates Foundation awards grant for malaria mosquito laser

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently awarded a $1 million grant to an astrophysicist developing a laser that can be used to stop malaria-spreading mosquitoes. Read More »

Pakistan receives grant for oral polio vaccine

The government of Japan extended a grant of $2.64 million on Thursday to enable the Polio Eradication Initiative in Pakistan to procure 11 million doses of oral polio vaccine. Read More »

Vaccine exemptions on the rise in California

According to research presented at the American Public Health Association's 139th annual meeting on Thursday, increasing rates of unvaccinated young children with "personal belief exemptions" from vaccination requirements are becoming worrisome. Read More »

"Electronic nose" can detect TB

Scientists and engineers in India and the United States are collaborating to develop a handheld device that can detect tuberculosis in symptomatic patients. Read More »

Shingles vaccine doesn't increase short term risk of developing shingles

A new study has recently shown that the live attenuated shingles or herpes zoster vaccine known as Zostavax does not appear to increase the short term risk of developing shingles in those taking medicine for autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Read More »

Arrest warrant issued over TB treatment

An arrest warrant has been issued for a Prince George, British Columbia, woman who allegedly failed to take her medication for the bacterial infection tuberculosis. Read More »