THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2016

Vitamin D may speed tuberculosis recovery

A new study by British scientists shows that high doses of vitamin D, given alongside antibiotic treatment, can help patients recover more quickly from tuberculosis. Read More »

Maryland reports first death from West Nile

The first recorded death from West Nile virus in Maryland this year was recently reported, according to health official's from the state. Read More »

Study: Many schools in U.S. unprepared for next pandemic

Saint Louis University researchers found in a recent study that less than half of U.S. schools mention pandemic preparedness in their school plan and just 40 percent have changed their plan since the 2009 H1N1 pandemic. Read More »

Study finds vaccine exemptions rise when easier to obtain

Emory University researchers published a study on Wednesday that found that more parents get medical vaccination exemptions for their kindergarten children in states in which they are easier to obtain. Read More »

DNA tracking used to track spread of TB

Scientists are reconstructing the spread of diseases such as tuberculosis using DNA sequencing in order to quickly identify the origin and movement of pathogens. Read More »

Rise in vaccine exemptions reported in Connecticut schools

Connecticut is reporting a rise in students who are requesting exemption from vaccinations as parents cite allergic reactions or religious prohibitions. Read More »

New childhood flu vaccine guidelines approved

New influenza vaccine guidelines for children developed by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices have been approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health & Human Services. Read More »

Ovalocytosis disorder found to protect against malaria

A multinational group of researchers has found a strong connection between an inherited red blood cell disorder and protection against Plasmodium vivax malaria. Read More »

Approval sought for new MDR-TB drug

Marketing authorization has been submitted by Johnson & Johnson company Janssen-Cilag International NV to the European Medicines Agency for conditional approval of its investigational drug bedaquiline to be used as part of a combination theory to treat multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Read More »

Malaria's ability to share genetic variations determined

A parasite that causes the most common form of malaria to share the same genetic variations, even when separated across continents, has been discovered by scientists at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute. Read More »

CDC recommends whopping cough booster shots

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended this week that adults get booster shots against whooping cough to prevent the disease from spreading to groups more at risk for complications. Read More »

WHO releases dengue strategy

The World Health Organization recently released a strategic report in an effort to cut deaths from dengue virus infections in half and overall dengue cases by 25 percent in the next eight years. Read More »

West Nile virus deaths on the rise in U.S.

The death toll from the West Nile virus in the United States rose this week to 87 people total in 2012, up from a total of 66 deaths reported the previous week. Read More »

Toddler immunization rates remain high

Almost all toddlers in the United States are receiving recommended childhood vaccinations, despite the concerns of parents about giving so many shots during a short window of time. Read More »

West African cholera epidemic set to worsen

The United Nations recently warned that the cholera epidemic in West Africa will worsen with the onset of annual rains and flooding. Read More »

Inovio shows success with H1N1 universal flu vaccine

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., recently announced that its universal H1N1 influenza vaccine, known as SynCon, generated protection against some of the most prevalent strains of the illness from the last 100 years. Read More »

Whooping cough cases spike in U.S.

Experts fear that a spike in whooping cough, or pertussis, cases may be related, in part, to waning protection offered by the vaccine. Read More »

Study shows measles vaccine more effective if administered later

A second measles vaccine study conducted by Canadian researchers questions the timing at which the vaccine is administered to children. Read More »

Vaccine opt-outs rising in private schools

Parents of children in private schools are more likely to opt out of immunizations in California than public school parents, according to a recent report. Read More »

Tropical Storm Isaac increases cholera cases in Haiti

Haiti experienced a slight increase in the number of cholera cases after Tropical Storm Isaac passed through, according to a United Nations peacekeeping mission. Read More »