THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2016

Islamic Development Bank supports polio elimination with $90 million grant

The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) recently granted $90 million to help Pakistan implement the latest step of its polio elimination program through 2018. Read More »

Congo sees progress against deadly measles epidemic

The Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) Ministry of Public Health recently reported that the measles epidemic has started to decline, but there are still serious risks for the disease’s transmission. Read More »

Yale study shows higher poverty correlates with higher Ebola transmission rates

Scientists from the Yale Center for Infectious Disease Modelling and Analysis, and from the Liberian Ministry of Health recently conducted a study that found people living in areas with higher poverty levels have higher transmission rates of the Ebola virus disease. Read More »

UK researchers seek new strains for polio vaccine

A study recently published in PLOS Pathogens shows scientists from the National Institute for Biological Standards and Control in the United Kingdom are working to create a new generation of vaccine strains that will be efficient and not result in illness if they are intentionally or accidentally released. Read More »

NYU study shows minor influenza strains pose significant threats

New York University scientists recently discovered that even minor influenza strains can still have a significant impact and create notable health threats to the public. Read More »

NIAID highlights accomplishments from 2015

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a branch of the National Institutes of Health, recently released a slideshow that emphasizes the notable scientific progress that NIAID researchers have accomplished for 2015. 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 »

Philippines government to sponsor dengue vaccine for children

The Philippines government recently agreed to participate in a dengue vaccine trial that will last for 20 years, effectively vaccinating susceptible, poor children who live in areas that have high rates of dengue fever. Read More »

WHO releases results from reviews of rapid malaria tests

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released the results of its review of rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) that are designed to detect malaria from the parasites inside the host. Read More »

Saudi Arabia reports four new MERS cases

The National IHR Focal Point in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently confirmed four new Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) cases, including two deaths from the disease. Read More »

New test for diagnosing dengue fever developed

Researchers recently found a better, more accurate test for detecting dengue fever, which is becoming more widespread as infected mosquitoes are migrating around the world. Read More »

Two human cases of avian influenza reported in China

Officials from the National Health and Family Planning Commission (NHFPC) in China recently informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that there have been two human cases of avian influenza A(H5N6). Read More »

Antimalarial drug decreases mortality rate among Ebola patients

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and Epicentre, MSF’s research branch, shows that an antimalarial drug may decrease mortality among Ebola patients. Read More »

Hong Kong reports six dengue fever cases in new year

Hong Kong's Centre for Health Protection has reported six new dengue fever cases from Dec. 24 to Jan. 7. Read More »

Imperial College researchers discover how flu viruses hijack host cell machinery

Researchers from Imperial College London have learned how flu viruses are able to invade host cells and manipulate their machinery to spread throughout the body, which is a discovery that could help scientists create more efficient antiviral treatments for both the seasonal influenza as well as pandemics.  Read More »

California ends Ebola monitoring program for West African travelers

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has ended the Ebola monitoring program that evaluated travelers who were traveling from West African countries that had been impacted by Ebola. Read More »

Researched model suggests vaccine could eliminate HIV/AIDS epidemic

A newly published research modeling shows that using a vaccine with comprehensive response to HIV/AIDS could successfully eliminate the epidemic around the world. Read More »

Immune system's elasticity is demonstrated in Virginia Tech study

A team from the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute recently conducted a study of the long-term memory of the human immune system that may allow the manipulation of the system into fighting specific illnesses. Read More »

Brown University researchers analyze racial disparity in HIV, Hodgkin lymphoma

A recent study from Brown University shows a noticeable racial disparity among populations that have HIV and Hodgkin lymphoma. Read More »

Plasma from Ebola survivors useful for treatments, but can't save lives

A recent study, available in the New England Journal of Medicine, suggests that plasma from Ebola survivors can be safely used to treat Ebola patients, but using the plasma doesn’t notably improve the chances of survival. Read More »