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 »

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 »

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 »

Alere redoubles efforts with Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS

Alere said this week that it is redoubling its commitment to support the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA). Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, aims to help reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa, specifically mother-to-child transmission. 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 »

Urban ERs witness increase in hepatitis C rates

An urban emergency department with a hepatitis C testing protocol has seen high rates of hepatitis C among Baby Boomers and intravenous drug users. Read More »

Chagas disease vaccine grant awarded to Texas Children’s Hospital Center

Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development and the Sabin Vaccine Institute recently received a grant to develop the first therapeutic vaccine for Chagas disease. Read More »

Abbott improves managing TB and multidrug-resistant TB

Abbott Laboratories recently said its RealTime MTB and  RealTime MTB RIF/INH Resistance assays improve the management of tuberculosis and multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB). Read More »

One active TB case connected to school investigation in Texas

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health recently confirmed a single active tuberculosis (TB) case that has been linked to the ongoing investigation of Frank Macias Elementary in Horizon City. Read More »

Aerosol vaccine prevents Ebola in primate subjects

A team of scientists from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and the National Institutes of Health recently created an aerosolized, inhalable vaccine that has proven effective in preventing primates from contracting Ebola. Read More »

Equatorial Guinea agrees to malaria vaccine development program

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea agreed to sponsor clinical development and trials of Sanaria, Inc's PfSPZ malaria vaccine with three oil companies on Monday. The agreement calls for Equatorial Guinea and partners AMPCO, Marathon Oil Corp. and Noble Energy, Inc. to invest $48.5 million to support Sanari efforts to develop and license the vaccine. Read More »

Xenex robots reduce infections by disinfecting rooms

Xenex Germ-Zapping Robots disinfect rooms so efficiently that multiple hospitals have stated that their infections rates have decreased thanks to the new technology. Read More »

Immunity enzyme may fight off tuberculosis infection

The University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center said Tuesday that a recent study by its researchers has revealed how a specific immunity enzyme may protect the body from Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) infections. Read More »