New malaria drug fights resistance

Researchers claim they have developed a new anti-malaria drug that can kill the parasite that causes the disease, according to an article published May 5 in the Journal Nature. Read More »

Dengue outbreaks on the rise in Asia-Pacific

World Health Officials announced last week that outbreaks of dengue fever have risen in the Asia Pacific region in the past year, killing three times more victims in 2008 than in recent years. Read More »

A/H1N1 continues to affect Brazil

The People's Daily Online reports that the A/H1N1 flu continues to affect Brazil. Read More »

Sanofi pasteur to pay for overpriced Canadian vaccines

One of the world's largest vaccine producer's Canadian branch will pay more than $2.5 million after government regulators found the company overcharged for two vaccines that protect against childhood illnesses. Read More »

Chickenpox outbreak in Florida

Florida's Lee County has issued an outbreak warning for chickenpox after 41 confirmed cases of the disease have hit children since February. Read More »

New findings could help develop vaccines for respiratory infections

Researchers at the Trudeau Institute reported in the current Journal of Experimental Medicine that they have identified two signaling components that could potentially allow for cellular immunity against the influenza virus and lead to vaccines against re Read More »

FDA called on to raise vaccine safety testing standards

The National Vaccine Information Center formally called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week to increase its labeling practices and legal vaccine safety testing. Read More »

Second human safety study of ARCS vaccine underway

According to a news release from MarketWire, a second human safety study of a Cleveland BioLabs, Inc., drug used to treat Acute Radiation Syndrome is underway. Read More »

FDA determines rotovirus should not cause vaccine suspension

The Food and Drug Administration, with the help of a panel of experts, has determined that recent findings regarding rotovirus vaccines Rotateq, made by Merck and Co. Pharmaceuticals, and Rotateq, made by GlaxoSmithCline, should not lead to the continued Read More »

CDC expanding disease detection center program to protect against emerging diseases

"Global health security is only as strong as the weakest link," Ray Arthur, Associate Director for Global Health at CDC National Center for Infectious Diseases, said as part of a presentation on the CDC's Global Disease Protection Plan at last week's 2010 Read More »

Crucell and NIH Burkina Faso malaria vaccine trial

Crucell N.V. announced Thursday that it has begun the first phase of a clinical study for irs AdVac-based malaria vaccine in Burkina Faso. Read More »

Zydus Cadila gets nod for H1N1 vaccine

Zydus Cadilla, an Ahmedabad, India-based drug company, announced that it has become the first Indian firm to market the country Read More »

Measles outbreak in British Columbia

Authorities in British Columbia confirmed 83 measles cases in the Canadian province, according to The Province, and said the high number is due in part to many in Western Canada who refuse to be vaccinated. Read More »

Booster doses can increase response in older adults againt pertussis

Just one booster dose helped adults ages 55 and older respond well to a series of antigens that included diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, Doctor's Guide Channels reports. Read More »

Novavax announces publication of H1N1 study

Novavax, Inc., has published results of a pandemic H1N1 vaccine pre-clinical trial in the May 12 online edition of the journal Vaccine. Read More »

Sinovac submits clinical trial application for mumps vaccine

China-based vaccine manufacturer Biotech Ltd. has submitted an application to the China State Food and Drug Administration to begin human clinical trials for a mumps vaccine, Medical News Today reports. Read More »

Former WHO flu head calls for development of pandemic flu vaccine

CIDRAP News reports that the former head of the World Health Organization's flu program, Dr. Klaus Stohr, believes scientists should attempt to develop a prepandemic vaccine in an effort to "get the jump" on the next flu pandemic. Read More »

Powder-based oral vaccine to be part of AAPS conference

The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists' National Biotechnology Conference will be held this weekend in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square starting this Sunday, May 16. Read More »

Cancer vaccine breakthrough reported

Cancer researchers in the U.K. say they have created a new vaccine that may ultimately offer a cure for certain types of cancer. Read More »

Canada warns of second measles outbreak

Five confirmed cases of measles in Alberta, Canada, have led to officials with Alberta Health Services requesting residents to get measles vaccines, according to Read More »