Selecta to develop synthetic malaria vaccine

Science Applications International Corporation has awarded Selecta Biosciences, Inc., a subcontract to develop a targeted synthetic vaccine for malaria on Wednesday. Read More »

Cholera toll mounting in the Lake Chad basin

Cholera has killed at least 1,200 people in the countries surrounding Lake Chad this year, including Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Nigeria. Read More »

WHO downplays new H5N1 variant

The World Health Organization and the World Organization for Animal Health recently downplayed the significance of a new H5N1 strain that the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization reported as a potentially dangerous development. Read More »

Expert calls on doctors to inform patients of lack of vaccine-autism link

A noted expert from the Mayo Clinic recently urged doctors to review the extensive research that has disabused a connection between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism. Read More »

Source of Black Death found in London graveyard

An extinct version of the Yersinia pestis bacterium that is believed to be responsible for causing the Black Death was recently discovered by a team of evolutionary geneticists working in a 14th century London graveyard. Read More »

WHO develops framework for care and control of TB

The World Health Organization and the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease recently developed a Collaborative Framework for Care and Control of Tuberculosis and Diabetes. Read More »

Immunizations on the rise in the U.S.

According to a CDC survey, more young children are receiving immunizations in the U.S. for preventable diseases such as measles, mumps, rubella and hepatitis A. Read More »

Fla. woman dies of swine flu

According to health officials, an 80-year-old Lake County, Fla., woman has died after contracting the swine flu. Read More »

Rural areas more at risk for dengue, study shows

A recent study has shown, in contrast to conventional thinking, that rural areas may be more at risk for outbreaks of dengue fever than urban ones. Read More »

Modified bacteria could hold TB vaccine potential

A team of scientists from the United States has shown that an injection of modified bacteria related to those causing tuberculosis could potentially protect against the lung disease. Read More »

Facebook application to simulate spread of virus

Facebook application developed in a lab at Israel's Tel Aviv University that simulates the spread of a virus may serve as a strong indicator of how infections spread among populations. Read More »

Fears of vaccines could lead to devastating measles rise

With more than 150 cases of measles reported in the United States already this year, doctors warn that the disease is making an alarming comeback because of the unfounded fears linking the measles vaccine and autism. Read More »

Skin prick flu shot set to debut

The first flu shot to use a skin prick with a tiny needle as opposed to an inch-long injection will hit the market in time for the upcoming flu season. Read More »

Teen vaccination rates on the rise

More American adolescents are receiving recommended vaccinations, according to a new study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read More »

FDA approves new influenza diagnostic kit

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized the use of a laboratory diagnostic kit to diagnose human infections with seasonal influenza viruses and novel influenza A viruses with pandemic potential. Read More »

WHO signs pact to fight TB in India

The World Health Organization has signed a pact with the International Pharmaceutical Federation to collaborate ion a series of measures to reduce the number of tuberculosis deaths in India. Read More »

Milwaukee records its first measles case of 2011

Milwaukee health officials have confirmed that a child has been hospitalized with a case of measles, which is the city's first confirmed case of the disease in 2011. Read More »

Mutant H5N1 strain not a greater risk to humans, UN reports

The United Nations recently announced that it does not believe a mutant strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus detected in Vietnam poses any greater risk to human health. Read More »

Vaccine exemptions in Idaho rise drastically

Parents in Idaho are increasingly using personal beliefs as the reason behind their refusal to let their children receive vaccinations that are normally required to attend school. Read More »

Malaria cases decrease in Brazil's Amazon region

According to Brazil's health ministry, malaria cases in the Brazilian Amazon have reached 115,708 in the first half of the year, which is down 31 percent compared with the same period in 2010. Read More »