Researchers demonstrate need for public genomic cholera database

A new study led by University of Maryland researchers on the cholera strains involved in the 2010 Haitian cholera outbreak has shown the critical need for a genomic database of outbreak-causing cholera bacteria. Read More »

House passes PDUFA legislation

The House of Representatives passed the new Prescription Drug User Fee Act by voice vote this week, which may accelerate the approval for generic drugs while adding new industry fees and overseas inspections. Read More »

H3N2 spikes in New Zealand

New Zealand influenza surveillance data recently showed a spike in reports of H3N2 influenza. Read More »

CDC develops new FDA approved dengue virus assay

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed a new test to detect the presence of the dengue virus. Read More »

Pandemic bird flu may be only three mutations away

Cambridge University researchers have found some strains of deadly avian H5N1 influenza that are only three mutations away from being transmissible from human to human. Read More »

Researchers find direct method for analyzing malaria parasite DNA

Researchers from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and Oxford University have discovered a new method for the analysis of malaria parasite DNA. Read More »

Canadian company halts TB vaccine production

Sanofi Pasteur, the only Canadian manufacturer of the BCG tuberculosis vaccine, recently announced that it will not produce more of the vaccine until late 2013. Read More »

Scientist focus on vaccine production research

Researchers around the world are focusing their efforts on developing ways to quickly produce vaccines should a pandemic occur. Read More »

Vietnam first Asian nation to reach WHO standards on TB treatment

Vietnam has helped more than 85 percent of patients recover from tuberculosis and treated more than 70 percent of diagnosed cases, making it the first nation in Asia to reach the target set by the World Health Organization. Read More »

Flu experts debate study on H5N1 fatality rate

A group of leading flu experts has written an article in the journal Science rejecting the idea that millions of H5N1 infections have gone undetected. Read More »

Hib infection drops dramatically in U.K.

The number of children contracting the deadly Haemophilus influenza type B, also known as a Hib infection, has dropped 97 percent in the United Kingdom in the 20 years since an immunization program was introduced. Read More »

New treatments identified to block transmission of malaria

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Australia have identified potential new treatments to block malaria transmission from occurring between humans and mosquitoes. Read More »

Swine flu outbreak in 2009 much deadlier than prior estimate

The 2009 swine flu outbreak killed 15 times more people - an estimated 284,500 people - than were confirmed by laboratory tests at the time, according to a new study. Read More »

Pertussis cases rise in Iowa county

The number of whooping cough cases in Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, has risen to 78 suspected or laboratory-confirmed cases since May 16. Read More »

European scientists develop new imaging technology to fight TB

A team of European researchers is supporting new tuberculosis treatments through the development of better diagnostic imaging technology. Read More »

BioDiem licenses Australian hepatitis B vaccine

Pharmaceutical company BioDiem recently acquired a license to utilize vaccine technology for hepatitis B and D from an Australian university. Read More »

Researchers reveal flu-fighting capability of immune component

Researchers at the University of Georgia have determined that a well-known immune system component is involved in the flu-fighting process. Read More »

Russia and U.S. sign POI in battle against malaria

The United States and Russia signed a protocol of intent on Wednesday to cooperate in the effort against malaria. Read More »

FDA approves combination vaccine for bacterial infections

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new combination vaccine for the prevention of the causes of meningitis and Hib disease. Read More »

Vaccines cleared in Swedish celiac epidemic

A new study has determined that childhood vaccinations were not responsible for a surge in celiac disease cases among babies and toddlers in Sweden. Read More »