Universal vaccine would eliminate wide-scale flu outbreaks

Researchers at Princeton University have found that the long-sought universal vaccine could effectively allow for wide-scale prevention of flu by limiting the ability of the influenza virus to mutate and spread. Read More »

New malaria test measures changes in red blood cells

A researcher at the University of British Columbia has developed an accurate and simple device to study malaria to help researchers measure the changes in red blood cells caused by the Plasmodium falciparum parasite. Read More »

NIH studying newly emerging Staphylococcus aureus strain

A team of National Institute of Health scientists and their colleagues are using household surveillance and genome sequencing to investigate a newly emerging type of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Read More »

Thirty children diagnoses with measles in Welsh town

Thirty children have been diagnosed with measles at an outbreak connected to the Ysgol Eifionydd School in Porthmadog, North Wales. Read More »

Masks may halt the spread of MDR-TB

According to a new study conducted in South Africa, having multi-drug resistant tuberculosis patients wear surgical masks all day reduces the likelihood of them transmitting the infection through the air by close to 50 percent. Read More »

Cell phone attachment can rapidly, inexpensively detect E. coli

Engineers at the University of California - Los Angeles have created a cell phone attachment that may be able to rapidly and inexpensively detect pathogenic E. coli bacteria in liquefied food samples or water. Read More »

Osteoporosis drugs found to kill malaria parasites in mice

A research team at the University of Illinois led by chemistry professor Eric Oldfield has discovered that a chemically-modified form of two commonly prescribed osteoporosis drugs killed malaria parasites in mice. Read More »

Seventeenth measles case reported in Indiana

According to state health officials, the number of measles cases in Indiana in February rose to 17 on Monday, with a new case linked to an unvaccinated person who travelled to a foreign country. Read More »

U.N. releases updated policy on preventing tuberculosis in HIV/AIDS patients

The United Nations' World Health Organization has released an updated policy on the joint prevention, diagnosis and treatment of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Read More »

Whooping cough vaccine to become mandatory for Illinois students

Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, all students in the state of Illinois entering sixth and eighth grade must show proof of having received the whooping cough vaccination. Read More »

Vermont Senate passes bill to stop philosophical exemption from school vaccine requirements

The Vermont Senate passed a vaccination bill on Friday that would stop the philosophical exemption from the requirement that parents get their children a series of vaccinations before entering school. Read More »

FDA approves first quadrivalent influenza vaccine

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved FluMist Quadrivalent, a vaccine to prevent seasonal influenza in people between the ages of two and 49 years of age. Read More »

Measles cases continue to rise in Merseyside, United Kingdom

According to the Health Protection Agency, the number of confirmed measles cases in Merseyside, United Kingdom, has risen to 36. Read More »

Liberia secures $60 million to fight malaria

The Liberian government, through the support of the Global Fund, has accumulated approximately $60 million in its fight against domestic cases of malaria. Read More »

Epistem signs marketing agreement with Indian co. for TB assay

Epistem, a major United Kingdom epithelial stem sell company, has signed a sales and marketing agreement for its tuberculosis molecular assay with Xcelris Labs, India's genomics research and diagnostic testing firm. Read More »

Flu activity rises slightly, CDC reports

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu activity in the United States demonstrated a moderate spike in late February, including an increase in the number of states reporting widespread activity. Read More »

Cuba to begin HIV vaccine trials in humans this year

According to the director of clinical research at Cuba's genetic engineering and biotechnology center, Cuba will begin clinical human trials of an HIV vaccine this year. Read More »

Microneedle vaccine patches may be more effective than traditional inoculation, report shows

According to research conducted by a team of Emory University and Georgia Tech University scientists, microneedle vaccine patches were more effective at delivering influenza protection in mice than intramuscular or subcutaneous inoculation. Read More »

U.K. measles outbreak grows

According to the Health Protection Agency in the United Kingdom, the measles outbreak in Merseyside has spread beyond Liverpool with 48 confirmed cases, 37 probable cases and 108 possible cases. Read More »

More than 100 students test positive for latent TB at Colorado high school

According to the Denver Health Medical Center, 120 students out of 906 tested at Longmont High School in Longmont, Colorado, have tested positive for the latent form of tuberculosis. Read More »