Latest update for Indiana HIV outbreak

Health officials recently released the latest information about the HIV outbreak located in southern Indiana. Read More »

California considers funding Valley Fever vaccine research

California is considering legislation to allocate $1 million to fund Valley Fever vaccine research. Valley Fever is a fungal infection that causes flu-like symptoms including cough, chest pain, fatigue, fever, chills and sweats. Read More »

Hepatitis C more common in sub-Sahara Africa’s HIV patients

A recent study shows evidence that there are high levels of hepatitis C (HCV) infections throughout Africa, especially in HIV-positive patients. Read More »

CDC says herd immunity key to stopping measles outbreak

Health professionals are concerned there may not be enough “herd immunity” or “community immunity” to stop the measles outbreak from spreading even further, and that living in a vaccinated community may prevent the spread of infectious diseases that may be prevented with vaccines. Read More »

IHR emergency committee issues statement about spread of wild poliovirus

The International Health Regulations (IHR) emergency committee held its fifth meeting last month to discuss the international spread of wild poliovirus throughout 2014 and 2015. Read More »

Research shows malarial parasites resist drug treatments

Scientists from Leiden University Medical Centre recently discovered one method that malaria parasites use to resist drug treatments. Read More »

Study shows Rab protein crucial for HIV-1 replication

A recent study revealed that Rab protein is crucial for HIV-1 replication, which requires that the virus’s components coordinate inside the immune cell’s plasma membrane. Read More »

NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program awards new biomedical research scholarship

The first El-Hibri Biomedical Research Scholarship has been awarded by the NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, a program that fundamentally changes how academia looks at biomedical research education.  Read More »

Wisconsin senator joins calls for better funding to fight avian flu

U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) recently joined a group of her colleagues who aim to ensure a strong response to the recent avian influenza outbreak. A group of seven senators wrote a letter to the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) to make future funding a higher priority than it has been in the past. The NAHLN organizes testing for animal diseases, including avian flu, which is key to limiting the spread of these diseases. Read More »

Walgreens provides whooping cough vaccines in Washington

Walgreens is offering pertussis (whooping cough) vaccinations daily during pharmacy hours in more than 130 locations throughout the State of Washington, which said its volume of whooping-cough cases is four times what it was a year ago and urged the public on Wednesday to get vaccinated.No appointment is needed, and the vaccine is covered under most insurance plans. People age 7 and older can receive this vaccine. Read More »

WHO, institute team up to improve global health-challenge estimates

Leaders from the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and the World Health Organization (WHO) forged a commitment on Wednesday to improve the quality and application of estimates about global health challenges. The representatives signed a Memorandum of Understanding that outlined the areas in which the two organizations will collaborate to accurately estimate the health issues facing the world. Read More »

Hepatitis B Foundation gala observes 50th anniversary of virus's discovery

The Hepatitis B Foundation recently hosted the 2015 Crystal Ball, which observed the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the hepatitis B virus. The event included a live auction, a silent auction, dancing and an awards ceremony with a large crowd of supporters. The event raised $110,000 for outreach, research and patient-advocacy programs to eradicate hepatitis B. Read More »

Scientists use weather to predict West Nile outbreaks

Scientists may be able to predict outbreaks of West Nile virus thanks to new research that has found correlations between the occurrence of virus and weather patterns within the United States. Read More »

West Nile virus vaccine enters Phase I clinical trials

Researchers from the Oregon National Primate Research Center at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) recently started a Phase 1, first-in-human clinical trial for a West Nile virus vaccine at Duke University. Read More »

Agenus testing shows promising results for herpes vaccine

Agenus Inc. -- an immune-oncology company that creates heat shock protein peptide-based vaccines, checkpoint modulators (CPMs), and adjuvants -- recently announced promising results from its HerpV synthetic vaccine Phase 2 trial. Read More »

NIAID announces milestone achievement in Ebola vaccine study

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a branch of the National Institutes of Health, recently announced that an Ebola vaccine study has made a milestone achievement by enrolling 1,500 planned participants in the Ebola vaccine clinical trial Phase 2, also known as PREVAIL (Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia). Read More »

Launch of seasonal influenza vaccine program announced in Southern Hemisphere

A recent announcement from Hong Kong's Controller of the Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health Dr. Leung Ting-hung states that the 2015 Southern Hemisphere Seasonal Influenza Vaccination (SH SIV) Programme recently began. Read More »

Mice receive long-term protection from Chagas disease vaccine in University of Texas study

A recent study demonstrates that a Chagas candidate vaccine has granted subject mice long-lasting protection against the Trypanosoma cruzi parasite, which causes the Chagas disease through insect bites. Read More »

Measles may compromise immune systems for three years

A recent study by Princeton University researchers shows children’s immune systems may be compromised for up to three years after contracting the measles virus. Read More »

Refusing tuberculosis treatment increases the risk of its spreading

A recent study shows that refusing to adhere to tuberculosis (TB) treatments may increase the risks of spreading TB, raise the development of drug resistant TB and threaten the success of TB treatments in the future. Read More »