FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2017

Anivax and University of Arizona license food safety vaccine

Anivax and the University of Arizona have licensed a Campylobacter food safety vaccine designed to be administered to poultry to reduce colonization by the bacteria and ultimately lower the incidence of human disease and associated conditions. The liquid vaccine, currently being tested on chickens, has not shown any ill effects, said Anivax CEO John Buttery. “Risk assessment indicates that a 99 percent reduction of the Campylobacter load on chickens would reduce the incidence of campylobacteri Read More »

Singer/actress Lucy Hale advocates for Voices of Meningitis

Lucy Hale, a singer and an actress best known for ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” recently promoted Voices of Meningitis by voicing her own support for the program, which aims to encourage more teens to receive the vaccine. Read More »

WHO: Ebola outbreak in Liberia has ended

The World Health Organization said that as of Saturday, the Ebola virus outbreak in Liberia has ended, 42 days after the most recent laboratory-confirmed Ebola victim died. Liberia had the highest death rates during this outbreak, the first since the virus was discovered in 1976. The country also endured the longest, largest and most complex Ebola outbreak in history. During August and September of 2014, which was the peak of virus transmission, there were approximately 300 to 400 new Ebola c Read More »

FDA approves antibacterial treatment for plague

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Avelox (moxifloxacin), an additional antibacterial treatment for the plague, which is a rare but possibly fatal infection from bacteria known as Yersinia pestis. Read More »

Scientists discover malaria's entryway into human body

A team of researchers from the Broad Institute and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health recently said they discovered a crucial protein within the surface of a human red blood cell that provides an entryway for malaria parasites to invade the body. Read More »

WHO updates Essential Medicines List

List includes improved methods to treat hepatitis C, drug-resistant TB and various cancers Read More »

UN launching measles and polio vaccines in Liberia

Agencies and partners with the United Nations said Friday that there will be a massive campaign to immunize over 600,000 children for measles and polio in Liberia, which is an important part of reinstating health care now that Ebola rates have decreased. Read More »

GlaxoSmithKline announces changes in leadership

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) has announced Manvinder Singh (Vindi) Banga will be the non-executive director of GSK’s board, effective Sept. 1. Read More »

Starved T cells increase susceptibility to hepatitis B liver infections

Study findings explain why immune system can't control hep B once in the liver Read More »

HPV vaccinations increase with electronic health record prompts

Patients more likely to complete full round of shots for cervical cancer with electronic reminders. Read More »

Novel malaria test may eliminate disease as global threat

A recent study shows that a new malaria test may be the key to eliminating malaria from world health concerns, as it is much more sensitive at detecting the disease than previous malaria tests. Read More »

PaxVax names Nima Farzan new CEO

PaxVax Inc., a vaccine company that specializes in travel and biodefense, recently announced that the company’s board of directors has named Nima Farzan as the new chief executive officer and president. Read More »

Formula Pharmaceuticals acquires CAR platform

New technology uses Cytokine-Induced Killer cells to act as immune effector cells. Read More »

Results in from TB tests at Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) recently released the results of the latest tuberculosis (TB) test from Olathe Northwest High School in Kansas. Read More »

4 cases of contagious avian influenza in Iowa

BodyA recent announcement from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship states that there are three probable cases and one confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza located in Lyon, Buena Vista, and Osceola counties in Iowa. Read More »

Latest update concerning HIV outbreak and health services in Indiana

BodyHealth professionals from the state of Indiana recently released the latest update about the HIV outbreak occurring in the southeastern portion of the state. Read More »

Phase 1 results from Ebola vaccines released

BodyBavarian Nordic A/S recently announced the preliminary results gathered from a Phase 1 first-in-human study concerning its Ebola prime-boost vaccine regimen MVA-BN® Filo vaccine as well as the Johnson & Johnsons AdVac® vaccine. Read More »

Interferon beta correlates with ongoing viral infections

BodyA team of researchers from the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) recently discovered a correlation between interferon beta proteins, which are typically considered as part of the immune system, and persistent viral infections. Read More »

NYVAC-HIV vaccine applied in HVTN 092 and HVTN 096 clinical trials

BodyA recent announcement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), which is a branch of the National Institutes of Health, states that NIAID officials just learned that an investigational HIV vaccine named NYVAC-HIV was contaminated with bacterium and used in two clinical trials. Read More »

Positive results released from two pivotal clinical smallpox vaccine studies

BodyBavarian Nordic A/S recently released results from its first two pivotal Phase 3 studies of a smallpox vaccine in a liquid-frozen formulation of UMVAMUNE® as well as the results of a pivotal Phase 2 study of another freeze-dried IMVAMUNE vaccine for smallpox. Read More »