MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2017

DART protein molecule shows promise against HIV

A molecule recently developed by Duke Medicine, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and MacroGenics, Inc., referred to as DART, has proven to have the ability to bind HIV-infected cells to the immune system’s killer T-cells. DART stands for Dual-Affinity Re-Targeting protein and is a type of bi-specific antibody. Read More »

Study: Locus-specific DNA variants provide protection against malaria

New research conducted by MalariaGen and published recently in Nature has linked DNA variations in a specific location, or locus, to the progression of malaria, explaining why some children do not develop the disease in areas with universal exposure. Read More »

Novavax releases data from Phase 2 of maternal vaccination clinical trial

Clinical-stage vaccine company Novavax Inc. last week released positive results from a Phase 2 clinical trial of its RSV F-protein recombinant nanoparticle vaccine candidate. Read More »

BiondVax to launch clinical trial for flu vaccine

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has received regulatory clearance from the Hungarian Regulatory Authority and the Central Ethics Committee in Budapest to launch a Phase IIb clinical trial. Read More »

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals, Cytovance Biologics prepare flu vaccine for Phase III trials

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing a universal flu vaccine, and Cytovance Biologics Inc., a contract development manufacturing company, have agreed to a Development and Manufacturing agreement for clinical batches of Biondvax’s M-001 universal flu vaccine for Phase III clinical trials. Read More »

Minor infections may slightly increase stroke risk in children

A new study suggests colds, the flu and minor infections could potentially lead to a brief, slightly higher risk of stroke in children. Read More »

UN, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lay out plan for malaria eradication

The United Nations and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have teamed up to promote strategies to fight malaria globally.  Read More »

Abundance Foundation Honored by CGI for Innovative Ebola Test

The Clinton Global Initiative honored the Abundance Foundation at its annual meeting on Sept. 27 for the organization’s innovative Ebola test, developed by its Abundance Project for Global Health to quickly and easily diagnose the disease. Read More »

Panel on Effort to End Aids Epidemic by 2030 Focuses on Youth Engagement

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Malawi President Peter Mutharika co-hosted a high-level panel discussion with the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) that focused on how current efforts on prevention can be scaled up to end the epidemic by 2030. Read More »

University of Missouri researchers discover how IFITM proteins block HIV cell-to-cell transmission

Researchers at the University of Missouri have gained an unprecedented level of understanding in how Interferon Induced Transmembranes (IFITM) proteiens serve an antiviral function and help inhibit HIV. Read More »

Additional MERS cases confirmed in Saudi Arabia

The World Health Organization (WHO) received confirmation of six additional cases of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection from Sept. 20-26. Read More »

PAHO leaders plan to increase immunization rates, reduce deaths from tuberculosis, hepatitis

Health leaders who plan to attend the 54th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) have put in place plans and methods to increase immunization rates, reduce deaths and illness from hepatitis, step up the fight against tuberculosis (TB) and update public health laws in the Americas. Read More »

Study: Patients with flu-associated pneumonia less likely to have been vaccinated

A study co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and published online on Monday by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) indicated that children and adults hospitalized with influenza-associated pneumonia were less likely to have received an influenza vaccination than patients who had contracted pneumonia not associated with flu. Read More »

Second Huddle for Global Change set for Oct. 12-23

The online forum is a multi-day conference and interactive experience for those who want to make a global impact. The cost for the program is $77. Read More »

WHO says polio no longer endemic in Nigeria

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Sept. 25 that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria.This is largely attributable to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), a public-private partnership leading the effort to eradicate polio. Read More »

WHO, UNAIDS release new adolescent care standards

Standards say adolescents should be considered a unique group and treated with respect. Read More »

CDC announces medical research center funding

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that it has donated new funding to six new medical research centers to further healthcare innovations by finding new methods of protecting patients from germs. Read More »

Korea supports Gavi for childhood immunization in poorest nations

The Republic of Korea recently signed an agreement that shows its support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in order to improve the nation’s contributions to childhood vaccinations within some of the world’s poorest countries from 2015 to 2017. Read More »

Dengue fever cases increase in HCM City

According to the Viet Name News, the total amount of dengue fever cases based in HCM City has seen a sharp increase during the last few weeks. Read More »

Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 celebrates tropical disease discoveries

The World Health Organization (WHO) has welcomed the most recent Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2015 recipients, which are being recognized for their discoveries involving drugs for tropical diseases, like malaria. Read More »