MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018

Severe influenza patient treated with investigational drug

Ansun BioPharma recently announced that it used its DAS181 to successfully treat a patient who had severe influenza and parainfluenza. Physicians used DAS181 as part of an emergency investigational new drug for a patient with a transplant and a respirator. After receiving the therapy for five consecutive days, the patient’s oxygen requirement decreased. Read More »

Traveling Americans at higher risk for vaccine preventable illnesses

A recent study has revealed many Americans who travel internationally are considered to be at a greater risk for contract hepatitis A and measles. Read More »

Biomarkers foreshadow HIV’s return after treatment ends

A team of scientists at UNSW Australia and the University of Oxford recently have made a discovery that will allow researchers to better determine how quickly HIV will return to a patient after the person has stopped receiving HIV treatment. Read More »

Antiviral compound protects against Ebola in nonhuman primates

Recent research has revealed an antiviral compound that protects non-human primates from contracting the Ebola virus infection. Read More »

Countries with humanitarian crises call for sustained HIV responses

Countries undergoing humanitarian crises in North Africa and the Middle East have also been found to be facing significant challenges in maintaining sustainable HIV responses needed to respond to the AIDS epidemic. Read More »

Congress pushes CDC and White House to extend funding for HIV prevention

More than 20 bipartisan members of Congress have urged the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House to further expand funding dedicated to HIV prevention in suburban and rural areas of the Deep South states. Read More »

Visterra receives contract to develop new treatment for influenza A

Visterra, Inc. has recently received a contract worth up to $204.5 million to further develop its new monoclonal antibody to treat influenza A. Read More »

Humans, apes share genes connected to malaria virulence

Scientists from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health recently found that malaria parasite molecules share important gene segments with gorilla and chimp malaria parasites. Read More »

FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis Panel receives FDA clearance

BioMerieux, a global leader in vitro diagnostics, recently announced that its molecular biology affiliate, BioFire Diagnostics, has received a de novo clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the FilmArray Meningitis/Encephalitis (ME) Panel. Read More »

Vaccine-derived poliovirus case confirmed in Lao’s PDR

The National IHR Focal Point of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) recently informed the World Health Organization (WHO) that it has confirmed a single case of type 1 vaccine-derived poliovirus (VDPV). Read More »

MERS-CoV case confirmed in Jordan

The National IHR Focal Point of Jordan recently informed the World Health Organization (WHO) of an additional Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) case in Jordan. Read More »

High dose influenza vaccine decreasing hospitalizations for nursing home residents

A team of scientists from University Hospitals Case Medical Center recently conducted a study that shows that a high dose influenza vaccine effectively decreases the number of hospitalizations for older residents in nursing homes. Read More »

UNICEF, WHO support Ukrainian polio vaccination campaign

In light of a recent polio outbreak in Ukraine, UNICEF and WHO have increased their support for an immediate first round of a nationwide polio vaccination campaign in the country. Read More »

International team discover HIV-fighting protein

A group of scientists have discovered that the human body has a natural defense to fight HIV. Read More »

Johnson & Johnson launches clinical trial for Ebola vaccine in Sierra Leone

Johnson & Johnson recently announced that the company has launched its clinical trial for an Ebola vaccine regimen in Sierra Leone. Read More »

Dengue case figures increase dramatically in the Philippines

The Department of Health (DOH) recently announced that the prevalence of dengue fever cases within Region 2 of the Philippines has increased by four times this year compared to 2014. Read More »

Ebola treatment beds help fight virus

According to a report from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Ebola treatment beds have prevented an estimated 57,000 Ebola cases as well as 40,000 deaths in Sierra Leone. Read More »

Researchers study design for protective HIV vaccine

A Ph.D. student named Jinal Bhiman, who attends the University of Witwatersrand, recently wrote an article about the designs of protective HIV vaccines and their importance in the fight against HIV. Read More »

Malaria vaccine may be key to general cancer cure

A team of researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Copenhagen have discovered that a malaria vaccine shows promise as an efficient method of curing cancer. Read More »

Tulane researchers seek new TB vaccine

A team of scientists from the Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) have taken the lead in discovering a new tuberculosis (TB) vaccine. Read More »