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  • New Study Indicates Smallpox Vaccination Effective for Decades
    Although naturally occurring smallpox was eradicated in 1977, there is concern that bioterrorists might obtain smallpox from a laboratory and release it into the population. Under such circumstances, the supply of smallpox vaccine may be insufficient for universal ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Parents of New Babies Should be Considered for Whooping Cough Booster
    A booster vaccination for parents of new babies and other household members may be the most effective way of preventing the fatal form of whooping cough in young infants, say a group of pediatric intensive care doctors on www.bmj.com today.Whooping cough (pertussis) is a ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • A Novel Target for Therapeutics Against Staph Infection
    Researchers at the Texas A&M Health Science Center Institute of Biosciences and Technology, and the University of Edinburgh have uncovered how a bacterial pathogen interacts with the blood coagulation protein fibrinogen to cause methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Childhood Vaccines Cause Financial Burden to Many Healthcare Providers
    The costs that healthcare providers are charged and reimbursed for childhood vaccines vary widely, and the high cost of some immunizations is leading to significant financial strain for some physicians, according to a pair of new studies from the University of Michigan ...More
    December 1, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Recreate SARS Virus
    Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and VanderbiltUniversityMedicalCenter have synthetically reconstructed the bat variant of the SARS coronavirus (CoV) that caused the SARS epidemic of 2003. The scientists say designing and synthesizing the virus ...More
    November 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • Feed a Cold, Feed a Fever: Research Shows Calorie Cut Makes it Harder to Fight Flu
    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Dieters or those who consume fewer calories during flu season could have a harder time fighting off the flu virus, according to research by Michigan State University nutritional immunology professor Elizabeth Gardner.In a study published in the ...More
    November 25, 2008 Posted in News
  • Scientists Build ‘Roach Motel’ for Nasty Bugs of the Bacterial Variety
    By Aaron HooverThe vacancy sign is on, but the lowlifes who check in never check out. Scientists at the University of Florida and the University of New Mexico have created tiny microscopic spheres that trap and kill harmful bacteria in a manner the scientists liken to ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • New Type of Vaccines Delivers Strong and Fast Immune Response
    A new vaccine principle is being developed by scientists at the University of Copenhagen which -- if it works to its full expected potential -- could help to save millions of lives and revolutionize current vaccine technology. The ‘InVacc' platform, as it is known, ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Develop New Strategy for Broad-Spectrum Antiviral Drugs
    Bavituximab, an antiviral drug developed by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers, shows promise as a new strategy to fight viral diseases, including potential bioterrorism agents. In a study appearing in the December issue of Nature Medicine, groups of guinea pigs ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Strategy for Predicting the Immunity of Vaccines
    In the first study of its kind, researchers at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center and Emory Vaccine Center, Emory University, have developed a multidisciplinary approach involving immunology, genomics and bioinformatics to predict the immunity of a vaccine without ...More
    November 24, 2008 Posted in News