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Flu Vaccine May Be Less Effective this Winter

December 5, 2014 12:11 pm | by Mike Stobbe - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The flu vaccine may not be very effective this winter, according to U.S. health officials who worry this may lead to more serious illnesses and deaths.                             

Canada Hopes Avian Flu is Contained to 4 Farms

December 5, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

Canadian officials hope an avian flu outbreak has been contained to four quarantined poultry farms in British Columbia. The turkeys and chickens that haven't died from the disease will be euthanized - a total of about 35,000 birds.    

Seeking Answers from a Mysterious Parasite

December 3, 2014 11:07 am | News | Comments

Toxoplasma gondii is a common parasite often spread by cats. Most people who are infected in Europe or North America show no symptoms at all, and only a few suffer from encephalitis or ocular toxoplasmosis, which can cause blindness. However, in South America, toxoplasmosis is associated with much more severe symptoms. Read more...

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Tool Explores Cells in 3-D

December 2, 2014 12:14 pm | News | Comments

Researchers can now explore viruses, bacteria and components of the human body in more detail than ever before with newly developed software. The researchers demonstrated how the software, called cellPACK, can be used to model viruses such as HIV.

WHO Says Liberia, Guinea Meeting Ebola Targets

December 1, 2014 4:19 pm | by John Heilprin - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Liberia and Guinea have met a Dec. 1 target for isolating 70 percent of people infected with Ebola and safely burying 70 percent of those who die but Sierra Leone has not, the World Health Organization said Monday.           

WHO Misses Ambitious Ebola Targets

November 30, 2014 9:58 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two months ago, the WHO launched an ambitious plan to stop the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa, aiming to isolate 70 percent of the sick and safely Ebola 70 percent of the victims in the three hardest-hit countries by Dec. 1.      

Be Thankful: Turkeys May Someday Be Lifesavers

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

While the turkey you eat on Thursday will bring your stomach happiness and could probably kick-start an afternoon nap, it may also save your life one day.                           

Salmonella in 10 States Linked to Raw Sprouts

November 24, 2014 2:58 pm | by Mary Clare Jalonick - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Raw sprouts are linked to dozens of cases of food poisoning - again. The CDC said 63 people from 10 states concentrated on the East Coast fell ill with salmonella linked to bean sprouts.                   

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Merck, Iowa Firm Sign Ebola Vaccine Licensing Deal

November 24, 2014 1:58 pm | by Linda A. Johnson - AP Business Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Merck & Co., a top creator and seller of vaccines, has joined the fight against Ebola, the often-fatal hemorrhagic virus that's been ravaging parts of West Africa for months.                     

U.S. Looking Past Ebola to Prepare for Next Outbreak

November 23, 2014 8:57 am | by Lauran Neergaard - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The next Ebola or the next SARS. Maybe even the next HIV. Even before the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is brought under control, public health officials are girding for the next health disaster.               

Plague Outbreak Kills 40 in Madagascar

November 22, 2014 5:57 am | by Lynsey Chutel - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A plague outbreak has killed 40 people on the island nation of Madagascar, with 119 people diagnosed with the bacterial disease since August. Two people have been diagnosed and one has died in the capital, Antananarivo.        

Researchers Tease Out Glitches in Immune System's Self-Recognition

November 21, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

Immunity is a thankless job. Though the army of cells known as the immune system continuously keeps us safe from a barrage of viruses, bacteria and even precancerous cells, we mainly notice it when something goes wrong: “Why did I get the flu this year even though I got vaccinated?” Read more...

How Mosquitoes Home In

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | News | Comments

They have been a scourge for thousands of years, responsible for the spread of lethal diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, and, much less urgently, a threat to barbecues around the globe. What if there was a way to render humans invisible to mosquitoes?

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WHO: Ebola Transmission 'Intense' in Sierra Leone

November 20, 2014 5:57 am | by Clarence Roy-Macaulay – Associated Press – Associated Press | News | Comments

The spread of Ebola remains "intense" in most of Sierra Leone even as things have improved somewhat in the two other countries hardest hit, the World Health Organization says.                     

Study Will Test Survivors' Blood to Treat Ebola

November 18, 2014 10:57 pm | by Marilynn Marchione - AP Chief Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A coalition of companies and aid groups announced plans Tuesday to test experimental drugs and collect blood plasma from Ebola survivors to treat new victims of the disease in West Africa.                 

Study Shows Bed Bugs Transmit Parasite That Causes Deadly Disease

November 18, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

A new study from Penn Medicine researchers demonstrated that bed bugs can transmit one of the most prevalent and deadly diseases in the Americas. Read more...                 

Bacteria Become 'Genomic Tape Recorders'

November 14, 2014 10:47 am | News | Comments

Engineers have transformed the genome of the bacterium E. coli into a long-term storage device for memory. They envision that this stable, erasable, and easy-to-retrieve memory will be well suited for applications such as sensors for environmental and medical monitoring.

WHO Sees Few Promising Ebola Drugs in Pipeline

November 14, 2014 6:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A top official with the U.N. health agency says few experimental therapies are currently under development that could effectively treat Ebola.                               

Gene May Protect Against Typhoid Fever

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

People who carry a particular type of gene have natural resistance against typhoid fever according to new research. The study is the first large-scale, unbiased search for human genes that affect a person’s risk of typhoid.        

Altered Milk Protein Can Deliver AIDS Drug to Infants

November 12, 2014 8:30 am | News | Comments

A novel method of altering a protein in milk to bind with an antiretroviral drug promises to greatly improve treatment for infants and young children suffering from HIV/AIDS, according to new research.              

Ebola Health Lessons: A Wake-up Call

November 11, 2014 8:30 am | by Stephanie Guzowski, Editor, Drug Discovery & Development | Articles | Comments

After months of delayed, fragmented responses, the international medical community recognized Ebola as a threat to global health security. Here’s where the situation stands today as well as questions raised and lessons learned.        

Fighting HIV with Stem Cells and Cutting-edge Genetics

November 10, 2014 2:34 pm | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

“Berlin Patient” Timothy Brown was cured of HIV after he received stem cells from a naturally immune patient. His story inspired two companies to try and recreate that natural immunity in HIV patients using stem cells and cutting-edge gene-editing. Now Harvard has joined the race.

U.S. Opens New Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia

November 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Jonathan Paye-Layleh - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States Monday opened the first of 17 Ebola treatment units it is building in Liberia. The new clinic opened in Tubmanburg, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) north of the capital, Monrovia.                

Identical Genes Don’t Hinder Bacteria's Ability to Adapt

November 7, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Bacteria in colonies don’t reproduce sexually and are genetically identical, yet they can prepare in advance for changing environmental conditions. Researchers have shown that bacteria carry out this strategy by producing cells with differing amounts of specific proteins that govern their response to chemical signals.

Worst-ever Ebola Epidemic by the Numbers

November 7, 2014 5:56 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

As the biggest-ever outbreak of Ebola continues to ravage West Africa, here are a few key numbers to get a handle on the epidemic.                                   

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