Announcements

  • Researcher: Obesity makes flu more severe, harder to fight off

    The flu vaccine is less effective for obese people, who are also likely to experience more severe flu symptoms, Stacey Schultz-Cherry said Saturday, speaking at the annual Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio Conference.
  • Rapid Cure Approved for Sleeping Sickness, a Horrific Illness

    The first treatment for sleeping sickness that relies on pills alone was approved on Friday by Europe’s drug regulatory agency, paving the way for use in Africa, the last bastion of the horrific disease.
  • A Bold New Strategy for Stopping the Rise of Superbugs

    The British chemist Leslie Orgel reputedly once said that “evolution is cleverer than you are.”
  • Zika prevention measures in Puerto Rico validate, inform responses to other diseases

    How do you change other people’s habits — from what they wear, to whether they use condoms —  in the interests of their health and public health?
  • Officials urge vaccination after 15 Michigan measles cases

    Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated and take other precautions after confirming 15 cases of measles in Michigan this year.
  • State Department objects to Tanzania LGBT persecution without noting health impacts; IAS delineates

    The U.S. Department of State today issued an expression of concern over Tanzanian government actions targeting its LGBT population, noting that the violence, oppression and intimidation recently unleashed “inhibits development, economic prosperity, peace and security.”
  • Ebola Death Toll in Congo Climbs to 191, WHO Official Says

    An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has killed 191 people so far, the World Health Organization Deputy Director-General for Emergency Preparedness and Response Peter Salama said.
  • Start of Ebola vaccinations in Uganda tells more of setbacks, continued hurdles, than progress

    The announcement Wednesday that vaccinations against Ebola have begun for Uganda health workers in districts bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo “even before Uganda detects a single case,” as the World Health Organization put it, can be seen, as the agency’s release said, as evidence that “health authorities are being cautious, having learnt bitter lessons from previous outbreaks.”
  • With poo on a pedestal, Bill Gates talks toilet technology

    Placing a jar of feces on a pedestal next to him, billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates made a plea Tuesday for the safe disposal of human waste as he kicked off a “Reinvented Toilet” Expo in China.
  • Flu killed 65,000 people last year, but we don't seem to care

    It’s September 1918 at Camp Funston, in central Kansas, a young soldier is awaiting his departure to France to fight in World War 1.
  • Uganda begins Ebola vaccinations amid Congo transmission fears

    Uganda says it will start to vaccinate some of its health workers against Ebola on Monday, amid fears that the viral haemorrhagic fever could spread from Democratic Republic of Congo which is battling an outbreak.
  • 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health

    New results from the ongoing Nix-TB trial continue to confirm a short-course treatment regimen of bedaquiline – one of the two newest drugs to treat TB in half a century – linezolid and pretomanid offers a significantly improved treatment option for people infected with drug resistant forms of tuberculosis, researchers said here.
  • Alaska hit with largest syphilis outbreak in 40 years

    Alaska health officials have recorded 75 cases of syphilis in the state this year, marking the largest outbreak of the infectious disease in at least four decades.
  • What the approval of the new flu drug Xofluza means for you

    There’s a new flu drug on the shelf, the first in 20 years to get a thumbs-up from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Drop in adult flu vaccinations may be factor in last season’s record-breaking deaths, illnesses

    Fewer than 4 out of 10 adults in the United States got flu shots last winter, the lowest rate in seven seasons and one likely reason that the 2017-2018 season was the deadliest in decades.
  • 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health: Study shows scaling up TB prevention in children is poss

    Children – especially very young children – are at high risk of developing severe tuberculosis illness when exposed to a member of their household who has active disease, but only 23 percent of child contacts of adults with active disease are provided with TB preventive therapy, researchers said here.
  • Quadrivalent Flu Vaccine Approved for Pediatric Patients

    A quadrivalent influenza (flu) vaccine has been approved for use in younger patients by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Absolute CD4 Cell Count May Predict Mortality in HIV/HCV Coinfection

    Absolute CD4 cell count may predict disease progression and death in individuals coinfected with HIV and hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to a study published in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses.
  • 3 million common procedures in England could become 'life threatening' without antibiotics

    Over 3 million surgeries and cancer treatments could become deadly in England without working antibiotics, Public Health England said.
  • DRC prison TB outbreak brings conditions, risks to wider community, to light

    With a large stock of soon-to-expire Xpert cartridges, at the end of 2014 the diagnostic laboratory near the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Mbuji-Mayi medium security prison started using the technology for the first time to test samples from facility inmates showing symptoms of tuberculosis.
  • More Oklahoma parents seeking child immunization exemptions

    The Oklahoma Department of Health says an increasing number of parents in the state are seeking exemptions from immunizations for their school-age children.
  • Why is it so hard to figure out this polio-like illness hitting kids?

    Doctors say they are baffled by what’s causing an uptick in cases of a paralyzing, polio-like condition among kids across the U.S.
  • HIV prevention drugs could dramatically cut new infections

    An HIV-prevention drug pill, dubbed PrEP, dramatically reduced new infections in a large group of high risk gay men, Australian researchers report.
  • Ebola Outbreak in Congo Not a Global Emergency, W.H.O. Says

    World health officials on Wednesday expressed deep concern over the spread of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but concluded that it did not yet qualify as an international health emergency.
  • Why it's so hard to diagnose Zika

    When a Zika epidemic was at its height in the Americas two years ago, diagnostics makers began working feverishly to create diagnostic tests for a virus that few in the U.S. had heard of.
  • Citing overlooked social, economic, health impacts, study estimates West Africa Ebola outbreak costs

    During the 2013 to 2016 spread of Ebola across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, as health systems and health workers were overtaken by the impacts of the virus, about a million fewer children in the affected areas were vaccinated against measles who otherwise would have been — leading to the possibility of from 2,000 to 16,000 additional measles-related deaths in the years to come.
  • Battles over safe Ebola burials complicate work in Congo

    A runaway hearse carrying an Ebola victim has become the latest example of sometimes violent community resistance complicating efforts to contain a Congo outbreak — and causing a worrying new rise in cases.
  • Evidence of Zika Congenital Syndrome in Pre-Term Newborn

    A study published in Clinical Infectious Disease demonstrated that epithelial cells are susceptible to congenitally acquired Zika virus, and researchers demonstrate that the virus was isolated from a pool of tissue samples from the heart, lungs and kidneys, suggesting that one of them may represent an important niche for Zika virus replication in immunosuppressed adults.
  • Percentage of young U.S. children who don’t receive any vaccines has quadrupled since 2001

    A small but increasing number of children in the United States are not getting some or all of their recommended vaccinations.
  • Flu shots keep pregnant women out of hospitals, study shows

    Pregnant women who got a flu shot were 40 percent less likely to end up in the hospital with a serious influenza infection, researchers reported Thursday.
  • IDWeek 2018 – Strengthen role of pharmacists in combating AMR, researchers say

    Recognizing the role of pharmacists and increasing opportunities for their clinical training are critical for successful implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Latin America, said Dr. Maria Virginia Villegas, scientific advisor of the division of bacterial resistance and nosocomial infections of the Universidad El Bosque.
  • Therapy dogs can spread superbugs to kids, hospital finds

    Therapy dogs can bring more than joy and comfort to hospitalized kids. They can also bring stubborn germs.
  • Ebola Likely to Spread From Congo to Uganda, W.H.O. Says

    The risk of Ebola escaping from the Democratic Republic of Congo is now “very high,” and the outbreak already is nearing Uganda, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.
  • Rifaximin Chaser May Cut CDI Relapse

    Giving the rafamycin antibiotic rifaximin (Xifaxan, Salix) after standard antibiotics may reduce the recurrence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) by as much as half, according to a meta-analysis of two randomized controlled trials.
  • After deadly 2017-18 flu season, surgeon general urges Americans to get shots

    After about 80,000 flu deaths in the USA last season, Surgeon General Jerome Adams urged Americans on Thursday to get vaccinated this year.
  • Report on bodily fluids shows Zika persistence in semen

    A final report on the persistence of Zika virus in bodily fluids from people in Puerto Rico today in the New England Journal of Medicine highlighting results from the ZIKV Persistence (ZiPer) cohort study suggests that, for the vast majority of men, Zika RNA is cleared from semen within 4 months.
  • Anti-HIV antibody treatment promising in early experiments

    People living with HIV might someday be able to combat the virus with twice-a-year infusions of anti-HIV antibodies instead of daily antiretroviral pills, two preliminary experiments suggest.
  • Global leaders pledge to find and treat 40 million people with tuberculosis by 2022

    Heads of states and ministers of health gathered today at the United Nations General Assembly for the first UN High Level Meeting addressing global tuberculosis with a commitment to finding and treating 40 million people sick with tuberculosis and to preventing the infection in 30 million people by 2022.
  • Courts Force States to Provide Costly Hep C Treatment

    A series of recent court rulings and settlements, including one last week in Indiana, have found that states cannot withhold potentially life-saving but expensive medications from Medicaid beneficiaries and prison inmates who have chronic hepatitis C.
  • TB High Level Meeting: Human rights violations drive TB epidemic, leaders say

    Every aspect of getting diagnosed and treated for tuberculosis violated rights established by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a former patient said at a side event here Monday.
  • Bezlotoxumab May Cut Recurrent C. Diff in IBD

    The human monoclonal antibody bezlotoxumab (Zinplava) appeared effective for treating recurrent Clostridium difficile infection (rCDI) in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers said.
  • New Compounds Might Help Stop Spread of Malaria

    Malaria is transmitted by mosquitoes carrying malaria parasites, but scientists report they have discovered compounds that might keep mosquitoes from spreading the sometimes deadly disease.
  • New Study Prompts Updates To MDR-TB Treatment Guidelines

    The new research has led the World Health Organization to announce landmark changes in line with the study’s findings.
  • Can counseling, links to services cut death rates in half among people with HIV who inject drugs?

    A study across three countries where HIV incidence is fueled by substance use found that a little support went a long way for people living with the virus and injecting drugs — helping them to stay on antiretroviral treatment and opioid substitution therapy, and keep their viral levels suppressed.
  • Vaccines Against H.I.V., Malaria and Tuberculosis Unlikely, Study Says

    Vaccines against H.I.V., malaria and tuberculosis — three major killers of the world’s poor — are unlikely to be produced in the foreseeable future unless vastly more money is committed to finding them, a new study has concluded.
  • Yellow fever patient in Republic of Congo prompts outbreak declaration, response

    Republic of Congo health officials are calling risks to public health at a national level high, and at a regional level moderate, after confirmation that a man was infected with yellow fever in a city densely populated with about a million people, as well as with mosquitos capable of spreading the virus, according to a report from the World Health Organization today.
  • 'Predatory Bacteria' Might Be Enlisted In Defense Against Antibiotic Resistance

    Here's a bold idea to fight back against bacteria that can't be stopped by antibiotics: Go after them with germ-eating microbes.
  • Delamanid delay comes home

    A note from the field in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes the case of a dangerously ill man in the United States.
  • CDC Says Adults And Children Older Than Six Months Should Get Flu Vaccine By End Of October

    It’s technically still summer, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it’s already time to think about flu season 2018-2019.
  • Why Haven’t We Cured The Common Cold Yet?

    Polio, smallpox, hepatitis A and B are all serious viruses humanity learned to subdue with effective solutions.