Announcements

  • 10 years after a rejection, Merck returns to the FDA with a Gardasil 9 age expansion bid

    How long is a drugmaker willing to wait on an indication expansion plan? For Merck’s HPV vaccines, that's 10 years.
  • An HIV physician talks about heroin, harm reduction and political will in the heartland

    Two epidemics, fueled by stigma and allowed to flourish amidst political neglect, set the course of Dr. Judith Feinberg’s professional life.
  • Hong Kong scientists say new research points to universal antibody drug for HIV

    A team of AIDS researchers in Hong Kong says its new research, tested on mice, indicates a functional cure for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, eventually leading to a new antibody that could be used for both prevention and treatment.
  • Peers speed HIV diagnosis to treatment start in country with world’s highest estimated prevalence

    In the Kingdom of eSwatini, the nation formerly known as Swaziland, where the percentage of the population who live with HIV is estimated to be the highest in the world, efforts to provide testing for the virus have been widespread and successful.
  • Babies who dodge HIV may not be unscathed

    Up to half of babies born to HIV-infected mothers become infected themselves either in utero, during labor, or through breastfeeding, unless the mothers and babies are treated with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs.
  • House bills reject Trump retreat from U.S. leadership of global infectious disease responses

    Brushing aside White House proposals to cut global HIV and other international disease response funding, members of the House Appropriations Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee released a bill set to be finalized Friday, reflecting steadfast, and in some cases growing support for research, preparedness and response efforts to control the impacts of infections and outbreaks worldwide.
  • ‘We’re in a mess.’ Why Florida is struggling with an unusually severe HIV/AIDS problem

    It's a Tuesday afternoon in April, and doctors at the adult HIV/AIDS clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami face their usual onslaught of patients.
  • EU backs plan to tackle antimicrobial resistance

    EU member states backed a plan on Wednesday to combat antimicrobial resistance, an increasing global health issue, that would reduce the use of antibiotics in the food chain and limit certain drugs to humans.
  • Russia’s HIV/AIDS epidemic is getting worse, not better

    In 2015, a dermatologist in Russia’s fourth largest city, Yekaterinburg, diagnosed Katia with herpes.
  • Crucial test of Ebola vaccine raises hopes, doubts in Congo

    Irene Mboyo Mola spent 11 days caring for her husband as he died of Ebola in a hospital where she said nurses were too scared to get close.
  • “Public” T-Cell Receptors From Resistant People Fend Off HIV

    Researchers trying to develop new treatments, or even a cure, for HIV have searched for strategies by looking to the tiny percentage of the HIV-positive population with a rare gift: the ability to naturally keep the virus’s numbers low, without a need for antiretroviral therapies.
  • Antimicrobial resistance threatens our health security — both domestically and globally

    Following the recent news that the new Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reached an urban area where its spread can accelerate, congressional attention to reauthorizing the Pandemic and All Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA) is timely.
  • Scientists map genetic codes of 3,000 dangerous bacteria

    Scientists seeking new ways to fight drug-resistant superbugs have mapped the genomes of more than 3,000 bacteria, including samples of a bug taken from Alexander Fleming’s nose and a dysentery-causing strain from a World War One soldier.
  • Tuberculosis advocates demand accelerated global response at United Nations

    United Nations, New York — Global tuberculosis advocates who converged on the United Nations and UN missions this week for the civil society hearing of the UN High Level Meeting on Ending TB – scheduled to take place on September 26th – discussed a wide variety of challenges to ending TB as a global public health threat, from a lack of effective tools like point-of-care diagnostics and vaccines to challenges in reaching the four million people infected with TB every year who go undetected.
  • Five dead, nearly 200 sick in E. coli outbreak from lettuce. And investigators are stumped.

    Five people have died and nearly 200 from about three dozen states have been sickened by E. coli in a growing outbreak that has so far stumped federal investigators.
  • Starting HIV treatment at diagnosis slashes drop out, drug failure rates, China study finds

    Patients diagnosed with HIV who started antiretroviral treatment within 30 days had significantly lower rates of dropping out of treatment, and higher rates successful treatment, than those who started later, particularly those who started more than three months after their diagnosis, a study in China has found.
  • Rates of Non-Vaccinated Children Continues to Rise in Oregon

    Fewer Oregon children in their first year of school are getting vaccinated, according to new data from the Oregon Health Authority.
  • Another antibiotic crisis: fragile supply leads to shortages

    Shortages of some life-saving antibiotics are putting growing numbers of patients at risk and fuelling the evolution of “superbugs” that do not respond to modern medicines, according to a new report on Thursday.
  • UAE bans fruits from Indian state after Nipah virus outbreak

    The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has banned imports of fresh vegetables and fruits from the southern Indian state of Kerala where 13 people have died due to an outbreak of the rare brain-damaging Nipah virus, the Gulf state said on Tuesday.
  • Health information system strengthening supports DRC government Ebola response

    The Democratic Republic of Congo government’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in the country’s northwest Bikoro, Equatuer province includes mobilization of national epidemiological experts and local health staff to deal with the outbreak, vaccinating key personnel — such as health workers — and instituting preventive management and treatment of suspected cases.
  • U.S. joins other G20 countries in antimicrobial resistance research initiative

    Calling growing antimicrobial resistance “a crack in the cornerstone of modern medicine, built on centuries of remarkable scientific breakthroughs,” U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar joined ministers of health from other G20 countries at the launch of a global antimicrobial resistance research and development hub here Tuesday.
  • 1 new Ebola death confirmed in Congo, bringing total to 12

    Another person has died in Congo of a confirmed case of Ebola, bringing the number of fatalities from the latest outbreak to 12, the country’s health ministry said Sunday.
  • Cure for common cold? 'Radical' treatment targets humans, not virus. And it works (so far)

    A new cold treatment could thwart the virus by leaving it alone and targeting humans instead.
  • WHO Essential Diagnostics List provides guide to tools needed for global health responses

    Tools to diagnose and monitor HIV, hepatitis B and C, and tuberculosis, as well as resistance to first-line TB treatment are among the tests included in World Health Organization’s first List of Essential In Vitro Diagnostics, released Tuesday.
  • Ebola Vaccine Headed to Congo to Help Contain Outbreak

    The first doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine from Merck & Co. are expected to arrive before the end of this week in the Democratic Republic of Congo to help contain a new outbreak of the virus that is suspected of killing at least 19 people...
  • Develop surveillance, diagnosis, treatments and vaccines to prepare for catastrophic pandemic potent

    The next disease with the potential to sweep the planet with devastation on a scale of that caused by the influenza pandemic of 1918 is likely also to be caused by a virus.
  • Ebola has infected dozens so far in Congo, killing 19, WHO says

    Nineteen people have died of Ebola in Congo as health officials plan to send an experimental vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus that killed thousands in West Africa a few years ago.
  • Is Malaria’s Peculiar Odor the Key to Its Conquest?

    One of the more disturbing things about parasites is an ability to manipulate their hosts, sometimes to suicidal extremes.
  • Salmonella sickens nearly three dozen people amid recall of more than 200 million eggs

    A salmonella outbreak that led to a recall of nearly 207 million eggs has now sickened nearly three dozen people in states along the East Coast.
  • A pioneering vaccine is being sent to Congo in hopes of containing a new Ebola outbreak

    When the Ebola virus swept through West Africa in 2014, it hit capital cities so quickly that medical professionals were left with few options to prevent its spread.
  • Antibiotics May Raise the Risk for Kidney Stones

    The prevalence of kidney stones in the United States has increased 70 percent since the 1970s, and a new report suggests that the use of oral antibiotics may be part of reason.
  • White House rescission proposal, House resolution highlight disconnect between federal priorities, g

    On Tuesday, as the World Health Organization announced that Ebola had broken out in the Democratic Republic of Congo for the second time in a year, and the ninth time since the discovery of the disease there in the late 1970s, the White House released one more proposal to to cut funding for global and domestic health security efforts.
  • To Your Health E. coli-tainted romaine outbreak spreads to 29 states, sickens 149 people

    The nationwide food poisoning outbreak from E. coli-tainted romaine lettuce has spread to 29 states and sickened 149 people, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
  • Congo Ebola outbreak met with rapid response after West African crisis

    Six months after an Ebola outbreak was confirmed in West Africa in March 2014, the World Health Organization declared an international emergency and called for help.
  • Be thankful you were born after the smallpox vaccine

    In Steven Pinker’s most recent book, Enlightenment Now, the psycholinguist makes an interesting observation about the first line in a Wikipedia entry: “Smallpox was an infectious disease.”
  • Seventeen deaths reported in Congo as Ebola outbreak confirmed

    At least 17 people have died in an area of northwestern Democratic Republic of Congo where health officials have now confirmed an outbreak of Ebola, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
  • AIDS Runs Rampant in Venezuela, Putting an Ancient Culture at Risk

    After the other villagers had drifted away to do chores, Rafael Pequeño finally found himself alone with the headman and opened the hardcover notebook on his lap.
  • Cholera vaccination campaign starts in Yemen after year delay: WHO

    The first vaccine campaign against cholera in Yemen has started, 18 months after war and a sanitation crisis triggered an epidemic, but the World Health Organization said it did not yet have permission nationwide to do the vaccinations.
  • Hepatitis C cure eludes patients as states struggle with costs

    Wanda Bamberg Tia is clearly in good shape. The 62-year-old dance instructor and fitness coach is obsessive about her health, eating carefully, drinking in moderation and staying away from drugs or smoking.
  • Experimental universal flu vaccine begins second phase of testing in U.S.: Report

    The second phase of human trials for a universal flu vaccine has begun in the U.S., the National Institutes of Health announced Friday, as scientists continue to search for an all-encompassing solution to protecting against the unpredictable and constantly mutating virus.
  • Discovery of malaria parasite survival genes offers new targets

    Scientists have identified the core genes that are essential for the deadliest malaria parasite to survive, revealing new targets for drugs or vaccines to fight the potentially deadly disease they cause in people.
  • Global health research and development spending comes home, in disease solutions and dollars

    With budget proposals titled “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again“ for fiscal year 2018, and “An American Budget” for 2019, the premise of White House budget plans that would slash funding for global health research and development to levels not seen since the start of this century seemed predicated on the notion that the quest for biomedical solutions to diseases abroad did nothing to advance interests at home.
  • The first smallpox treatment is one step closer to FDA approval

    As bioterrorism fears grow, the first treatment for smallpox is nearing approval.
  • Yellow fever vaccine entry requirements leave big gaps

    Fewer than a quarter of airplane passengers traveling to countries where yellow fever is endemic  were required to show proof of vaccination against the disease upon arrival, when they were traveling from countries where the disease is not transmitted locally, according to a report released this week by the World Health Organization.
  • Genome ‘writers’ set their first goal: recoding human cells to resist viruses

    Its birth in 2016 was greeted with near hysteria over “secret meetings” and dire warnings about hubristic scientists creating made-from-scratch human genomes and designer babies.
  • Diseases spread by ticks, mosquitoes and fleas more than tripled in the U.S. since 2004

    The warmer weather of spring and summer means the start of tick and mosquito season and the diseases they transmit, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, West Nile and Zika.
  • Why some bacteria eat antibiotics and what we can do about it

    Some bacteria can disarm antibiotics by tying them up. Others can pump them out before they can work. And some can eat them.
  • Injection drug use and opioid epidemic drives hepatitis C infections

    Intravenous drug use related to opioid use helped fuel a 22 percent increase in reported new cases of acute hepatitis C in 2016, nearly doubling the growth rate of infections from 2015, according to the latest surveillance report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Bill Gates calls on U.S. to lead fight against a pandemic that could kill 33 million

    Bill Gates says the U.S. government is falling short in preparing the nation and the world for the “significant probability of a large and lethal modern-day pandemic occurring in our lifetimes.”
  • New Secretary of State a blank slate on global health

    President Trump applauded the confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new Secretary of State Thursday, saying “He will always put the interests of America first.”