Research & Policy

139 articles
Estimating the fatality of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak
Sep 10, 2014 | Maia Majumder

Estimating the fatality of the 2014 West African Ebola Outbreak "Case fatality rate" - or CFR - is a term that's been tossed around a lot lately in...

World Hepatitis Day 2014
Jul 28, 2014 | Alexandra Thomsen

Monday, July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day, a global public health campaign led by the WHO to raise awareness about the five hepatitis viruses (A, B,...

The Quest for Big Data – Does it Ever End?
Jun 18, 2014 | Karen Biala

Perhaps more than ever before, massive amounts of health data are available at the click of a mouse. HealthMap, for example, utilizes an automated...

The P. Vivax Comeback -- Is Malaria Beating Natural Defense?
Dec 9, 2013 | Karen Biala

Africans who were thought to be protected against malaria infection by the Plasmodium vivax (P. vivax) parasite now seem to be at risk for the...

Possible MERS-CoV Vaccine on the Horizon
Nov 22, 2013 | Jane Huston

On November 20, Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. reported positive results in preclinical trials of the first DNA synthetic vaccine against the Middle...

Can Probiotics Defeat Intestinal Worms?
Nov 19, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

Last Friday a team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego presented exciting research on a potential new treatment against...

New Flu Virus Found in Bats
Oct 31, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

According to a new study published in the journal PLoS Pathogens, researchers have discovered a new flu virus in fruit bats from Peru. The new...

Fifth Dengue Serotype Discovered
Oct 25, 2013 | Anna Tomasulo

Mother Nature decided that four serotypes of the dengue virus was not enough, so she threw number five our way. Nikos Vasilakis, PhD of the...

The Government has the flu. Do you, too?
Oct 11, 2013 | Steven Purcell

As most are aware, influenza or the ‘flu’ peaks dramatically in the fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC...

Japanese Encephalitis Vaccine Prequalified by WHO
Oct 11, 2013 | Sheryl Gordon

In a momentous statement on October 9, the World Health Organization announced that it would add the SA 14-14-2 live, attenuated vaccine for Japanese...

New Malaria Vaccine Glitters; Is it Gold?
Aug 26, 2013 | Jason Hayes

According to a recent study published in Science magazine, the Maryland-based biotechnology firm Sanaria might have succeeded where many others have...

National Immunization Awareness Month: Immunizations Are Not Just For Kids
Aug 22, 2013 | Jane Huston

The need for immunizations doesn’t end with childhood. Each year, thousands of adults in the United States suffer serious health problems, are...

Israel Launches Polio Vaccination Campaign
Aug 9, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

Reuters reports that on August 5, Israel’s health ministry began a polio vaccination campaign targeting 150,000 children in the southern region....

World Hepatitis Day: Five Viruses That Get Passed By
Jul 29, 2013 | Adham Abdel Mottalib

Sunday, July 28 was World Hepatitis Day – a day organized by the World Hepatitis Alliance to increase awareness of these infections that affect the...

Discovery and Implications of New Virus in Stranded Dolphin
Jul 18, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

A new virus has been associated with respiratory illness and resulting death in a common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), according to researchers at...

New Guidelines For HIV/AIDS Treatment
Jul 11, 2013 | Anonymous

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), earlier administration of antiretroviral treatments may be our newest weapon in the war against HIV...

Balancing Public Health and Industry Health: Norovirus and Shellfish in the UK
Jul 9, 2013 | Alexandra Thomsen

Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the United Kingdom, affecting between 600,000 and 1 million people in the UK each year. Also known as the...

Approaching A Universal Flu Vaccine?
May 31, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Every year, public health departments and health agencies engage in the grueling process of convincing people to get a flu shot. Every year people...

Are Chilly Temperatures The Cold Culprit?
May 30, 2013 | Steven Purcell

As it turns out, mother really does know best. For those of us who can remember being told countless times to ‘bundle up’ against the chill of winter...

Togo En Route To Lymphatic Filariasis Elimination
May 8, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

Togo, a small country in West Africa sandwiched between Ghana and Benin, may become the first Sub-Saharan African country to eliminate lymphatic...

New Findings on Bacteria in Ground Turkey Have Industry Up in Arms
May 6, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

In its debut lab analysis study, Consumer Reports magazine reveals disturbing findings about ground turkey sold in retail stores across America....

Los Angeles to Give Free Meningitis Vaccines
Apr 19, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Officials in Los Angeles County have started offering the meningitis vaccine for free to low-income and uninsured people in response to recent cases...

Polio To Be Eradicated By 2018?
Apr 12, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

The new Polio Eradication and Endgame Strategic Plan, released on April 11, 2013 and developed by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, has...

Coronavirus Steals Media Spotlight with Promising New Research
Apr 10, 2013 | David Scales

Amidst all the articles on H7N9 in China, the novel coronavirus (nCoV) is making headlines again. While the number of cases continues to trickle...

New Research on HIV Antibodies: Is a Vaccine in Sight?
Apr 9, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Researchers are taking a new approach to combat HIV; rather than focus on the virus, scientists are now looking at patients for an answer....

New Malaria Drug: A Step Towards Eradication?
Mar 29, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Malaria prevention and eradication has long been a goal of health officials around the world. New research shows promise: a compound with the...

Tuberculosis: A Persistent Cough
Mar 22, 2013 | Jason Hayes

The disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, a strain of mycobacteria, has many names. Over the last two millennia, we’ve called it phthisis,...

Water, Water Everywhere, Only if We Share: United Nations Celebrates World Water Day
Mar 21, 2013 | Steven Purcell

“Water, water, everywhere, and not drop to drink” is a phase adapted from Samuel Taylor’s 18th century poem ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’. Though...

U.S. Stockpile of Costly Smallpox Drug Deemed Unnecessary by Experts
Mar 15, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

The U.S. government received its first shipment of an order of 2 million doses of smallpox medication last week. The government is stockpiling the...

A Crucial Push for Improved Global Health Statistics
Mar 12, 2013 | Alex Ocampo

How many people worldwide suffer from malaria? How many children died last year in Bolivia and of what causes? Which clinics in the developing world...

HIV Cure in Mississippi?
Mar 8, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Doctors in Mississippi are believed to have cured an infant of HIV by initiating high-dosage treatment with antiretroviral (ARV) drugs within hours...

International Women's Day: Searching for Equality in STEM Fields
Mar 8, 2013 | Jane Huston

March 8th marks International Women’s Day, a day to commemorate the achievements of women and raise awareness of persisting gender inequalities in...

Rubella Vaccine Campaign Ready to Launch in Rwanda
Mar 1, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

Donors plan to launch a measles and rubella vaccine campaign in Rwanda after previous successes with the measles vaccine. This will be the first...

Who Will Pay for Cholera in Haiti?
Mar 1, 2013 | Amy L. Sonricker Hansen

The United Nations (UN) last week rejected a legal claim for compensation to Haitian cholera victims and families, citing diplomatic immunity. The...

Microorganisms in Microgravity: Spaceflight Experiments Reveal New Properties of Pathogens
Feb 28, 2013 | Steven Purcell

The International Space Station (ISS), orbiting some 220 miles above earth at a speed of 17,000 miles per hour, is a modern marvel and the pride of...

Creating Connections: How Transportation Data can Predict Pandemics
Feb 26, 2013 | Katharina Schwan

A historical look at the bubonic plague’s trail of terror across Europe in the 1300s reveals interesting epidemiological data when compared to modern...

First New Tuberculosis Vaccine Trial in Nearly a Century Yields Disappointing Results
Feb 12, 2013 | Steven Purcell

The first major study in nearly a century intended to test a new tuberculosis vaccine in infants was ineffective. The ‘MVA85A’ vaccine had been the...

At Least Nine Polio Workers Killed in Nigeria
Feb 11, 2013 | David Scales

On Friday, Feb. 8, at least nine young women working on a polio vaccination campaign were targeted and killed by gunmen in two separate incidents in...

First Cases of Vaccine-Resistant Whooping Cough Found in United States
Feb 8, 2013 | Lauren Edmundson

In a letter to the editor published in the New England Journal of Medicine, doctors have identified twelve cases of pertussis that do not respond to...

There’s No Sneezing at Flu Costs
Feb 4, 2013 | Catherine Stecyk

Influenza—apart from physical discomfort— brings economic consequences, as well. Experts estimate that the overall cost of influenza to the...