(TheVerge) Vaccinations have been credited with some of humanity’s greatest health technological triumphs over disease, including drastically reducing polio around the globe and almost eliminating smallpox entirely. But how many people have been spared life-threatening infections thanks to the introduction of vaccines? At least 103.1 million children in the US alone since 1924, according to a new analysis of historical infection rate data going back to 1888.
- December 2, 2013 |
(LosAngelesTimes) Despite intense pressure to hold down federal spending, the Defense Department is launching a high-priced effort to create its own production pipeline for vaccines and biodefense drugs — an initiative that defies the advice of government-hired experts and duplicates what another agency is doing.
- November 25, 2013 |
(TheNational) When Abu Dhabi hosted the Global Vaccine Summit in April, polio’s days finally seemed to be numbered. Responding to the call from Unicef to see the disease wiped from the face of planet in just six more years, nations including the UAE joined forces with the World Health Organisation (WHO), Unicef and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates to pledge almost every cent of the estimated US$5.5 billion (Dh20bn) cost of eradicating polio by 2018.
- November 18, 2013 |
(TheCanadianPress) The effort to rid the world of polio is too often a journey of one step forward and two steps back, with the heartbreaking news that polio is crippling toddlers in war-ravaged Syria the most recent evidence of that stuttering progress. Still, there is some good news on the polio front. Sunday marks one year since Type 3 polio viruses have been found, suggesting vaccination efforts may — heavy stress on may — have wiped out the second of three strains of polio.
- November 11, 2013 |
Op-Ed – Improving Intelligence on Emerging Bioweapons Threats: New Engagements Needed Between Intelligence and Academia
Kathleen M. Vogel, Associate Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cornell University Since the end of the Cold War and the rise of asymmetric security threats, the U.S intelligence and policy communities have been increasingly concerned about new types of bioweapons attacks that might arise from a spectrum of state and non-state actors. In a 1995 U.S. Senate hearing, CIA official Gordon Oehler lamented that, “the increasingly troubled post–Cold War world has, in a curious way, made us yearn for the dark days of the 1960s and 1970s when we knew Read More »
- January 16, 2013 |
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(Military.com) An envelope laced with ricin intended for the president of the United States was intercepted in April 2013 by law enforcement officials when protocols established for mail screenings revealed the threat of a biological weapon. Ricin is a highly toxic, naturally occurring protein found in the seeds of the castor Read More »
- November 21, 2013
(Eurekalert) China should tailor its influenza vaccination strategies to account for its three distinct flu regions, according to the first comprehensive study of the country’s flu patterns conducted by a research team of Chinese and American scientists. Flu season in northern China occurs during the same period as in the world’s Read More »
- November 20, 2013
(ScienceDaily) A new University of Michigan study found that the state immunization registry — the public health database that tracks vaccinations- can be an effective tool to encourage influenza vaccinations during a pandemic. U-M researchers collaborated with the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) to evaluate a statewide influenza vaccination reminder Read More »
- November 19, 2013
(Newsmax) When the editor of a health newsletter opened a cardboard box containing a bubble-wrapped surplus lab instrument shipped from an online university outlet, he said he was “freaked out” to find a highly toxic chemical sloshing inside. NaturalNews.com Editor Michael Adams said the $100 instrument he purchased online from Michigan Read More »
- November 19, 2013
(DiscoverMagazine) In 2009, two teenagers in the Democratic Republic of Congo showed up at their village health clinic, vomiting and with blood in their noses and mouths — hemorrhagic symptoms of the notorious Ebola viruses. In three days they were dead. Yet it took three years for researchers to unmask the Read More »
- November 19, 2013