Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) have charted the extreme genetic differences that occur over time in the most dangerous malaria parasite in the world. While there is no approved vaccine for malaria, various experimental vaccines a... Read More
The Government of Canada through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) today announced support for five new research projects designed to help further understand and address the H1N1 flu virus.
"Canada is a global leader in H1N1 flu virus research, including research with our inte... Read More
The National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., has announced it is dedicating a new hall to the story of human evolution that will partly focus on how changes in the natural world affected human development.
"To tell the biological, cultural and ecological story, exhibitions wil... Read More
Test results of its swine flu vaccine suggest that children under 10 are likely to need two shots to be fully protected, vaccine maker Sanofi Pasteur said Wednesday.
Federal officials said the news is not surprising, since this age group needs two doses of regular seasonal flu vaccine the ver... Read More
Searching for biomarkers that can warn of diseases such as cancer while they are still in their earliest stage is likely to become far easier thanks to an innovative biosensor chip developed by Stanford University researchers.
The sensor is up to 1,000 times more sensitive than any technology... Read More
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $15.7 million contract to UT Southwestern Medical Center and Northrop Grumman Corp. to develop an open-access national online database and analysis resource center that will help scientists study and combat viruses such as those that cause hepatiti... Read More
Research at the University of Warwick have taken high tech gas sensors normally used to test components for premium cars and applied the same techniques to human blood, human urine, and even cow dung samples from local cow pats. The results could lead to a new high tech medical tool that could p... Read More
Smiths Detection has won a $1 million grant over two years from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to develop a test for microbes that cause infections in burns and wounds that can lead to blood poisoning.
The London-based company will use the funds to expand an o... Read More
"Comedian Bill Maher advises against vaccinations. But actress Amanda Peet--and Dr. Bill Frist--have it right: vaccines are good," Steve Mirsky comments in Scientific American's 60 Second Science podcast.
"In the celebrity vaccine wars, I’m siding with actress Amanda Peet. And comedia... Read More
In a guest editorial published in BMJ's Clinical Evidence by Tom Jeffereson, Coordinator for the Cochrane Vaccines Field, Rome, Italy, he concludes, after looking at data from the control arms of 95 influenza vaccine trials involving 1 million subjects over the course of four decades, that influ... Read More
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have for the first time identified the genetic mechanisms involved in the formation and survival of L-form bacteria. Their findings are described in a study published October 6 in the journal PLoS ONE.
L-form bacteria, which w... Read More
Smithsonian magazine has published a feature on tracking counterfeit malarial drugs and attempts to shut down the black market industry.
"Southeast Asia is awash in counterfeit medications, none more insidious than those for malaria, a deadly infectious disease that is usually curable if tre... Read More
Global Handwashing Day starts October 15, 2009. This international awareness day is brought to you by the Academy for Educational Development, CDC, UNICEF and several other partners. The strategy for the United States is being led by the U.S. Coalition for Child Survival which is preparing a med... Read More
Vaccination against swine flu has started in the US and will soon begin in Europe, but many of those who should be first in line are having second thoughts.
Healthcare workers are a top priority for vaccination because they can infect vulnerable people and because their services are vital in ... Read More
Hope for frog conservation got bleaker with a recent study showing that fungus-associated extinction is reducing amphibian biodiversity in Central America. Threats to wildlife survival, such as habitat loss and climate change, tend to strike some species harder than others, and the threat of chy... Read More
This interview by the New York Times with new Nobel Prize winner Dr. Carol Greider provides an interesting glimpse into the making of a scientist and her work with telomeres and cells as well as the overall acceptance of women in science. Read More
Franklin M. Harold, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington has authored an interesting guest post on www.SmallThingsConsidered.us that examines the process of cell structural organization and assembly:
"Structural organization is one of the most conspicuous features of cells, a... Read More
"A special protein in the lining of the stomach has been shown to be an important part of the body’s defence against the stomach ulcer bacterium Helicobacter pylori in a new study from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg. The research team has shown that a protein called MUC1... Read More
The 1918 flu epidemic was probably the deadliest plague in human history, killing more than 50 million people worldwide. Now it appears that a small number of the deaths may have been caused not by the virus, but by a drug used to treat it: aspirin.
Dr. Karen M. Starko, author of one of the e... Read More
Noted astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar has urged that the moon be scanned for micro-organisms in its environment, especially in areas where traces of water have been found. Speaking during a lecture on ‘Searching for micro-life in the earth’s atmosphere’ in Goa on Sunday, Mr Narlikar said the disc... Read More