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Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine

Scientists Crack A 50-Year-Old Mystery About The Measles Vaccine | Virology News | Scoop.it
When the U.S. introduced the measles vaccine, childhood deaths from all infections plummeted. Scientists think they might know why: Benefits of the measles vaccine go way beyond the measles.
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Cuba's Lung Cancer Vaccine Stuns But The Real Surprise Is The Price

"When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) headed to Havana on a historic trade mission in April, he returned with the promise of an important commodity: a ...
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Tracing the bird flu outbreak in North American poultry flocks

(Reuters) - The United States is facing its worst outbreak on record of avian influenza as three deadly strains have hit North American poultry flocks since December, with the spread of infection picking
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Useful timeline!

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Natural measles virus infection weakens immunity for years after infection

Natural measles virus infection weakens immunity for years after infection | Virology News | Scoop.it
The vaccine indirectly protects for more than measles.
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Swaziland has world's highest HIV/AIDS rate; young women most affected

Swaziland has world's highest HIV/AIDS rate; young women most affected | Virology News | Scoop.it
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Swaziland has the world's largest HIV epidemic, affecting roughly one in four people.
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Study finds no link between HPV vaccination and increase in STIs

Study finds no link between HPV vaccination and increase in STIs | Virology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have demonstrated that human papillomavirus vaccination is not associated with an increase in sexually transmitted infections, offering reassurance that the vaccine does not promote risky sexual disinhibition.
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Bird flu could threaten Thanksgiving turkey supply

Bird flu could threaten Thanksgiving turkey supply | Virology News | Scoop.it
The largest-ever U.S. outbreak of avian influenza (AKA bird flu) has taken a toll on poultry and egg producers in recent weeks.
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They think that's all they have to worry about??  Fortunately for us, we don't do Thanksgiving - and are not too fond of turkey, either.

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Ecuador latest to impose nationwide ban on US poultry due to bird flu

Ecuador latest to impose nationwide ban on US poultry due to bird flu | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Ecuadorian agricultural authority Agrocalidad has banned all imports of live foul, poultry meat and poultry products, as well as genetic material, including chicks and hatching eggs, from the US, in response to the recent avian influenza...
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Do Babies Get Too Many Vaccines? [No]

Paul A. Offit, MD, discusses the immunological components in vaccines to address parents' concerns with “too many vaccines.” Visit the Vaccine Education ...
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Cuba has agreed to share lung cancer vaccine with the United States

Cuba has agreed to share lung cancer vaccine with the United States | Virology News | Scoop.it
CUBA HAS FOR several years had a promising therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer. The 55-year trade embargo led by the US made sure that Cuba was mostly where it stayed. Until—maybe—now.
The Obama administration has, of course, been trying to normalize relations with the island nation. And last month, during New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s visit to Havana, Roswell Park Cancer Institute finalized an agreement with Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology to develop a lung cancer vaccine and begin clinical trials in the US. Essentially, US researchers will bring the Cimavax vaccine stateside and get on track for approval by the Food and Drug Administration.
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Viva! The biotechnology prowess of the Cuban people, viva!

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Truvada 99% effective in prevention of HIV infection

Truvada 99% effective in prevention of HIV infection | Virology News | Scoop.it
About 50,000 new cases of HIV are diagnosed annually, but instead of just managing the disease, there is now a push to prevent it altogether.
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Undetectable – The Game Changer to End HIV by 2020

HIV treatments have changed – if an HIV positive person is on treatment and has an undetectable viral load, the risk of transmission is almost zero, and it i...
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The Feverish Roots of Today's Anti-Vaccine Movement

The Feverish Roots of Today's Anti-Vaccine Movement | Virology News | Scoop.it
How the history of inoculation gave birth to the anti-vaccine movement.
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A huge US food distributor says bird flu could hurt egg supply for the next year

A huge US food distributor says bird flu could hurt egg supply for the next year | Virology News | Scoop.it
The U.S. poultry and egg industry is grappling with the country's biggest outbreak on record of avian influenza.
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SABC News - South Africans warned against H3N2 strain

SABC News - South Africans warned against H3N2 strain | Virology News | Scoop.it
Global health authorities have cautioned that current flu vaccines may not prevent a severe new strain of influenza, namely the H3N2 strain.
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Yup!  Still worth getting vaccinated, though - because you might get one of the OTHER ones!

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The Vaccine Culture War in America: Are You Ready?

Discrimination, societal sanctions, it all started with a few measles cases at Disneyland. More than 1.2 million people in the US are infected with HIV, about two ...
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Widespread male circumcision could prevent more than a million HIV infections

Widespread male circumcision could prevent more than a million HIV infections HSPH News May 11, 2015—More than a million HIV infections could be prevented over the next 15 years by increasing circumcision of uninfected men in the five countries in...
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Diary of a fieldworker in Liberia: ‘No touch’ and other stories

Diary of a fieldworker in Liberia: ‘No touch’ and other stories | Virology News | Scoop.it
On 9 May, Liberia was officially declared Ebola-free. It was a long, hard road to get to this point – and a nervy 42-day wait without new patients before the declaration could be made.
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Why scientists put dinosaur snouts on chickens

Why scientists put dinosaur snouts on chickens | Virology News | Scoop.it
Scientists have transformed chicken embryos to give them a snout and palate configuration similar to that of small dinosaurs like Velociraptor and Archaeopteryx.
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Because. Velociraptors!  Who wouldn't want little velocichickens running around??

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The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Your Ancestors

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Your Ancestors | Virology News | Scoop.it
The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 was a global catastrophe that is estimated to have killed between 40 and 50 million people.
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Nice little piece, personalising the 1918 pandemic.

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Are Combination Vaccines Safe? [Yes]

Paul A. Offit, MD, talks about the safety of combination vaccines, such as the MMR and DTaP vaccines. Visit the Vaccine Education Center to learn more about ...
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Why Do Newborns Get the Hepatitis B Vaccine?

Paul A. Offit, MD, talks about why it's important to get newborns immunized against the hepatitis B virus. He briefly explains the different ways children can ...
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Everything You Want to Know About the US Bird Flu Outbreak

Everything You Want to Know About the US Bird Flu Outbreak | Virology News | Scoop.it
Sixteen states have reported cases of highly pathogenic H5 avian flu among flocks of birds like turkeys and chickens as well as wild birds since last December, resulting in the culling of at least 30 million birds. Recently, the disease was confirmed in a flock of 1.7 million chickens in Nebraska. Other states have also been hit hard, like Iowa, where more than 24 million birds from 39 different sites have been affected. On Wednesday, TIME asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) a few questions regarding the recent outbreak.
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Bird flu graphic by Russell Kightley Media

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Mexico Says Bacteria Contaminated Vaccine Blamed in 2 Deaths

Mexico Says Bacteria Contaminated Vaccine Blamed in 2 Deaths | Virology News | Scoop.it
Mexico's public health system says a localized bacterial contamination appears to have been responsible for infant vaccine causing the deaths of two babies and the sickening of 31.
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