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WHO reminds us that there’s still an immunization gap

Posted on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 @ 06:15 PM

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) wrapped up its annual World Immunization Week. The WHO kicked off the once-yearly effort to re-ignite the world’s public health agencies’ commitment to ensuring that their constituents’ are immunized against vaccine-preventable illnesses on Monday. 

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Tags: vaccines, vaccinations, immunization, World Health Oranization

Ebola: New Outbreaks Amid New Hope for Vaccines

Posted on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 @ 03:00 PM

Liberia was poised to be the first of the three hardest-hit countries stricken with the Ebola epidemic to declare itself free from the deadly virus that has ravaged the region for a year. The West African nation had gone two weeks without a new infection; and then a 44-year-old street vendor developed a fever. Her teenaged daughter, who'd tended to her sick mother developed a telltale headache.

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Tags: clinical trials, vaccines, ebola

Clinical Trial for Ebola Drug Canceled, But That's Not Terrible News

Posted on Thu, Feb 05, 2015 @ 03:49 PM

There is some good news in West Africa, as cases of Ebola are on the decline,  even in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, the continent's hardest hit areas.

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Tags: clinical trials, vaccines, ebola

Why People Believe in Science, But Not Vaccines

Posted on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 @ 03:59 PM

On Tuesday, I blogged about the measles outbreak that began at two Disney theme parks in California last month. In researching the piece, I stridently avoided using a term that I'd seen in lots of articles that characterized vaccine skeptics as "anti-vaxxers." To me, the term seemed unnecessarily hostile in a debate that, to my ears, seems like hardly anything to debate at all: of course I vaccinate my children and you should too! Who could argue with that?

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Tags: vaccines, vaccinations, science

Measles Outbreaks May Test Vaccination Naysayers

Posted on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 @ 04:12 PM

Lately, the happiest place on earth is a little less buoyant. The reason is that beginning around December 20, 2014, Disneyland and the Disney California Adventure Park became Ground Zero for the latest measles outbreak in the United States. Last week, the California Department of Public Health reported 59 cases of the highly infectious disease in the state, 42 of which originated in the Disney parks. 

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Tags: measles virus, vaccines

Some Thoughts on Jonas Salk, Vaccines, and Ebola

Posted on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

"Don't want little Johnny or Betty to develop a crippling disease with the potential for lifelong paralysis? Then sign here and be a pioneer in improving global health!"

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Tags: clinical trials, vaccines, ebola

Malaria and Dengue Vaccines for Mosquitoes?

Posted on Tue, Oct 28, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

According to the World Heath Organization (WHO), 207 million people contracted malaria and  627,000 died from it in 2012. Additionally, there were 50 - 100 million cases of dengue in the world's tropical and sub-tropical regions. The good news: infection and mortality rates for both mosquito-borne illnesses are declining. The better news is that researchers may be on to a solution that targets these dangerous diseases at their source: the mosquitoes that carry malaria and dengue pathogens. 

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Tags: research, vaccines

Ebola is Scarier than War: Drugs Fastracked for Clinical Trials

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 @ 03:30 PM

With the death toll topping 3000 in West Africa, health agencies around the world are working to speed the development of treatments and vaccines against Ebola. According to the UN Security Council, the epidemic is "...a threat to international peace and security." Normally, taking medical treatments and vaccines from laboratories to patients is a lengthy process that can go on for years. Ebola is different. 

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Tags: clinical trials, vaccines, ebola

Genetic Disorders, Vaccines, and the Power of Coincidence

Posted on Thu, Feb 02, 2012 @ 06:00 AM

There was a very interesting article in the Washington Post recently in their Medical Mysteries series. It described a little girl who began having seizures when she was 6 months old, and continued to have them, along with quite a few other developmental issues. Her parents believed that, because the first seizure happened three days after a vaccination, that the vaccine caused her disorder. Most of you probably know that there are people who believe that vaccines cause some diseases, especially autism. This has been widely discredited and no trustworthy scientist I know believes the connection is true.

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Tags: vaccines, vaccinations, Dravet syndrome, DNA mutation, spontaneous DNA mutation


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