2018 Compounding Policy Priorities Plan

By | 2018-01-23T16:56:32+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

I am pleased to share the FDA’s 2018 Compounding Policy Priorities Plan. This plan provides an overview of the key priorities our agency will pursue to implement the federal law on compounding and to advance the FDA’s public health mission. As we undertake these steps, we must continue to recognize the importance of compounders’ role [...]

Scrub Typhus Cases Rise to 161 in Mizoram

By | 2018-01-23T14:59:12+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

The number of cases of scrub typhus infection at Haulawng village in southern Mizoram’s Lunglei district has gone up to 161, state health department officials said. State nodal officer of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Pachuau Lalmalswama said that first case of scrub typhus infection was reported from the village in early January. He [...]

We Need a Universal Flu Vaccine before the Next Pandemic Strikes A century after the deadly pandemic of 1918, we’re still not safe

By | 2018-01-23T14:53:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

This year the world will mark the 100th anniversary of one of the most devastating infectious disease events in recorded history: the 1918 influenza pandemic, which caused an estimated 50 million to 100 million deaths worldwide. There were several reasons for the awful toll. First, most people likely had no preexisting immune protection to the [...]

Sixth case dies of infection with bird flu in Salahuddin: Medical sources

By | 2018-01-23T14:46:28+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Salahuddin (IraqiNews.com) The sixth case infected with bird flu has succumbed to death in Salahuddin province on Sunday, Iraqi medical sources said, indicating doubts over infection of two other cases, BasNews reported. The victim, according to the sources, died of bird flu at the outskirts of Balad town, south of Salahuddin. Two other cases are [...]

This weird crawling robot baby is used to study dirt and bacteria inhalation

By | 2018-01-23T14:42:56+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Purdue University researchers built this bizarre crawling robot baby to study how real infants kick up dirt and bacteria from carpet that they then inhale. Engineer Brandon Boor and his colleagues ran the robot over carpet samples removed from people's homes and then analyzed the particulates that were stirred up. Turns out that the particle [...]

Construction of an infectious horsepox virus vaccine from chemically synthesized DNA fragments

By | 2018-01-23T14:34:20+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Edward Jenner and his contemporaries believed that his variolae vaccinae originated in horses and molecular analyses show that modern vaccinia virus (VACV) strains share common ancestry with horsepox virus (HPXV). Given concerns relating to the toxicity of modern VACV vaccines, we asked whether an HPXV-based vaccine might provide a superior alternative. Since HPXV may be extinct [...]

Brazil declares yellow fever emergency in Minas Gerais

By | 2018-01-23T14:07:42+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Brazil's south-eastern state of Minas Gerais has declared a public health emergency following a deadly outbreak of yellow fever. At least 15 people have died there since December. Many areas, including the state capital Belo Horizonte, have been affected. A mass vaccination programme is in place in three southern states. But queues have formed outside [...]

Delays in Global Disease Outbreak Responses: Lessons from H1N1, Ebola, and Zika

By | 2018-01-23T13:53:18+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

In global disease outbreaks, there are significant time delays between the source of an outbreak and collective action. Some delay is necessary, but recent delays have been extended by insufficient surveillance capacity and time-consuming efforts to mobilize action. Three public health emergencies of international concern (PHEICs)—H1N1, Ebola, and Zika—allow us to identify and compare sources [...]

1918 pandemic morbidity: the first wave hits the poor, the second wave hits the rich

By | 2018-01-23T13:50:10+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

Abstract Background Whether morbidity from the 1918-19 influenza pandemic discriminated by socioeconomic status has remained a subject of debate for 100 years. In lack of data to study this issue recent literature have hypothesized that morbidity was “socially neutral”. Objectives To study the associations between Influenza like illness (ILI) and socioeconomic status (SES), gender and [...]