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  • NBC News Dec 2, 2019

    HIV Vaccine in 2021? Leading Experts ‘Optimistic’ About Ongoing Trials

    On Sunday, World AIDS Day, the global fight against the human immunodeficiency virus is poised to make important advances thanks to three experimental HIV vaccines that are entering the final stages of testing at sites across the globe, NBC News reports. While any of these three late-stage HIV vaccine trials — known as HVTN 702, Imbokodo and Mosaico — could...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct 31, 2019

    Measles Saps Kids’ Ability to Fight Other Germs

    Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system’s memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings “immune amnesia.” The body can rebuild those defenses — but it could take years. And with measles...

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Oct 31, 2019

    Measles Saps Kids’ Ability to Fight Other Germs

    Measles has a stealth side effect: New research shows it erases much of the immune system’s memory of how to fight other germs, so children recover only to be left more vulnerable to bugs like flu or strep. Scientists dubbed the startling findings “immune amnesia.” The body can rebuild those defenses — but it could take years. And with measles...

  • The Associated Press Aug 12, 2019

    Early Study Results Suggest 2 Ebola Treatments Saving Lives

    Two of four experimental Ebola drugs being tested in Congo seem to be saving lives, international health authorities announced Monday. The preliminary findings prompted an early halt to a major study on the drugs and a decision to prioritize their use in the African country, where a yearlong outbreak has killed more than 1,800 people. The early results mark “some...

  • The Associated Press Apr 17, 2019

    Doctors Use HIV in Gene Therapy to Fix ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease

    They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with “bubble boy disease” have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system’s worst enemies — HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior,...

  • The Associated Press Apr 18, 2019

    Doctors Discover ‘Bubble Boy’ Breakthrough

    A gene therapy developed at St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has cured 10 infants born with a rare genetic disease called SCID-X1, also known as “Bubble Boy Disease,” which is named for the way kids have to be protected from germs.

  • Canada Apr 10, 2019

    How Measles Is Making a Return in New York and Elsewhere

    New York City declared a public health emergency Tuesday and ordered mandatory vaccinations for measles in a part of Brooklyn that is home to a large Orthodox Jewish community. The city took the unusual step amid a surge of 285 measles cases in the city since September, most in one densely packed neighborhood where people now have to get vaccines...

  • Canada Apr 2, 2019

    US Health Officials Alarmed by Paralyzing Illness in Kids

    There were 228 confirmed victims in the U.S. last year of acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, a rare, mysterious and sometimes deadly paralyzing illness that seems to ebb and flow on an every-other-year cycle and is beginning to alarm public health officials because it is striking more and more children. Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy...

  • Donald Trump Feb 6, 2019

    Trump Plan to Stop HIV Epidemic Targets High-Infection Areas

    President Donald Trump is launching a campaign to end the HIV epidemic in the United States by 2030, targeting areas where new infections happen and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk. Briefing reporters ahead of Trump’s State of the Union speech, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and senior public health officials said the campaign relies on...

  • United States Jul 24, 2018

    AIDS Drugs Show More Promise for Preventing New Infections

    New research shows more promise for using AIDS treatment drugs as a prevention tool, to help keep uninfected people from catching HIV during sex with a partner who has the virus. There were no infections among gay men who used a two-drug combo pill either daily or just before and after sex with someone with HIV, one study found. In...

  • director Feb 13, 2018

    Can Gene Therapy Be Harnessed to Fight the AIDS Virus?

    For more than a decade, the strongest AIDS drugs could not fully control Matt Chappell’s HIV infection. Now his body controls it by itself, and researchers are trying to perfect the gene editing that made this possible. Scientists removed some of his blood cells, disabled a gene to help them resist HIV, and returned these “edited” cells to him in...

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Jan 22, 2018

    How Shutdown Affects Key Parts of Federal Government

    Thousands of federal employees began their work week gripped with doubt, uncertain of when they’ll be able to return to work and how long they’ll have to go without being paid after a bitter political dispute in Washington triggered a government shutdown. Many government operations will continue – U.S. troops will stay at their posts and mail will get delivered....

  • NBC Nov 7, 2017

    1 Reason Flu Vaccines Are So Lousy: They’re Grown in Eggs

    Last year’s influenza vaccine reduced the number of flu-related visits to the doctor by 42 percent, and the vacine reduced a specific strain of flu virus by even less, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One important reason flu shots don’t usually work very well is because they’re grown in chicken eggs, a slow and tricky process...

  • San Francisco Jul 24, 2017

    Girl’s HIV Infection Seems Under Control Without AIDS Drugs

    A South African girl born with the AIDS virus has kept her infection suppressed for more than eight years after stopping anti-HIV medicines — more evidence that early treatment can occasionally cause a long remission that, if it lasts, would be a form of cure. Her case was revealed Monday at an AIDS conference in Paris, where researchers also gave...

  • Florida Jun 29, 2017

    Science Says: Pregnant or Trying? Don’t Let Zika Guard Down

    he Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don’t let your guard down — especially if you’re pregnant or trying to be. While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year’s peak in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika hasn’t disappeared from the region and remains a potential...

  • Florida Mar 31, 2017

    US Enrolls Volunteers in Large Test of Possible Zika Vaccine

    U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women....
    The first volunteer was vaccinated Wednesday at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, as the National Institutes of Health gears up for a two-part study that aims to enroll at...

  • NBC Mar 14, 2016

    US to Further Study Ring That Protects Women From HIV

    The U.S. government plans to fund new tests on a medicated ring for women to protect themselves from the AIDS virus, NBC News reports. In previous studies, the ring lowered HIV risk by 27 percent, and in women 25 and older, risk was decreased by a staggering 61 percent. The new question for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious...

  • United States Feb 2, 2016

    What You Need to Know: Zika Virus Spreads in Americas

    The spreading of the Zika virus has caused worldwide concern. Health officials think Zika might be connected to the rise in a birth defects in the Americas, though it has not yet been proven, and have labeled the crisis a global emergency.

  • United States Feb 2, 2016

    Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur Launches Effort for Zika Vaccine

    Drugmaker Sanofi Pasteur said Tuesday it is launching an effort to research and develop a vaccine to prevent the Zika virus, after the World Health Organization declared a global emergency over its explosive spread across the Americas. There is no treatment or vaccine for the mosquito-borne virus, which has been linked to birth defects and is in the same family...

  • Dallas Oct 24, 2014

    “I Feel Fortunate and Blessed”: Nurse Nina Pham Is Virus-Free, Discharged From NIH After Ebola Treatment

    Dallas nurse Nina Pham, who contracted Ebola while caring for a patient in Texas, was discharged from the hospital Friday, now free of the virus, and will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House later in the day.

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