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CDC Issues Measles Warning

Thank the anti-vaxxers. The number of measles cases this year, as of April 18, stood at 129 compared with 189 for all of 2013. The virus is making its way into United States via international travel from other countries — particularly the Philippines — and then spreading among pockets of unvaccinated Americans, said Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s …

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Malaria Vaccine Breakthrough Announced

A breakthrough in the search for a malaria vaccine was announced today. A malaria vaccine has become the first to provide 100% protection against the disease, confounding critics and far surpassing any other experimental malaria vaccine tested. It will now be tested further in clinical trials in Africa. “The results are important because they demonstrate for the first time the …

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HPV Vaccine Cuts Infections By Half

Great early news about the HPV vaccine: The prevalence of dangerous strains of the human papillomavirus — the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States and a principal cause of cervical cancer — has dropped by half among teenage girls in recent years, a striking measure of success for a vaccine against the virus that was introduced only …

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The Cocaine Vaccine

As work progresses on the cocaine “vaccine,” the aim of which is to prevent users from getting high, some are discussing whether it should be made available to parents who want to preemptively give it to their children. Right wingers have “joked” that it should be put into the water supply of public housing projects. The PBS clip below discusses …

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New York City Begins Meningitis Vaccinations For High-Risk HIV+ Men

Today the New York City Department of Health began offering free meningitis vaccinations to high-risk HIV+ men at nine locations across the five boroughs. The Department is advising vaccinations for any man who is HIV positive and has had intimate contact with another man that he met through a website, digital application (“App”), or at a bar or party since …

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Therapeutic Universal Cancer Vaccine?

Interesting news out of Britain: A vaccine that can train cancer patients’ own bodies to seek out and destroy tumor cells has been developed by scientists. The therapy, which targets a molecule found in 90 per cent of all cancers, could provide a universal injection that allows patients’ immune systems to fight off common cancers including breast and prostate cancer. …

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Gardasil May Protect Against Anal Cancer

In a small study involving HIV-negative gay men, the HPV vaccine Gardasil was shown to reduce the risk of anal cancer. The vaccine reduced the risk of lesion recurrence by approximately 50% in the first two years after immunisation. There was some evidence that the protective effects of the vaccine waned after this point. “This is the first study to …

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Oral Cancer Virus More Common In Men

Compared to women, more than twice as many men are infected with oral HPV. Prevalence of the cancer-causing virus increases with the number of sexual partners. Oral human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is more common among men than women, leading to an increased risk for men of head and neck cancers, a US study suggests. The Journal of the American Medical …

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Promising Hep C Vaccine Trial

Researchers at Oxford report that their Hepatitis C vaccine trial has yielded promising results. The aim of the Phase I trial was to determine whether the treatment was safe and to help plan future trials. Forty-one healthy patients were given the vaccine. Scientists said it produced a “very strong” immune response which lasted for at least a year and had …

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Vaccine Deniers Plan New Year’s Eve Ad

Perhaps fueled by Michele “Vaccines Cause Retardation” Bachmann, a vaccine denial group plans to show their latest ad to the one million+ throng that will gather in Times Square on New Years Eve. The ad has already been running twice an hour there since last week. “In 2012, NVIC is marking our 30th year of public education and consumer empowerment,” …

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A Cocaine Vaccine?

Scientists are testing a vaccine that causes the body to treat cocaine like an attacking virus and thereby keep it away from the brain. So far, the vaccine has only been tested on mice, but the results are extraordinary. Mice given the vaccine no longer exhibited any of the hyperactive signs of a cocaine high when they were next given …

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Quote Of The Day – Louis Farrakhan

“The Earth can’t take 6.5 billion people. We just can’t feed that many. So what are you going to do? Kill as many as you can. We have to develop a science that kills them and makes it look as though they died from some disease.” – Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, saying that the swine flu vaccine was …

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Thailand: AIDS Vaccine Breakthrough

Scientists in Thailand are reportedly “surprised” by their finding that an AIDS vaccine actually appears to work, reducing the risk of infection by 31%. For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might …

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Canadian HIV Vaccine Ready To Begin Human Trials In U.S.

A little bit of encouraging news today. An HIV/AIDS vaccine developed in Canada has passed safety tests in animals and the researchers are awaiting approval to begin human trials in the U.S. “It is a very important milestone for us,” said Yong Kang, a professor of microbiology at the University of Western Ontario in London who has been working on …

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