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PATH’s Vaccine Vial Heat-Sensing Label Helps Keep Vaccines Viable

Humanosphere: At 5 billion, PATH’s life-saving labels make vaccines more effective Tom Paulson, founder and lead journalist at Humanosphere, discusses PATH’s new “life-saving” technology, the vaccine vial monitor (VVM), a heat-sensing label that keeps vaccines “protected and viable by the time they are administered” (7/14).

Nigeria, Pakistan Face Challenges To Polio Eradication Efforts

News outlets report on challenges to polio eradication efforts in Nigeria and Pakistan. Voice of America: Despite Insecurity, Polio Drops 85% in Nigeria “Aid workers in Nigeria say they have never been closer to eradicating polio, with only four new cases reported this year. But as insurgent attacks grow more…

Gates Foundation Committed To Finding Safe, Accessible Dengue Vaccine

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: A Potential Breakthrough in the Fight against Dengue Fever Lance Gordon, director for neglected infectious diseases in the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, discusses the news that a Sanofi Pasteur experimental dengue vaccine showed positive clinical trial results and the foundation’s commitment to…

Combining Two Polio Vaccines Could Speed Eradication, Research Suggests

Reuters: Combining vaccines may help eradicate polio “Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday…” (Kelland, 7/10).

Experimental Dengue Vaccine Shows Positive Results In Study Among Asian Children

News outlets report on a study that finds an experimental dengue vaccine shows promising results in clinical trials. Bloomberg Businessweek: Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise Against 3 Out of 4 Viruses “The most advanced experimental vaccine against dengue protected some children against the disease in a study, though a more effective…

Lions Clubs Commit Money, Volunteers To Help Prevent Measles

Huffington Post: Roaring Ahead to End Measles Orin Levine, director of vaccine delivery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One of the most contagious viral diseases ever known, measles claims the lives of 330 people every day. Tackling this formidable disease takes a unique kind of determination — and…

New Data Provide Guidance To Help Health Workers Prevent, Treat Cholera

PLOS “Speaking of Medicine”: Evidently it’s Cholera Season Jocalyn Clark, executive editor at icddr,b in Dhaka, Bangladesh, discusses a Cochrane Collaboration review on the use of antibiotics to treat cholera and a study funded by Médecins sans Frontières that examined the use of the Shanchol cholera vaccine in outbreaks (7/8).

Afghan Taliban Announces Polio Vaccination Ban In Southern Region

Wall Street Journal: Afghan Taliban Bans Polio Vaccination in Southern Province “The Afghan Taliban announced Monday a ban on polio vaccinations in a southern Afghan province, a move that sets back efforts to eradicate the crippling disease…” (Standcati, 7/7).

Drug Resistance Is Economic, National Security Issue, Reuters Reports

Reuters: How to fix a broken market in antibiotics “…Waking up to the threat [of antibiotic drug resistance], governments and health officials are getting serious about trying to neutralize it. It may seem like a question of science, microbes, and drugs — but in truth it is a global issue…

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