Viagra and Flu Vaccine to Stop Cancer?

Viagra and Flu Vaccine to Stop Cancer?

It has been another dismal season for the beleaguered influenza vaccine, during which it proved barely effective for preventing influenza infection for yet another year. Now new claims have surfaced that could boost market share beyond manufacturers’ wildest dreams: The flu vaccine may stop the spread of cancer! And there’s more: It does so in when it’s combined with the popular erectile dysfunction drug Viagra!

Indian Study Reveals Birth Dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine Unnecessary

Indian Study Reveals Birth Dose of Hepatitis B Vaccine Unnecessary

A study funded by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and published in the Indian Journal of Pediatrics was recently conducted by a group of pediatricians to examine if the birth dose of the hepatitis B vaccine is crucial for acquiring full immunity against hepatitis B infection.

Study: Cows Used to Develop HIV Vaccine

Study: Cows Used to Develop HIV Vaccine

Findings from a study published in Nature in July 2017 reveal that scientists are using cows to better understand the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and develop an HIV vaccine. After decades of research, including clinical trials of different HIV vaccine candidates, there is still no effective vaccine because the virus mutates…

Safety Implications of Microneedle Patches for Influenza Vaccine

Safety Implications of Microneedle Patches for Influenza Vaccine

A phase I clinical trial conducted by Emory University in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology has found that influenza vaccination using Band-Aid-like patches with dissolvable microneedles is safe and was well-tolerated by the study’s participants. According to the Emory…

First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker

First of Its Kind Survey Shows Vaccinated Children Get Sicker

The scientific publication Journal of Translational Science has published one of the first surveys to formally assess the longer-term health outcomes associated with the United States routine childhood vaccination program. Primarily authored by Dr. Anthony R. Mawson (a public health epidemiologist…

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Yields Reduced Antibody Response

Repeat Influenza Vaccination Yields Reduced Antibody Response

Multiple vaccinations may not afford better protection against influenza viruses than fewer inoculations, according to an Australian study of vaccine responses in health care workers (HCWs) reported in Vaccine. Postvaccine protective antibody titers were highest in HCWs who were vaccinated…

France Has Lowest Confidence in Vaccines

France Has Lowest Confidence in Vaccines

A recent study published in EBioMedicine conducted by researchers from the Vaccine Confidence Project at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and other institutions reveals that public confidence in vaccines varies among different nations with European nations being the most skeptical of vaccines. The purpose of the study is to provide insights for policy makers to identify…

Alzheimer’s Vaccine: Researchers Target Brain Proteins in Mouse Study

Alzheimer’s Vaccine: Researchers Target Brain Proteins in Mouse Study

U.S. and Australian scientists are reporting that they have developed a promising vaccine platform for Alzheimer’s disease. Investigators at Flinders University in Australia have teamed with researchers from California’s Institute of Molecular Medicine and the University of California on the international quest to discover a vaccine formulation for Alzheimer’s disease.

Study: Febrile Seizure Risk Higher When Childhood Vaccines Given Simultaneously

Study: Febrile Seizure Risk Higher When Childhood Vaccines Given Simultaneously

The link between febrile seizures—seizures associated with a fever in a child—and vaccines may be old news, but a new study published in the June 2016 issue of the journal Pediatrics confirms what parents have suspected for a long time: the risk of seizures is higher for children when doctors give them many vaccines at the same time. Public health officials at the U.S. Centers…

New Report Questions Causal Link Between Zika and Microcephaly

New Report Questions Causal Link Between Zika and Microcephaly

A recent news article in Science Daily cites a “status report” by New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI) of Cambridge, MA raising questions about the supposed causal link between the Zika virus and the birth defect known as microcephaly. According to the article: “Brazil’s microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery—if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus? In Brazil, the microcephaly rate soared with more than 1,500 confirmed cases.