Zika Vaccines Offer Full Protection to Monkeys

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The Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), in collaboration with the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School, has completed a second round of preclinical studies on a promising Zika vaccine candidate and found it to completely protect rhesus monkeys from experimental infection with Zika virus. The Pilot Bioproduction Facility at WRAIR […]

The FDA just approved the first human trials of a Zika vaccine

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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first human tests of an experimental Zika virus vaccine, the makers of the drug announced on Monday. https://d1o50x50snmhul.cloudfront.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/f0127511-zika_virus_in_blood_illustration-spl-1200×800.jpg Called GLS–5700, the medication will be used in a clinical trial involving 40 healthy people, and represents the first major step towards ultimately immunising people against Zika […]

Allergy Season – what causes hay fever and how do we treat it?

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ACHHOOOO! ‘tis the season to be sneezing folks. But why does the summer cause some of us to have red eyes, a runny nose and constantly sneeze? Allergies can vary from mildly irritating to life threatening. The most common allergy that most people experience is hay fever, or its medical term, Allergic Rhinitis.  During this […]

Zika: portable, rapid diagnostic test could reach clinical use in months

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A fast, portable test for Zika virus could be in the cards, according to a new study published in Cell, which details how a prototype device was able to accurately detect the virus in the blood and saliva of infected monkeys. Zika virus is primarily spread to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes […]

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Sweet ‘quantum dots’ light the way for new HIV and Ebola treatment

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A research team led by the University of Leeds has observed for the first time how HIV and Ebola viruses attach to cells to spread infection. Quantum dots are fluorescent crystals in which the color of the emitted light is dependent on the size of the crystal. Credit: Richard E. Cruise, University of Leeds The […]