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Experimental MERS vaccine shows promise in animal studies
Reuters
Researchers in the United States trying to develop a vaccine against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus say they have had early signs of success in animal experiments. Using a two-step approach in mice and rhesus macaques, scientists at the vaccine research center of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said they had managed to provoke an immune response in the animals.
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Assessing the South Korea MERS outbreak: Could it happen elsewhere?
Medical News Today
Over the past two months, South Korea has been gripped by an outbreak of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, but the country has recently declared itself to be virtually free of the killer virus. "It is the judgment of medical experts and the government that people can now feel safe," stated Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn in a government meeting.
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Healthcare strategist predicts that skyrocketing costs of cancer care may soon exceed the value of new medical laboratory tests and therapeutic drugs for cancer
DARK Daily
Medical laboratory companies offering expensive molecular tests for cancer and pharmaceutical companies that sell expensive cancer drugs are ready to hit the financial wall with payers and the healthcare system. That's the opinion of Paul Keckley, Ph.D., a widely read healthcare strategist.
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Health officials: Effective Ebola vaccine may be here
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An experimental Ebola vaccine appears highly effective against the deadly infectious disease, according to an interim analysis of findings from a clinical trial being conducted in the West African nation of Guinea. So far, the vaccine has been 100 percent effective in individuals, the United Nation's World Health Organization said in a news release.
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Dozens sickened amid 'unusual' outbreak in New York City
CNBC
The New York City Department of Health is investigating a deadly new outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease, a particularly severe form of pneumonia, which has already killed two people in the Bronx, New York. Some 31 new cases have been reported since July 10, but health officials have yet to determine a source of the outbreak, according to a press release.
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HVTN 505 vaccine induced antibodies nonspecific for HIV
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases via Infection Control Today
A study by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and Duke University helps explain why the candidate vaccine used in the HVTN 505 clinical trial was not protective against HIV infection despite robustly inducing anti-HIV antibodies. The vaccine stimulated antibodies that recognized HIV as well as microbes commonly found in the intestinal tract, part of the body's microbiome.
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Heating and cooling with light leads to ultrafast DNA diagnostics
University of California, Berkeley via ScienceDaily
Researchers used LED lighting and a thin film of gold to turbocharge the heating and cooling cycles of the polymerase chain reaction test so results are ready in minutes, not hours. The innovation greatly expands the clinical and research applications of a workhorse lab tool used in forensics, medical diagnostics and more.
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Study explores protein's role in inflammation-associated cancer
Vanderbilt University via Health Canal
A protein that transports the micronutrient selenium and has antioxidant functions may protect against colitis-associated carcinoma — colon cancer that develops in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, according to a new Vanderbilt-led study.
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Reconstructing ancient virus should help scientists improve gene therapies
Medical News Today
In a new study in the journal Cell Reports, researchers show how they successfully engineered an ancient virus and used it to deliver gene therapy to the retina, liver and muscle tissue of mice. Gene therapy is a relatively new and largely experimental approach that uses genes instead of drugs or surgery to prevent and treat disease.
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New antibody portal bolsters biomedical research reliability
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For years, a crisis has been brewing in molecular biology. The problem is that antibodies — research tools used to identify key proteins at work in a cell — aren't always what they seem. Unreliable antibodies have led to numerous instances of false findings, failed experiments and wasted money and samples.
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