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Universal vaccine for the flu may be just around the corner

Influenza vaccines save lives over the years and prevent millions of additional people from getting sick from the flu. The CDC reported on Feb. 15 that the overall estimated effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine was 47 percent, which means the vaccine cuts the...

source: By Lynn Hetzler
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Public health officials have a new tool to combat Ebola, which kills about half of the people it infects: a global vaccine stockpile. In a news release, the International Coordinating Group on Vaccine Provision said the effort will allow countries, with the support of humanitarian...

source: CIDRAP

Prescription fills for each of the 10 most prescribed outpatient antibiotics in the United States declined by up to 56% in April during the first peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers found.

source: Infectious Disease News via Healio

More than 40% of antibiotics prescribed in Veterans Health Administration EDs and urgent care centers for acute respiratory infections were prescribed with an inappropriate indication, according to a study. Researchers said the findings...

source: Infectious Disease News via Healio

Researchers have for the first time identified the way viruses like the poliovirus and the common cold virus "package up" their genetic code, allowing them to infect cells. The findings open up the possibility that drugs or anti-viral agents can be developed that would stop...

source: University of Leeds via ScienceDaily

Employers and insurers continue to move healthcare providers away from fee-for-service payment models and toward value-based reimbursement arrangements, also called Pay for Performance or bundled-payment models. While...

source: Dark Daily

To bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control will depend not only on safe and effective vaccines but also on the deployment of billions of relatively cheap doses. While vaccines based on mRNA, such as those developed by Pfizer and Moderna, are highly effective and quick...

source: Medical News Today

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