Vaccine Resistant Flu strains are evolving as dominant strains

Public Release: 13-Dec-2017 How well will the flu vaccine work this winter? University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston GALVESTON, Texas — The most effective way of preventing seasonal influenza is to be vaccinated each autumn. The reason that people are encouraged to get vaccinated annually is because flu virus can cause severe disease. One…

Rising levels of HIV drug resistance

Public Release: 30-Nov-2017   University College London HIV drug resistance is approaching and exceeding 10% in people living with HIV who are about to initiate or reinitiate first-line antiretroviral therapy, according to the largest meta-analysis to date on HIV drug resistance, led by researchers at UCL and the World Health Organization (WHO) and funded by…

Penn study shows nearly 70 percent of cannabidiol extracts sold online are mislabeled

Public Release: 7-Nov-2017 Mislabeling may lead to adverse effects for patients, including children with epilepsy University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine PHILADELPHIA – In recent years, there has been an increased interest in the medicinal use of Cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical that naturally occurs the in cannabis plant (aka “marijuana”). There is interest in CBD…

How flu shot manufacturing forces influenza to mutate

Public Release: 30-Oct-2017   Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective Scripps Research Institute   IMAGE: The L194P egg-adaptive mutation dramatically increases the motility of the major epitope on the hemagglutinin of influenza H3 viruses. Red: high motility; white: medium motility; blue: low motility. Credit: Wilson Lab LA JOLLA, Calif.…

Flu vaccine and booster fails to protect leukemia patients, yet still recommended?

Public Release: 16-Oct-2017 Flu vaccine failed to protect young leukemia patients during cancer treatment St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators said the results reinforce the importance of hand washing and other measures to help protect vulnerable patients from influenza infections St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Young leukemia patients who were vaccinated against influenza were just…

Drug, which once sold for $40 for a vial raise to $23,000 overnight

Public Release: 11-Sep-2017 Expensive drug driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater efficacy Oregon State University PORTLAND, Ore. – Medicare spent more than $1 billion over a five-year period on a high-priced drug that has not been proven more effective for a collection of inflammatory conditions than much less expensive corticosteroids, research by the…

Medicaid patients continue high prescription opioid use after overdose

Public Release: 22-Aug-2017   The JAMA Network Journals   Despite receiving medical attention for an overdose, patients in Pennsylvania Medicaid continued to have persistently high prescription opioid use, with only slight increases in use of medication-assisted treatment, according to a study published by JAMA. For every fatal opioid overdose, there are approximately 30 nonfatal overdoses.…

Mystery surrounds the missing ingredients of the smallpox vaccine

Public Release: 18-Aug-2017 Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine Publicase Comunicação Científica Smallpox is an infectious disease caused by variola virus that has killed millions of people over the centuries. The disease is characterized by the growth of innumerable bumps that cover the entire body of the patient. The disease is fatal…