Child ready to receive measles vaccine, Bissau, Guinea-Bissau.
Christine Stabell Benn
Vaccines have 'non-specific effects' that have the potential to save millions of lives.
Are you exhausted? Your immune cells might be too.
The cornerstone of our adaptive immune system is the ability to remember the various infections we have encountered. Quite literally, if it doesn’t kill you, it makes your immune system stronger.
Vaccine work because they help create herd immunity.
Billboards spreading misinformation on the risks of vaccination have popped up around American cities. A bioethicist explains why decisions not to vaccinate children are indefensible.
Thanks to nonmedical exemptions, vaccination rates are falling in some states.
In 18 states, parents can choose to exempt their children from vaccines for nonmedical 'philosophical' or 'personal belief' reasons.
X-ray of the lungs in a 5-year-old child who has pneumonia.
There have been many advances made in the prevention and treatment of pneumonia, but providing for people's basic needs can help reduce the disease burden.
A new short drug treatment for tuberculosis, called BPaMZ, is showing promise in trials.
(The National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (Georgia) on behalf of TB Alliance)
We cannot end TB with century-old technologies and poor quality care. It is time to reinvent the way we are managing TB, and overcome our collective failures of the imagination.
A Masai herdsman walks with his cattle in Amboseli National Park in Kenya.
Lung plague attacks cattle causing disease and death, and more than US$60 million in losses annually in Africa. A new vaccine could prevent the disease.
A child receives the MenAfriVac™ vaccine in Burkina Faso.
Vaccines that help prevent meningococcal disease don't give lifetime protection.
SCI + POP is a new social media project that circulates images to communicate research findings and provides commentary on science and health policy.
There are many reasons why scientists collaborating with artists makes sense, now more than ever.
Vaccines need to be kept cold to remain effective. A lack of power in remote areas makes this difficult, reducing the reach of the life-saving pharmaceuticals.
There is no live virus in a flu vaccine. So you can’t catch the flu.
Pregnant women should get the flu shot to protect themselves, and their child for the first 6 months of life.
The immune system has to establish which cells belong to us and which are foreign, no mean feat.
Nobel laureate Peter Doherty explains immunity.
Despite the numerous campaigns promoting the flu vaccine to Australian health workers, uptake has been documented to range from only 16-60%.
The most effective way to improve flu vaccination rates among health workers in high-risk clinical areas and aged care facilities is to make it mandatory.
Could seeing things in black-and-white terms influence people’s views on scientific questions?
Why do some people reject scientifically accepted ideas? A psychotherapist points to black-and-white thinking as part of the explanation.
Naloxone is often used to revive people overdosing from opioids.
Scientists are just starting to understand how your parents' genes and experiences might shape your own susceptibility to dangerous drugs. Could that help to stop addictions before they start?
Manufacturing one of the world's most important vaccines will have several benefits for South Africa.
What will it take to finish polio off in the last three countries where it persists?
AP Photo/B.K. Bangash
Pakistan had only eight new diagnoses of polio in 2017. The virus' days look numbered – but health workers have their work cut out for them to eradicate the devastating disease once and for all.
Anti-vaxxers protesting in Melbourne, Australia.
Anti-vaxxer movement is often portrayed as a powerful force. They are anything but.
Could the yearly flu shot become a thing of the past?
AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File
Flu virus mutates so quickly that one year's vaccine won't work on the next year's common strains. But rational design – a new way to create vaccines – might pave the way for more lasting solutions.
Donnie Cardenas, on bed, waits with his roommate Torrey Jewett at Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, Calif., Jan. 10, 2018. Cardenas had the flu.
AP Photo/Greg Bull
The flu is not only making millions of people sick this year. It's causing fear and, along with it, a lot of confusion. Should you get a flu shot? Should you see the doctor? An expert advises.