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Not only will a nasal vaccine avoid the ‘ouch’ factor, it gets the vaccine straight to the most common site of infection. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Vaccine for strep throat and rheumatic fever to be trialled in humans

Infection with streptococcus bacteria leads to a wide array of diseases ranging from strep throat to rheumatic heart disease.
Where’s it gone? Guschenkova/Shutterstock.com

Why do some cancers suddenly disappear?

A few cancers vanish without any medical treatment. Researchers are studying these 'spontaneous regressions' to see if they can lead to new cancer treatments.
A nurse administers the HPV vaccine in Dallas, Texas in 2007. Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

Stories of vaccine-related harms are influential, even when people don’t believe them

Individual stories of perceived vaccine harms can undermine trust in vaccine safety, even if people don't believe the vaccine was to blame.
Glass sculpture representation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus structure. LabLit/flickr

Antibody injections could be stepping stone to HIV vaccine

A new animal study has shown injections of antibodies might protect against HIV infection, albeit for only a limited time.
An Ethiopian boy receives a polio vaccination. Africa has done well with polio eradication but lags behind other vaccination efforts. Unicef Ethiopia/2013/Sewunet

African leaders step up to the plate to narrow immunisation gaps

Every year hundreds of thousands of children die from vaccine-preventable diseases. Africa leaders could change this if they improved vaccination efforts.
Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall talks to Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology deputy director of translational research David Handojo Muljono in Indonesia. Supplied

In Conversation with Barry Marshall: using pathogens to help humans

Nobel Laureate Barry Marshal discovered that bacteria called Helicobacter pylori caused peptic ulcers. He is using the same bacteria to create probiotics and edible vaccines.
A women gets an HIV test. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the majority of the HIV deaths annually. World Bank Collection/flickr

Two trials signal pivotal point in fight against the AIDS epidemic

Two major clinical trials will be conducted in South Africa in 2016 to test ways of preventing new HIV infections.

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