A pair of lungs infected with TB.
There is an increasing focus on alternative treatment strategies, developed to treat other diseases and conditions but re-purposed to tackle TB.
Microscope image of polymeric microneedles.
Half of all vaccines are wasted. Microneedles may be one way to tackle the problem.
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There are demands for older children to get the MenB vaccine – but what is the thinking behind the current guidance?
A women gets an HIV test. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for the majority of the HIV deaths annually.
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Two major clinical trials will be conducted in South Africa in 2016 to test ways of preventing new HIV infections.
Polio vaccinators carry boxes of polio vaccine drops as they head to the areas they have been appointed to administer the vaccine, in Karachi October 21 2014.
Researchers are piloting a smartphone app to collect better information about who is getting vaccinated and to design better incentives for health workers on vaccination drives.
A woman receives an MMR injection.
In light of the newly ignited political debate about vaccines, here in one article are some of the highlights of our vaccines coverage.
‘Leaky vaccines’ don’t affect the ability of the virus to reproduce and spread to others; they simply prevent it from causing disease.
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Media coverage of a recent study involving a "leaky" vaccine raised questions about the possibility that they could make viruses more dangerous.
A health worker injects a woman with an Ebola vaccine during a trial in Monrovia, February 2 2015.
Was the Ebola vaccine 100% effective, or 100% lucky? The good money is on a percentage somewhere in between, but in truth, we will never know.
Hepatitis B is commonly transmitted between children, who are not aware that they are carrying the virus.
Hepatitis B vaccines have been available for over 20 years but the virus is still endemic in Africa, with the continent carrying over one third of the globe's case load.
A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet are seen at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, February 26 2015.
The anti-vaccination movement is not the cause of falling vaccination rates. It is a symptom of the public’s growing distrust in the government and the medical profession.
Children in particular experience a multitude of viral illnesses during their early years.
Viruses cause all kinds of infections from relatively mild cases of the flu to deadly outbreaks of Ebola. Clearly, not all viruses are equal and one of these differences is when you can infect others.
Vaccines have always had potential side effects but they remain our best defence against far more dangerous infectious diseases.
Measles immunization campaign poster display at the Eradicate Measles Exhibit in 1972.
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When the measles vaccine was introduced, it was associated with reductions in more childhood disease deaths than were actually caused by the measles. How does that work?
Saving lives one needle at a time.
Big pharma is finally starting to pay attention to the developing world. Here's why.
Military needs drove the development of vaccines we still use today.
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During World War II the US military forged partnerships with industry and academia that translated laboratory findings into working products at an unprecedented pace.
Exposing people to weak forms of anti-science arguments can help them respond when they are hit by the real thing.
A small dose of a weak form of anti-science can inoculate people against the real thing, just like a vaccine.
Can Twitter fill in the gaps for social research?
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Understanding public opinion can help officials target messages during a health crisis. But current survey methods aren't good at generating representative samples. Can Twitter fill in the gaps?
For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death.
It’s that time of year again when scientists and doctors make predictions about the impending flu season and we must decide whether to go out and get the flu vaccine.
Studies have shown that mentioning misinformation – even in the process of combating it – can cause it to stick in listeners’ minds.
Studies show that the more familiar we become with false information, the more likely we are to later remember it as fact.
New innovations and technologies, such as the Nanopatch developed by Australian biotech Vaxxas, are instrumental to Australia’s future prosperity, and many benefit from NCRIS facilities, which are now under threat from government cuts.
The government believes innovation will be crucial to our future productivity, yet it is threatening cuts to research infrastructure that is instrumental to promoting innovation and new technologies.