The black-legged tick is the vector that spreads Lyme disease. Its bite can infect humans with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium.
The bacterium that causes Lyme disease is a master of disguise, changing its appearance to evade the immune system as it moves from the ticks that carry it to humans or animals.
Chlamydia is devastating for koalas, but the vaccine to prevent infection requires a booster shot. Recapturing the animals for their booster shot is costly and stresses them, but there’s a solution.
The CDC expects the updated shots to be effective at preventing severe COVID-19, even in the face of new variants.
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Only time and data will tell whether the CDC-recommended reformulated shots can stand their ground against the ever-changing SARS-CoV-2 variants.
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Naomi Klein uses her frequent confusion with ‘doppelganger’ Naomi Wolf to spark an exploration of doubles, mirror-worlds, and the gulf between left and right.
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The COVID pandemic made flu less severe. But now flu is back with a vengeance and all eyes are on Australia.
New research shows that breastfeeding rates peaked in 2020, a time of strict COVID restrictions.
Expecting parents and those with infants have new options to consider to protect against RSV.
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Nearly 100,000 US children under age 5 are hospitalized each year for an RSV infection.
Widespread skepticism toward COVID-19 vaccines took some scientists by surprise.
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Specific beliefs may have more to do with people’s vaccine views than their religious affiliation – but it depends on which vaccine you’re talking about.
Flu vaccines remain the most effective method available to prevent flu illness, especially severe illness.
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COVID truthers use four enticing promises to gain a loyal following.
More than 70 per cent of the world’s population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccination.
New analysis answers questions about the ongoing effectiveness of COVID vaccines: How well they protect against infection, hospitalization and death months after initial doses or after a booster shot.
Vaccines help protect farm animals from various diseases.
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While mRNA vaccines are designed to last longer in the body than mRNA molecules typically would, they are also tested to ensure they are eliminated from livestock long before milking or slaughter.
Involving young patients and their parents or caregivers can help bring new research evidence into clinics.
Three factors that can speed up adoption of clinical research discoveries are context, tailoring resources and efficient knowledge sharing.
The long-awaited vaccine is a necessary tool in the fight against the most common respiratory viruses.
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The newly approved RSV vaccine could be rolled out by fall 2023, in time for the typical winter surge in RSV infections.
Micrograph of RSV virions.
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The first vaccine against respiratory syncytial virus is 83% effective.
For much of the 20th century, Americans were used to seeing people bearing the signs of past polio infection.
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Polio vaccines have been a massive public health victory in the US. But purely celebratory messaging overlooks the ongoing threat if vaccination rates fall.
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Oropharyngeal cancer has now become more common than cervical cancer in the US and the UK.
Afrigen, a biotechnology company based in Cape Town, South Africa was recently visited by WHO DG Dr Tedros.
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Africa has come a long way, in the post-COVID era, in boosting the morale around local production investments among local and foreign companies. But more is needed.
Human metapneumovirus, or HMPV, peaks in North America from February to May, just on the heels of flu season.
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Similar to the patterns seen with COVID-19, flu and RSV, HMPV is making a comeback after years of being repressed by people wearing masks and social distancing.
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Countries must ensure adequate and full immunisation of every child to curb polio mutations.