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Nigeria’s medical community is mourning the death of public health physician and university administrator, Emeritus Professor Umaru Shehu.
Surface proteins on a virus enable it to attach to and get inside a cell to start replicating.
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Viruses can get into cells in several ways. Figuring out how to stop them from entering in the first place is a key to developing better vaccines and stopping future pandemics.
A woman watches over a child with malaria at a hospital near Abidjan.
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The past two years have seen groundbreaking advances in the fight against malaria with the development of two vaccines. But demand far exceeds supply, so rollouts need to be carefully managed.
If the vaccine is offered, children would be given two doses.
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In one country where the chickenpox vaccine is already routine, cases have fallen by 97% since it was first introduced.
This is expected to be the smallest Omicron wave so far. But eligible older and vulnerable people are still recommended to have a booster.
Clusters of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes TB.
In 2021 10.6 million people developed TB and 1.6 million died from the disease. Now, for the first time in 100 years, there are promising signs of a vaccine breakthrough.
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Adenoviral vaccines are widely used. We need to know why some people get deadly blood clots.
Calixcoca, a vaccine created in Brazil that is in the final stages of study, helps to reduce the compulsion to use drugs and could be an important tool in the package of treatments against addiction - which also includes psychiatric, psychological and social assistance support and help from the family.
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Calixcoca, which is in the final stages of study, could be a tool in the addiction treatment package.
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination was once required to access many venues during the pandemic.
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Vaccine policies fall on a spectrum, from mandates to recommendations. Deciding what to use and when is not so much a science but a balancing act between personal autonomy and public good.
People have been trying to make malaria vaccines for over 100 years. With the help of the revolutionary new R21/Matrix vaccine the disease could be eradicated by 2040.
Karikó and Weissman first began working together in 1985.
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The prestigious prize was awarded to Dr Katalin Karikó and Dr Drew Weissman from the University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Naomi Klein (left), Naomi Wolf (right). Background protest Mick Tsikas/AP.
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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.