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Feds vs. States: Who Decides on Ebola Quarantines

October 28, 2014 8:41 am | by JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | News | Comments

For Americans wondering why President Barack Obama hasn't forced all states to follow a single, national rule for isolating potential Ebola patients, the White House has a quick retort: Talk to the Founding Fathers.      

Swissmedic Approves Trial for Ebola Vaccine

October 28, 2014 7:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Swiss agency that regulates new drugs has approved an application for a clinical trial with...

WHO: Millions of Ebola Vaccine Doses Ready in 2015

October 24, 2014 11:38 am | by Maria Cheng - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

The World Health Organization says millions of doses of two experimental Ebola vaccines could be...

Nurses Infected With Ebola Being Treated With Experimental Drugs

October 17, 2014 8:26 am | Videos | Comments

Both Dallas nurses infected while treating an Ebola patient have been flown to better equipped...

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Why Nation's Top Doctors Say Ebola Won't Spread in US

October 7, 2014 8:37 am | by CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ebola has arrived in the United States and people are frightened. The nation's top infectious diseases expert says it's perfectly normal to feel anxious about a virus that kills so fast and is ravaging parts of West Africa.     

Experts Starting to Admit it May Take Vaccine to Stop Ebola in West Africa

October 6, 2014 8:31 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

As West Africa's Ebola outbreak continues to rage, some experts are coming to the conclusion that it may take large amounts of vaccines and maybe even drugs — all still experimental and in short supply — to bring the outbreak under control.  

US Doctor Exposed to Ebola Virus Admitted to NIH

September 29, 2014 10:23 am | News | Comments

An American doctor who was exposed to the Ebola virus while volunteering in Sierra Leone was admitted Sunday to a hospital at the National Institutes of Health near the nation's capital.           

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Navidea Awarded $1.67M Fast Track NIH SBIR Grant for Evaluation of Lymphoseek® in Cervical Cancer

September 23, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

Navidea Biopharmaceuticals today announced the receipt of an initial notice of award for a Fast Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant providing for up to $1.67 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), to fund evaluation of Lymphoseek ® (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection in women with cervical cancer.

Soligenix Awarded $24.7M NIAID Contract to Develop Heat Stable RiVax Vaccine

September 19, 2014 8:11 am | News | Comments

The objectives of the contract are to advance the development of Soligenix's thermostabilization technology, ThermoVax, combined with the company's ricin toxin vaccine, Rivax, as a medical countermeasure (MCM) to prevent the effects of ricin exposure.

NIH: Ebola Unlikely to Become Airborne

September 18, 2014 8:55 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's incredibly unlikely that Ebola would mutate to spread through the air, and the best way to make sure it doesn't is to stop the epidemic, a top government scientist told concerned lawmakers Wednesday.        

First UK Volunteer Gets Experimental Ebola Vaccine

September 17, 2014 12:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

British scientists say a former nurse has become the first person in the country to receive an experimental Ebola vaccine in an early trial to test its safety. Ruth Atkins, 48, got the injection on Wednesday in Oxford, the first of 60 healthy volunteers in the U.K. who will receive the vaccine.

PharmAthene Awarded Contract Of Up To $28.1M to Develop Next Generation Thermostable Anthrax Vaccine

September 10, 2014 9:12 am | News | Comments

PharmAthene announced today that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded the company a contract, valued at up to $28.1M if all contract options are exercised, for the development of a next generation anthrax vaccine based on the company's proprietary rPA anthrax vaccine technology platform.

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NIH Finds Old Ricin, Other Forgotten Germs in Labs

September 8, 2014 8:23 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health said it has uncovered a nearly century-old container of ricin and a handful of other forgotten samples of dangerous pathogens as it combs its laboratories for improperly stored hazardous materials.   

Monkey Study: Ebola Vaccine Works, Needs Booster

September 8, 2014 8:13 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

New monkey studies show that one shot of an experimental Ebola vaccine can trigger fast protection, but the effect waned unless the animals got a booster shot made a different way.            

US to Begin Safety Testing Ebola Vaccine Next Week

August 28, 2014 9:26 am | by SETH BORENSTEIN, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. It will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems.

Acura Pharmaceuticals Receives NIH Grant to Fund Limitx Novel Abuse Deterrent Technology

August 27, 2014 8:40 am | News | Comments

Acura Pharmaceuticals has been awarded a $300,000 grant by the National Institute On Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health to fund Phase I development of Acura's new, early stage Limitx™ abuse deterrent technology.     

NIH's Fauci Says Vaccine for Ebola Not Far Away

August 4, 2014 8:53 am | News | Comments

The nation's top infectious disease official says there's hope that a vaccine against Ebola will be available as early as next July. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health says such a preventive vaccine has been successfully tested with monkeys.

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300 Vials Labeled Influenza, Dengue Found at Lab

July 17, 2014 8:26 am | by MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

FDA officials said Wednesday the undocumented collection contained 327 carefully packaged vials, listing pathogens like dengue, influenza and rickettsia. Last week the government only disclosed that it had recovered six glass vials of smallpox dating from the 1950s.        

AIDS Research Team in Iowa Loses $1.38M Grant

July 9, 2014 8:27 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

An AIDS research team at Iowa State University will not get the final $1.38 million payment of a National Institutes of Health five-year grant after a team member admitted last year to faking research results, the NIH said Tuesday.    

Forgotten Vials of Smallpox Found in Storage Room

July 8, 2014 2:04 pm | by MIKE STOBBE, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Government workers cleaning out an old storage room at a research center near Washington made a startling discovery last week — decades-old vials of smallpox packed away and forgotten in a cardboard box.        

NIH Creates Network to Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 9:44 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable. The NIH has evaluated hundreds of these cold-case patients in its campus research hospital as part of a pilot program since 2008. Demand is so great, there's a waiting list.

Unapproved Device Buys Time for New Pair of Lungs

July 2, 2014 9:31 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs. But the device has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and there were none in the country.

AIDS Scientist Pleads Not Guilty to Faking Study

July 2, 2014 8:22 am | by DAVID PITT, Associated Press | News | Comments

Dong-Pyou Han, 57, entered his not guilty pleas to four counts of making false statements during his initial court appearance in Des Moines federal court. Each count carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.  

Marrow Transplants Can Reverse Adult Sickle Cell

July 2, 2014 8:17 am | by LINDSEY TANNER, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Bone marrow transplants can reverse severe sickle cell disease in adults, a small study by government scientists found, echoing results seen with a similar technique used in children. The researchers and others say the findings show age need not be a barrier and that the technique may change practice for some adult patients when standard treatment fails.

Researcher Charged in Major HIV Vaccine Fraud Case

June 25, 2014 8:29 am | by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Responding to a major case of research misconduct, federal prosecutors have taken the rare step of filing charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.

Healthy Seniors Tested In Bid to Block Alzheimer's

June 10, 2014 8:44 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

In one of the most ambitious attempts yet to thwart Alzheimer's disease, a major study got underway Monday to see if an experimental drug can protect healthy seniors whose brains harbor silent signs that they're at risk.     

Execution Drugs Harm Breathing and Heart Function

April 30, 2014 8:56 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oklahoma changed its execution protocols twice this year. State officials have five options for lethal injections, including a new three-drug mixture that was used for the first time Tuesday.          

DesignMedix Awarded $3M to Develop Low-Cost, Safe Malaria Drug

April 15, 2014 8:00 am | News | Comments

DesignMedix, Inc., a biotech startup with ties to Portland State University, received a grant for almost $3 million from the National Institutes of Health to continue development and manufacture of a new anti-malarial drug.     

Dust Off That Tinfoil Hat: Vaccinations

March 21, 2014 5:23 pm | by Nikita Ernst, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The controversy over vaccinations is back in the spotlight, after a Colorado bill passed tightening the loophole that allows parents to choose not to vaccinate, and actress Kristen Cavalarri spoke out against vaccinations claiming a connection with autism. What's more frightening is the frequency of outbreaks of diseases we thought we'd eradicated. 

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