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Measles-Flu Comparison Yields Insights for Vaccine Design

By comparing flu viruses to the virus that causes measles, researchers fine-tuned a tool that may enable faster vaccine design.

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Vaccines Developed for H5N1, H7N9 Avian Influenza Strains

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Researchers have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial chickens and turkeys as well as the death of hundreds of people.

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Microfluidic Cell-Squeezing Device Opens New Possibilities for Cell-Based Vaccines

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MIT researchers have shown that they can use a microfluidic cell-squeezing device to introduce specific antigens inside the immune system’s B cells, providing a new approach to developing and implementing antigen-presenting cell vaccines.

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Research Shows How Antibodies Produce Vaccine-Like Effect Against Tumors

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New research at Rockefeller University shows how antibody therapy destroys tumor cells then prompts a patient’s immune system to form an immunological memory that can suppress the same cancer should it try to return.

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Persistence Yields Progress in AIDS Vaccine Research at UC Santa Cruz

Phil Berman has been working to develop an AIDS vaccine for nearly 30 years. Now his lab has developed new vaccine candidates that he said are promising enough to consider advancing into clinical trials within the next two years.

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80 Percent of Cervical Cancers Found To Be Preventable With Latest 9-Valent HPV Vaccine

The newest human papillomavirus vaccine, 9-Valent, can potentially prevent 80 percent of cervical cancers in the United States if given to all 11- or 12-year-old children before they are exposed to the virus.

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Patients More Likely to Get HPV Vaccine After Electronic Health Record Prompts

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A simple reminder via electronic health record systems linked to significantly higher HPV vaccine completion rates.

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Malaria's Doorway to Infect Blood Cells Identified; Potential to Close it, Lock it, Throw Away the Key

Scientists have identified a protein on the surface of human red blood cells that serves as an essential entry point for invasion by the malaria parasite. This discovery opens up a promising new avenue for the development of therapies to treat and prevent malaria.

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Fact or Fiction: Vaccine Myths

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccines have saved more the 732,000 lives in the past two decades and studies have repeatedly shown that they are the best way to protect our communities from some of the deadliest illnesses. Still, there is a lot of confusing information about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and it can be difficult to discern fact from fiction.

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Microneedle Patch for Measles Vaccination Could Be a Global Game Changer

A new microneedle patch being developed by the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could make it easier to vaccinate people against measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases.