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Link between menstrual changes after COVID-19 vaccination is plausible and should be investigated

Some women say their periods change after getting a covid-19 vaccination.

Newswise: More Smokers than Non-Smokers Accept HPV Vaccination for Their Daughters
2-Feb-2010 9:00 AM EST
More Smokers than Non-Smokers Accept HPV Vaccination for Their Daughters
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

1) Cigarette smokers may have heightened cancer awareness, making them more open to vaccination for cancer prevention; 2) Physical activity also associated with greater vaccine acceptance; 3) Users of complementary and alternative therapy are less accepting of vaccine.

Released: 3-Feb-2010 2:00 PM EST
Study Supports Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Young Infants
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Vaccination against seasonal influenza is safe and produces a protective immune response in infants as young as 6 to 12 weeks, concludes a study in the February issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

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Released: 2-Feb-2010 5:00 PM EST
Research Retraction Breaks Link Between Autism and Mmr Vaccine, Says Neurologist
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The Lancet, a premier British medical journal, today retracted a study published in 1998 that drew a link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and increased incidence of autism. Alan Percy, M.D., professor of pediatric neurology and medical director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Civitan International Research Center, said the retracted study’s findings long have been questioned by the scientific community.

Newswise: Proper Vaccine Refrigeration Vital to Putting Disease on Ice
Released: 26-Jan-2010 9:00 PM EST
Proper Vaccine Refrigeration Vital to Putting Disease on Ice
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Researchers from NIST and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have completed the first of a series of tests to determine best practices for properly storing and monitoring the temperature of refrigerated vaccines.

Released: 26-Jan-2010 1:30 PM EST
Doctors Drive H1N1 Vaccination Rates
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds H1N1 immunization rates are more than twice the national average if health care providers strongly recommend H1N1 vaccine

24-Jan-2010 11:00 AM EST
Vaccine Approach Extends Life of Metastatic Prostate Cancer Patients
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Metastatic prostate cancer patients who received a vaccine of harmless poxviruses engineered to spur an immune system attack on prostate tumor cells lived substantially longer than patients who received a placebo vaccine, report researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and affiliated organizations.

Released: 20-Jan-2010 2:00 PM EST
Prompt Vaccination Reduces Chickenpox Risk After Exposure
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

For people who haven't had chickenpox and are exposed to an ill family member, getting vaccinated within five days can reduce the risk of developing chickenpox—or at least reduce the severity of disease, reports a study in the January issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Newswise: The HPV Vaccine: What Have We Learned?
Released: 12-Jan-2010 3:45 PM EST
The HPV Vaccine: What Have We Learned?
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Expert at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center provide insight to parents based on what we've learned about about the HPV vaccine in the past four years.

18-Dec-2009 10:45 AM EST
Childhood Vaccination Gaps Narrowing in U.S.
Health Behavior News Service

About three-quarters of U.S. children received recommended vaccinations in 2008, up from about half in 2000, reports a new study from the CDC.

Released: 18-Dec-2009 1:05 PM EST
Calming the Public's Fears about the Pediatic H1N1 Vaccine Recall
Rutgers University

The NJ Poison Control Center's Hotline is telling callers there is no danger if their children received the H1N1 vaccine that was recalled by Sanofi Pasteur, according to Bruce Ruck, Pharm.D., UMDNJ Director of Drug Information and Professional Education.

Released: 14-Dec-2009 11:20 AM EST
Research Reveals Further Progress Toward AIDS Vaccine
Thomas Jefferson University

Researchers from Thomas Jefferson University are one step closer to developing a vaccine against the AIDS disease.

Released: 8-Dec-2009 10:40 AM EST
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Establishes International Vaccine Access Center
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has established the International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) to increase access to lifesaving vaccines by overcoming many of the obstacles that often delay vaccine usage and distribution.

3-Dec-2009 3:15 PM EST
Seasonal Flu Shot Awareness High in Hispanics, Vaccination Rates Lower
Health Behavior News Service

Although there is high awareness of the need for seasonal influenza vaccines, a new study of Hispanics in one California county shows low rates of actual vaccination, especially among men.

Released: 2-Dec-2009 4:05 PM EST
Chickenpox Vaccination May be Reducing Shingles Risk in Kids
Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott

Vaccination to prevent chickenpox (varicella) appears to have an added benefit for children—a reduced risk of shingles (herpes zoster) according to a study in The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

Released: 11-Nov-2009 10:15 AM EST
Drug Industry, Nonprofits Join Forces to Fight World’s Neglected Diseases
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Drug companies and nonprofit organizations are joining forces to develop new drugs and vaccines to target so-called “neglected” diseases that claim millions of lives in the developing world each year. Those hard-to-treat diseases include malaria, tuberculosis, dengue fever, and other conditions. That’s the topic of the cover story scheduled for the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS’ weekly newsmagazine.

Released: 10-Nov-2009 8:30 AM EST
HPV Vaccine Clears Viral Infection and May Reduce Cancerous Lesions
Cancer Research Institute

A new vaccine designed to stimulate an immune response against a cancer-causing human papillomavirus (HPV-16) can eliminate chronic infection by the virus and may cause regression of precancerous genital lesions in women who receive the vaccine.

Released: 30-Oct-2009 11:00 AM EDT
Study Examines Mercury in Vaccines
Rochester General Health System

Study of potential risks to children when thimerosol, a mercury-based preservative, is used in childhood vaccines.

Released: 28-Oct-2009 3:25 PM EDT
Depressed Pregnant Women Could Be at Higher Risk for Severe Response to Flu Infection
Ohio State University

Pregnant women with significant symptoms of depression tend to have a stronger biological reaction to the seasonal flu vaccine than do women with lower depression levels, according to a new study.

Newswise: Gates Foundation Funds Novel Malaria Studies at UC San Diego
Released: 20-Oct-2009 9:15 PM EDT
Gates Foundation Funds Novel Malaria Studies at UC San Diego
University of California San Diego Health

Funding for two research projects at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine are among the 76 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in the third funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help scientists around the world explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.

Newswise: Scientists Create NICE Solution to Pneumonia Vaccine Testing Problems
Released: 20-Oct-2009 9:10 PM EDT
Scientists Create NICE Solution to Pneumonia Vaccine Testing Problems
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Medical clinics the world over could benefit from new software created at NIST, where a team of scientists has found a way to improve the efficiency of a pneumonia vaccine testing method developed at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Newswise: Student Develops New E. coli Vaccine
Released: 18-Oct-2009 5:00 PM EDT
Student Develops New E. coli Vaccine
University of Saskatchewan

Food and water around the world could soon become safer for human consumption thanks to a new cattle vaccine created by University of Saskatchewan graduate student David Asper.

Released: 16-Oct-2009 1:25 PM EDT
How Medical Center Research Led to New Cervical Cancer Vaccine
Loyola Medicine

A new cervical cancer vaccine approved Oct. 16 by the Food and Drug Administration was developed as a result of research at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Released: 15-Oct-2009 2:20 PM EDT
Study Finds Girls Aware of HPV Vaccine's Benefits
University of Illinois Chicago

A University of Illinois at Chicago study finds girls and young women do not believe the human papillomavirus vaccine protects them against other sexually transmitted infections, nor do they believe they should stop cervical cancer screening.

Released: 8-Oct-2009 10:45 AM EDT
Patients with Vaccine Allergy May be Safely Vaccinated
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)

An apparent allergic reaction after an immunization should be investigated rather than avoiding future immunizations, which could leave patients at greater risk of disease, according to new medical guidelines.

Released: 1-Oct-2009 5:00 PM EDT
Public Tells Health Care Workers: Get Your H1N1 Flu Vaccine!
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health finds nearly 90% of public supports required H1N1 vaccination for health care workers in case of outbreak, while only 38% of health care workers intend to get vaccinated.

Released: 25-Sep-2009 3:00 PM EDT
Tips for Making Flu Shots Easier on Kids... and Parents
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Unfortunately, kids will probably be dismayed to learn that they will need an extra shot this year since recommendations call for children to receive both a seasonal flu vaccine and the H1N1 vaccine. Here are some tips to help kids survive the needle sticks.

Newswise: Understanding the Flu Vaccine
Released: 25-Sep-2009 12:15 PM EDT
Understanding the Flu Vaccine
Mount Sinai Health System

A Q&A about the flu vaccine with Dr. David P. Calfee, Infection Control Officer, The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.

Released: 24-Sep-2009 12:40 PM EDT
Expert Available to Discuss Latest AIDS Vaccine Trial
University of North Carolina Health Care System

UNC expert available to discuss latest development in search for AIDS vaccine.

Released: 23-Sep-2009 9:00 AM EDT
Study Looks at Using the Immune System to Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Immune therapies have been explored as a way to treat cancer after it develops. But a new study from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center suggests that genetic risk of prostate cancer can be reduced by rescuing critical immune system cells.

Released: 18-Sep-2009 4:30 PM EDT
New Rabies Vaccine May Require Only a Single Shot…Not Six
Thomas Jefferson University

A person, usually a child, dies of rabies every 20 minutes. However, only one inoculation may be all it takes for rabies vaccination, according to new research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases by researchers at the Jefferson Vaccine Center.

17-Sep-2009 8:30 PM EDT
Vaccine for Urinary Tract Infections Shows Early Promise
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

University of Michigan scientists have moved closer to the first effective vaccine to prevent urinary tract infections, if the robust immunity achieved in mice can be reproduced in humans. Half of all women and 14 percent of men experience urinary tract infections, some repeatedly.

3-Sep-2009 5:00 PM EDT
New Vaccine Shows Promise for COPD Patients at Risk for Pneumonia
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new vaccine against pneumonia may offer better protection from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients than the currently accepted vaccine, according to recent research that will be published in the September 15 issue of the American Journal of the Respiratory and Critical Care Journal, a publication of the American Thoracic Society.

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Released: 4-Sep-2009 10:35 AM EDT
Scientists Move Closer to a Safer Anthrax Vaccine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have identified two small protein fragments that could be developed into an anthrax vaccine that may cause fewer side effects than the current vaccine.

Released: 3-Sep-2009 2:45 PM EDT
Two New Antibodies Found to Cripple HIV
Scripps Research Institute

Findings reveal an achilles heel on the virus for AIDS vaccine researchers to exploit.

Released: 20-Aug-2009 3:40 PM EDT
Cornell Makes Cancer Vaccine for Clinical Use
Cornell University

The Bioproduction Facility at Cornell University has produced the first batch of NY-ESO-1 recombinant protein—a cancer vaccine—that will be used in clinical trials for patients facing either ovarian cancer or melanoma. The facility was developed as a partnership between The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Cornell University.

13-Aug-2009 4:45 PM EDT
Study Examines Adverse Events Associated With Human Papillomavirus Vaccine
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

An analysis of the adverse events reported following distribution of quadrivalent human papillomavirus recombinant vaccine since 2006 indicates that adverse event rates were consistent with pre-licensing data and expected background rates of other vaccines, with the exception of a higher proportion of reports of fainting and blood clots, according to a study in the August 19 issue of JAMA.

Newswise: More Than Half of Texas Physicians Do Not Always Recommend HPV Vaccine to Girls
4-Aug-2009 12:00 AM EDT
More Than Half of Texas Physicians Do Not Always Recommend HPV Vaccine to Girls
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

1) Approximately 50 percent do not recommend the vaccine; 2) Those who hear scientific information more likely to recommend; 3) Study confined to Texas, but representative of national mood.

Released: 22-Jul-2009 9:25 AM EDT
Vaccine Blocks Malaria Transmission in Lab Experiments
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute have for the first time produced a malarial protein (Pfs48/45) in the proper conformation and quantity to generate a significant immune response in mice and non-human primates for use in a potential transmission-blocking vaccine. Antibodies induced by Pfs48/45 protein vaccine effectively blocked the sexual development of the malaria-causing parasite, Plasmodium, as it grows within the mosquito.

Released: 21-Jul-2009 3:45 PM EDT
No Evidence That Combined DTP-HBV-Hib Vaccine Works Better
Health Behavior News Service

There is no evidence that giving infants a combination vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and hepatitis B along with a form of flu protects them as effectively as separate vaccines.

2-Jul-2009 4:00 PM EDT
Reduced-Dose Schedule for Pneumococcal Vaccine in Infants Shows Effectiveness
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Infants who received two or three primary doses of the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) both had a decreased rate of carrying pneumococcal microorganisms that can cause pneumonia and other infections, compared to infants who were not vaccinated, according to a study in the July 8 issue of JAMA.

Released: 4-Jun-2009 1:20 PM EDT
Cancer Vaccine Efficacy Enhanced Using Anti-Diabetic Drug Metformin
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

After a vaccination or an infection, the human immune system remembers to keep protecting against invaders it has already encountered, with the aid of specialized B-cells and T-cells. Immunological memory has long been the subject of intense study, but the underlying cellular mechanisms regulating the generation and persistence of long-lived memory T cells remain largely undefined. Now, researchers have found that a common anti-diabetic drug might enhance the effectiveness of vaccines.

Newswise: Universal Flu Vaccine Holds Promise
27-Apr-2009 5:00 AM EDT
Universal Flu Vaccine Holds Promise
Saint Louis University Medical Center

A Saint Louis University researcher will present findings on the potential of a vaccine to protect against death and serious illness from influenza at an infectious diseases conference Monday.

Newswise: Vaccine Given with Microneedle Patches Proves Effective
27-Apr-2009 2:00 PM EDT
Vaccine Given with Microneedle Patches Proves Effective
Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Flu vaccine delivered through skin patches containing microneedles has proven just as effective at preventing influenza in mice as intramuscular, hypodermic flu immunization. The microneedle patches could improve seasonal vaccination coverage.

6-Apr-2009 3:35 PM EDT
Vaccine for the Infected? New TB Vaccine Clears Important Hurdle
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

An urgently needed new tuberculosis vaccine cleared a vital step in testing, an important advance at time when a third of the world's population is believed to be have latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI), which, when re-activated, can cause full-blown disease.

5-Mar-2009 4:30 PM EST
Tissue-Cultured Smallpox Vaccine Appears Promising
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Administration of a tissue-cultured smallpox vaccine showed signs of an effective vaccine response with no serious adverse events, according to a study in the March 11 issue of JAMA.

26-Feb-2009 4:10 PM EST
Inactivated Flu Vaccine Linked to Fewer Medical Visits Than Intranasal Vaccine
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

A study among U.S. military personnel finds that those who received a flu shot with the trivalent inactivated vaccine had fewer subsequent health care visits related to pneumonia and influenza than those who received an intranasal live attenuated influenza vaccine, according to a study appearing in the March 4 issue of JAMA, and being released early online with two other reports on drug-resistant influenza.

Released: 26-Feb-2009 1:35 PM EST
Experimental Vaccine Protects Animals From Deadly Ebola Virus; May Prove Effective In Developing The First Human Vaccine
Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Protection against Ebola, one of the world's deadliest viruses, can be achieved by a vaccine produced in insect cells, raising prospects for developing an effective vaccine for humans, say scientists at the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research (SFBR) in San Antonio.

Released: 24-Feb-2009 4:50 PM EST
Technique Tricks Bacteria Into Generating Their Own Vaccine
Ohio State University

Scientists have developed a way to manipulate bacteria so they will grow mutant sugar molecules on their cell surfaces that could be used against them as the key component in potent vaccines.

Released: 23-Feb-2009 9:30 PM EST
Researchers Report Breakthrough in HPV Research
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB researchers have developed a new, inexpensive and efficient method for producing and studying a type of human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. The process could speed understanding of how the virus functions and causes diseases, and lead to new prevention or treatment options.

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