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Protein Sciences plans to develop two H7N9 vaccine candidates

March 26, 2017

In light of a recent increase in avian influenza outbreaks in China, Protein Sciences Corporation announced that the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, or BARDA, has requested that the company develop two new vaccine candidates for influenza A(H7N9), according to a press release.

The request was made under a multimillion dollar contract that BARDA awarded to Protein Sciences in September. According to a recent MMWR, there have been 1,258 cases of influenza A(H7N9) in China since the virus emerged in the region in 2013. Researchers discovered that H7N9 has split into two distinct lineages, one of which is highly pathogenic and shows reduced susceptibility to existing vaccines. In response, WHO has recommended the development of two new vaccines for each strain for pandemic preparedness purposes, the release said.

New research center will accelerate the development of new antibiotics

March 25, 2017
Researchers at the University of Liverpool plan to establish the Center for Antimicrobial Pharmacodynamics, or CAP, a research center created to help rapidly develop new…

GOP, Trump pull AHCA due to lack of support

March 24, 2017
Reportedly acting on orders from President Donald J. Trump, House Republican leaders today again postponed a vote that would have overhauled the nation’s health…
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Parental perceptions about influenza vaccine inhibit uptake

March 24, 2017
The way in which the childhood influenza vaccine is perceived has a strong connection with uptake, intended uptake and opinion of side effects, according to a recent
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Point-of-care test performed on oral fluid failed to detect HIV-1 infection

March 24, 2017
The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Test, a point-of-care test able to detect HIV-specific antibodies in blood and oral fluid, frequently failed to detect HIV-1 infection…
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Differentiating and Managing Diarrhea: A Persistent Dilemma

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Romark, L.C.

Approximately 2-4 billion episodes of infectious diarrhea occur worldwide each year, placing a burden on quality of…
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Q&A: A message to clinicians on World TB Day

March 24, 2017
Tuberculosis represents one of the top 10 causes of death globally. It is the No. 1 infectious disease killer in the…
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Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)

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Timely diagnosis crucial to reduce needless testing, hospitalization for infant UTIs

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