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Why Canadian homeopaths can sell unproven vaccine alternatives

An investigation by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation show Marketplace reveals some alternative health practitioners are offering unproven vaccine "alternatives" to parents. Also, they are downplaying the danger of ailments such as measles.

Ebola vaccine promising in first human trials: NIH

Washington - Researchers say they're a step closer to developing an Ebola vaccine, with a Phase 1 trial showing promising results, but it will be months at the earliest before it can be used in the field.

Op-Ed: GOP administration shelved Ebola vaccine a decade ago

New York - The outbreak of Ebola that has killed nearly 5,000 people in Africa could have been stopped in its tracks except for the traditional cost-cutting by the Republican party.

Russian Health Minister: Three Ebola vaccines six months away

Moscow - On Saturday, Russian Health Minister, Veronika Skvortsova disclosed to journalists that three Ebola vaccines will be ready within the next six months.

Ebola death toll passes 4,000 says World Health Organization

With the start of human trials of an Ebola vaccine, the World Health Organization has released the latest figures on the current number of cases in seven nations affected by the Ebola virus. With 8,399 cases, the death toll is now 4,033.

Vaccine deaths in Syria explained

Recently a number of children in Syria died after receiving measles vaccinations. This has been attributed to a "mistake" by a non-governmental agency who mixed in a muscle relaxant meant for anesthesia.

Whooping cough cases rise in the U.S.

Cases of whooping cough are rising across the U.S. This has been attributed to a recently altered vaccine and parents who are opting their children out of inoculations.

Gut microbes affect flu vaccine effectiveness

Atlanta - Researchers have discovered that the composition of the microorganisms in the gut affect effectivity of the seasonal flu vaccine. This potentially means that your gut bacteria affect how effective the vaccine will be within your own body.

Ebola vaccines trials accelerated

Bethesda - The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has accelerated human trials of multiple Ebola vaccines. This follows new reports concerning the mounting death toll from the virus.

Chikungunya vaccine in development

An early-stage clinical trial into a vaccine for the virus chikungunya yields promising results, according to the authors of a new study.

'Realistic' to expect Ebola vaccine by 2015: WHO

Geneva - Clinical trials of vaccines for the deadly Ebola virus should soon get underway and will likely be ready for widespread use by early next year, the World Health Organization said Saturday.

Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy

A study linking GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine to the sleep disorder has been pulled from the literature. Researchers argued that the sleep disorder might result from an immune reaction against the wakefulness-regulating hormone hypocretin.

Scientist charged in HIV vaccine fraud case

Washington - Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a scientist after he admitted falsifying data that led to millions in grants and hopes of a breakthrough in AIDS vaccine research.

Polio antivirals key to eradication effort?

The deadly virus polio has started to make appearances in certain countries. The World Health Organization has warned that polio is now a 'public health emergency'. Scientists are looking at new ways to combat the disease.

Op-Ed: Is there benefit to the Gardasil vaccine? Opponents say no

The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is given to prevent the risk of cancer associated with HPV and is typically administered between the ages of eight and 26. Opponents argue that not only is the vaccine risky, but it is of no value.

GlaxoSmithKline vaccine suspended in Portugal

The National Agency for Medicines and Health Products of Portugal decided to suspend the administration of British vaccine maker GlaxoSmithKline's vaccine Infanrix Tetra following the report of adverse reactions.

Op-Ed: One more girl: 13-year-old American injured by the HPV vaccine Special

Thirteen-year-old Skylee Butler's life has not been the same since receiving the Human papillomavirus or HPV vaccine in Massachusetts last August.

Recent flu vaccine efficacy estimate higher in Canada than Spain

Canadian researchers estimate that this season's flu vaccine is about 70 percent effective so far, which is much higher than the recent 24 percent estimate reported by a Spanish team.

Hepatitis B vaccine linked to infant deaths

The Chinese government is investigating a drug manufacturer to see if several recent deaths of babies were related to a hepatitis vaccine.

United States CDC announces an HPV vaccine recall

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was informed by Merck on Monday that the pharmaceutical company planned to recall one lot of Gardasil [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant].

Flu vaccine linked to sleep disorder

Some patients who received a flu vaccine manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline’s were at an increased risk of developing the sleep disorder, according to a new report.

Boy left brain-damaged, unable to walk or talk after vaccine

Sydney - On Saturday, it was reported that an Australian boy suffered severe brain damage, including seizures and encephalopathy or swelling of the brain, after a doctor in Australia accidentally administered an adult version of the CSL Fluvax shot.

Breakthrough in Malaria vaccine

The U.S. Navy along with the federal government and the medical industry have developed the first ever complete vaccine against malaria. So far it is still under the development stage.

Synthetic foot-and-mouth vaccine developed

Researchers have developed a safer vaccine for foot-and-mouth disease by reproducing the protein shells found on the disease-causing virus.

Chagas disease vaccine could be close

Scientists appear to be getting closer to a Chagas disease vaccine. Chagas disease causes fever, fatigue, body aches, headache, rash, loss of appetite, diarrhea, and vomiting. Currently there is no vaccine available.

Skin patch developed for prostate cancer

A skin patch is being delivered to delivery hormones into the body of men with prostate cancer. Researchers suggest that this is a more effective means than a course of tablets.

Vaccine being developed for babies

A vaccine could be developed which aims to work in the bodies of new born babies. Currently most newborns do not respond well to vaccines, meaning potential delays in inoculations for particular babies against specific diseases.

New flu treatment aims to be more effective

A new flu treatment, which appears to be able to kill a wider variety of flu strains compared with current drugs, has shown potential in lab trials.

New TB vaccine doesn't work on infants

A new tuberculosis vaccine, heralded as the world's most advanced, has been shown not to work on infants following trials in South Africa.

New needle-free vaccine is kick-started by the skin

Scientists have developed a needle free vaccine in a dry powder from that, when it comes into contact with skin cells, is triggered into action by the immune cells in the skin.
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