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A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease. A vaccine typically contains an agent that resembles a disease-causing microorganism, and is often made from weakened or killed forms of the microbe. The agent stimulates the body's immune system to recognize the agent as foreign, destroy it, and "remember" it, so that the immune system can more easily recognize and destroy any of these microorganisms that it later encounters.
Weight loss, combined with vitamin D supplements, reduces chronic inflammation

Weight loss, combined with vitamin D supplements, reduces chronic inflammation

For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. Chronic inflammation is known to contribute to the development and progression of several diseases, including some cancers. [More]
Weight loss along with vitamin D supplementation reduces chronic inflammation

Weight loss along with vitamin D supplementation reduces chronic inflammation

For the first time, researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that weight loss, in combination with vitamin D supplementation, has a greater effect on reducing chronic inflammation than weight loss alone. [More]
Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center announces publication of immuno-oncology text book

Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center announces publication of immuno-oncology text book

The Pan Am Cancer Treatment Center is pleased to announce the publication of a specialized textbook titled "Immuno-Oncology, from Bench to Bedside" which provides scientific rationale for the use of immunotherapy in the treatment of cancer. [More]
Researchers develop protective vaccine against chlamydia infections

Researchers develop protective vaccine against chlamydia infections

Chlamydiae are the most common, sexually transmitted, bacterial pathogens in the world. Every year around 100 million people contract Chlamydia infections, which are one of the main causes of female infertility and ectopic pregnancies and can also lead to blindness - especially in developing countries. [More]
GSK welcomes U.S. CDC's vote on use of meningococcal group B vaccines

GSK welcomes U.S. CDC's vote on use of meningococcal group B vaccines

GlaxoSmithKline announced today that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) voted for a Category B recommendation for meningococcal group B vaccination, including BEXSERO (Meningococcal Group B Vaccine), in individuals aged 16 to 23 (with a preferred age of 16-18). [More]
Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences merged into Gordian Holdings

Larrea Biosciences has been merged into Gordian Holdings, Inc. "Marshalling the Body's best Offense and Defense against Disease, Its own Immune System, through Immunotherapy." Gordian Holdings obtained the rights from OnkologixRx, Inc., for the Markets in China and North America. [More]
Study: Acellular vaccines may have contributed to recent pertussis outbreak

Study: Acellular vaccines may have contributed to recent pertussis outbreak

Whooping cough has made an astonishing comeback, with 2012 seeing nearly 50,000 infections in the U.S. (the most since 1955), and a death rate in infants three times that of the rest of the population. [More]
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals declares closing of over-allotment option granted to underwriters

BiondVax Pharmaceuticals declares closing of over-allotment option granted to underwriters

​BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing immunomodulation therapies for infectious diseases, today announced the closing of an additional and partial exercise of the over-allotment option granted to the underwriters. [More]
Northeastern professor receives $1.4 million NIH grant to design microfluidic devices for vaccine development

Northeastern professor receives $1.4 million NIH grant to design microfluidic devices for vaccine development

North­eastern pro­fessor of chem­ical engi­neering Shashi Murthy has received a four-year, $1.4 mil­lion award from the National Insti­tutes of Health to develop a novel instru­ment that would auto­mate an impor­tant process used in cre­ating effec­tive vaccines. [More]
Vitamin K-deficient bleeding increasingly common in newborns

Vitamin K-deficient bleeding increasingly common in newborns

Vitamin K, which has been administered to newborns as an injection since it was first recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics in 1961, is vital for blood to clot normally. Despite it being given as standard medical practice since then, vitamin K-deficient bleeding (VKDB) is being seen more often in newborns than it has in decades. [More]
New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New research examines antibiotic choice for treating children with community-acquired pneumonia

New Vanderbilt-led research shows hospitals are doing a better job of using antibiotics less commonly associated with antibiotic resistance to treat children hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). [More]
Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

Purdue University-led study could lead to better treatments for people infected with MERS virus

A Purdue University-led team of researchers studying the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, have found molecules that shut down the activity of an essential enzyme in the virus and could lead the way to better treatments for those infected. [More]
Vaxon Biotech receives new patent in Japan for cancer vaccine candidates

Vaxon Biotech receives new patent in Japan for cancer vaccine candidates

Vaxon Biotech, a company specialized in anti-tumor immunotherapy, today announces that it has been granted a new patent in Japan. This patent covers a series of optimized cryptic peptides to be used in the design of the Vbx-026, a new cancer vaccine for solid tumors. [More]
Experimental vaccine candidate can stimulate immune system activity to prevent HIV infection

Experimental vaccine candidate can stimulate immune system activity to prevent HIV infection

New research led by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and The Rockefeller University shows in mice that an experimental vaccine candidate designed at TSRI can stimulate the immune system activity necessary to stop HIV infection. The findings could provide key information for the development of an effective AIDS vaccine. [More]
ImmunoCellular, Pure MHC partner to develop new assay for ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program

ImmunoCellular, Pure MHC partner to develop new assay for ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. announced an agreement with Pure MHC, an Emergent Technologies portfolio company, for development of a novel assay for quality control that will be an important component of ImmunoCellular's ICT-107 phase 3 registrational clinical program in newly diagnosed glioblastoma, anticipated to begin in the second half of 2015. [More]
Planning for first clinical trial of MERS-CoV vaccine candidate now underway

Planning for first clinical trial of MERS-CoV vaccine candidate now underway

Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet in Munich have demonstrated, in a preclinical setting, the protective effect of a candidate vaccine directed against the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Planning for the first clinical trial is now underway. [More]
Rates of high-grade cervical lesions decrease in young U.S. women following availability of HPV vaccines

Rates of high-grade cervical lesions decrease in young U.S. women following availability of HPV vaccines

A new analysis indicates that rates of high-grade cervical lesions decreased in young U.S. women after vaccines were made available to protect against human papillomavirus (HPV), but the trend may be due in part to changes in cervical cancer screening recommendations. [More]
New book examines all aspects of HBV and HDV infections

New book examines all aspects of HBV and HDV infections

Despite the availability of an effective vaccine for hepatitis B, hundreds of millions of people worldwide are infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV). This virus can cause serious liver damage and cancer in chronically infected patients. Hepatitis delta virus (HDV), a satellite of HBV, can exacerbate the disease. [More]
Three studies describe advances toward development of antibodies to stop HIV

Three studies describe advances toward development of antibodies to stop HIV

A trio of studies being published today in the journals Science and Cell describes advances toward the development of an HIV vaccine. The three study teams all demonstrated techniques for stimulating animal cells to produce antibodies that either could stop HIV from infecting human cells in the laboratory or had the potential to evolve into such antibodies. [More]
Sequence of immunizations could be the promising route to HIV vaccine

Sequence of immunizations could be the promising route to HIV vaccine

The secret to preventing HIV infection lies within the human immune system, but the more-than-25-year search has so far failed to yield a vaccine capable of training the body to neutralize the ever-changing virus. New research from The Rockefeller University, and collaborating institutions, suggests no single shot will ever do the trick. Instead, the scientists find, a sequence of immunizations might be the most promising route to an HIV vaccine. [More]
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