As the H7N9 avian influenza outbreak in China grows, global leaders are becoming increasing concerned that the deadly flu virus could mutate into a pandemic.
GlaxoSmithKline has been listening to parents' concerns about childhood vaccinations. Really listening. In fact, it has used big data analytics to sift through thousands of comments from Internet chat forums to try to get a better grasp of exactly what objections there are and how to best face them.
The rise of the Internet--and social networks in particular--has provided a way of tracking the spread of ideas, the way an epidemiologist follows a virus. Now researchers have used this analytical approach to track the viral spread of opinions about vaccines.
Public health experts are worried about the latest numbers on HPV vaccine uptake. After all, the shots can prevent cervical cancer, and that's no small thing. so, with a majority of girls eschewing the shots, government officials and others are trying to figure out how to turn the tide.
Flu shots help stem the spread of flu, yet many millions of Americans don't get them. Economists have puzzled over the issue and came up with some interesting conclusions from their use of a computer game to study human behaviors related to protecting against disease.
The growing market received a major boost this week with an announcement from the World Health Organization that the country's national regulatory authority and affiliated institutions meet the prescribed international standards to supply vaccines to international bodies such as the WHO, UNICEF and the World Bank.
Two weeks ago, an FDA panel dealt a blow to Dynavax Technologies, raising concerns about the safety of the company's hepatitis B vaccine, Heplisav. Shares dropped and investors tend to turn their backs on a company when stock prices go down. But is the company's future really all that grim?
Every flu season, doctors and pharmacists must stock up on the latest influenza vaccine to offer patients. Unlike other vaccines that provide decades worth of protection, the flu vaccine needs to be administered every year. But researchers are looking to change this.
Italy banned the sale of Novartis influenza vaccines pending tests for possible side effects, and Switzerland took precautions too, Reuters reports. Initial reports show the ban followed discovery of white particles in the injections.
Rapamycin--long used as an anti-rejection drug for transplant patients--will be tested against a number of cancers in a new preliminary study.