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Health : Public Health Last Updated: Nov 18, 2006 - 1:55:25 PM

Health : Public Health
Wild vs. lab rodent comparison supports hygiene hypothesis
In a study comparing wild rodents with their laboratory counterparts, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found evidence that may help to explain why people in industrialized societies that greatly stress hygiene have higher rates of allergy and autoimmune diseases than do people in less developed societies in which hygiene is harder to achieve or considered less critical.
Jun 17, 2006 - 8:03:00 PM

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New Non-Invasive Vaccine Strategy May Offer Protection Against Tetanus and Anthrax
A new vaccine strategy using genetically engineered bacteria topically applied to the skin elicits an immune response to both tetanus and anthrax in animals say researchers from Vaxin Inc., Birmingham, Alabama. They report their findings in the June 2006 issue of the journal Infection and Immunity.
Jun 15, 2006 - 6:03:00 PM

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Vaccine developed against dust mite allergy
A Swiss company has developed a vaccine that it claims could be effective against dust mite allergy. Cytos, one of a number of firms developing anti-allergen vaccines, carried out a study of the new vaccine and found significant benefits against dust mite allergy.
Apr 27, 2006 - 1:42:00 PM

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Use of a combination vaccine increased on-time immunization rates in infants
Results from a retrospective observational study of data among members of a managed care health plan in Utah showed that infants who received a combination vaccine had significantly higher rates of receiving all of their vaccinations on-time in the first two years of life compared to infants given separate component vaccines. Results from the study were presented today at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's (AMCP) 18th Annual Conference in Seattle, WA, by Laura Happe, Pharm.D., M.P.H., associate director at Applied Health Outcomes, a research strategy company in Palm Harbor, FL. This study was conducted by Applied Health Outcomes.
Apr 10, 2006 - 4:02:00 PM

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Life Expectancy Greater in Women
2006 is likely to be the first year in human history when – across almost all the world – women can expect to outlive men, say researchers in this week’s BMJ.


Apr 9, 2006 - 10:24:00 PM

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Rotavirus vaccine will protect children against a major killer worldwide
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced the licensing of a new vaccine against a disease responsible for tens of thousands of hospitalizations in the United States and hundreds of thousands of deaths around the world each year. The vaccine, developed by Merck & Co., Inc., will be sold as ROTATEQ® and will protect infants against rotavirus infection. Rotavirus is a highly contagious virus that is the most common cause of severe dehydrating diarrhea in infants and young children.
Feb 5, 2006 - 12:45:00 AM

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World's First Plant-made Vaccine Registered
Dow AgroSciences LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, announced today that it has received the world's first regulatory approval for a plant-made vaccine from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics. This approval represents an innovative milestone for the company and the industry.
Jan 31, 2006 - 9:58:00 PM

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Universal rules governing the way humans travel
Increasing human mobility is a key cause of the geographic spread of modern epidemics. Bacteria and viruses can be transported across great distances and transmitted to other people. In order to understand and predict the spread of disease, we need to know the statistical rules that govern human travel - in the light of an imminent flu pandemic a knowledge of great importance. Quantitative studies, however, prove to be very difficult, because people move over short and long distances, using various means of transportation (planes, trains, automobiles, etc.). Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization in Göttingen, the University of Göttingen, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, have found a trick to determine these rules. They had the idea of evaluating data from a popular US internet game in which participants can register a dollar bill for fun and monitor its geographic circulation. Like viruses, money is transported by people from place to place. Surprisingly, the scientist found that the human movements follow what are known as universal scaling laws. They developed a mathematical theory which describes the observed movements of travellers amazingly well over distances from just a few kilometres to a few thousand. The study represents a major breakthrough for the mathematical modelling of the spread of epidemics.
Jan 26, 2006 - 5:52:00 AM

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A solution to increase the efficacy of vaccines
Researchers have demonstrated a technique that has the potential to reduce the toxicity of vaccines and to make smaller doses more effective, according to a study published in PLoS Pathogens. Developing vaccines is fraught with challenges, particularly because many candidates carry a high risk of toxic side effects. For example, twenty percent of people immunized against smallpox will suffer side effects. Wilfred Jefferies, a researcher at the University of British Columbia and senior author of the study, and his colleagues have shown that boosting the production of TAP, an immune system component, can make smaller doses of vaccines more effective.
Dec 30, 2005 - 3:45:00 PM

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Needle-free immunizations
In a paper published today in Nature Reviews, "Immunization Without Needles," Mitragotri reviews in detail the characteristics – and pros and cons – of the currently available methods of immunization, which include topical application to the skin, pills, nasal sprays, injections, and others. Considerable advances have been made in the past decade, especially in transdermal (through the skin) and nasal immunization.
Dec 2, 2005 - 7:01:00 PM

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Subproducts resulting from disinfecting drinkable water
For his PhD thesis, Unai Iriarte Velasco analysed strategies for reducing levels of subproducts from the disinfection of drinkable water and their application in optimising the functioning of water treatment plants.
Sep 9, 2005 - 5:30:00 PM

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"Food Landscape" in TV ads is packed with junk food
For young Americans, the "food landscape" in television advertising is packed with junk food, according to a new study. The study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is the first to explore the nutritional composition of foods advertised to children using Nutrition Facts labeling.
Aug 25, 2005 - 3:06:00 AM

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Large Study Finds No Link Between Multiple Childhood Vaccinations And Subsequent Hospitalization For Nontargeted Diseases
New research does not support a belief that children receiving multiple vaccines increase their risk of hospitalization for a nontargeted infectious disease, according to a study in the August 10 issue of JAMA.
Aug 10, 2005 - 11:15:00 PM

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