Congo-Kinshasa: How the Ebola Crisis Has Led to Children Dying From Measles
[The Conversation Africa] Forty-five years ago, the World Health Organisation launched the Expanded Programme on Immunisation. It covered six diseases - measles, tuberculosis, polio, diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus. Since then, anti-measles vaccines have been distributed to millions of children across the world, leading to a massive reduction in illness and death. For example, between 2000 and 2017, it was estimated that global deaths from measles had reduced by about 80% due to vaccination.
Vaccines protecting against influenza, hepatitis B and rabies are less effective for obese people. As scientists develop a Covid-19 vaccine, experts say obesity could be an impediment, a sobering prospect for the US, where nearly half of all adults are obese.
A third US company has released study results showing its coronavirus vaccine is safe and elicits an immune response.
Parents should be alert for signs of acute flaccid myelitis or AFM, a rare paralyzing polio-like condition that affects young children, the CDC says.
Vaccine development normally takes years, if not decades. But scientific teams around the world are aiming to develop a COVID-19 vaccine in 12 to 18 months. Here’s how they’re speeding up the process and why they think a vaccine produced this fast will be just as safe as any other.
CONCLUSIONS: Most women did not experience any improvement in their symptoms over time, and no association was found between lack of symptom improvement and believing that the HPV vaccine was causing the symptoms. FUNDING: funded by the Danish Cancer Society. TRIAL REGISTRATION: not relevant. PMID: 32741432 [PubMed - in process]
(Wiley) Vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) reduces the risk of a condition that often leads to cervical cancer, according to an analysis of Danish health registry data.
Critical media reporting about Operation Warp Speed, the federal government's effort to speed development of drugs, vaccines and other measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, is distracting people working on the project, its chief adviser says.
This report demonstrates the detailed clinico-investigative profile of a child who survived rabies following inadequate post-exposure prophylaxis and adds to the sparse knowledge of this usually fatal condition. ABBREVIATIONS: ADEM, acute disseminated encephalomyelitis; CBNAAT, cartridge-based nucleic acid amplification test; CSF, cerebrospinal fluid; EEG, electroencephalogram; GCS, Glasgow coma scale; EVM, eye opening, best verbal response, best motor response; IM, intramuscular; IVIg, intravenous immunoglobulin; MRC, Medical Research Council; MRI/FLAIR, magnetic resonance imaging/fluid attenuation inversion recovery;...
Publication date: Available online 31 July 2020Source: Biosensors and BioelectronicsAuthor(s): Divagar M, Ramakrishna Bandaru, Vani Janakiraman, V.V.R. Sai
Health experts say the coronavirus pandemic might disrupt another disease: a rare paralyzing illness that has been hitting U.S. children for the past decade.