First case of rabies in over a decade: Lessons for healthcare personnel
(American Society for Microbiology) A team of French clinicians has diagnosed the first case of rabies in that country since 2003. Only 20 cases of human rabies had been diagnosed in France between 1970 and 2003. The case report appeared April 8 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 21, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Global Health: Rabies Deaths Higher Than Previously Thought
Ninety-nine percent of human deaths are caused by dog bites, with India having the most rabies deaths — almost 21,000 a year. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - April 20, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Bats India China Rabies Dogs Vaccination and Immunization Africa Source Type: news

Global Health: Rabies Deaths Higher Than Previously Thought
Ninety-nine percent of human deaths are caused by dog bites, with India having the most rabies deaths — almost 21,000 a year. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Bats India China Rabies Dogs Vaccination and Immunization Africa Source Type: news

Your Furry Family Members Can Be A Source Of Serious Infection For At-Risk People
By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Pets can be a source of infection, and newborns, the elderly, children with leukemia and adults with cancer are especially vulnerable, according to a new review of data from previous research. Selecting the right pets and using safe strategies to care for them can reduce the risk, the authors write. "Pets have a number of really important health benefits," including emotional and social support, said lead author Dr. Jason Stull of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus. And actually contracting an infect...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 20, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eye-Catching Clothing Line Uses Biology-Themed Designs To Attract Girls To Science
An aspiring doctor is using a clothing line to inspire young girls to get interested in science. Lizzie Cochran, a 24-year-old student at Columbia University, came up with the idea of Epidemia Designs -- a clothing line which turns biology-themed images into designs for workout apparel and fashion accessories, late last year. The brand's first prototypes came out in January, and last month, the student created a Kickstarter to help launch Epidemia's first line of activewear leggings. Through eye-catching designs, Cochran and her team hope that they can attract girls to pursue the sciences. The Epidemia Designs team, w...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - April 20, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Report: Rabies from dogs kills 160 people a day worldwide
Amy R. ConnollyLONDON, April 18 (UPI) -- Up to 59,000 people a year die from preventable canine rabies, causing economic losses of up to $8.6 billion, the Global Alliance for Rabies Control said. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rabies jabs could save 60,000 killed by dog bites a year: first global study
LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Investment in dog vaccination is the single most effective way of tackling canine rabies, but the lack of a concerted effort to wipe it out means that around 59,000 people every year, or 160 people each day, still die from the pernicious disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Reduce rabies deaths and collaborate with vets, says major new study
A global study has found that 160 people die every day from rabies. Rabies is close to 100% fatal, but it is also almost 100% preventable Hide related content:  Show related content read more (Source: Nursing in Practice)
Source: Nursing in Practice - April 17, 2015 Category: Nursing Authors: ltrevallion Tags: Travel health Infections Editor ' s pick Latest News Source Type: news

'Preventable rabies kills 160 per day'
More than 160 people die every day from rabies, despite it being a preventable disease, says a report by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

160 people die of rabies every day, says major new study
(Global Alliance for Rabies Control) A global study on canine rabies, published April 16, 2015, has found that 160 people die every single day from the disease. The report is the first study to consider the impact in terms of deaths and the economic costs of rabies across all countries. Even though the disease is preventable, 59,000 people die every year of rabies transmitted by dogs, and the disease costs global economies $8.6 billion US. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

The Tail/Tale of Red Cross Pet Adventures
Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe. AUDIE, THE ADVENTURER “Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and safe until we were able to get him home and to the orthopedic vet. The training also came in handy during his very long recovery from knee surgery.” DOVER, THE AMBITIOUS “Dover can get a little ambitious with his raw hides and tends to eat them until they are in super small pieces. We try to take it away befor...
Source: Red Cross Chat - April 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sarah Layton Tags: Health & Safety cat dog pet pet first aid pet first aid app Source Type: news

The “Tail” of Red Cross Pet Adventures
Pets come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their adventures. Red Crossers share some lessons from their furry family members and tips to keep your pets safe. AUDIE, THE ADVENTURER “Audie blew out his knee on our beach vacation. I used my pet first aid training to make sure he was comfortable and safe until we were able to get him home and to the orthopedic vet. The training also came in handy during his very long recovery from knee surgery.” DOVER, THE AMBITIOUS “Dover can get a little ambitious with his raw hides and tends to eat them until they are in super small pieces. We try to take it away befor...
Source: Red Cross Chat - April 14, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Sarah Layton Tags: Health & Safety cat dog pet pet first aid pet first aid app Source Type: news

Cancer Research Progress Spotlights Cruel Irony
To hear the words "cancer" and "cure" in the same sentence from experienced cancer researchers is both breathtaking and unexpected. Researchers and top oncologists are usually cautious to a fault. To hear that Congress is again trying to squeeze cancer research budgets is breathtaking but predictable. They've become frugal, also to a fault. Such is the cruel irony facing cancer patients and researchers today. Building on over 50 years of scientific progress, research leaders from cancer centers across the country are achieving stunning results that have led even the most guarded of them to use such ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - April 8, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rare Canine Flu Outbreak Hits Chicago
An unusual outbreak of canine flu around the Chicago area has killed five dogs and led to more than 1,000 cases, according to the Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control. The symptoms of canine infectious respiratory disease include lethargic behavior, lax appetite, a lingering cough and a fever, the department notes, with more severe cases showing up in dogs less than a year old and older than seven. Until the outbreak subsides, which the department says may not occur for several weeks, dog owners have been warned to avoid pet-friendly areas like parks, as well as group training and other instances where pups ...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 7, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Nolan Feeney Tags: Uncategorized animals canine flu chicago Source Type: news

Rabies post-exposure prophylaxis: assessing costs and benefits
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - April 1, 2015 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

International collaboration essential in fight against rabies, new study finds
(University of Surrey) A new study, published today in the journal PloS Neglected Tropical Diseases has given new insights into the spread of rabies in the Middle East, showing that the deadly disease regularly moves between countries in the region. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 26, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stem cells help researchers peg rabies resistance
Researchers have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 19, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Namibia: 2 500 Cases of Rabies Recorded in Five Years
[Namibian] According to figures given by the minister of agriculture John Mutorwa at the launch of the National Rabies Control Strategy in Windhoek recently, about 2 595 cases of rabies were reported in the last five years, with at least 18 people dying of the disease each year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 19, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Stem cells help researchers peg rabies resistance
(Texas A&M AgriLife Communications) Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 18, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

New targets for rabies prevention and treatment
(Wiley) Researchers have identified genes that may be involved in determining whether an individual is sensitive or resistant to rabies virus infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 16, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Yes, we can stop viruses such as Ebola and Rabies. Here's how.
(World Scientific) With a group of like-minded scientists, editors Asit K Pattanaik and Michael Whitt have compiled a timely publication entitled 'Biology and Pathogenesis of Rhabdo- and Filoviruses' discussing the most recent findings on processes and current status of development of vaccines and antivirals to mitigate the diseases caused by viruses like Ebola and Rabies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 27, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Study exposes shocking lack of rabies reporting in countries where risk is greatest
(Global Alliance for Rabies Control) The first global survey of rabies reporting systems, published this week, has uncovered a shocking lack of preparedness against this deadly disease across Africa and Asia. Accurate reporting of rabies cases to authorities is a critical first step in controlling rabies and preventing further outbreaks, yet the study found that over 2.5 billion people live in countries without effective rabies reporting. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - February 19, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Fighting the New Stupidity
The ridiculous right and the loony left are in agreement: Vaccinations are a government plot to give your child autism. As longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer noted long ago, the nominal ideological differences between different groups of extremists are negligible. However divergent their doctrines, fringe groups are united by a deep bond of irrationality. The nuts we will have with us always, even unto the end of the world, so why get too exercised about this latest excrescence of goofiness? Two reasons: First, some of the prospective GOP presidential candidates have made noises friendly to the anti-vaxxers. Rand Paul of...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Fighting the New Stupidity
The ridiculous right and the loony left are in agreement: Vaccinations are a government plot to give your child autism. As longshoreman philosopher Eric Hoffer noted long ago, the nominal ideological differences between different groups of extremists are negligible. However divergent their doctrines, fringe groups are united by a deep bond of irrationality. The nuts we will have with us always, even unto the end of the world, so why get too exercised about this latest excrescence of goofiness? Two reasons: First, some of the prospective GOP presidential candidates have made noises friendly to the anti-vaxxers. Rand Paul of...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - February 6, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rabies booster defends pets with out-of-date vaccination against the disease
Pets with out-of-date rabies vaccinations are very unlikely to develop the fatal disease if given a rabies booster immediately after exposure to the virus, a new study by veterinary diagnosticians finds. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 26, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Beating the clock: UGA researchers develop new treatment for rabies
(University of Georgia) Successfully treating rabies can be a race against the clock. Those who suffer a bite from a rabid animal have a brief window of time to seek medical help before the virus takes root in the central nervous system, at which point the disease is almost invariably fatal.Now, researchers at the University of Georgia have successfully tested a treatment on mice that cures the disease even after the virus has spread to the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 26, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Study finds rabies booster defends pets with out-of-date vaccination against the disease
(Kansas State University) A new study by Kansas State University veterinary diagnosticians finds that pets with out-of-date rabies vaccinations are very unlikely to develop the fatal disease if given a rabies booster immediately after exposure to the virus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 26, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Lentiviral Vectors for Gene Delivery to the Nervous System
The efficient management and development of therapeutic strategies for disorders of the nervous system still remains a major medical challenge. Gene therapy for the nervous system diseases is particularly challenging due to the post-mitotic nature of neuronal cells and the restricted accessibility of the brain itself. Viral vectors based on lentiviruses are particularly attractive vehicles, routinely used in developing gene-based therapies to treat neurological diseases. Due to their unique properties, which allow them to transduce most nervous system cell types, maintaining strong, and long-term transgene expression, they...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Neuroscience - January 10, 2015 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news

When Pets with Out-of-date Vaccine are Exposed to Rabies Virus
A tragic decision was forced on a loving dog owner when her pet was bitten by a rabid skunk. Because the dog was only days overdue for its rabies booster vaccine, the owner, according to published news stories, was forced to choose between a lengthy period of quarantine for her pet or euthanizing it. In this sad case, the pet owner made the painful decision to end her dog's life through euthanasia. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - January 6, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Service Animals Source Type: news

Tanzania: Fear of Rabies Engulf Kyerwa District Residents
[Daily News]RESIDENTS of Kyerwa District have appealed for urgent government intervention following an outbreak of rabies disease. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 5, 2015 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Behind the Headlines 2014 Quiz of the Year
In 2014, Behind the Headlines covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. Test your knowledge of 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz. If you've been paying attention, you should find this quiz both easy and fun. Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).   In January 2014's health news... What was said to help make bones stronger? 1) Swimming 2) Marriage 3) Listening to classical music Warnings were issued about the possible return of what? 1) Swine flu 2) The Black Death 3) Smallpox   In February 2014's health news... W...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Special reports Medical practice Source Type: news

Ebola virus may replicate in an exotic way
Researchers ran biochemical analysis and computer simulations of a livestock virus to discover a likely and exotic mechanism to explain the replication of related viruses such as Ebola, measles and rabies. The mechanism may be a possible target for new treatments within a decade. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 11, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Ebola virus may replicate in an exotic way
(University of Utah) University of Utah researchers ran biochemical analysis and computer simulations of a livestock virus to discover a likely and exotic mechanism to explain the replication of related viruses such as Ebola, measles and rabies. The mechanism may be a possible target for new treatments within a decade. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 11, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Stabilizing dog populations and improving animal and public health through a participatory approach in indigenous communities - Schurer JM, Phipps K, Okemow C, Beatch H, Jenkins E.
Free-roaming dog populations are a global concern for animal and human health including transmission of infectious disease (e.g. rabies, distemper and parasites), dog bite injuries/mortalities, animal welfare and adverse effects on wildlife. In Saskatchewa... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - December 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

8 Animal Plagues Wreaking Havoc Right Now
This article originally appeared on World Science Festival. (Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories)
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - December 3, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: emilystraus Tags: Uncategorized animal diseases animal kingdom animals plague Source Type: news

Rabies Therapeutic Market Pipeline Overview, Assessment, Key Players...
This report provides an overview of the Rabies therapeutic pipeline.(PRWeb November 12, 2014)Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/rabies-pipeline-market/review-h2-2014-report/prweb12321061.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - November 13, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Engineered Rabies Virus for Transsynaptic Circuit Tracing
Transsynaptic tracing using modified rabies virus (RV) is a powerful new technology in neuroscience that allows for visualization of targeted neurons and their synaptic connections. Here, we describe how a genetically engineered version of RV can be used for transsynaptic tracing studies of mammalian neuronal cells by providing protocols for viral isolation, propagation, pseudotyping, and concentration. The resulting genetically modified RV shows neuronal infectivity both in vitro and in vivo. Once the target neuron has been infected, the RV replicates and “jumps” presynaptically to connected neurons to provide...
Source: Springer protocols feed by Neuroscience - November 10, 2014 Category: Neuroscience Source Type: news

Essay: Treating Ebola Without Fear
A doctor reflects on his history with infectious disease. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By ABRAHAM VERGHESE Tags: Protective Clothing Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome Ebola Virus Rabies Source Type: news

7 Steps To Ensure Ebola Doesn't Disrupt Your International Travel
Is it safe to travel? Should we cancel our long-planned family safari in Botswana? Can I get Ebola from an airplane seat? For the last two decades, I've been helping people find the best doctors, treatments and medical information -- and I've never seen the kind of health panic among clients like I do now. (Yes, No and Extraordinarily unlikely are the short answers to these questions, by the way). For expert advice, I checked in with Dr. Michael Callahan, an associate physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Callahan ran one of the Department of Defense pr...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 27, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Dog bite injuries of genitalia and rabies immunisation - Bertozzi M, Appignani A.
[Abstract unavailable] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 25, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Non-Human Animals and Insects Source Type: news

NIH grants license agreement for candidate Ebola vaccines
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) NIAID today announced a new license agreement aimed at advancing dual-purpose candidate vaccines to protect against rabies and Ebola viruses. The vaccines were created by scientists at NIAID and Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and are being further developed through a partnership with the German pharmaceutical company IDT Biologika. The candidate vaccines now have been licensed to Exxell BIO of Saint Paul, Minnesota, which aims to advance the products through clinical testing and commercialization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Third case of rabies confirmed in 2014; state officials issue notice to residents
Louisiana authorities want to remind residents about vaccinating animals against rabies after a third case was reported in West Monroe. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 12, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How rabies 'hijacks' neurons to attack brain
For the first time, scientists have discovered the exact mechanism the killer rabies virus uses to efficiently enter the central nervous system, where it erupts in a toxic explosion of symptoms. An improved understanding of how this mechanism works could lead to new treatments for disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis as well. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 6, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

In-depth analysis of bat influenza viruses concludes they pose low risk to humans
Zoonosis -- transmission of infections from other vertebrates to humans -- causes regular and sometimes serious disease outbreaks. Bats are a well-known vertebrate reservoir of viruses like rabies and Ebola. Recent discovery of sequences in bats that are resemble influenza virus genes raised the question of whether bat flu viruses exist and could pose a threat to humans. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - October 2, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

In-depth analysis of bat influenza viruses concludes they pose low risk to humans
(PLOS) Zoonosis -- transmission of infections from other vertebrates to humans -- causes regular and sometimes serious disease outbreaks. Bats are a well-known vertebrate reservoir of viruses like rabies and Ebola. Recent discovery of sequences in bats that are resemble influenza virus genes raised the question of whether bat flu viruses exist and could pose a threat to humans. A study published on Oct. 2 in PLOS Pathogens addresses this question based on detailed molecular and virological characterization. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - October 2, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Collaboration needed to wipe out rabies
Medics and vets must work together on preventionRelated items from OnMedicaCoronavirus ‘not yet reached pandemic potential’Tamiflu reduced risk of death in H1N1 influenza pandemicUN describes Ebola as ‘threat to peace and security’Global effort to fight Ebola threat - stepped upMore investment needed to prevent new pandemics (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 29, 2014 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Arizona Veterinary Hospital Announces $5 Rabies Vaccines for Dogs & Cats
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - September 28, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Experts Unveil Plan to End Rabies Globally via Dog VaccinationsExperts Unveil Plan to End Rabies Globally via Dog Vaccinations
Rabies experts unveiled a blueprint for eliminating the pernicious disease, which almost always is caused by bites from rabid dogs and kills tens of thousands of people a year worldwide, through a program of mass dog vaccinations in targeted regions. Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines)
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines - September 27, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

Africa: MSD Animal Health and Pet Owners Work Together to Help Free the World of Rabies
[PR Newswire]Summit, New Jersey -September 28th is World Rabies Day (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 26, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news