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

Announcements: World Rabies Day — September 28, 2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - September 26, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries: Study
Title: Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 9/25/2014 2:36:00 PMLast Editorial Review: 9/26/2014 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General)
Source: MedicineNet Hepatitis C General - September 26, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Agonizing rabies deaths can be stopped worldwide
Ridding the world of rabies in humans is cost-effective and achievable through mass dog vaccination programs, an international team of researchers says. A rabies vaccine has long existed. Even so, the disease kills an estimated 69,000 people worldwide -- that's 189 each day. Forty percent of them are children, mostly in Africa and Asia. The disease is spread primarily through the saliva of infected dogs. Once a person develops symptoms, the chance that he or she will die is nearly 100-percent. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - September 25, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Experts unveil plan to end rabies globally via dog vaccinations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Rabies experts on Thursday 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. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Rabies Shots for Dogs Would Save People in Developing Countries
Canine saliva primary source of potentially deadly infections in Third World nations Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: International Health, Pet Health, Rabies (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Agonizing rabies deaths can be stopped worldwide
(Washington State University) In the current issue of Science magazine, an international team of researchers led by the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University report that ridding the world of rabies in humans is cost-effective and achievable through mass dog vaccination programs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 25, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Rabavert (Rabies Vaccine) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 22, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Imovax (Rabies Vaccine) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - September 19, 2014 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Tanzania: Rabies Cases on the Rise in Kilimanjaro
[Arusha Times]Rabies cases in Kilimanjaro region have risen to 1,858 by late last month, causing enormous fears on the viral disease with a high mortality rate. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - September 15, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

‘Urgent need’ to control rabies-spreading vampire bats
With rabies control proving tricky in the Amazon, scientists call for research into inoculating bats. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - September 1, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Assessment of Rabies Exposure Risk in a Group of U.S. Air Force Basic Trainees — Texas, January 2014
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - August 29, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

From bite site to brain: How rabies virus hijacks and speeds up transport in nerve cells
Rabies is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal into muscle tissue of the new host. From there, the virus travels all the way to the brain where it multiplies and causes the usually fatal disease. A new article sheds light on how the virus hijacks the transport system in nerve cells to reach the brain with maximal speed and efficiency. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 28, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

From bite site to brain: How rabies virus hijacks and speeds up transport in nerve cells
(PLOS) Rabies is usually transmitted through the bite of an infected animal into muscle tissue of the new host. From there, the virus travels all the way to the brain where it multiplies and causes the usually fatal disease. An article published on Aug. 28 in PLOS Pathogens sheds light on how the virus hijacks the transport system in nerve cells to reach the brain with maximal speed and efficiency. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 28, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

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Source: Pediatric Health Associates - July 23, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Healthy Habits Source Type: news

Tanzania: Dodoma RC Cautions Residents On Rabies
[Daily News]Dodoma -DODOMA Regional Commissioner Dr Rehema Nchimbi has announced the outbreak of rabies in the region, calling on district authorities to take precautionary and control measures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 18, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What Are Precautions for Someone Traveling to the Middle East About the Risk of MERS?
Discussion Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is a respiratory illness cause by a coronavirus called MERS-CoV. It was first reported in Saudi Arabia in 2012. People with confirmed cases of MERS have developed severe respiratory illness that includes acute onset of cough, shortness of breath, and fever. Other symptoms include gastrointestinal symptoms such as diarrhea. Pneumonia is common, and patients may progress to respiratory failure. Other end organ failure has occurred, particularly kidney failure and septic shock. The death rate is up to ~30% currently. People with compromised immune systems are more at risk. T...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - June 16, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Kenya: Fears of Rabies Outbreak
[The Star]Six children in Naivasha have been bitten by dogs in two separate incidents. Three were bitten in Moi Ndabi last weekend while the rest were attacked on Monday in Karati village. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 9, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

De Blasio’s Latest Break With His Predecessors: Ending a Ban on Ferrets
Pet ferrets, which have been banned since 1999, may be the next beneficiaries of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s animal-friendly administration. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: By MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM Tags: New York City Giuliani, Rudolph W de Blasio, Bill Ferrets Facebook Inc FB NASDAQ Board of Health (NYC) Rabies Pets Source Type: news

Anger over 'invisible' rabies toll
A shortage of funds for vaccinating dogs is costing the lives of tens of thousands of children every year, say animal health experts. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: FAO and OIE Boost Collaboration On Animal Health
[FAO]Rome -Joint programmes to address diseases including rabies, foot-and-mouth disease, and peste des petits ruminants, and ensure judicious use of veterinary drugs with WHO (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - May 26, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

GSK India to benefit from global business swap deal with Novartis
Glaxo will get Novartis’ vaccine portfolio, including anti-rabies products such as Rabipur, while transferring its smaller oncology business. (Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News)
Source: The Economic Times Healthcare and Biotech News - May 26, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Rabies Death Attributed to Exposure in Central America with Symptom Onset in a U.S. Detention Facility — Texas, 2013
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - May 23, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Compounds that control hemorrhagic viruses identified
Compounds that could reduce the ability of viruses that cause diseases such as Ebola, rabies, HIV and Lassa fever to spread infection have been identified and developed by veterinarian scientists. People fear diseases such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa fever, rabies and HIV for good reason; they have high mortality rates and few, if any, possible treatments. As many as 90 percent of people who contract Ebola, for instance, die of the disease. These new prototypic compounds have the potential to one day serve as broad-spectrum anti-viral drugs. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 1, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Penn Vet research identifies compounds that control hemorrhagic viruses
(University of Pennsylvania) Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine teamed with colleagues to identify and develop compounds that could reduce the ability of viruses that cause diseases such as Ebola, rabies, HIV and Lassa fever to spread infection. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 1, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Risk factors for hospitalization after dog bite injury: a case-cohort study of emergency department visits - Rhea S, Weber DJ, Poole C, Cairns C.
OBJECTIVES: Dog bite injuries may result in pain, infection, emotional distress, dysfunction, and disfiguration, as well as lead to costly health care utilization, such as emergency department (ED) visits, rabies postexposure prophylaxis, and hospitalizati... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - April 4, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Quincy Veterinarian Urges Pet Owners to Get Animals Vaccinated Against Rabies
(Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE))
Source: Medical News (via PRIMEZONE) - March 20, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Kamada completes patient enrolment in Phase II/III study of rabies vaccine KamRAB
Israel-based Kamada has completed patient enrolment in its US Phase II/III clinical trial of KamRAB as a post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment for rabies. (Source: Drug Development Technology)
Source: Drug Development Technology - March 6, 2014 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Notes from the Field: Wildlife Rabies on an Island Free from Canine Rabies for 52 Years — Taiwan, 2013
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - February 27, 2014 Category: American Health Source Type: news

South Africa: Rabies Death Reported in Limpopo
[SAnews.gov.za]Giyani -One person has died of rabies in Limpopo this week, bringing the total number of rabies-related deaths to four in the last 10 months. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 7, 2014 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Vaccine Preventable Diseases in the Philippines
I read a post recently on a website of someone who stands against vaccines in a so-called vaccine war. In addition to the measles vaccine, the person was asking about rabies. It became a little clearer why when I realized that the poster was from the Philippines, where they have much higher rates of vaccine-preventable diseases than we do in the United States....Read Full Post (Source: About.com Pediatrics)
Source: About.com Pediatrics - January 29, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news