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U.S. Labs Handling Lethal Pathogens Had Shocking Lapses In Security
Ricin, anthrax and smallpox were all improperly handled or stored. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New clues on the historical origin of the vaccine used to eradicate smallpox
(Publicase Comunica ç ã o Cient í fica) For centuries, researchers assumed that the active ingredient in the vaccine providing immunity against smallpox was the cowpox virus but a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates otherwise. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - October 11, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Vaccine Order Boosts Bavarian Nordic After Cancer Drug Flop Vaccine Order Boosts Bavarian Nordic After Cancer Drug Flop
Biotech group Bavarian Nordic said it expected to win more contracts in the United States for its smallpox vaccine after securing an order from the U.S. government stockpile.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Vaccine order boosts Bavarian Nordic after cancer drug flop
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Biotech group Bavarian Nordic said it expected to win more contracts in the United States for its smallpox vaccine after securing an order from the U.S. government stockpile. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Bavarian Nordic eyes more U.S. government contracts after new vaccine order
COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish drug maker Bavarian Nordic expects to win further U.S. contracts for its smallpox vaccine after it secured a key government order, the company said on Thursday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

3 Ways the United Nations Is Helping the World (and 2 Ways It Can ’t)
Former UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold once remarked that the UN “was created not to lead mankind to heaven but to save humanity from hell.” Put another (less poetic) way, the UN is better at helping the world cope with crises than at preventing or ending them. This week’s UN General Assembly has confirmed as much; here, five global challenges the UN can, and can’t solve: 1. North Korea Let’s begin with something the UN can do very little to resolve: the North Korea standoff. There are three reasons for that. First, the “carrot” the UN wields—the lifting of economic sa...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ian Bremmer Tags: Uncategorized risk report Source Type: news

Are gut microbes really a panacea, or just overhyped? | Mo Costandi
We are beginning to unravel lines of communication between gut and brain. But don ’t hold your breath for the probiotic that will lift your moodHistorically, microbes have been associated with deadly diseases such as bubonic plague, smallpox and malaria. But they have had a bad press: only a tiny minority are pathogenic (capable of causing disease), and in fact many of the microbes that live on and in our bodies – especially the trillions of bacteria residing in our gut – may be beneficial, or indeed essential, for human health.Related:Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life fo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 7, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Mo Costandi Tags: Microbiology Science Society Source Type: news

Molecular map shows how to disable dangerous bioweapon
(Duke University) Duke scientists recently mapped out the complex molecular circuitry that enables Francisella tularensis, the bacterium that causes tularemia, to become virulent. Tularemia is one of the top six bioterrorism agents, alongside anthrax, botulism, plague, smallpox and viral hemorrhagic fever. The new map, published in the journal Genes& Development, reveals a unique characteristic of the bacterium that could become the target of future drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

FDA clears first gene-altering therapy — ‘ a living drug ’ — for childhood leukemia
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a groundbreaking cancer treatment for childhood leukemia that uses patients' genetically altered immune cells to fight the disease. It is the first gene therapy to be cleared in the United States — a “historic” action, the agency said -- and one with major ramifications for patients with […]Related:FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics, including one using smallpox vaccine in cancer patientsDoes talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA clears first gene-altering therapy — ‘ a living drug ’ — for childhood leukemia
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a groundbreaking cancer treatment for childhood leukemia that uses patients' genetically altered immune cells to fight the disease. It is the first gene therapy to be cleared in the United States — a “historic” action, the agency said — and one with major ramifications for patients with […]Related:FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics, including one using smallpox vaccine in cancer patientsDoes talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA approves first-of-its-kind ‘ living drug ’ for childhood leukemia
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a groundbreaking cancer treatment for childhood leukemia that uses patients' own genetically altered immune cells to fight the disease. It is the first gene therapy to be allowed in the United States — a “historic” approval, the agency said. The decision clears the Novartis drug, called Kymriah, […]Related:FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics, including one using smallpox vaccine in cancer patientsDoes talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’ (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA removes unproven, harmful treatment from stem cell centers
U.S. Marshals on behalf of the FDA seized five vials of the Vaccinia Virus Vaccine, for use only in smallpox, from stem cell centers in California on Friday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA intervenes after stem cell center offers unproven treatment to cancer patients
The FDA is cracking down on stem cell clinics that administer unproven and potentially dangerous treatments to patients, citing a California-based clinic that the regulatory watchdog said was treating cancer patients with the smallpox vaccine. Last week, the U.S. Marshals Service seized five vials of a vaccine that is reserved only for people at high risk for smallpox. The FDA said that StemImmune, a stem cell clinic in San Diego, had mixed the vaccine with fat-derived stem cells and injected it intravenously into patients’ tumors at the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers. Get the full story at our sister si...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Stem Cells Source Type: news

The hurricane came, and these newborns refused to wait out the storm
HOUSTON — Large swaths of South Texas ground to a halt as Harvey dumped dozens of inches of rain on everything in its path. Some schools are closed until next month. Thousands of flights were canceled. Travel was stalled for anyone without a functioning boat. But some things could not wait. Particularly, the arrival of […]Related:FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics, including one using smallpox vaccine in cancer patientsDoes talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?Fewer antibiotic prescriptions are being filled, a new analysis finds (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vaccine tyranny throughout history: Caribbean slave owners infected women and children with smallpox to "make them stronger"
(Natural News) The historical roots of Big Pharma are a chillingly ugly matter, as it’s been shown time and time again that the industry has taken advantage of vulnerable populations to shamelessly advance its agenda. In the case of Caribbean slaves, new evidence suggests that so-called doctors from Great Britain deliberately injected many of them... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA cracks down on stem-cell clinics, including one using smallpox vaccine in cancer patients
The Food and Drug Administration on Monday announced a crackdown on stem-cell clinics offering unproven and potentially dangerous treatments, including an operation in California that the agency said was using the smallpox vaccine on seriously ill cancer patients. U.S. marshals on Friday raided San Diego-based StemImmune and seized the vaccine, which the FDA said had […]Related:Does talcum powder cause ovarian cancer?NIH unit deletes references to climate ‘change’Tibetan Buddhism-based ‘compassion’ training for doctors targets burnout (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - August 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA acts to remove unproven, potentially harmful treatment used in ‘stem cell’ centers targeting vulnerable patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took decisive action to prevent the use of a potentially dangerous and unproven treatment belonging to StemImmune Inc. in San Diego, California, and administered to patients at the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, California. On behalf of the FDA, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 the U.S. Marshals Service seized five vials of Vaccinia Virus Vaccine (Live) – a vaccine that is reserved only for people at high risk for smallpox, such as some members of the military. Each of the vials originally contained 100 doses of the vaccine, and although...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA acts to remove unproven, potentially harmful treatment used in ‘ stem cell ’ centers targeting vulnerable patients
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took decisive action to prevent the use of a potentially dangerous and unproven treatment belonging to StemImmune Inc. in San Diego, California, and administered to patients at the California Stem Cell Treatment Centers in Rancho Mirage and Beverly Hills, California. On behalf of the FDA, on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017 the U.S. Marshals Service seized five vials of Vaccinia Virus Vaccine (Live) – a vaccine that is reserved only for people at high risk for smallpox, such as some members of the military. Each of the vials originally contained 100 doses of the vaccine, and althoug...
Source: Food and Drug Administration - August 28, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Seeking the secret ingredient in the original smallpox vaccine
(Publicase Comunica ç ã o Cient í fica) Thanks to a secret vaccine ingredient as well as a net of worldwide researchers and successful vaccination campaigns, smallpox was finally eradicated in 1977. A new study entitled 'Revisiting Jenner's mysteries, the role of the Beaugency lymph in the evolutionary path of ancient smallpox vaccines' and published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, provides an in-depth investigation of the mysteries associated with the development of smallpox vaccine and is a rich and interesting account of how the vaccine lymph was spread worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectiou...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 18, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Off-the-shelf DNA can be used to manufacture biological weapons, stunned scientists discover
(Natural News) A team of researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada have successfully recreated a virus known as horsepox, which contains similar characteristics as smallpox. According to the research team, the goal of the process was to improve the current techniques in vaccine development and improve public safety. However, the researchers did not disclose how they... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - July 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Emergent BioSolutions to buy Sanofi ’s smallpox vaccine business for $125m
US-based Emergent BioSolutions has entered an agreement to buy the ACAM2000, smallpox vaccine business of French pharmaceutical company Sanofi for up to $125m. (Source: Pharmaceutical Technology)
Source: Pharmaceutical Technology - July 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Labmade smallpox is possible, study shows
(Source: ScienceNOW)
Source: ScienceNOW - July 13, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Kupferschmidt, K. Tags: Pharmacology, Toxicology, Science and Policy, Virology In Depth Source Type: news

Scientists revive an extinct relative of smallpox
Researchers from the University of Alberta have resurrected a virus called horsepox, which is very similar to smallpox (artist's impression pictured inset). (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

WHO (World Health Organization) Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research: Report of the Eighteenth Meeting
World Health Organization. 05/2017 This 58-page report summarizes the 18th meeting of the Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research, held on November 2-3, 2016. The Advisory Committee reviewed the implications for its upcoming work in light of the 69th World Health Assembly's decision to have a substantive agenda item at the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019 on the destruction of smallpox virus stocks. It was also updated on continuing research projects using live variola virus for the development of diagnostic tests, animal models, smallpox vaccines, and antiviral and therapeutic agents. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Li...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report of the World Health Organization Biosafety Inspection Team of the Variola Virus Maximum Containment Laboratories to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: May 2015
World Health Organization. 10/2016 This 10-page report summarizes an inspection carried out at the World Health Organization-authorized variola virus (smallpox)repository at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May 2015. It included inspection of the physical high-containment facilities designated for research use of variola virus, the supporting engineering systems, and the long-term secure specimen storage arrangement. The team heard presentations from and had interactive discussions with CDC staff and reviewed records, regulatory instruments, instruction manuals, meeting minutes, floor plans, and othe...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Report of the Blue Ribbon Panel to Review the 2014 Smallpox (Variola) Virus Incident on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Campus
National Institutes of Health. 05/2017 This 50-page document is the report of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blue Ribbon Panel appointed to review the July 2014 discovery of six vials containing variola virus, the causative agent of smallpox, as well as over 300 other previously undiscovered biological samples on the NIH Bethesda, MD, campus. The panel identified several key factors that contributed to the smallpox virus incident, and noted several specific problematic issues relating to the immediate response after discovery of the smallpox virus and other samples. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for ...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) Review of the 2014 Discovery of Vials Labeled "Variola" and Other Vials Discovered in an FDA-Occupied Building on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) Campus
U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 12/13/2016 This nine-page report provides information about the discovery of vials labeled as Variola (the virus that causes smallpox) during cleanup and inventory on July 1, 2014, in preparation for a move of the Food and Drug Administrations (FDA) laboratories located at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda, MD, to FDA's White Oak campus in Silver Spring, MD. It reflects interviews with FDA and NIH employees associated with the cold storage room in which the vials were discovered, a site visit to the NIH campus, and a thorough review of all available reports and do...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

26 key bioterrorism jobs the Trump administration has not yet filled
Biological threats pose some of the gravest health risks in our increasingly interconnected world. They can be naturally occurring, such as outbreaks of Ebola infections, or bioterrorism, such as the anthrax attacks in 2001. A study reported this week renews worries about human-made biological agents. Scientists synthesized an extinct horsepox virus closely related to smallpox, the deadliest microbe in human […]Related:Trump administration names Georgia health official as new CDC directorDeaths from cancer higher in rural America, CDC findsHer newborn kept getting sick because she was ingest...
Source: Washington Post: To Your Health - July 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Aethlon looks fast-track FDA nod for Hemopurifier blood filter through EAP
Aethlon Medical (NSDQ:AEMD) said today it is submitting an expedited access pathway application to the FDA seeking a breakthrough technology designation for its hemopurifier. Aethlon’s Hemopurifier device is a single-use, disposable cartridge designed to target and filter out viruses or tumor-secreted exosomes. Blood flows through the cartridge into nearly 3,000 hollow fibers with pores 250 nanometers in diameter. A pressure deferential in the 1st third of the fiber pushes particles below 250 nanometers through the pores into a space between the fibers and the cartridge. The San Diego, Calif.-based com...
Source: Mass Device - June 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Regulatory/Compliance Aethlon Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Latest global warming journo-terrorism scare story: Melting ice will unleash deadly microbes that will wipe out humanity like in a horror movie
(Natural News) One way or another, global warming is going to get you; at least that’s what the journo-terrorists want you to believe. Their latest scare tactic is to terrify the public with the prediction that all that melting ice is going to result in a global pandemic when supposedly eradicated killers like smallpox, preserved... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What It's Like When A Guinea Worm Living Inside Your Body Suddenly Burrows Out
This article is part of HuffPost’s Project Zero campaign, a yearlong series on neglected tropical diseases and efforts to fight them. JUBA, South Sudan ― It took days for Maker Achuil and others to slowly pull the arm-length, spaghetti-like worm out of his thigh. After a year with the white parasite inside him, Achuil screamed in pain as the grown Guinea worm emerged. A former soldier in South Sudan, which fought for decades before gaining its independence from Sudan in 2011, Achuil still shudders at the memory of the agony he felt as the worm was gradually wound around a stick. “It was like putting...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fixing pharma's broken commercial model
Pharma is fast emerging from a golden era of high profit margins and a largely unblemished reputation that saw the industry ride the crest of a lucrative wave for many years.In recent year, the landscape has changed as leaner health budgets prompt payers to demand lower prices and greater value, empowered patients demand better care, and advances in medicines result in ageing populations with more complex and chronic diseases.Add to that tighter regulations around industry access to physicians, increased competition, a rise in generic medicines and the behaviour of a small number of companies causing scandals that have has...
Source: EyeForPharma - May 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Osbourne Source Type: news

Fixing Pharma's Broken Commercial Model
Pharma is fast emerging from a golden era of high profit margins and a largely unblemished reputation that saw the industry ride the crest of a lucrative wave for many years.In recent years, the landscape has changed as leaner health budgets prompt payers to demand lower prices and greater value, empowered patients demand better care, and advances in medicines result in ageing populations with more complex and chronic diseases.Add to that tighter regulations around industry access to physicians, increased competition, a rise in generic medicines and the behaviour of a small number of companies causing scandals that have se...
Source: EyeForPharma - May 15, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Osborne Source Type: news

Retro Report: Chasing Cures for Deadly Scourges, and Getting in Our Own Way
Smallpox was eradicated globally four decades ago. That awe-inspiring triumph has long begged to be duplicated. Yet to date, it stands alone. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - May 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CLYDE HABERMAN Tags: Smallpox Politics and Government Epidemics Ebola Virus Measles bin Laden, Osama Abbottabad (Pakistan) Source Type: news

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again
The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.  Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes in the melting permafrost of Siberia. One such virus, 30,000 years old, was still ...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As Ice Melts, Dangerous Diseases From The Past Could Rise Again
The great thing about climate change is that there’s always some new, horrifying consequence to worry about ― like ancient viruses and bacteria emerging from the ice as the Earth warms. Unfortunately, researchers fear we may see more of this in the future. Some of these viruses and bacteria may have been trapped for millennia, and it’s not even totally clear yet what they are, let alone what kind of damage they might cause.  Researchers have encountered complex “giant viruses” with as many as thousands of genes in the melting permafrost of Siberia. One such virus, 30,000 years old, was still ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - May 5, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Nigeria: Tiwa Savage Named Rotary Celebrity Ambassador for Polio Eradication
[This Day] Nigerian singer/songwriter Tiwa Savage is the newest face to join Rotary's 'This Close' public awareness campaign for polio eradication. A paralysing and life altering disease, polio is on the verge of becoming the second human disease ever to be eliminated worldwide after smallpox. (Source: AllAfrica News: Polio)
Source: AllAfrica News: Polio - May 3, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Boost for WHO in battle to eliminate tropical bug
Victory against neglected disease yaws would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

WHO steps closer to eliminating tropical disease
Victory against yaws infection would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

WHO moves closer to eliminating yaws disease
Victory against infection would be first such eradication since smallpox (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - April 26, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Africa: Research Reveals Huge Burden of Guinea Worm
[VOA] Guinea worm is on course to become the second human disease to be eradicated, after smallpox, thanks largely to intervention overseen by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter. Little was known about the infection for decades, as diseases like malaria took priority. However, previously unpublished research from the 1970s, released this month, shows the burden the disease has had on millions of people. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 12, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Ancient DNA reveals genetic legacy of pandemics in the Americas
Geneticists are exploring how disease introduced by European colonists shaped the evolution of indigenous peoples of the AmericasPrehistoric America was not a disease-free utopia.Tuberculosis, treponemal disease, Chagas disease, and many other pathogens were endemic to populations in different regions of the continent. But the“Columbian Exchange” beginning in 1492 introduced new pathogens to American populations, including smallpox, measles, influenza, and yellow fever. This introduction had devastating consequences for tribes. In some places, death from infectious disease resulted in thedepopulation of entire ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 19, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Jennifer Raff Tags: Archaeology Science Genetics Biology Americas Epidemics Indigenous peoples Source Type: news

Mummified child could rewrite history of smallpox
DNA from a mummy buried under a church yields new insights about the contagious and often fatal disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

17th Century strain of smallpox retrieved from partial mummified remains of Lithuanian child
New genetic research suggests that smallpox, a pathogen that caused millions of deaths worldwide, may not be an ancient disease but a much more modern killer that went on to become the first human disease eradicated by vaccination. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 8, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

17th-century mummy may alter the history of smallpox
HealthDay News A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Mummy's DNA May Help Solve The Mystery Of The Origins Of Smallpox
Scientists have found the oldest complete set of smallpox genes in a sample of skin from a mummified child in a crypt underneath a Lithuanian church. (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nell Greenfieldboyce Source Type: news

Oldest smallpox DNA discovered in 17th century child mummy
The oldest known sample of the smallpox-causing variola virus has been found within the DNA of a 17th century child mummy. The mummy was found in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church, according to a new study in the journal Current Biology. The finding shortens the timeline for how long smallpox may have afflicted humans. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - December 8, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mummy of 17th Century Child May Alter the History of Smallpox
THURSDAY, Dec. 8, 2016 -- A mummy of a child who lived in the 1600s in Lithuania could offer new insight into how smallpox developed over the millennia. Researchers say they've found the oldest known sample of the virus that causes smallpox in the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Smallpox, once thought an ancient disease, may have emerged in more recent times
(McMaster University) New genetic research from an international team including McMaster University, University of Helsinki, Vilnius University and the University of Sydney, suggests that smallpox, a pathogen that caused millions of deaths worldwide, may not be an ancient disease but a much more modern killer that went on to become the first human disease eradicated by vaccination. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - December 8, 2016 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news