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Innovation, Research

Disarmed anthrax toxin tested as a way to combat Covid-19

April 28, 2020

Via: The Medical News

Disarmed anthrax toxin is being tested as a way of fighting the Covid-19 virus. Scientists at the University of Greenwich are collaborating with the Bundeswehr Institute for Microbiology to develop novel treatments for SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 […]


Innovation, Research

Research unravels consequences of Zika virus attack on neural cells

January 27, 2020

Via: The Medical News

Previous studies regarding the damage of the Zika virus on the brain had already pointed out the virus’s predilection for a certain neural cell: the astrocyte. However, few studies have proposed to identify the infection effects on these cells, as […]


Innovation, Research

Scientists are working to develop a new way to detect Zika virus

January 28, 2019

Via: The Medical News

A collaboration of scientists including Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., of Texas Biomedical Research Institute, is working on a new way to detect Zika virus that will help guide clinicians in their treatment of patients with the disease. The test uses […]


Innovation, Research

New vaccine could protect unborn babies from Zika virus

July 20, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Until recently, the Zika virus was not a priority since it affected relatively few people and the cost of creating a vaccine was estimated at EUR 149-468 million. But the spread of Zika in the Americas and discovery of a […]


Innovation, Research

US researchers develop new rapid test for Zika virus

October 2, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Researchers from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new paper-based test to detect infection with the Zika virus in as little as 20 minutes. The new test is designed to avoid cross-reaction with […]


Innovation, Research

New test distinguishes Zika from similar viral infections

July 21, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

A new test is the best-to-date in differentiating Zika virus infections from infections caused by similar viruses. The antibody-based assay, developed by researchers at UC Berkeley and Humabs BioMed, a private biotechnology company, is a simple, cost-effective way to determine if a […]


News

Do You Still Need to Worry About Zika?

June 26, 2017

Via: Time

Last summer, public health experts were on high alert due to the rapid spread of the Zika virus, which has now been proven to cause birth defects and other health problems in infants. Today, experts know far more about the […]


Innovation, Research

Research addresses the threat of Zika virus to the US blood supply

March 30, 2017

Via: Medical News Today

Investigators have shown that certain screening methods that detect the genetic material of Zika virus can be used to ensure that donated blood supplies remain free of the virus. The methods, called Zika virus nucleic acid amplification technology assays, demonstrated […]


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Why odds are against a large Zika outbreak in the US

January 3, 2017

Via: ScienceDaily Health

Is the United States at risk for a large-scale outbreak of Zika or other mosquito-borne disease? While climate conditions in the U.S. are increasingly favorable to mosquitos, socioeconomic factors such as access to clean water and air conditioning make large-scale […]


Regulatory

CDC Allocates $184 Million for Zika Protection

December 23, 2016

Via: MedlinePlus Health News

Nearly $184 million has been earmarked to protect Americans against Zika virus infection, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Thursday. The funding will go to states, territories, local governments and universities. It’s part of $350 million awarded […]


Regulatory

Florida Now Zika-Free: CDC

December 13, 2016

Via: MedlinePlus Health News

Florida is now Zika-free, U.S. health officials reported Friday. One area in south Miami Beach had remained an active zone for local transmission of the virus, which can cause severe birth defects in babies born to women who are infected […]


Regulatory

World Health Organization Lifts Emergency Declaration Against Zika

November 21, 2016

Via: Time

Acknowledging Zika is here to stay, the United Nations health agency is lifting a 9-month-old emergency declaration against the mosquito-borne virus that can result in severe birth defects when pregnant women are infected. The World Health Organization is instead shifting […]


Innovation, Med Tech

Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Deployed to Destroy Zika

November 9, 2016

Via: Health Impact News

Most people in the U.S. first heard of Zika virus about a year ago. It was October 2015 when officials in Brazil reported a possible association between infection with Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly. The virus, however, was […]


Regulatory

Zika Is Spreading in a New Part of Miami

October 14, 2016

Via: Time Health

Zika is locally spreading in a new small area in Miami-Dade County, Fla. officials announced on Thursday. The new area is small — about one square mile. Florida has over 1,000 cases of Zika in the state. Some are travel-associated, […]


Innovation, Research

Zika Connection to Rare Nerve Disorder Bolstered by Study

October 7, 2016

Via: MedlinePlus Health News

In a new report, an international team of researchers said it has developed the strongest evidence to date that Zika virus can cause a rare nerve disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome. Neurologists from Johns Hopkins University working with researchers at six […]


Regulatory

Congress approves $1.1 billion in Zika funding as it avoids government shutdown

September 30, 2016

Via: HealthcareITnews

On Wednesday, Congress approved $1.1 billion in funding to combat the Zika virus in a short-term spending bill. In doing so, it’s sidestepped a government shutdown. The House voted 342-85 and the Senate voted 72-26 to pass the legislation, which […]


News

Hurdles Ahead for Zika Vaccine: Experts

September 30, 2016

Via: MedlinePlus Health News

Work is progressing on developing a vaccine that can thwart the Zika virus, but it will take years to get one to market, experts warn. Two rival vaccines for Zika have the best chance of becoming available for field testing […]


Innovation, Research

Zika May Persist for Months in Newborns, Study Shows

August 26, 2016

Via: MedlinePlus Health News

There’s more bad news when it comes to Zika’s effect on infants: A case study suggests the virus can live and cause damage in newborns for at least two months after birth. The report, published online Aug. 24 in the […]


Regulatory

Zika Spreads in Florida With New Case in St. Petersburg Area

August 24, 2016

Via: Time

Five new cases of Zika have been reported in Florida, including one in theSt. Petersburg area. At least one person has contracted the disease in Pinellas County, Gov. Rick Scott said Tuesday according to NBC News. Outbreaks have previously been […]


Regulatory

HHS reallocates $81M to fund fight against Zika

August 12, 2016

Via: FierceHealthcare

No longer able to wait for a deadlocked Congress to allocate necessary funds to fight Zika, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell took the matter into her own hands Thursday and announced she will reallocate $81 […]