New diagnostic tools have been developed using the CRISPR gene editing tool. A bunch of researchers were able to come up with new CRISPR variants that can diagnose certain diseases, detect viruses, and even record a cell’s exposure to chemicals.
Public Health February 16, 2018
Millions of mosquitoes were released in South Miami's Brewers Park. The mosquitoes, however, are special, as they are bred in a laboratory to carry the naturally occurring Wolbachia bacteria, which will help control the insect's population.
Public Health February 9, 2018
The Department of Health of the Philippines allegedly ignored experts' recommendations on the rollout of the controversial Dengvaxia immunization program. Instead of the vaccine protecting children against the dengue virus, the recipients now carry greater risk.
Public Health December 11, 2017
Earlier recommendations greenlighted administration of Sanofi's Dengvaxia in healthy individuals to prevent dengue fever. Findings of a new long-term study, however, found the dengue vaccine could pose risk to certain individuals.
Medicine December 4, 2017
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has given the green light to release lab-grown mosquitoes in some selected places in the United States. The insects will be infected with the Wolbachia bacteria, which will aid in containing diseases such as Zika and dengue.
Public Health November 10, 2017
Up to 20 million mosquitoes infected by the Wolbachia bacteria will be released in California to fight zika, dengue and chikungunya. Does this technique pose safety risk to humans and other species?
Public Health July 17, 2017
U.S. health officials have warned that advancement of Zika-like yellow fever in Brazil could pose another mosquito-borne health threat to the United States. They urged for closer monitoring of the outbreak, which is moving from less populated areas to cities.
Public Health March 11, 2017
A Phase 1 clinical trial of an experimental vaccine designed to provide protection against mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria, Zika and dengue will involve up to 60 adult participants. How does this AGS-v vaccine work?
Medicine February 22, 2017
Mosquito-borne diseases affect millions worldwide, prompting researchers to find a solution or cure. Recent studies reveal, however, that genetically engineering mosquitoes could prevent the spread and limit the risks of the dengue virus.
Medicine January 21, 2017
Mosquito saliva could offer protection against Dengue virus, reports a recent study. It is found that the protein D7 present in the mosquito spit inhibits the transmission of virus into the host.
Public Health September 22, 2016
Malaria-carrying mosquitoes are repelled by the odor of chickens. The discovery could pave way for new insect repellents that can help in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases.
Public Health July 22, 2016
Mosquito saliva can help spread mosquito-borne viruses such as dengue and Zika, according to two new studies. Mosquito saliva tricks the immune cells into spreading any kind of virus throughout the body.
Public Health June 22, 2016
Trading cards may be a thing of the past but a molecular biologist created her own deck of cards that allows users to swap viruses harmlessly. Each card contains important details about the virus.
Life April 17, 2016
GlaxoSmithKline discarded GSK983 drug due to its side effects in clinical trials. Lab tests, however, suggest a strategy so this abandoned drug can be used to fight disease-causing viruses such as those that cause Zika, dengue and ebola.
Life March 29, 2016
A new three-in-one diagnostic test for Zika, chikungunya and dengue has been granted emergency approval by the FDA. The new test kits will be distributed to qualified labs across the United States.
Life March 19, 2016
Researchers injected participants with an experimental vaccine for the dengue virus, finding that it was 100 percent effective.
Life March 16, 2016
The fight against Zika virus continues, but experts warn that Zika is just one of the many diseases transmitted by mosquitoes around the world at an increasing rate. These continent-jumping diseases continue to threaten populations around the world.
Life March 14, 2016
WHO Assistant Director-General Marie-Paule Kieny said using traditional methods to eliminate mosquitoes has had no impact in fighting off dengue. The same issues might apply to Zika virus, she said.
Life March 10, 2016
Hawaii's Big Island declared a state of emergency on Monday amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne dengue fever in the region. The outbreak is the largest since the 1940s, health officials said.
Life February 10, 2016
Wolbachia, a commonly occurring bacterial species, is injected into mosquitoes to prevent them from being infected with dengue virus. It is currently promoted by a team of Australian researchers to also potentially combat the Zika infection striking parts of the world.
Life February 6, 2016
Sanofi Pasteur said it has launched a vaccine research and development project for Zika virus. This is considered the first considerable commitment from a major vaccine firm to fight the disease already declared an international emergency by WHO.
Life February 2, 2016
Researchers launched a large-scale clinical trial participated by 17,000 individuals to test a dengue vaccine. The Phase 3 trial will be conducted in Brazil, which saw more than 1.5 million dengue cases in 2015 alone.
Life January 16, 2016
Cases of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, continue to increase Hawaii. The Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) reported a total of 181 confirmed cases of dengue fever including one new case reported on Christmas Eve.
Life December 26, 2015
According to the World Health Organization, dengue fever has now become a global threat. Climate change and globalization have spurred this disease to spread worldwide.
Life December 23, 2015
Mexican health officials approved the world's first dengue vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur. Dengvaxia reduces hospitalization risks by 80 percent based on global clinical tests and also lowers the chances of developing dengue's most severe form by 93 percent.
Life December 10, 2015
India reported more than 12,000 dengue cases this year and 32 official deaths. While numbers have decreased recently, health experts still urge concerned parties to promote awareness and health education to prevent additional cases.
Life October 17, 2015
The dengue virus infections, spread by an infected mosquito bite, can be fatal the second time around. Researchers now believe that this is because of the difference of anti-genic materials among virus strains.
Life September 22, 2015
Latest study has found that an experimental vaccine against dengue may be more effective in older children compared to the younger ones. The researchers based their study on hospitalization rates after the third dose of the vaccine was administered.
Life July 28, 2015
This summer, doctors are keen to remind us about the must-knows, must-haves and must-dos in order to avoid mosquito bites and further prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
Life July 16, 2015
Scientists discovered an antibody for the dengue virus stereotype DENV-2, almost completing the puzzle to developing an anti-dengue vaccine. The scientists are further studying the development of the vaccine which incorporates antibodies of 4 dengue stereotypes – one which requires varying levels of protection.
Life July 6, 2015
Want to stop mosquitoes from biting? Researchers have discovered that it’s possible to do so by changing females into males, taking away their need to bite and draw blood.
Life May 25, 2015
Plan to combat disease-carrying mosquitoes in the Florida Keys by releasing genetically modified insects has residents, scientists at odds. Petition against the use of GMO mosquitoes has attracted 130,000 signatures.
Healthy Living/Wellness January 29, 2015
In a bid to curb the spread of dengue and chikungunya, scientists propose releasing genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida Keys to reduce the number of bugs that can potentially spread the diseases.
Life January 26, 2015
Mosquitoes could be controlled by interfering with a single type of molecule, new research reveals.
January 21, 2015
Dengue fever could spread to areas of the world in which it can not currently thrive, thanks to global warming.
Life December 23, 2014
French drugmaker Sanofi announces that it will bring the world's first dengue vaccine by the second half of 2015. Clinical trials of the vaccine have already been completed and the vaccine is also under production.
Life November 6, 2014
Researchers in Brazil have found a way to turn mosquitoes, the carrier of dengue, into transmitters of the cure for dengue. The first batch of mosquitoes has been released in Rio de Janeiro.
Life September 26, 2014
An experimental vaccine developed by Sanofi significantly reduces risks of the severe form of dengue which could lead to hospitalizations and death.
Life July 13, 2014
Following more than 40 confirmed cases of dengue fever and chikungunya, health experts urged residents to adopt preventive measuring for avoiding mosquito-borne diseases.
Life June 5, 2014
Chikungunya has affected around 55,000 people after its outbreak in December 2013. Health officials are working hard to control the disease and reduce the population of mosquito in the affected areas.
Life May 24, 2014
Dengue fever may greet fans to the World Cup games this year. Tourists could return to their homelands, increasing incidence of the disease worldwide.
Life May 18, 2014
Scientists have found new information about the virus that causes Dengue fever and other closely related diseases such as the West Nile, Japanese encephalitis and Yellow fever that may help develop treatments or vaccines against it.
Life April 22, 2014