Researchers create heat stable vaccines using silica

ResearchersĀ at the University of Bath, working with colleagues at the University of Newcastle, have created a technique which can keep vaccines intact at high temperatures by encasing them in silica cages. When a protein in solution is mixed with silica, silicon dioxide binds closely around the protein to match its shape and encases the protein.… Continue reading Researchers create heat stable vaccines using silica

Current vaccination trials using Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine

The first of five early stage clinical trials to test the safety and ability of an investigational Zika vaccine candidate called the Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine to generate an immune system response has begun at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Clinical Trial Center in Silver Spring, Maryland. The experimental Zika… Continue reading Current vaccination trials using Zika Purified Inactivated Virus (ZPIV) vaccine

Research finds that better cognitive function is associated with higher physical activity and healthy eating habits (fruits and vegetables)

Findings published this week in the Journal of Public Health reveal that both younger and older Canadian adults who engage in regular physical activity, consume more fruits and vegetables and are normal weight or overweight have overall better cognitive functioning. Regular engagement in physical activity and healthy eating has long been associated with a reduced… Continue reading Research finds that better cognitive function is associated with higher physical activity and healthy eating habits (fruits and vegetables)

Polysorbate, a food additive found to be protective against E. coli poisoning

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. The findings, featured in the current issue of the journal Biofouling, show that polysorbates attack the protective biofilm in which E. coli lives and renders the deadly bacteria harmless, said Chris… Continue reading Polysorbate, a food additive found to be protective against E. coli poisoning

Scientists find why it is difficult to create vaccine for Hepatitis C virus

Researchers have been trying for decades to develop a vaccine against the globally endemic hepatitis C virus (HCV). Now scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have discovered one reason why success has so far been elusive. Using a sophisticated array of techniques for mapping tiny molecular structures, the TSRI scientists analyzed a lab-made version… Continue reading Scientists find why it is difficult to create vaccine for Hepatitis C virus

Study reveals potential new treatment target Nuak1 kinase to prevent accumulation of protein in early Alzheimer’s disease

Taking a pill that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer’s disease, according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. The study, published today in Cell Press journal Neuron, took a three-pronged approach to help subdue… Continue reading Study reveals potential new treatment target Nuak1 kinase to prevent accumulation of protein in early Alzheimer’s disease