vaccines

diseaseDefenses Against the Biggest Risk We Face

Bill Gates says the biggest risk that we reasonably face is a bioterrorism attack or natural pandemics. Pandemic and Epidemic Risks Relatively average costs for more serious infectious events are high in terms of deaths and costs. One study found …

medicineUniversal Vaccination Would Save 1.5 Million Children Each Year

In 2017, the number of children immunized – 116.2 million – was the highest ever reported. The Region of the Americas achieved maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, leaving only 15 countries yet to achieve elimination. Since 2010, 113 countries have …

cancerPersonal cancer vaccines eliminated HPV tumors in mice

Harvard researchers describe a vaccine approach that uses an injectable scaffold loaded with a selection of tumor-expressed peptides. It is a path to a personalized anti-cancer vaccine. The strategy proved more effective at stimulating anti-tumor responses and, importantly, a tumor-specific …

diseaseFlu vaccines that are faster, cheaper and more accurate

A new way of producing the seasonal flu vaccine could speed up the process and provide better protection against infection. For decades, vaccine manufacturers have used chicken eggs to grow the flu virus strains included in the seasonal flu shot. …

diseaseGlobal diarrhea deaths down by a third since 2005 but still kill 1.3 million each year

The number of children dying worldwide of diarrhea fell by a third between 2005 and 2015, researchers have found. The study says better access to clean water and sanitation is key, with fewer weak and malnourished children becoming infected. New …

africaMalaria vaccine trials will start next year

The World Health Organization called today for accelerated scale-up of efforts to prevent malaria and save lives. In sub-Saharan Africa, which shoulders 90% of the global malaria burden, more than 663 million cases have been averted since 2001. Insecticide-treated nets …

energyGoogle Waze offer ridesharing services to any Waze user in the San Francisco area

Alphabet’s Google has been quietly expanding a Waze ridesharing pilot program to more people. As of Thursday, it’s available to any interested Waze users in the San Francisco area. Unlike typical ridesharing services, Waze really is ridesharing: it lets people …

diseaseIncreasing GDP per person explains a significant part of life satisfaction or happiness and longer and healthier lives

A few days ago Nextbigfuture noted that China’s one belt one road plan is to spend 9% of China’s GDP over decades to build out the ports, airports, rail, factories and cities of countries in Asia and Africa and Europe …

chinaAdvanced 3D printed titanium enables lighter, stronger, complex parts for improved J-20 stealth fighter plane components

China is 3d printing titanium parts for a new fighter aircraft, which would have been impossible to create as a single piece using any subtractive manufacturing technique. In the past, the only method was to reduce the design standards, split …

diseaseNorthrop Grumman making two kinds of terahertz freqency amplifiers

Two approaches are being developed for terahertz frequency devices. 1. The Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA), which in 2014 was certified by Guinness World Records as the world’s fastest solid state chip, able to operate at THz speeds. This device, …