Smallpox

The Next Pandemic Is Inevitable. Are We Prepared?

There is no way to completely stop a pandemic from coming, says former United Nations medical officer and a key player in the World Health Organization's (WHO) smallpox eradication program in South Asia, Larry Brilliant. Being prepared and having a...

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How An Indian State Successfully Fought And Contained The Deadly Coronavirus

We also face a new threat. The next epidemic has a good chance of originating on a computer screen of a terrorist intent on using genetic engineering to create a synthetic version of the smallpox virus or a contagious and highly deadly strain of...
Related topics: Terrorism, Genetics, Virus, Virology, Flu, Influenza (Flu)

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Researchers Make Giant Leap Toward ‘universal Vaccine’ After Finding Viruses’ Common Weakness

Through the course of human history, hundreds of millions of people have died from pathogens ranging from the Plague and the Spanish Flu to smallpox, HIV and measles. Public interest in the subject has grown steadily in recent weeks with the...
Related topics: Medical Research, HIV Vaccine, Influenza Vaccine, Vaccines, Virus, Virology, Flu, Influenza (Flu), HIV

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Hiv Triggers Immune System 'amnesia' To Smallpox: Study

THURSDAY, Jan. 9, 2020 -- HIV infection causes a loss of immunity to smallpox, even in people who were vaccinated as kids and are taking antiretroviral drugs to restore their immune system, a new study finds. Such "HIV-associated immune amnesia"...
Related topics: HIV, Virus, Memory Loss, Medical Research

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Virus Multiplication In 3d

Vaccinia viruses serve as a vaccine against human smallpox and as the basis of new cancer therapies. Two studies now provide fascinating insights into their unusual propagation strategy at the atomic level.
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Vaccines, Cancer, Oncology

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The Unsung Women Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox From India

Smallpox is one of the only diseases to have been eradicated by sustained human effort. But before it was eradicated in 1977, it claimed an estimated 300 million lives in the 20th century alone. The highly contagious disease was characterised by...

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Learning About The Roots Of Progress From The History Of Smallpox Eradication

The excellent Jason Crawford at the Roots of Progress has a long-form read on the history of smallpox eradication. It’s an important and insightful piece especially because Jason is interested not just in what happened but why it happened when...

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New Modified Smallpox Vax Comparable To Current Standard

]]>(MedPage Today) -- A modified vaccine against smallpox was non-inferior to the established smallpox vaccine in healthy U.S. soldiers, a phase III trial found. Participants who received modified vaccinia Ankara, or MVA, had comparable immune...
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Medical News Today: Everything You Need To Know About Smallpox Vaccine Scars

The smallpox vaccine has eradicated the potentially deadly disease. Anyone who has received this vaccination may notice that it left a scar. Learn more in this article.
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Morning Break: Trebek Needs More Chemo; Smallpox Lab Explosion; 'poop Shame'

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Related topics: Chemotherapy, Cancer

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Wannacry Is Still The Smallpox Of Infosec. But The Latest Strain (sort Of) Immunises Its Victims

Whatever you do, don't pay the ransom Analysis  WannaCry – the file-scrambling ransomware that infamously locked up Britain's NHS and a bunch of other organisations worldwide in May 2017 – is still a live-ish threat to this day, infosec...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Explosion Hits Russia's Largest Virus Lab Which Houses Plague, Smallpox, Ebola And Other Deadly...

Explosion Hits Russia's Largest Virus Lab Which Houses Plague, Smallpox, Ebola And Other Deadly Viruses A sudden explosion at a Siberian virus research center on Monday reportedly left the facility engulfed in flames, according to...
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Ebola, Medical Research

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Here's How Emergent Biosolutions Procured A Higher Price Today

Shares of Emergent BioSolutions (NYSE: EBS) are up 14% at 11:55 a.m. EDT after the bioterrorism expert was awarded a contract by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to deliver approximately $2 billion worth of smallpox vaccine ACAM2000...
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Lucas, Jenner, Washington, Shaw

I am thinking about modern macroeconomic methodology again. I am also thinking about the fresh water school of thought. Also I am thinking about aspirin and smallpox. I am going to attempt a nickle summary of the Lucas critique (really a half penny...
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Why Is The Government Allowing Its Own Drug Research To Be Monopolized For Profit?

How do we eradicate HIV/AIDS? One route is a vaccine, but so far that has proved a very difficult research problem. There is an ongoing clinical trial of one promising treatment in South Africa, but unlike the smallpox or polio vaccines, it appears...
Related topics: Medical Research, AIDS, HIV, HIV Vaccine, Virus, Vaccines, Clinical Trials, South Africa

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European Colonizers Killed So Many Indigenous Americans That The Planet Cooled Down, A New Study...

Following Christopher Columbus' arrival in North America in 1492, violence and disease (is this reiterative?) killed 90% of the indigenous population — nearly 55 million people — according to a new study. Diseases like smallpox, measles,...
Related topics: Medical Research

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Treat Anti-vaxxers Like The Dangerous Conspiracy Theorists They Are

Smallpox, an ancient airborne disease with a terrifying 30 percent fatality rate, afflicted more than 50 million new victims per year in the 1950s. By 1979, smallpox became the first human disease in history to be effectively eradicated. Polio,...
Related topics: Anti Vaxxers

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Poxvirus Hijacks Cell Movement To Spread Infection

Vaccinia virus, a poxvirus closely related to smallpox and monkeypox, tricks cells it has infected into activating their own cell movement mechanism to rapidly spread the virus in cells and mice, according to a new UCL-led study.
Related topics: Virus, Virology, Medical Research

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Worst Outbreaks Of All Time

Outbreaks of disease have had a profound effect on human existence. From the time of the pharaohs to the present day, epidemics of diseases like the bubonic plague, cholera, influenza, and smallpox...
Related topics: Cholera, Influenza (Flu)

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Scientists Freak Out Over Pandemic Potential Of Genetically Engineered Smallpox

Following the release of a paper earlier this year which describes how researchers stitched together segments of DNA in order to revive horsepox - a previously eradicated virus, scientists have been flipping out over the possibility that bad actors...
Related topics: Genetics, Medical Research, DNA, Virus, Virology

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