This Wallpaper-Like Pattern Isn't Flowers, It's The Smallpox Vaccine

This print sure looks like petals (it's even called Flowers). But nope: the pattern is liver cells that have been treated with the smallpox vaccine. » 2/12/15 10:50am 2/12/15 10:50am

This Is What It's Like To Be An Unvaccinated Child

Vaccines save lives and prevent untold amounts of suffering. It's that simple. And yet, still, many parents refuse to vaccinate their children. But what's it like to be a child who isn't vaccinated? Today, some people who missed out on childhood vaccinations tell us exactly. » 2/02/15 4:20pm 2/02/15 4:20pm

The world's first malaria vaccine is on track to be approved by 2015, paving the way for its use by 2016. "It's on that trajectory, and the plan is to file with the European Medicines Agency in 2014," says David Kaslow, VP of product development at the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative, which supported development of … » 10/08/13 3:49pm 10/08/13 3:49pm

A potential new malaria vaccine puts weakened parasites into the body

Malaria is one of the deadliest diseases on the planet, killing about 2,000 people every day. Much effort has been put into developing a vaccine, and while there have been some encouraging results, it's proved difficult to control the malaria parasites and their mosquito carriers. Now, a new vaccine actually makes… » 8/11/13 5:30pm 8/11/13 5:30pm

HPV vaccines are saving countless lives – but we could do so much more

Newly published findings reveal that, since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has reduced HPV infection rates by a massive 56% among female teenagers 14-19 years of age. Is this impressive? Enormously. Is it enough? Not even close. » 6/24/13 12:40pm 6/24/13 12:40pm

RNA-based vaccine could wipe out the flu forever

While traditional vaccines can offer annual protection from the latest flu strains, the viruses mutate and evolve so fast that we're right back where we started the following year. That's where a revolutionary new vaccine could change everything. » 11/25/12 2:00pm 11/25/12 2:00pm

Universal vaccine could give us a world without the flu

Because flu viruses mutate so fast, the only way to stop them is to destroy their ability to evolve. That's the key to creating a universal flu vaccine... and now we may have found the secret to creating one, and wiping out the flu. » 2/27/12 3:42pm 2/27/12 3:42pm

The lowdown on that heroin vaccine everyone's talking about

A vaccine to curb heroin dependence. It's been the goal of scientists the world over for decades, but to date, not one has been released to the market. But that could soon change. Mexican scientists have developed a heroin vaccine that has proven to be effective in animal trials, and are now preparing to begin testing… » 2/24/12 7:55am 2/24/12 7:55am

Is this the year we finally wipe out polio once and for all?

In 1979, the World Health Organization successfully eradicated smallpox, removing one of history's greatest killers from the face of the Earth. Now, 33 years later, we just might be on the verge of repeating that feat with polio. » 2/21/12 3:45pm 2/21/12 3:45pm

Oral sex might cause more throat cancer than smoking

A study published in yesterday's Journal of Clinical Oncology reveals that as many as 72 percent of throat tumors in men may be linked to the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV. The researchers hypothesize that the virus spreads predominately via oral sex, and that it may already account for more cases of… » 10/04/11 12:58pm 10/04/11 12:58pm

Cocaine vaccine could make drug addiction a distant memory

The first ever vaccine for drug addiction has just been created. By combining a cocaine-like molecule with part of the common cold virus, you get a vaccine that turns the immune system against cocaine, keeping it away from the brain. » 1/05/11 2:20pm 1/05/11 2:20pm

Universal flu vaccine could be just around the corner

Imagine a single vaccine that could protect you from all flu strains for decades. It looks like we might actually make it a reality in the near future, thanks to a major breakthrough in combating the rapidly mutating disease. » 7/18/10 4:00pm 7/18/10 4:00pm

H1N1 Is a Plot to Kill Baby Boomers, Argues Conspiracy Theorist

A new day, a new H1N1 conspiracy theory! But this one is special. Ken Welch says on his blog, before treating us to an extremely detailed analysis: » 11/19/09 11:16am 11/19/09 11:16am

Get Your Malaria Vaccine Via Mosquito Bite

Malaria kills over a million people a year, mostly in Sub-Saharan Africa where the infected mosquito population is out of control. Now, epidemiologists are developing a radical new mechanism for vaccinating at-risk populations: through mosquito bites. » 7/31/09 8:20am 7/31/09 8:20am

Get Innoculated at Your Local Tattoo Vaccine Parlor

Tattoos may provide the vaccines of the future. A new study shows that using a vibrating tattoo needle to deliver vaccine produces 16 times more antibodies than a typical injection, which goes into muscle tissue. So will we be going down to our local tattoo parlors to get vaccine serum tattoos instead of ink? Not a… » 2/07/08 12:00pm 2/07/08 12:00pm

Harvesting the Saliva Glands of Mosquitoes

This dead mosquito's saliva glands are being harvested by researchers using two tiny syringes. They hope to use the insect's tainted spit to manufacture malaria vaccine more efficiently in the future. This delicate operation took place last month at Sanaria, Inc. in Maryland. Image by Tim Sloan for Getty. » 11/27/07 7:30am 11/27/07 7:30am