- A German biologist/anti-vaxxer offered 100,000 euros to the first person who could prove measles is a virus. Guess how much money he was just forced to pay a German doctor.
- China had more than 18,500 drugs waiting for approval at the end of 2014, up by a third from a year before.
- Pfizer is seeking new vaccine opportunities across the age spectrum as it broadens its portfolio by delivering shots into the arms of infants, adolescents and the elderly.
- A team of researchers suggest that, after age 30, you most likely will catch the flu only twice a decade.
- Jimmy Kimmel read some of the Tweets he received from anti-vaxxers following his pro-vaccination message, and the responses did not disappoint.
- Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel explains why anti-vaxxers need to get with the times and why vaccinating children is so important.
- AstraZeneca has boosted its early-stage research in autoimmune disease by signing a three-year research deal with start-up firm Orca Pharmaceuticals.
- A new drug candidate is believed to be so strong that it could potentially be used as a vaccine against HIV.
- Seven-year-old cancer survivor Rhett Krawitt says he's getting vaccinated as soon as his body allows it.
- While early data suggests the current flu season “could be severe,” this year’s vaccine is about 23 percent effective.
- When recognizing a threat, dendritic cells make a molecule called CLEC-2, and this instructs the cells lining the lymph nodes to expand, thus allowing for an influx of disease-fighting cells.
- A device that adds pressure and vibration to the site of a needle injection could reduce the patient's perception of pain.
Immune System Disorders
An immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease. In order to function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism's own healthy tissue. A vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease.