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Scientists build anthrax toxin inhibitor

WASHINGTON, April 24 (UPI) -- U.S. and Canadian scientists say they have engineered a powerful inhibitor of anthrax toxin that has worked well in small-scale animal tests.

Major Kaposi's sarcoma discovery announced

BETHESDA, Md., April 6 (UPI) -- Government scientists say they've found a human cell surface molecule involved with the Kaposi's sarcoma herpes virus.

Bird flu vaccine effectiveness questioned.

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- A new U.S. study has questioned the effectiveness of the bird flu vaccine the government is stockpiling to fight a possible pandemic.

Study: Pigs are virtual virus mixing bowls

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- A federally funded study suggests U.S. farmers, veterinarians and meat processors have a markedly high risk of infection from flu viruses spread by pigs.

Synthetic protein helps arthritis in mice

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Federal scientists in Washington say a lab-made version of a human protein eases symptoms of both acute and chronic arthritis in mice.

Bird flu vaccine needs big dose

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Doses needed for a recently announced vaccine against bird flu are so large the United States cannot make enough vaccine to go around, Nature reports.

U.S. develops bird flu vaccine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. government scientists say a vaccine against avian influenza appears to protect people from the deadly disease.

New therapy is aimed at smallpox

BOSTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Viral infections, such as smallpox, may be halted by aiming a drug not at the virus, but at the cellular machinery it needs to spread, a U.S study found.

U.S. to study influenza genome

BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced an influenza genome sequencing project to learn how flu viruses evolve and spread.

For pharmaceuticals biz, some down some up

WASHINGTON, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- For cautious investors, putting money in pharmaceutical companies has always been a sure way of gaining a steady return, if somewhat at a slow rate.
SHIHOKO GOTO, UPI Senior Business Correspondent

U.S. scrambles in flu vaccine shortage

WASHINGTON, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- On news the U.S. supply of flu vaccine is cut in half, the American Medical Association called Wednesday for only high-risk patients to seek it first.

Call renewed for AIDS vaccine

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- At least $12 billion is needed over the next decade to maintain momentum in developing an AIDS vaccine, scientists at a Swiss conference were told Monday.

G8 backs global plan for HIV vaccine

SAVANNAH, Ga., June 10 (UPI) -- The Group of Eight nations Thursday endorsed U.S. President Bush's plan for a global HIV vaccine enterprise.

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Scientists develop West Nile virus vaccine

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Tuesday they have created a promising vaccine against West Nile virus.

Living Terror 3: A haphazard lab plan

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- An administration program to build a nationwide system of biodefense laboratories is geographically haphazard and duplicative, according to critics, created by
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Scientists taking close look at SARS virus

WASHINGTON, May 21 (UPI) -- Scientists racing to understand the virus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome said Wednesday they are making important discoveries about its actions at the molecular level.
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

Lawmakers question $5.6B bioterror bill

WASHINGTON, May 15 (UPI) -- House Homeland Security Committee members on Thursday sharply questioned the cost, usefulness and adequacy of a $5.6 billion, 10-year Bush administration plan designed to pay drug companies incentives to make vaccines and treatments for deadly terrorist b
NICHOLAS M. HORROCK, UPI Chief White House Correspondent

U.S. preparing for increase in SARS cases

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- U.S. health officials said Wednesday they are taking several steps to contain severe acute respiratory syndrome, including preparing for a larger outbreak in the country, as the World Health Organization said the disease could become much deadlier than pr
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

CDC: SARS 'the beginning of a problem'

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- Federal health officials Monday testified before a Senate committee that severe acute respiratory syndrome could be further spread in the United States and said they are working rapidly to develop treatments against it, as the number of SARS cases continu
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

CDC: SARS 'the beginning of a problem'

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- As the number of cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome continued to mount worldwide Monday, federal health officials testified before a Senate committee that there could be further spread in the United States and they are working rapidly to develop t
STEVE MITCHELL, UPI Medical Correspondent

Committee weighs risks of smallpox attack

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The risk of a smallpox attack on the United States remains uncertain, while cost estimates vary of developing vaccination programs and other countermeasures, government witnesses told senators at a hearing Wednesday.
CHRISTINE SUH, UPI Science News

$10 billion in AIDS aid for 14 nations

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Under the Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, proposed Tuesday by President Bush in his State of the Union address, $10 billion in new money would go toward helping AIDS patients in the 14 Africa and the Caribbean nations with half the world's AIDS cases -- h
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FDA approves new rapid AIDS test

WASHINGTON, Nov. 7 (UPI) -- The federal government announced Thursday that the Food and Drug Administration has approved a new HIV test kit that can let a patient know in 20 minutes whether he or she carries the virus that causes AIDS.
KATRINA WOZNICKI, UPI Science News
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