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Study Models Impact Of Anthrax Vaccine

...iotics to peopleexposed to anthrax spores during a bioterrorist attack, could byitself, prevent about 70 percent of anthrax infections from occurring,according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School ofPublic Health. To increase the prevention rate to 90 percent, theirstudy found that at least 63 p...

LIAI scientists make major finding on potential smallpox treatment

... arisen that the smallpox virus could be used as a bioterrorist agent. Disease experts fear that samples of the smallpox virus may have fallen into the hands of terrorists at some point. This concern has led to the creation of worldwide stockpiles of the smallpox vaccine over the last several years. Kronenber...

The bioweapon is in the post

...s not. Armed with a fake email address, a would-be bioterrorist could probably order the building blocks of a dead...ans of responding rapidly to emerging diseases ?or bioterrorist attacks. "As soon as people start dying from a bioengineered organism, there will be a huge security...

Defective immune system response to smallpox vaccine detailed in new study

...0s. But recent concerns about the possibility of a bioterrorist attack using smallpox virus prompted authorities to reinstate voluntary smallpox vaccination for specific groups, such as military personnel. In the first five months of 2003, the U.S. Department of Defense vaccinated more than 450,000 personnel agai...

Researchers reveal lung's unique innate immune system

...ect the lower airways, such as a new flu strain or bioterrorist agents," said Raz. The researchers' data outlines a complex circuit in which the alveolar macrophages circumvent the inhibition by TGFb for brief period of time, in order perform their immune task. This is accomplished through regulation of TGFb ...

Scientists develop a way to make the deadliest toxin known even more toxic

... also of substantial global concern as a potential bioterrorist weapon. One of the main drawbacks associated with BoNT as a therapeutic is that repeated use can lead to the development of a significant immune response. Tolerance to it develops most rapidly when patients receive frequent high doses of the toxin....

Radiation-killed bacteria vaccine induces broad immune response in mice

...oyed in the event of epidemic outbreaks or against bioterrorist attacks, says Dr. Raz. ...

Vaccine combined with short-term postexposure antibiotics protects monkeys from inhalational anthrax

...onal anthrax--the type likely to occur following a bioterrorist attack--is difficult to diagnose early, and despite antibiotic therapy, has a high fatality rate. In addition, because anthrax spores can remain in the body for extended periods, antibiotic treatment is typically recommended for 60 days or more foll...

Study finds the air rich with bacteria

...urring relatives of microbes that could be used in bioterrorist attacks -- although many of these relatives are harmless. "Before this study, no one had a sense of the diversity of the microbes in the air," says lead author Gary Andersen of Berkeley Lab's Earth Sciences Division. The research, which will b...

Mass vaccination unnecessary in the event of a large bioterrorist US smallpox attack

...e necessary in the event of a large-scale smallpox bioterrorist attack in the United States, according to a study ...United States could contain a large-scale smallpox bioterrorist attack and, if so, how. Specifically, the researchers were charged with determining whether survei...

LIAI completes world's most comprehensive analysis on influenza virus data

...us, along with those diseases considered potential bioterrorist threats. The database's influenza research was analyzed first due to the continuing problem of seasonal influenza and public health concerns over the possible spread of the H5N1 avian flu. "The database marks the first time that all known antibody...

New details on how the immune system recognizes influenza

...microbes, including agents that might be used in a bioterrorist attack. Influenza epitopes comprise only a portion of the extensive database, which has become the largest single collection of such information anywhere in the world. It includes data from thousands of separate articles published over several decade...

Smallpox outbreak: How long would it take for vaccines to protect people? Would it work?

... ability to protect its citizens in the event of a bioterrorist attack involving the smallpox virus (Variola major virus). This study at Saint Louis University will look at the ability of an investigational vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic to stimulate the immune system against smallpox. "Vaccines prevent di...

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