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Breast Cancer Vaccine Being Developed At Cleveland Clinic Spin-Off Shield Biotech

Could a vaccine to prevent breast cancer soon be on the horizon?<p>The Cleveland Clinic announced last month that it was creating a spin-off company called Shield Biotech to develop and test a breast cancer vaccine in humans. The vaccine has already been shown in a 2010 Nature Medicine study to …

UK firm to seek approval for malaria vaccine

The British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said it hoped to get the green light for a prototype vaccine against malaria after trials showed it offered children a partial shield against the disease.<p>Results for the Phase III stage of the closely-followed RTS,S vaccine were unveiled on Tuesday at a …

GSK seeks approval for prototype malaria vaccine

British drug manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline said Tuesday it was hoping to get the go-ahead for a prototype malaria vaccine after trials showed that children between five and 17 months of age had a 46% reduction in risk some 18 months after vaccination.<p>British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) said on …

Public Health

World's first malaria vaccine which could be available from 2015 should not be viewed as a silver bullet against the disease, say scientists

The world’s first malaria vaccine must to be used as one of a whole arsenal of preventions and treatments if the killer disease is to be tackled …

The World's First Anti-Malaria Vaccine Could be Available by 2015

<i>Image © Shutterstock</i><p>Just months after Sanaria researchers created the world’s first malaria vaccine, UK drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline has made a similar …

Public Health

A Malaria Vaccine That Cuts 46% of Infections Is a 100% a Big Deal

A promising new vaccine cut malaria infections by 46 percent in a recent study. Kent Sepkowitz explains why this is the biggest science news of the …

Alcohol: friend and foe

It always happens at this time of year, the collective Christmas hangover coupled with the new year resolutions to get in shape mean alcohol is the …

30p added to cost of pint ‘can cut alcohol deaths by a third’

A small rise in the price of alcoholic drinks can cut deaths by a third, research has shown.<p>Imposing a ten per cent increase – or just 30p a pint – …

Alcohol pricing flawed, say officials

David Cameron’s plans for a minimum price for alcohol will “penalise” responsible consumers without reducing problem drinking, according to the officials who would be expected to enforce the rules.<p>Licensing officers and lawyers dealing with the sale of alcohol have raised more doubts about the …

Alcohol

Raise mimimum alcohol price further, say doctors

David Cameron could save thousands of lives by “going further” with his plans for a minimum alcohol price, doctors say today.<p>A coalition of medical experts is calling for the Prime Minister to set a legal minimum price for a unit of alcohol at 50p.<p>Following a promise from Mr Cameron, the Government …

Anti-Social Behaviour

Diane Abbott outlines plan to curb fast food shops

Local authorities should be given stronger powers to ban the spread of fried chicken shops and other fast food outlets, and end the sale of cheap …

Minimum alcohol pricing should not be ditched, say MPs and doctors

The government has been urged not to abandon plans for minimum pricing of alcohol, by MPs and medical chiefs.<p>The fate of the policy is set to be …

Alcohol minimum pricing: a good idea? – video

Politicians, health experts and alcohol traders express a range of views on the idea of setting a minimum price for a unit of alcohol. A base price …

Minimum alcohol pricing could just work. It should be given a chance

The news that the UK government is likely to drop the proposed minimum pricing of alcohol will come as a big disappointment to many, not least the …

Minimum alcohol price still in balance as Cameron fudges his booze pledge

David Cameron has pledged to stop cheap alcohol being sold in supermarkets but has failed to commit to a minimum unit pricing policy.<p>The prime …

Letters: Support for minimum alcohol pricing

We are writing to express our grave concern having read recent media reports (14 March) suggesting the government is on the verge of dropping its …

Should those with a vested interest comment on minimum alcohol pricing?

Research has suggested that the alcohol industry submitted distorted and misrepresented evidence to the Scottish government's public consultation …

Scottish court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

A judge has ruled that Scottish government plans to set a minimum price for alcoholic drinks are legal, in a case that will be seen as a significant …

Scottish ministers win court battle over minimum alcohol pricing

Scottish ministers have won the first round in a lengthy court battle against the whisky industry after a judge ruled their plans to fix a minimum …

Minimum pricing for alcohol: the red-faced ranters have won

The absence of minimum pricing for alcohol in today's Queen's Speech is a chilling reminder of the influence big business still has on public health …

Queen's speech: alcohol and cigarettes curbs 'not abandoned'

The government has not abandoned measures aimed at curbing problem drinking and smoking despite their absence from the Queen's speech, the health …

Health and Wellbeing Boards: patchy progress to date

A first glimpse at the work of Health and Wellbeing Boards (HWB) has concluded that "significant advances" have been made, albeit with a mixed …

Self-improvement

Local authorities must be at the heart of any strategy for integrated care

For decades, closer integration between health and social care has been the holy grail of health policy. Successive governments have wanted it to …

Ignoring the health risks? A review of health and wellbeing boards

This research looks into 152 health and wellbeing boards and identifes their early progress in tackling the problems of loneliness and social …

How can health and wellbeing boards address the Challenge on Dementia?

Health and wellbeing board members and officers are invited to join a webinar discussion on the Dementia Challenge on Tuesday 18 September from …

Experts Question So-Called HIV 'Cure'

Dr. Hannah Gay and her colleagues became the rock stars of the medical community this week after they announced at a conference last Sunday that …

HIV and Aids: news and resources round up

HIV is one of the world's biggest humanitarian crises, with more than 34 million people living with the virus: 3.3 million of those are under the age …