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Silk protects unstable therapeutic compounds — No more refrigeration of vaccines and antibiotics?

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silk cocoons (Photo credit: SJ photography)

Do you own a silk dress, necktie, or other garments? As it happens, silk is not just for fashion and comfort. A recent study has shown that silk can significantly extend the shelf-lives of therapeutic compounds without having to refrigerate them.

Does having not to refrigerate therapeutics such a big deal? YES!

More than 17 million deaths around the world are due to infectious diseases. Vaccines and antibiotics are keys to the prevention and rescue of such diseases, but many of these therapeutic compounds are temperature-sensitive; they rapidly lose therapeutic activities unless kept cold during transport, storage, and handling. Continue reading –>

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The search for universal flu vaccine — who will win the race?

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Every year, many of us get flu shots in preparation for the flu season. Imagine an all-in-one flu shot that you only need to get once. It may not be too far in the future for this to happen.

This is CDC Clinic Chief Nurse Lee Ann Jean-Lo...

One of the most effective strategies in the prevention of seasonal flu epidemics is vaccination. The development of influenza vaccines began soon after the isolation of human influenza A virus in 1933 and continue to be developed each year. The production of better flu vaccines is crucial in the prevention of flu pandemics, such as the one caused by H5N1 (or avian flu) that inflicted about 600 people worldwide as of last month, of which 60% of the cases were fatal. Continue reading –>

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