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Jun 28, 2002

Jun 28, 2002

Trial of Aventis smallpox vaccine getting under way

(CIDRAP News) – A clinical trial of the decades-old supply of smallpox vaccine held by Aventis Pasteur is in progress, and early signs are that the vaccine is still potent, according to a spokesman for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID).

Jun 28, 2002

USDA to test 'advanced meat recovery' products for spinal cord tissue

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced this week that it will begin using laboratory testing to ensure that beef products from mechanical "advanced meat recovery" (AMR) systems are free of spinal cord tissue.

Jun 25, 2002

Jun 25, 2002

Pathogens common in restaurant sauces in Mexico, study suggests

June 25, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – Eating tabletop sauces at restaurants in Mexico may be an important risk factor for traveler's diarrhea, a new study suggests.

Jun 21, 2002

Jun 21, 2002

ACIP urges smallpox shots only for response teams, some hospital workers

(CIDRAP News) – Caught between the unknown risk of a smallpox attack and concern about adverse vaccine reactions, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) yesterday recommended that only healthcare workers assigned to deal directly with a smallpox outbreak be vaccinated against smallpox.

Jun 19, 2002

Jun 19, 2002

FDA to increase tests of imported shrimp, crayfish for chloramphenicol

(CIDRAP News) – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it will increase testing of imported shrimp and crayfish to look for traces of the antibiotic chloramphenicol, which some countries have found in imports from China and Vietnam.

Jun 18, 2002

Jun 18, 2002

Engineered antibodies found to be effective anthrax antitoxin in rats

(CIDRAP News) – Researchers at the University of Texas report that they have engineered antibodies that can protect rats from the effects of the anthrax toxin, possibly pointing the way toward development of similar antibodies that could protect humans.

Jun 17, 2002

Jun 17, 2002

New farm bill may promote food irradiation, but changes could be slow

(CIDRAP News) – The farm bill that was recently passed by Congress creates at least a possibility that irradiated foods eventually will be sold as "pasteurized" and served in government-subsidized school lunches. But it appears that those changes won't happen quickly, if they happen at all.

Jun 13, 2002

Jun 13, 2002

New bioterrorism law aims to boost public health, guard food and water

(CIDRAP News) – President George W. Bush yesterday signed a far-reaching bioterrorism bill designed to strengthen the public health system, tighten controls on dangerous pathogens, and protect the nation’s food and water supplies.

 

Jun 11, 2002

Jun 11, 2002

Nearly 60% of public would want smallpox vaccination if available

(CIDRAP News) – Fifty-nine percent of respondents to a recent nationwide poll said they would get vaccinated against smallpox if they could, despite the risk of adverse reactions and the decades-old absence of the disease, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.

Jun 11, 2002

Protein that foils complement system may be key to smallpox virulence

Jun 10, 2002 (CIDRAP News) – The smallpox virus has a protein that inhibits the human complement system far more effectively than does its counterpart protein in the closely related vaccinia virus, used in smallpox vaccine, according to researchers who compared the two proteins. This difference may be an important reason for the virulence of smallpox and may offer an avenue for research on treatments, they suggest.

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