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Inovio Biomedical Influenza DNA Vaccines Demonstrate Potential To Protect Against Newly Emerging Flu Strains With Pandemic Potential

Inovio Biomedical Corporation (NYSE Amex: INO), a leader in DNA vaccine discovery, development and delivery, announced preclinical data from two studies of influenza DNA vaccines designed using its SynCon™ technology. The data indicated that the consensus H1N1 and H5N1 influenza vaccines achieved significant increases in immune response and provided protection against influenza virus strains not genetically matched to the vaccine, which is a requirement for conventional vaccines to be effective and a limitation to their effectiveness, i.e. they can't protect against newly emerging strains. Dr. Niranjan Sardesai, Senior VP, Research & Development of VGX Pharmaceuticals, which merged with Inovio Biomedical on June 1, 2009, presented this data at the 12th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Gene Therapy held in San Diego, CA, May 27 - 30, 2009, in a presentation entitled, "Improved Challenge Outcome Following Intradermic Vaccination by Electroporation of a Consensus H5N1 Influenza DNA Vaccine in Non-Human Primates.

Also In Global Health News: Polio Vaccines In Nigeria; Health Care In Indonesia; Circumcision To Prevent HIV AIDS In Botswana

Nigeria Releases 57M Polio Vaccines, Aims To Increase Vaccine Coverage The Nigerian government recently released 57 million doses of the trivalent oral polio vaccine for a nationwide campaign that concluded on Sunday, Nigeria's Guardian newspaper reports. Additional campaigns are scheduled for July, August and October (Muanya, Guardian, 5/28). The Guardian published a related article exploring the government's plans to "shore up immunization coverage in the race to meeting the health-related [U.N.] Millennium Development Goals of reducing significantly child and maternal deaths by 2015" (Muanya, Guardian, 5/29). Jakarta Post Examines Indonesia's Provision of Health Care Although a recent World Bank report highlights Indonesia's "struggles to maintain and improve important health outcomes for the poor and achieve the Millennium Development Goals, " the report also finds "Indonesia's growing economy, political stability and decentralization prospects now allow it to think expansively about healthcare, " the Jakarta Post reports.

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Dems Build Reform Support As GOP Decides Strategy

Democrats and Republicans are looking for support in their own parties as health care reform promises to dominate the legislative agenda for the rest of the year, The Hill reports. Democrats are even putting other work on the backburner as President Obama wants to get reform done before the end of the year. "The Obama administration put the Panama free trade agreement negotiated by the Bush administration on the backburner after dozens of lawmakers expressed their displeasure in a May 21 letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)." Democrats are also delaying work on immigration and changing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays serving in the military.

Is Your Environment Damaging Your Health? New Center Aims To Find Out

The damage that our modern living and working environment could be doing to our health will be investigated by a new 5M MRC-HPA Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London and King's College London. The new Centre will analyse the health of people across the UK and how this is affected by aspects of the environment in which they live and work, from traffic fumes and noise from overhead aircraft, to chemicals in the environment such as the by-products of disinfection in the water supply. The Centre will particularly focus on vulnerable people, including children and the elderly, and how environmental factors outside their control could be increasing their risk of respiratory problems, heart disease and cancer.

MU Public Health Program Receives Grant To Combat Human Trafficking

After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the second largest criminal industry in the world, and it is the fastest growing, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Recently, HHS awarded more than $2 million in grants to state and local organizations, including the University of Missouri, to identify and help victims of human trafficking. "Compared to urban areas, less information exists about the extent of trafficking in rural areas of the U.S., " said Deb Hume, instructor in the MU Masters of Public Health (MPH) Program. "In the rural Midwest, there is the perception that this problem is confined to large cities or the coasts.

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Children Often Victims Of Lawn Mower Accidents

Using a lawn mower can be as routine as bike riding or barbeques during spring and summer. But often, people find themselves in terrifying situations with these seemingly safe household machines. In fact, 200, 000 people - 16, 000 of them children - are injured in lawn mower-related accidents each year, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. However, lawn mowers don't "attack" on their own. Most injuries - such as severed fingers and toes, limb amputations, broken bones, burns and eye injuries - are caused by careless use and can be prevented by following a few simple safety tips. The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) have teamed up to prevent injuries and educate adults and children about the importance of lawn mower safety during National Safety Month, June 2009.

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