Purell Pandemic: The Creation of Super Germs?

With today’s generation of germaphobes and antiseptics such as Purell at the convenience of the general public, is the overuse of such antiseptics setting the stage for super germs?

RV144 Breathes Life Into HIV Vaccine Research

September 24th, 2009, marked the first major breakthrough in the search for the HIV vaccine in nearly a decade, as a study conducted by the United States Army demonstrated a 31.2% positive vaccination efficacy rate

The Balance between HIV/AIDS Treatment and Intellectual Property Rights

In the aftermath of the World Trade Organization’s Trade-Related Intellectual Property—TRIPS—Agreement (1995) and the World Health Organization’s global action plan on public health, innovation and intellectual property (2008), the balance between intellectual property rights and the right to treatment remains a hot topic, especially in relation to the AIDS pandemic. The drugs required to treat AIDS often take many years …

To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate, That is the Question

With the recent arrivals of the first shipments of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, confusion and debate continue to mount, as shown in various polls conducted reflecting many people’s reluctance to receive the new vaccination. According to a survey conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health on October 2, four out of ten adults are certain they will get the swine flu shot once it becomes available and a little over half of all parents intend to have their children vaccinated.