The Scientist: Biohacker Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine on Facebook Live

The Scientist: Biohacker Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine on Facebook Live. “‘I do not do intermuscular injections into any muscles but my thighs . . . so I’ll be taking off my pants,’ announced self-described citizen scientist Aaron Traywick 20 minutes into the half-hour broadcast whose denouement would be his self-injection with a purported vaccine against the herpes virus.”

News-Bulletin: New Mexico Department of Health launches new website linking people with vaccine providers

News-Bulletin: New Mexico Department of Health launches new website linking people with vaccine providers. “Today, the New Mexico Department of Health Immunization Program announced the launch of two new interactive maps to help residents find a vaccination provider nearest them. One map is created specifically to help parents of children search for a Vaccines For Children provider. The other will assist uninsured adults to link to a nearby healthcare provider that offers immunizations for New Mexicans without medical insurance.”

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Antibody Initiative Centered on Medical History Collections

Smithsonian: Smithsonian Launches Antibody Initiative Centered on Medical History Collections. “The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is launching the Antibody Initiative today with the unveiling of a new website that will provide scholars and the general public in-depth access to the museum’s historical antibody-related collections for the first time. The collections include early vaccines and antibody-based diagnostics, monoclonal antibody drugs and lesser-known technologies such as antivenom and allergy treatments.”

University of Colorado Boulder: Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, finds CU Boulder study

University of Colorado Boulder: Twitter a hotbed of anti-vaccine sentiment, finds CU Boulder study. “Anti-vaccine sentiment is alive and growing in social media, with California, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Pennsylvania showing the most negative tweets of any states, according to a new five-year CU Boulder study. In Colorado, Fort Collins ranked particularly high for the prevalence of anti-vaccine tweets. Regions around the country with high affluence and/or a large number of new moms were most likely to be hotbeds of anti-vaccine Twitter users, the study found.”

Yale: Yale team uses Google analytical tool to gauge vaccine effectiveness

From Yale: Yale team uses Google analytical tool to gauge vaccine effectiveness. “Using a statistical method initially developed by Google, a Yale School of Public Health-led research team has devised a novel way to better analyze the impact of vaccines. The research was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pneumococcus, a bacterial pathogen, is one of the most significant causes of pneumonia around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally in children under the age of 5. Vaccines that prevent pneumococcal infection can decrease pneumonia rates, but quantifying the impact of the vaccine remains challenging.”

Drexel: More are Positive About HPV Vaccine on Twitter Than Not, Drexel Study Finds

Drexel: More are Positive About HPV Vaccine on Twitter Than Not, Drexel Study Finds. “Philip Massey, PhD, MPH, assistant professor in Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, knows that health professionals need to stay current on what’s being talked about…. With that in mind, Massey decided to lead a study — published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research and supported by a grant from the American Cancer Society — into how people are communicating on Twitter about the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.”