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FluMist Reshapes the Fight Against Flu

FluMist Reshapes the Fight Against Flu

St Louis University School of Medicine

University of Michigan

FluMist, which has been available in the United States since 2003, is a trailblazer in the annals of flu prevention. The research behind its innovation spanned seven presidencies, but for millions of people nationwide, was well worth the wait.

Taking a Chance on Google

Taking a Chance on Google

Stanford University

After Google incorporated in 1998, Stanford licensed the PageRank algorithm to the new start-up. In just two years, Google became the world’s largest search engine, with more than 1 billion webpage addresses in its index.
 

Harnessing Patient’s Immune System to Fight Cancer

Harnessing Patient’s Immune System to Fight Cancer

St Jude Children's Research Hospital

For patients with leukemia or lymphoma, today’s treatments can fall short. If a patient’s cancer recurs, sometimes It can be more aggressive and more difficult to treat. Even when treatments are successful, therapies often have dangero...

Honeycrisp: The Apple of Minnesota’s Eye

Honeycrisp: The Apple of Minnesota’s Eye

University of Minnesota

The Honeycrisp apple has brought much-needed revenue to small family-run orchards in the upper Midwest and New York state, and today sells at a premium price because of a sweet-tart flavor and firm texture that appeals.

HPV Vaccine Fights Cervical Cancer

HPV Vaccine Fights Cervical Cancer

New HPV Vaccine Fights Cervical CancerIn 2006 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Gardasil, a vaccine developed by Merck and Co. for preventing human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in women. HPV is the major cause of cervical cancer and...

Arsenic Removal: Fixing Drinking Water for Millions

Arsenic Removal: Fixing Drinking Water for Millions

Lehigh University

It certainly seemed like a good idea in the 1970s to improve the health of millions of people in India and Bangladesh by replacing their reliance on polluted river waters with access to small-tube wells. By drawing clean water from underground aqu...

A Breakthrough Treatment for Sufferers of Psoriasis

A Breakthrough Treatment for Sufferers of Psoriasis

Biogen

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Researchers at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute join forces with a Boston-area biotechnology company to develop a new treatment for psoriasis. Their joint studies of immune molecules and functions yield an effective therapeu...

Dr. Pap’s Life-Saving Test

Dr. Pap’s Life-Saving Test

Cornell University Medical College

In the early 1900s, cervical cancer was the leading cause of cancer deaths among U.S. women, claiming nearly 40,000 lives a year. Today, with about 13,000 new cases and 4,000 deaths annually, it’s not even in the top 10.
 

Small Chips Tackle Big Problems

Small Chips Tackle Big Problems

Diagnostics-For-All

Harvard University

People all over the world who have never heard of George Whitesides owe him a debt of gratitude, or will one day. Among his many research interests, the Harvard chemistry professor is known for groundbreaking work in microfluidics, the manipulati...

Stopping Rotovirus in its Tracks

Stopping Rotovirus in its Tracks

Cincinnati Children Hosp Med Ctr

Scientists at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Division of Infectious Diseases developed an oral vaccine against the Rotavirus infection, the primary cause of gastroenteritis in children.

Taxol Reshapes the War on Cancer

Taxol Reshapes the War on Cancer

Floriad State Univerity

Florida State University

When Taxol was first introduced, it was a golden bullet. It had a staggering impact on the treatment of cancer. Years later, it still is a front-line therapy for treating breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

TB: Designing the Perfect Vaccine

TB: Designing the Perfect Vaccine

Oregon Health

Oregon Health & Science University

At least from a bacterial survival standpoint, tuberculosis is the perfectly designed bug. Mycobacterium tuberculosis infiltrates the cell and then lurks within, identifiable by skin test, but not causing any symptoms. “People estimate that...