FDA Green-lights Alere i Influenza A & B 2 Diagnostic

The Alere i Influenza A & B 2 test has received 510(k) marketing clearance from the US FDA for the detection of influenza A and B infection in children and adults, according to Alere Inc. The approval comes just days before the closure of Abbott Diagnostics’...

$29M Gates Foundation Grant to Fund Pneumococcal Vaccine

PnuVax Inc has received a $29.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to further develop and clinically evaluate its pneumococcal conjugate vaccine. Milestone payments will be received over the next three years as the vaccine progresses from...

FDA: EpiPen Manufacturer Failed to Investigate Product Defects

The makers of the EpiPen failed to properly investigate more than 100 complaints that the device malfunctioned during life-threatening emergencies — including situations in which patients later died, according to a Food and Drug Administration warning letter sent to a...

Nanotechnology Biochip Could Speed Detection of Pneumonia

New Jersey Health Foundation (NJHF) has awarded NJIT engineer Eon Soo Lee a $50,000 Innovation Grant to develop a nanotechnology-enhanced biochip that would give doctors and patients in a range of healthcare settings the ability to detect deadly diseases such as...

Exercise Can Trigger Allergic Response

Exercise-induced anaphylaxis was first described in 1979, and probably affects around 50 in every 100,000 people. While awareness of the condition among allergists has gone up, researchers and doctors still don’t know exactly why it occurs. For between 30 to 50...

Childhood Asthma Not Associated with TB Vaccine

Québec researchers found no association between the BCG vaccine, which is used to prevent tuburculosis (TB), and childhood asthma. The investigation, based on a large sample drawn from the Québec population, was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. The...