World / Science & Health Sep 29, 2016

Americas becomes first region to eliminate measles

The Americas has become the first region in the world to be free of measles, following a 22-year vaccination drive against the disease, which continues to infect tens of thousands of people globally, the Pan American Health Organization said on Tuesday. The milestone was confirmed ...

32 Kansai airport workers contract measles

National / Science & Health Sep 5, 2016

32 Kansai airport workers contract measles

Measles is spreading fast among workers at Kansai International Airport, with 32 airport workers in their 20s and 30s found to have contracted the viral disease since mid-August, officials said. In addition to the 32, three other medical workers who dealt with measles patients were ...

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

Lifestyle Oct 4, 2014

Vaccination: a choice between two unknowns

by Masami Ito

Yoshimi Kawabe's daughter was 2 years old in 2008 when an unusual rash broke out on her hands and feet. Her family doctor at first thought the rash was caused by hand, foot and mouth disease — a contagious viral infection common in young ...

'It's as if time has stopped since the vaccine'

Lifestyle Oct 4, 2014

'It's as if time has stopped since the vaccine'

by Masami Ito

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Japan. But what if there was a vaccine that could prevent a certain type of cancer? And what if it was free? Mika Matsufuji's daughter received a free vaccine to prevent cervical cancer from Suginami Ward when ...

World / Science & Health May 24, 2013

Discovery points way to universal flu vaccine

A new type of flu vaccine developed at the U.S. National Institutes of Health outperformed existing products in animal tests, possibly paving the way for a new generation of vaccines. Researchers led by Gary Nabel, the former director of the Vaccine Research Center at the ...