Princeton University to Give Unapproved Vaccine to Staff and Students

Princeton University is seeing an outbreak of a rare form of meningitis. Image by Quantockgoblin.

Due to close quarters on campus, and a Type B outbreak, Princeton University has decided to provide access to an unapproved meningitis vaccine.

Rise in Teen Hookah and E-Cigarette Use

E-liquids which are used in e-cigarettes. Some studies have identified carcinogens in at least some e-cigarettes.

Federal age requirements are causing smoking teens to turn to other, more loosely regulated, sources of nicotine such as e-cigarettes and hookas.

A Quick Guide to the Drug Discovery Process

Drug development is a lengthy process. Image by mconnors.

Drug discovery is an elaborate process – there are several stages, millions of dollars, and hundreds of hours of time that go into medicine development.

Syria Declares Polio Emergency

There is no cure for polio, but there is a vaccination to prevent it. Image by PV2 Andrew W. McGalliard

Efforts to eradicate polio have been successful in the United States, but other regions continue to suffer from this debilitating disease, including Syria.

Unpredictable Pandemics: Viruses Spread Between Humans and Animals

H5N1 is also a concern for becoming a pandemic. Image by the CDC.

We’re vulnerable to the spread of illness. Will avian influenza mutate to spread easily among humans and cause the next severe pandemic?