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New Vaccine Gives Protection For Lassa Fever

Lassa fever belongs to the same class of hemorrhagic fevers like Ebola. Like Ebola, it has been a major health threat in Western Africa, infecting 100,000-300,000 people and killing 5,000 per year. A new vaccine against both rabies and Lassa has demonstrated effective protection in animal models of disease.

The study was published in the journal  Nature CommunicationsThe research also points to a new way to test for protection against the virus, to find that it could significantly speed vaccine development in humans.

UN Treaty Cracks Down On Heated Tobacco Products

Big tobacco companies moved to the hard line taken by a global tobacco control treaty, including its decision that new "vaping" products should face the same restrictions as cigarettes. A meeting of the state parties to the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) concluded last week with a number of anti-industry rulings, including increased efforts to curb industry influence and a call to crack down on new products.

High-dose, High-precision Radiation Therapy Safe, Effective for Solitary Kidney Cancer Patients With Only One Kidney

Treatment of renal cell carcinoma with stereotactic radiation therapy is as safe and effective for patients with one kidney as it is for those who have two, according to an analysis of the largest-ever, international dataset of solitary kidney patients to receive this emerging treatment. The findings will be presented today at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)