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Child Vaccination Program in Indian States, Variations in Costs Detailed

Researchers from the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP) have completed a study which outlines the cost of delivering routine childhood vaccines in seven Indian states.

The findings, published in the British Medical Journal Global Health, provide useful information to India's Universal Immunization Program (UIP), where the data collected can be used to accurately plan and budget. The UIP is the largest public vaccination program in the world, yet its budget is prepared based on historical expenditure data.

Human Cell Ageing Reversed By New Compounds

In a new study, researchers have developed key aspects of the aging of human cells can be reversed by new compounds developed at the University of Exeter. In a laboratory study of endothelial cells – which line the inside of blood vessels researchers tested compounds designed to target mitochondria (the "power stations" of cells).

In the samples used in the study, the number of senescent cells (older cells that have deteriorated and stopped dividing) was reduced by up to 50%. The Exeter team also identified two splicing factors (a component of cells) that play a key role in when and how endothelial cells become senescent. The study was published in the journal Aging.

Genetic Diversity Could Impact On Severity Of Disease

New research offers clues as to why some diseases are highly variable between individuals. The phenomenon is apparent in people with retinitis pigmentosa, a condition that causes the light-sensing cells in the eye to degenerate. While some only develop night blindness, others completely lose their sight, even when their condition is caused by the same genetic mutation

Haemorrhagic Fever Crisis: Africa Invests on Disease Prevention Research

In 2014, West Africa encountered its worst recorded outbreak of Ebola with over 11,000 reported deaths. The memory of this crisis hadn't faded yet when Ebola reared its ugly head again this month in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), showing up for the first time in one of the country's urban areas. Unfortunately for the African continent, Ebola isn't the only fatal disease it needs to fight.