Inhalable Vaccine Could Stop Further Ebola Outbreaks From Happening

US scientists have developed a new potentially inhalable vaccine against Ebola that could help lead to effective treatment. The aerosol vaccine is the subject of a study headed by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). A series of tests run on rhesus monkeys proved the vaccine to be effective despite previous failed attempt at vaccines.

However, the aerosol vaccine’s success on rhesus monkeys is not necessarily indicative of its effectiveness in humans, as previously developed medications failed to prevent the disease. More>>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on Ebola and other infectious diseases. Learn more about Tulane’s role in the Ebola outbreak. 

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Surgeon general has no regrets about gun-violence statement

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy states he does not regret calling gun violence a public health issue, despite backlash. Murthy was confirmed in December despite opposition from the National Rifle Association. He has framed gun violence as a public health issue drawing comparisons to seat belts and swimming pool safety. More >>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on gun violence. Learn more about Tulane research projects.

By the numbers: The massive toll of the Animas River spill

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Three million gallons of heavy-metal filled waste water spilled into the EPA spill turns Animas River orangeAnimas River as the result of a leak during the treatment of contaminated water in Gold King mine in southern Colorado. The EPA has taken full responsibility for the spill. The spill, which caused the river to turn yellow, crossed multiple state lines. A water sample taken briefly after the accident noted that lead levels in the water were 12,000 times higher than normal, and contained very high levels of arsenic, cadmium, beryllium and mercury as well.

The states most affected by the spill are Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah. Attorney generals of those states have suggested they might pursue litigation individually or collectively, though it is too early to determine whether it is appropriate. More>>

Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine currently conducts interdisciplinary research on environmental health topics. Learn more about Tulane research projects.