Detroit Free Press – Measles vaccine attacks cancer in landmark study
Mayo Clinic researchers announced a landmark study where a massive dose of the measles vaccine, enough to inoculate ten million people, wiped out a Minnesota woman’s incurable blood cancer.
The Mayo Clinic conducted the clinical trial last year using virotherapy. The method discovered the measles virus wiped out multiple myeloma cancer calls. Researchers engineered the measles virus (MV-NIS) in a single intravenous dose, making it selectively toxic to cancer cells.

USA Today – Health officials alert airports, Customs for MERS
After the diagnosis of a second case of MERS in the U.S., federal health officials have posted warnings at nearly two dozen airports and reminded Customs staff to be on alert for sick travelers.
However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t recommend travelers change plans because the risk is low from the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which tends to spread through close person-to-person contact, usually through relatives or health care workers. The World Health Organization, while saying it was concerned about the virus, has stopped short of calling the recent outbreak a public health emergency.
The CDC’s health advisory posted at 22 airports urges travelers to prevent spreading germs by washing their hands and avoiding touching their face. It also discourages contact with sick people.

The New York Times – Advocating pill, U.S. signals shift to prevent AIDS
Federal health officials recommended Wednesday that hundreds of thousands of Americans at risk for AIDS take a daily pill that has been shown to prevent infection with the virus that causes it.
If broadly followed, the advice could transform AIDS prevention in the United States — from reliance on condoms, which are effective but unpopular with many men, to a regimen that relies on an antiretroviral drug.
It would mean a 50-fold increase in the number of prescriptions for the drug, Truvada — to 500,000 a year from fewer than 10,000. The drug costs $13,000 a year, and most insurers already cover it.

The Oregonian – Raw milk outbreaks on the rise, CDC warns
Concerned about raw milk outbreaks, federal health officials have sent updated information to state health departments warning about the risks.
The number of outbreaks is on the rise, nearly 100 years after raw milk killed 22 people in the Portland area.
“They’ve been increasing in recent years,” said Dr. Robert Tauxe, deputy director of the CDC’s division of foodborne diseases. He sent a letter to state epidemiologists about the risks associated with raw milk last week.