Vaccines for non-fatal conditions
From CNN (Vaccine aims to wipeout ear, sinus infections)
U.S. researchers said Tuesday that they are starting trials of a new vaccine aimed at wiping out childhood ear and sinus infections and many cases of bronchitis in adults.
Unlike virtually all other vaccines on the market, this one will not be aimed at saving lives, but at preventing nuisance illnesses, the researchers said.
“We are now in an era where we look to vaccines that make life better,” said Dr. Michael Pichichero, a professor of microbiology, immunology, pediatrics, and medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, who is leading the trial.
Now that we have developed technologies to fight fatal illnesses it is easier to use similar strategies for things that are troublesome but not life-threatening. Be on the lookout for similar advances in ADHD and PMS.
Thanks to Mickey.September 26, 2006