Science Round-Up: SSI reports promising results in effort to create vaccine to protect infants from killer virus

Science Round-Up: SSI reports promising results in effort to create vaccine to protect infants from killer virus

Vaccine researchers at the Statens Serum Institut in close collaboration with colleagues from Boston Children’s Hospital are optimistic about a new vaccine to protect newborn children against respiratory infections caused by the RS virus (RSV).

RSV is one of the leading causes of death among under-fives in the world, and it can also affect the elderly.

Tested well on mice
So far, the vaccine has tested well in mice, the SSI said.

In fact, the vaccine can not only protect infants against RSV, but also influenza, coronavirus and other serious infections, says SSI head of department Gabriel Kristian Pedersen to DR.


Should the health authority change its position on PFAS?
Concern is growing over the Danish Health Authority’s position on PFAS, the chemical that continues to be found in various groundwater sources in Denmark, especially with regard to advice for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The Danish Health Authority maintains that it is safe for women who have potentially been exposed to PFAS to continue as normal, but a growing number of experts disagree. Their biggest concern is that once PFAS is ingested, it tends to stay in the system for a long time. They are calling on the Danish Health Authority to finance more tests.

Two more foods have been withdrawn
The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration has recalled two foods after the discovery of mold that could be harmful to consumers. The products are packs of mushroom patties bought from Dagli’Brugsen, Irma, SuperBrugsen and Kvickly with an expiry date of 7 August and packs of Dild-Deller, a type of meatball, again sold by the same supermarkets – together with Fakta and Coop365, with an expiry date of 6 August . Buyers are advised to return the products to the place of purchase for a refund.

Charges against euthanasia doctor dropped
Charges have been dropped against a former doctor from Funen who is suspected of helping people to choose euthanasia, which is still illegal in Denmark. After the news, Svend Lings told the media that this was a green light to continue helping people to die on their own terms. In 2019, he was expelled from the Danish General Medical Association after the Supreme Court found him guilty of complicity in two suicides and an attempted suicide. An appeal to the European Court of Human Rights failed. Lings ended up serving two months in prison.

The beached whale was uncomfortable
Last week, a rare beaked whale was found dead in shallow water off the coast of Voersø in North Jutland, a little south of Sæby. The stranded whale was unwell with bleeding in the intestines, this was later confirmed by an autopsy.

Source: The Nordic Page

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