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Bird Flu

Eggshell-like mineral layer on avian flu viruses may be cause for human infections
Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. As reported by Chinese researchers in the journal Angewandte Chemie, these mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses.
August 18, 2017
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Extremely Contagious Bird Flu Found on Tennessee Chicken Farm
It's been a few years since a widespread avian flu outbreak hit U.S. poultry farmers hard, prompting national egg shortages and higher prices for products. Farmers are starting to get worried again, after a highly contagious strain of the flu has been found in a commercial chicken flock in Tennessee.
March 6, 2017
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Highly pathogenic A(H7N9) virus mutation does not change risk to humans
Although the genetic changes in A(H7N9) may have implications for poultry, to date, there is no evidence of increased transmissibility to humans or sustainable human-to-human transmission
March 13, 2017
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Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections
Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. These mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses.
August 18, 2017
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Mutations that allow bird flu strain to spread among humans identified
Monitoring for these mutations could enable timely response to prevent pandemic
June 15, 2017
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A Breathalyzer to Detect Inflammatory Signs of Influenza Infection
Detecting diseases non-invasively by sampling exhaled breath is a growing field. Previously, we featured Owlstone Medical, who have developed breath sampling devices to store breath samples for later analysis along with an integrated unit for the detection of lung cancer biomarkers.
February 3, 2017
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A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick
Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release "capsule" in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A.
October 9, 2017
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Annual influenza vaccination does not prevent natural immunity
A recent study shows that there are no negative effects from having annual influenza vaccination.
November 13, 2017
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Annual Flu Shot Won't Weaken Your Immune System
There's no evidence to support the notion that people who get the flu vaccine every year somehow "weaken" their immune system over time, researchers say.
November 21, 2017
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Asthmatics less able to fight off flu
People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new research has shown.
March 9, 2017
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CDC: Flu Season Has Started, Could be Severe
Coughing, aching, got a high fever and extreme fatigue? you could have the flu.
January 3, 2017
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Cedars-Sinai expert discusses ways to keep healthy as flu activity surges
Jonathan Grein, MD, Cedars-Sinai medical director of Hospital Epidemiology, is available to discuss ways to keep healthy as flu activity surges dramatically.
January 8, 2018
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Children of separated parents not on speaking terms more likely to develop colds as adults
A team of psychologists wanted to better understand if specific aspects of the family environment following a separation better predicted children's long-term health outcomes. They found that adults whose parents separated but did not speak to each other during individuals' childhoods were three times as likely to develop a cold when intentionally exposed to a common cold virus than adults whose parents had remained together or separated but continued to communicate.
June 5, 2017
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Chronic flu patients could be an early warning system for future outbreaks
Viral mutations from long-term infections predict later strains making worldwide rounds
June 27, 2017
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Cultural activities may influence the way we think
A new learning model may explain how culture helped shape human cognition and memory
August 4, 2017
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Despite what you May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does not Cure the Flu
Amphibian skin is an interesting thing, between the chemicals secreted by the animals themselves and the microbes that thrive on their skin. Poison dart frogs, those Neon cuties of the rainforest, are thusly named because their skins secrete a chemical so poisonous that the indigenous people of the Amazon hunt down these teensy frogs and rub their hunting darts on them.
April 27, 2017
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Dumfries and Galloway reassures people over number of "Aussie flu" cases
Dumfries and Galloway has been highlighted by the media as a hotspot for infection with the strain, which has been dubbed "Aussie flu" due to the problems it has caused in Australia recently.
January 9, 2018
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Eczema May Leave some Flu Shots Less Effective
Vaccine should be given into the muscle, not the skin, research suggests
February 13, 2017
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Experts continue to recommend that all pregnant women receive a flu shot
The president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a statement recommending that all pregnant women receive a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy.
September 26, 2017
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Fighting the flu, year after year
Experts discuss Influenza vaccine challenges and opportunities
November 30, 2017
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Flu can cause worse symptoms in people with asthma, research shows
People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new Southampton research has shown.
March 9, 2017
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Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC
Hospitalizations and deaths among kids and adults on the rise
February 10, 2017
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Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC
Illness now being reported in middle sections of the country
January 20, 2017
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Flu fighter: Breath monitor to detect flu
A new hand-held breath monitor can potentially detect the flu virus.
January 31, 2017
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Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths Increasing: CDC
But health officials still characterize the season as average
January 27, 2017
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Flu Season Starting to Peak
More severe strain of virus circulating, but it's not too late to get vaccinated, health officials say
January 6, 2017
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Flu Season: Vaccine Crucial to Avoiding Illness
While it remains too soon to tell if this year's flu season will be a doozy, public health officials on Thursday said there is some good news to share.
September 29, 2017
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Flu shot less effective for obese adults
Obese people who get influenza shots are still twice as likely as others to become ill
June 6, 2017
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Flu Shot Safe Even With an Egg Allergy
It's safe for people with an egg allergy to get a flu shot, says a leading U.S. allergists' group.
December 19, 2017
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Flu Shot Tip Sheet
Flu season is here. Get the flu shot facts with this timely tipsheet.
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Flu Shots Help Keep Seniors Out of the Hospital
The current flu season is shaping up to be a nasty one, but there's good news for American seniors who've gotten their flu shot.
January 8, 2018
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Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation
It's not too late to get vaccinated, CDC says
January 13, 2017
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Flu Vaccine Could Work as Well as Last Year's Shot: Study
As the flu barrels across the United States, the good news is that this year's vaccine may work better than many expected.
December 18, 2017
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Flu vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable
Influenza vaccination rates in children may have decreased for the 2016-17 influenza season because of a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used, according to researchers.
August 23, 2017
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The official U.S. government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza.
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Four-in-one flu shot may mean lifelong protection against the flu
Scientists have found that a vaccine combining centralized ancestral genes from four major influenza strains could be a path toward a universal flu shot.
November 2, 2017
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Good moods may boost flu shot efficacy for seniors
Vaccines are an important preventive measure against influenza, but they are often much less effective in the elderly. A new study suggests that seniors who get their flu shots while in a good mood have a better response to the vaccine.
September 27, 2017
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H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu
In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9.
October 19, 2017
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How a poker-playing AI could help prevent your next bout of the flu
You'd be forgiven for finding little exceptional about the latest defeat of an arsenal of poker champions by the computer algorithm Libratus in Pittsburgh last week. After all, in the last decade or two, computers have made a habit of crushing board game heroes. and at first blush, this appears to be just another iteration in that all-too-familiar story. Peel back a layer though, and the most recent AI victory is as disturbing as it is compelling. Let's explore the compelling side of the equation before digging into the disturbing implications of the Libratus victory.
February 9, 2017
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How flu shot manufacturing forces influenza to mutate
Egg-based production causes virus to target bird cells, making vaccine less effective
October 30, 2017
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In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group particularly hard and have been associated with higher mortality than infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses.
March 2, 2017
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Influenza virus can overcome potentially crippling mutations
The effectiveness of flu vaccines and therapies could be improved thanks to new research, report scientists.
June 15, 2017
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Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?
H7N9 is still confined to China, but new research suggests potential for wider transmission
October 19, 2017
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Is It Flu, Or Flu-Like? The Difference Matters
We're in the middle of flu season, so if you get sick and head to the doctor for help, you might assume you have the flu.
January 4, 2018
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Is This Year's Flu Shot as Weak as Last Year's?
Lots of people came down with influenza last year despite getting a flu shot -- and researchers can't promise this season's vaccine will be any more effective.
November 8, 2017
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Kids who weather bitter divorce are 3 times more vulnerable to colds as adults
Stress surrounding a separation leaves permanent mark on the immune systems.
June 6, 2017
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Microneedle patch developed for flu vaccination
An influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles, shows new research. The method is an alternative to needle-and-syringe immunization; with further development, it could eliminate the discomfort of an injection as well as the inconvenience and expense of visiting a flu clinic.
June 28, 2017
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MIT study sheds light on flu viruses' rapid evolution
Influenza viruses mutate rapidly, which is why flu vaccines have to be redesigned every year. A new study from MIT sheds light on just how these viruses evolve so quickly, and offers a potential way to slow them down.
September 26, 2017
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Most U.S. Kids Who Die from Flu Are Unvaccinated
Researchers estimate about two-thirds of pediatric deaths could be prevented by flu shot
April 3, 2017
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Nanostructured microfluidics platform detects infectious pathogens
In a recent paper in Small, researchers from The Pennsylvania State University report a new zinc oxide nanorods integrated microchip that captures avian influenza virus on immunologically functionalized ZnO nanorod surface and detect viruses by multiplexed sandwich immunoassay.
June 23, 2017
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New broadly protective vaccines for H3N2 influenza
Researchers have developed a vaccine candidate that protects against multiple co-circulating strains of H3N2 influenza isolated over five seasons following testing in mouse and ferret models.
November 2, 2017
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New method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could provide faster results
A method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could soon replace invasive nasal swabs and deliver better results faster.
March 29, 2017
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New mouse developed that could provide advance warning of next flu pandemic
A transgenic mouse has been developed that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic.
April 10, 2017
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New research hub set up to help stop future outbreaks of killer diseases
A ground-breaking new research hub has been set up to help halt future outbreaks of killer diseases like Ebola and Zika.
January 3, 2018
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New strategy reported to combat influenza and speed recovery
Scientists have used a drug being developed to fight solid tumors to restore normal metabolism in flu-infected cells and reduce viral production without the threat of drug resistance.
May 23, 2017
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New technique can help predict and combat potential pandemic virus
By developing a new technique for labeling the gene segments of influenza viruses, researchers now know more about how influenza viruses enter the cell and establish cell co-infections - a major contributing factor to potential pandemic development.
July 4, 2017
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New transgenic mouse could help monitor potential dangers of emerging influenza viruses
Researchers in Germany have developed a transgenic mouse that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic. the mouse is described in a study, "In vivo evasion of MxA by avian influenza viruses requires human signature in the viral nucleoprotein," that will be published April 10 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
April 10, 2017
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New TSRI study uncovers workings of first potential treatment for Marburg virus
With a mortality rate of up to 88 percent, Marburg virus can rip through a community in days. In 2005, an outbreak of Marburg virus struck a pediatric ward in the country of Angola. With no treatment available, doctors struggled to help as the virus killed 329 of 374 infected patients.
January 11, 2018
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NIH Scientists Find Real-Time Imaging in Mice a Promising Influenza Study Tool
A non-invasive method to track and monitor viruses, bacteria, and various types of cells and genes.
May 30, 2017
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Novel test can rapidly diagnose flu in patients with severe respiratory illnesses
Doctors and researchers in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions -- resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital.
April 20, 2017
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Obese people twice as likely to develop influenza despite getting flu shots
Although influenza vaccines are currently the best forms of protection to safeguard people against getting the flu, they are not effective in all cases. A study from Melinda Beck's research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US found that obese people - despite getting their shots - were still twice as likely to develop influenza or flu-like illnesses than others of healthy weight.
June 6, 2017
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Parental concerns about safety, side effects may negatively influence uptake of child flu vaccine
The first study investigating parental attitudes towards the UK's child flu vaccine ha about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced.
March 8, 2017
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Positive mood on the day of flu jab can increase its protective effect, research finds
New research by a team of health experts at the University of Nottingham has found evidence that being in a positive mood on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect.
September 26, 2017
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Predicting influenza outbreaks faster with a digitally-empowered wearable device
Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before, according to a new study.
May 19, 2017
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Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy
Study rebuts concerns about multiple vaccination timing
August 1, 2017
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Recommendation against inhaled flu vaccine is good -- for now
Recent federal recommendations against offering the inhaled nasal influenza vaccine due to lack of effectiveness could lead to more flu illness in the US if the inhaled vaccine becomes effective again or if not having the choice of the needle-less vaccine substantially reduces immunization rates, according to a new analysis.
April 24, 2017
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Repeated influenza vaccination helps prevent severe flu in older adults
Repeated vaccination for influenza in older adults reduced the severity of the virus and reduced hospital admissions, found new research.
January 8, 2018
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Researchers find new way to make influenza visible to the naked eye
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered a way to make influenza visible to the naked eye, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. by engineering dye molecules to target a specific enzyme of the virus, the team was able to develop a test kit that emitted fluorescent light when illuminated with a hand-held lamp or blue laser pointer.
May 5, 2017
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Scientists are racing to predict where the next pandemic will start
But, where exactly should they look?
June 23, 2017
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Scientists Learn How Your Cells Help Influenza Evolve Faster
As we head into flu season, new batches of vaccines are being produced that will hopefully protect against this year's most common strains of the virus. Even if you got vaccinated last year, influenza mutates so quickly you need this year's vaccine to be well-protected. Researchers have long studied the properties of influenza that make it change rapidly, and a new study at MIT may offer a way to slow it down and make anti-viral drugs more effective by targeting your own cellular machinery.
September 26, 2017
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Scientists report promising approach to combat influenza and improve survival
The influenza virus turns infected lung cells into factories that churn out thousands of copies of the virus to spread the infection. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have reported a promising new approach that uses an investigational cancer drug to dial down viral production and dramatically increase survival of flu-infected mice.
May 23, 2017
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Self-Administered Microneedle Patch to Make Flu Vaccine More Accessible
These days flu vaccines are administered using needles and in some pediatric applications via a nose spray. Needles in particular can create quite a bit of anxiety and for many people even the idea of a visit with a medical professional keeps them from being vaccinated. A new flu patch developed at Georgia Tech, that can be applied at home, may be just the thing to overcome the resistance of many to getting protected by a flu vaccine. The device, which has quite a lot of technology built-in, just undergone a phase I clinical trial at Emory University, and demonstrated safety while generating an anti-body response similar to that produced via intramuscular injections.
June 29, 2017
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Seniors Say Flu Shot a Must for Nursing Home Staff
With the flu season in full swing, a new poll shows that almost three-quarters of Americans over the age of 50 think all nursing home employees should get a flu vaccine every year.
January 3, 2018
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Severe Flu Season Tightens Its Grip on U.S.
Americans are being hit with one of the worst flu seasons in years, with misery now widespread across 46 states, health officials say.
January 9, 2018
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Slimy Frog Might be a Flu Fighter
Study found sticky coating shielded mice against H1 strain, could lead to new antiviral treatments
April 18, 2017
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South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses
The compound seems nontoxic, but it would be useful to know how it works.
April 19, 2017
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Special precautions not required when people with egg allergy take flu shots
For years, people with an egg allergy have been told to avoid or take special precautions when getting a flu shot because most influenza vaccines are grown in eggs and contain a tiny amount of egg protein. An updated practice parameter from the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters stresses that people with egg allergy should receive their yearly flu shot, and that no special precautions are required.
December 19, 2017
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Study shows how risk perception of flu vaccine differs between white and African American adults
Fewer than half of American adults get vaccinated despite strong recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and widespread availability of free and low-cost vaccines. Furthermore, African Americans are less likely to get the flu shot than white Americans, and concerns about side effects from the vaccine play a large role in this disparity. According to the CDC, only 41 percent of African American adults received the flu vaccine compared with 47 percent of white adults.
March 10, 2017
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Study: Employees with influenza have more lost work time
Employees with laboratory-confirmed influenza have more lost work time- including absences and reduced productivity while at work- compared to those with other types of acute respiratory illness (ARI), reports a study in the December Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
December 11, 2017
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Structure of protein in salmon virus could inform strategies to treat flu in humans
The structure of a protein key to the survival and spread of a virus that affects salmon could inform strategies to treat the flu in humans, according to scientists at Rice University.
July 28, 2017
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Team tracks rare T cells in blood to better understand annual flu vaccine
Identifying these helper immune cells could inform future vaccine design
February 17, 2017
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The clue to next year's flu strain could be inside you
Sometimes, a little snot goes a long way. And not just in the physical, stretchy sense. Today, some decade-old snot collected from the sinuses of cancer patients revealed a new technique to forecast how flu evolves.
June 27, 2017
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The flu gets cold
In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called "hemagglutinin" (HA). this particular protein is used like a key by viruses to open cells and infect them, making it an ideal target for efforts to help the body's immune system fight off a wide range of influenza strains.
February 15, 2017
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The next wave of bird flu could be worse than ever
Test finds mutated strain of H7N9 can pass between lab animals through the air
October 19, 2017
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UMD study explores how racial factors may influence vaccine attitudes and behaviors
African American adults are less likely than Whites to get an annual flu shot (39% versus 47%), and public health efforts to address this racial disparity have had little impact on increasing vaccination rates to date. a study led by Professor Sandra Crouse Quinn in the University of Maryland School of Public Health is the first to explore racial factors and how they may influence vaccine attitudes and behaviors.
January 24, 2017
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Use this Breathalyzer to Detect the Flu
Just in time for flu season, a scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington invented a hand-held breath monitor that can identify the contagious disease.
February 3, 2017
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What Really Works to Fight a Stubborn Cough?
If you're looking for a cough remedy this cold season, you might be out of luck.
November 8, 2017
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Swine Flu

Novel drug delivery beats swine flu at gene level
Scientists have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and sol-gel chemistry allows beating swine flu at the gene level. the first test showed an 80% drop in virus protein synthesis.
March 28, 2017
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Scientists reveal novel drug delivery approach to fight swine flu at gene level
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University together with their colleagues from St. Petersburg and London have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and sol-gel chemistry allows beating swine flu at the gene level. the first test showed an 80% drop in virus protein synthesis.
March 28, 2017
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Swine Flu - Quick Reference

CDC Swine Flu update page
Including Stats. Infection Rates and Death rates.
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Swine Flu FAQ
WebMD Provides Answers to your Questions About Swine Flu
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