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Getting a flu shot while hospitalized lowers the chance of a heart attack
There's now another reason to get your yearly flu shot. (2019-03-07)
An antibody-mimicking small molecule protects mice against lethal influenza
Researchers present a newly identified small molecule influenza inhibitor, which, when administered orally, is capable of protecting mice from extremely lethal doses of influenza. (2019-03-07)
Eating the flu
Given the importance and wide distribution of Influenza A viruses, it is surprising how little is known about infections of wild mammals. (2019-03-06)
UMaine-led team discovers protein, lipid connection that could aid new influenza therapies
For the first time, a connection is shown between influenza virus surface protein HA and host cell lipid PIP2. (2019-03-05)
Researchers discover new portal of entry for influenza viruses
Influenza viruses from bats use an entirely different portal to enter the cell than all previously known types of influenza / human cells also infectable in the lab / publication in Nature. (2019-03-04)
Bat influenza viruses could infect humans
Bats don't only carry the deadly Ebola virus, but are also a reservoir for a new type of influenza virus. (2019-02-20)
Revealed: How the 'Iron Man' of immune cells helps T cells fight infection
The immune system's killer T cells are crucial in fighting viral infections. (2019-02-19)
A lack of antibody diversity may make the elderly more susceptible to the flu
The influenza vaccine may be less effective in the elderly because their B cells are less capable of producing antibodies that can adapt to protect against new viral strains, researchers report Feb. (2019-02-19)
Investing in antibiotics critical to saving lives during pandemic influenza outbreaks
In a new study published in the journal Health Economics, researchers at CDDEP, the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, and Wageningen University in the Netherlands developed a mathematical framework to estimate the value of investing in developing and conserving an antibiotic to mitigate the burden of bacterial infections caused by resistant Staphylococcus aureus during a pandemic influenza outbreak. (2019-02-12)
Bird flu shuffle probes viral compatibility
Emory scientists have been probing the RNA packaging factors that limit reassortment between avian H7N9/H5N8 strains and a well-known strain (H3N2) that has been dominating the last few human flu seasons in the United States. (2019-02-12)
Improving the body's ability to fight cancer and intruders
Individualized cancer therapies are improved, thanks to two new methods for characterizing the immune system. (2019-02-07)
Viral communications hacking boosts Leishmania infections
New research from McGill University has found that a virus infecting the Leishmania parasite spreads by exploiting a mechanism used for cell-to-cell communication, a discovery that could pave the way to new vaccines against infections that cause severe disfiguration. (2019-02-07)
New VaxArray publication on influenza neuraminidase quantification
InDevR Inc. announced publication of 'A Neuraminidase Potency Assay for Quantitative Assessment of Neuraminidase in Influenza Vaccines' in npj Vaccines. (2019-02-06)
How lung tissue forms immune cell hubs in times of need
Research uncovers how lung tissue is remodelled to support an immune response to influenza. (2019-02-05)
Heat waves, food insecurity due to climate change may weaken immune systems
Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research in mice at the University of Tokyo. (2019-02-04)
Anti-flu antibodies can inhibit two different viral proteins, NIH study reveals
Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have discovered that antibodies that may form the basis of a universal flu vaccine inhibit a second viral protein in addition to the one that they bind. (2019-01-25)
LSTM and Imperial College Researchers design new anti-influenza drugs
Researchers at LSTM and Imperial College London have designed drugs which could help combat any potential new flu pandemic, by targeting the receptors of the cells by which the virus gains entry to the human body. (2019-01-25)
Flu vaccination keeps COPD patients out of the hospital
A new study published in the January issue of CHESTĀ® establishes that patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) face heightened risks of death, critical illness, and hospitalization if they develop the flu and demonstrates the beneficial effects of influenza vaccination. (2019-01-23)
Assessing the airborne survival of bacteria in aerosol droplets from coughs and sneezes
The airborne transmission of diseases including the common cold, influenza and tuberculosis is something that affects everyone with an average sneeze or cough sending around 100,000 contagious germs into the air at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. (2019-01-22)
Assessing the performance of multiple influenza forecasting models
In what the authors believe is the first documented comparison of several real-time infectious disease forecasting models by different teams across many seasons, five research groups report this week that a majority of models consistently showed higher accuracy than historical baseline models. (2019-01-15)
Harnessing multiple data streams and artificial intelligence to better predict flu
Influenza is highly contagious and easily spreads as people move about and travel, making tracking and forecasting flu activity a challenge. (2019-01-11)
Lung neuropeptide exacerbates lethal influenza virus infection
Researchers found that lung immune cells (phagocytes) produce increased levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY) when mice are infected with severe influenza virus. (2019-01-10)
Newborns face risks when born to women with the flu
Pregnant women with influenza are more likely to experience complications, but how this affects infants is unclear. (2019-01-09)
Respiratory microbiome may influence your susceptibility to flu
Specific respiratory microbiome communities may be linked to influenza susceptibility, according to a study published Jan. (2019-01-09)
Flu is serious for pregnant women and others at high risk
Those at high-risk for flu complications such as hospitalization and death -- including pregnant women -- should be tested and treated as soon as possible, suggest new influenza guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). (2018-12-19)
ECDC: Influenza vaccination coverage rates insufficient across EU member states
None of the European Union (EU) Member States could demonstrate that they reach the EU target of 75 percent influenza vaccination coverage for vulnerable groups, according to a new report from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). (2018-12-18)
The home healthcare frontier: new study explores nurses' knowledge attitudes toward infection control
Home healthcare workers' beliefs about infection prevention influence whether they comply with prevention protocols more than their actual knowledge of how to comply, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC). (2018-12-13)
Tube travel linked to the spread of flu-like illnesses
Despite the commuter cold being a widely accepted concept, it has never been proven that public transport contributes to the spread of airborne infections. (2018-12-12)
FSU researchers find racial inequity among adolescents receiving flu vaccine
Black adolescents living in the United States tend to receive the influenza vaccine at significantly lower rates than their white and Hispanic counterparts, according to Florida State University researchers. (2018-12-11)
Regular flu shots may save heart failure patients' lives
Compared with skipping a flu shot, getting a flu shot was associated with an 18 percent reduced risk of premature death among newly-diagnosed heart failure patients. (2018-12-10)
Study identifies a key cellular mechanism that triggers pneumonia in humans
Researchers have demonstrated that influenza virus impairs the immune response to pneumococcus, especially monocyte activity. (2018-12-10)
Houston Methodist launches real-time flu tracker website
Pathologists at Houston Methodist developed a real-time website to track flu cases, just in time to assist physicians, the CDC and patients for the fall 2018 flu season. (2018-12-06)
Does weight affect likelihood of experiencing severe flu-like symptoms?
A new Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses study found that adults who are underweight or morbidly obese have an elevated risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses. (2018-12-05)
Duke-NUS highlights potential role of bioaerosol sampling in disease surveillance
Duke-NUS Medical School pilot study shows that non-invasive bioaerosol sampling and molecular diagnostics can detect respiratory viruses in aerosol samples in public places such as Singapore's MRT trains. (2018-12-05)
Memory B cells in the lung may be important for more effective influenza vaccinations
Using a mouse model of influenza and experiments that included parabiosis, researchers definitively showed that lung-resident memory B cells establish themselves in the lung soon after influenza infection. (2018-12-05)
A new approach to studying the flu
A clever repurposing of a biological tool gives researchers new clues as to how the flu remains so successful. (2018-12-03)
Vaccination may reduce the severity of the flu in vaccinated but still infected patients
When influenza vaccination is ineffective in preventing the flu, it could have an additional effect reducing the severity of the infection, according to an epidemiological study which has the participation of members of the research group Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases led by Professor Angela DomiĀ­nguez, from the Department of Medicine of the UB- and the Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Research Center (CIBERESP), from the Health Institute Carlos III. (2018-11-28)
How low can we go? Nanopore detection of single flu viruses to control outbreaks
Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease that may cause a serious outbreak at any time. (2018-11-21)
Researchers a step closer to understanding how deadly bird flu virus takes hold in humans
New research has taken a step towards understanding how highly pathogenic influenza viruses such as deadly bird flu infect humans. (2018-11-18)
Tethered antibodies present a potential new approach to prevent influenza virus infections
As co-leaders of an international collaboration, scientists at Scripps Research have discovered that tethering four antibodies together may be an effective strategy for neutralizing all types of influenza virus known to infect humans. (2018-11-05)
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