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Size of airborne flu virus impacts risk, Virginia Tech researchers say
A parent's wise advice to never go to a hospital unless you want to get sick may be gaining support from scientific studies on a specific airborne virus. (2011-02-01)
Vitamin D deficiency associated with reduced lung function
In the February issue of Chest, new research shows that vitamin D deficiency is prevalent among patients with interstitial lung disease with the largest prevalence seen in patients with concurrent connective tissue disease. (2011-02-01)
LANL to certify automated influenza surveillance system
A compact, self-contained, automated system for surveillance and screening of potential pandemic strains of influenza and other deadly infectious diseases is a step closer to reality, thanks to an agreement between Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of California Los Angeles School of Public Health, and HighRes Biosolutions of Boston. (2011-01-31)
Study suggests possible new treatment for severe 2009 H1N1 infection
Convalescent plasma therapy -- using plasma from patients who have recovered from an infection to treat those with the same infection -- has been used to treat multiple diseases. (2011-01-19)
Bus and tram passengers warned to keep their germs to themselves
You are six times more likely to end up at the doctors with an acute respiratory infection if you have recently used a bus or tram -- but those who use buses or trams daily might well be somewhat protected compared with more occasional users. (2011-01-18)
Trudeau Institute-St. Jude collaboration may lead to improved vaccines for respiratory infections
A collaborative project between researchers at the Trudeau Institute and their colleagues at St. (2011-01-17)
GM chickens that don't transmit bird flu developed
Chickens genetically modified to prevent them spreading bird flu have been produced by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. (2011-01-13)
Pandemic H1N1 influenza vaccine effective in 2009-10 flu season
One dose of the pandemic flu vaccines used in seven European countries conferred good protection against pandemic H1N1 influenza in the 2009-10 season, especially in people aged less than 65 years and in those without any chronic diseases. (2011-01-11)
Call for full access to Tamiflu trial data to allow for independent scrutiny
Leading researchers today call for access to all clinical trial data (published and unpublished) to allow drugs to be independently assessed by the scientific community. (2011-01-11)
Pandemic flu strain could point way to universal vaccine
Using blood samples from patients infected with the 2009 H1N1 strain, researchers developed antibodies that could bind H1N1 viruses from the last decade, as well as the 1918 flu virus and even H5N1. (2011-01-10)
H1N1 pandemic points to vaccine strategy for multiple flu strains
Although the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic infected an estimated 60 million people and hospitalized more than 250,000 in the United States, it also brought one significant benefit -- clues about how to make a vaccine that could protect against multiple strains of influenza. (2011-01-10)
Extreme obesity associated with higher risk of death for 2009 H1N1 patients
For those infected with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus, extreme obesity was a powerful risk factor for death, according to an analysis of a public health surveillance database. (2011-01-05)
A*STAR and Cytos extend influenza vaccine collaboration to supply of clinical trial material
Switzerland's Cytos Biotechnology Ltd. and Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research jointly announced today the extension of their existing collaboration for the development of a virus-like particle-based influenza vaccine. (2010-12-28)
Adjuvanted HINI vaccine induces a more rapid and stronger immune response than whole-virus vaccine, particularly in young adults
A head to head trial of the two H1N1 vaccines given to adults during the 2009 pandemic finds that the adjuvanted split-virus vaccine achieved a more rapid and stronger immune response than the whole-virus vaccine. (2010-12-16)
Consortium studying mathematical modeling of influenza infection
Mount Sinai School of Medicine today announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has renewed funding of the Program for Research on Immune Modeling and Experimentation (PRIME). (2010-12-16)
Flu on the western front
The World Health Organization set a target for the influenza vaccination rate for 2006 of more than 50 percent of the elderly population and an increase to more than 75 percent by 2010. (2010-12-16)
Marinomed's iota-carrageenan effective against H1N1
Marinomed Biotechnologie GmbH, a company focused on the development of innovative therapies for respiratory diseases, today announced that in vitro and in-vivo tests have demonstrated that Carrageenan is effective as a potent inhibitor of the influenza A virus infection (H1N1). (2010-12-15)
Fighting flu in newborns begins in pregnancy
A three-year study by Yale School of Medicine researchers has found that vaccinating pregnant women against influenza is over 90 percent effective in preventing their infants from being hospitalized with influenza in the first six months of life. (2010-12-14)
2009 H1N1 vaccine safe and induces robust immune response in people with asthma
Results from a government-sponsored clinical trial of inactivated 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in people with asthma indicate that a single dose of vaccine was safe and induced a strong immune response predictive of protection. (2010-12-13)
Study shows how flu infections may prevent asthma
In a paper that suggests a new strategy to prevent asthma, scientists at Children's Hospital Boston and their colleagues report that the influenza virus infection in young mice protected the mice as adults against the development of allergic asthma. (2010-12-13)
A benefit of flu: protection from asthma?
The number of people with asthma has increased sharply over the past few decades. (2010-12-13)
Researchers devise computer model for projecting severity of flu season
Researchers have developed a statistical model for projecting how many people will get sick from seasonal influenza based on analyses of flu viruses circulating that season. (2010-12-08)
Influenza virus strains show increasing drug resistance and ability to spread
Two new studies raise public health concerns about increasing antiviral resistance among certain influenza viruses, their ability to spread, and a lack of alternative antiviral treatment options. (2010-12-07)
A flu vaccine that lasts
The costly, time-consuming process of making, distributing and administering millions of seasonal flu vaccines would become obsolete if researchers could design a vaccine that confers decades-long protection from any flu virus strain. (2010-12-06)
Flu vaccination disparities exacerbated by supply problems
The gap in flu vaccination rates between elderly whites, African-Americans and Hispanics is amplified when vaccine supply is limited or delayed. (2010-12-06)
Over-reactive immune system kills young adults during pandemic flu
A hallmark of pandemic flu throughout history, including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, has been its ability to make healthy young and middle-aged adults seriously ill and even kill this population in disproportionate numbers. (2010-12-05)
UF expert: Biodiversity loss correlates with increases in infectious disease
Habitat destruction and species extinction may lead to an increase in diseases that infect humans and other species, according to a paper in the journal Nature co-authored by a University of Florida ecologist. (2010-12-01)
Biological changes in suicidal patients
Depressed and suicidal individuals have low levels of the stress hormone cortisol in their blood and saliva. (2010-11-29)
Universal flu vaccine focus for Adelaide scientist
A University of Adelaide researcher is leading a collaboration between Australia and Indonesia on the production of a universal flu vaccine. (2010-11-26)
Flu vaccine effective in infants and influenza immunization recommendations of most countries should be reviewed
Giving inactivated influenza vaccine to young children is effective at preventing influenza, even in infants younger than 2 years who are the most vulnerable to infection, according to an article published online first in the Lancet Infectious Diseases. (2010-11-22)
Hong Kong hospital reports possible airborne influenza transmission
In a study published in the current issue of Clinical Infectious Diseases, the authors examine an influenza outbreak in a Hong Kong hospital and the possible role of aerosol transmission. (2010-11-22)
NIH experts describe influenza vaccines of the future
In a review article appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, scientists at NIAID examine research under way to address the limitations of currently available influenza vaccines and develop more efficient and reliable strategies to make vaccines to protect against seasonal as well as pandemic influenza. (2010-11-17)
Tips from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology
Upcoming articles from the journals of the American Society for Microbiology include: (2010-11-16)
NIH awards $10 million to advance microneedle patch for flu vaccination
The National Institutes of Health has awarded $10 million to advance a technology for the painless, self-administration of flu vaccine using patches containing tiny microneedles that dissolve into the skin. (2010-11-16)
NIH scientists explore 1510 influenza pandemic and lessons learned
History's first recognized influenza pandemic originated in Asia and rapidly spread to other continents 500 years ago, in the summer of 1510. (2010-11-12)
Half of those travelling internationally not aware of potential health risks
A recent study published in the Journal of Travel Medicine found that 46 percent of travelers to resource-limited countries -- where they may be exposed to diseases like malaria, typhoid, dengue fever and hepatitis -- did not seek health advice or vaccinations prior to departure. (2010-11-03)
Strengthening routine flu vaccination and health programs may improve pandemic vaccinations
Uptake of last year's H1N1 flu vaccine by the American public showed a striking state-by-state variation. (2010-11-02)
New study re-examines bacterial vaccine studies conducted during 1918 influenza pandemic
Secondary infections with bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, were a major cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic and may be important in modern pandemics as well, according to a new article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases co-authored by David M. (2010-11-02)
Tamiflu is more effective at relieving flu symptoms than a combination of tamiflu and relenza
In adults with seasonal influenza A virus infection, the combination of the drugs oseltamivir (tamiflu) and zanamivir (relenza) is less effective than oseltamivir monotherapy and not significantly more effective than zanamivir monotherapy. (2010-11-02)
Studies assess complications and deaths from 2009 H1N1 influenza among children
More than one-fourth of children hospitalized with 2009 novel influenza A (H1N1) in California required intensive care or died, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (2010-11-01)
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