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Intruder detected: Raise the alarm!
Scientists at EMBL Grenoble have discovered how a protein sounds the alarm when it detects viruses invading a cell. (2011-10-14)
Health sciences students key to emergency preparedness staffing plan
Building on the success of Louisville's response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, Ruth Carrico, Ph.D., plans to use a $250,000 one-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create an emergency countermeasure staffing plan that utilizes nursing, pharmacy and public health students. (2011-10-12)
Estimating severity of a flu epidemic
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Joseph Wu of the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and colleagues report that using serological data coupled with clinical surveillance data can provide real-time estimates of the infection attack rates and severity in an emerging influenza pandemic. (2011-10-04)
Initial immunization with DNA vaccine boosts effectiveness of traditional influenza vaccine and could help prepare for future pandemics
Two new Phase 1 human trials suggest that initial immunization with a DNA vaccine against H5N1 influenza followed by a booster dose of conventional influenza vaccine is more effective than giving two doses of traditional influenza vaccines. (2011-10-03)
Priming with DNA vaccine makes avian flu vaccine work better
The immune response to an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine was greatly enhanced in healthy adults if they were first primed with a DNA vaccine expressing a gene for a key H5N1 protein, researchers say. (2011-10-03)
Compound kills highly contagious flu strain by activating antiviral protein
A compound tested by University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center investigators destroys several viruses, including the deadly Spanish flu that killed an estimated 30 million people in the worldwide pandemic of 1918. (2011-09-26)
People hospitalized with asthma 'less likely to die from swine flu'
People with asthma who are admitted to hospital with pandemic influenza H1N1 (swine flu) are half as likely to die or require intensive care than those without asthma, according to new research. (2011-09-26)
UCLA scientists find H1N1 flu virus prevalent in animals in Africa
UCLA life scientists have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. (2011-09-22)
NIH scientists find earliest known evidence of 1918 influenza pandemic
Examination of lung tissue and other autopsy material from 68 American soldiers who died of respiratory infections in 1918 has revealed that the influenza virus that eventually killed 50 million people worldwide was circulating in the United States at least four months before the 1918 influenza reached pandemic levels that fall. (2011-09-19)
Expanding flu vaccinations to older children reduces emergency visits for flu-like illnesses by 34 percent
Vaccinating children aged two to four years against seasonal influenza resulted in a 34 percent decline in flu-like illnesses, found a study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). (2011-09-19)
'Natural experiment' documents the population benefit of vaccinating preschoolers against the flu
Recent policies calling for vaccinating preschool-aged children against the flu led to a 34 percent decline in influenza cases in this age group, according to researchers at Children's Hospital Boston and McGill University. (2011-09-19)
2009 H1N1 pandemic flu more damaging to lungs, opens opportunities for bacterial infection
Many of the people who died from the new strain of H1N1 influenza that broke out in 2009 were suffering from another infection as well: pneumonia. (2011-09-19)
Scripps Research team discovers treatable mechanism responsible for often deadly response to flu
Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute have found a novel mechanism by which certain viruses such as influenza trigger a type of immune reaction that can severely sicken or kill those infected. (2011-09-15)
Avoiding fatal responses to flu infection
Most of the time, being ill with the flu is little more than a nuisance. (2011-09-15)
Flu vaccines for nursing home workers effective in reducing outbreaks: study
Higher flu vaccination rates for health care personnel can dramatically reduce the threat of flu outbreak among nursing home residents, according to a study published in the October issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (2011-09-12)
Persistent immunity: Wistar researchers find signals that preserve anti-viral antibodies
How does our remarkable immune system retain the ability to defend against viruses previously encountered? (2011-09-01)
Discovery explains why influenza B virus exclusively infects humans; opens door for drug development
Researchers at Rutgers University and the University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight seasonal influenza epidemics caused by the common influenza B strain. (2011-08-25)
2011 health conditions for travel to Mecca (Hajj) pilgrimage published
Elsevier, the world's leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, announced today that the Saudi Ministry of Health has published its 2011 health conditions for travelers to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj). (2011-08-23)
Trudeau Institute announces a discovery in how FluMist elicits protection
New research from the Trudeau Institute may help to explain why live attenuated influenza vaccine, commonly known as FluMist, elicits protection. (2011-08-23)
Stanford study draws connection between narcolepsy and influenza
The onset of narcolepsy appears to follow seasonal patterns of H1N1 and other upper airway infections, according to a new study of patients in China that was led by Stanford University School of Medicine narcolepsy expert Emmanuel Mignot, M.D. (2011-08-22)
Any prime-boost mix of injected or spray flu vaccine shields toddlers
Children younger than 3 years old receive the same protective antibody response from the recommended two doses of licensed seasonal influenza vaccines regardless of whether the two doses are injected by needle, inhaled through a nasal spray or provided through one dose of each in any order, according to researchers funded by NIH. (2011-08-16)
Trudeau Institute announces new discovery in battle against infections
Researchers from Dr. Woodland's lab at the Trudeau Institute have now identified a previously unknown link between the migration of white blood cells to infected tissues and the ability of these cells to survive and become long-lived memory cells after the infection has been cleared. (2011-08-10)
Newly discovered antibody recognizes many strains of flu virus
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists have now discovered a human antibody that recognizes many different flu strains. (2011-08-08)
Fine-tuning the flu vaccine for broader protection
An antibody that mimics features of the influenza virus's entry point into human cells could help researchers understand how to fine-tune the flu vaccine to protect against a broad range of virus strains. (2011-08-08)
UGA researchers use gold nanoparticles to diagnose flu in minutes
Arriving at a rapid and accurate diagnosis is critical during flu outbreaks, but until now, physicians and public health officials have had to choose between a highly accurate yet time-consuming test or a rapid but error-prone test. (2011-08-03)
Humabs discovers the first antibody to neutralize both group 1 and group 2 influenza A viruses
A paper published today in the scientific research journal Science, describes a novel, proprietary monoclonal antibody (FI6) discovered in a collaboration between Humabs BioMed SA, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine and the UK Medical Research Council. (2011-07-28)
Oral interferon may prevent and control avian influenza virus infection
Avian influenza virus is a threat to the commercial chicken industry and, with its recent rapid spread across China, has also shown the ability for transmission from chickens to humans and other mammals. (2011-07-28)
Single-dose H1N1 vaccine not reliable protection for pediatric liver-transplant patients
Researchers from Australia determined that pediatric liver transplant patients who received a single-dose of the H1N1 vaccine were not adequately protected against the virus compared to healthy children. (2011-07-26)
'Swine flu' breath test could reduce future vaccination shortages, research suggests
A novel breath test, measuring the immune response to the H1N1 flu virus, could help to ease future vaccine shortages by identifying the people who have already been infected with the flu virus. (2011-07-14)
UC Irvine study points to new approach to influenza's antiviral resistance
Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, with assistance from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, have found a new approach to the creation of customized therapies for virulent flu strains that resist current antiviral drugs. (2011-07-13)
When well-known flu strains 'hook up' dangerous progeny can result
A new University of Maryland-led study finds that (2011-07-13)
No substantial link between swine flu vaccine and Guillain-Barre syndrome, confirm experts
Adjuvanted vaccines used during the 2009 swine flu pandemic did not increase the risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome substantially, if at all, finds a large Europe-wide study published on today. (2011-07-12)
UCI study points to new means of overcoming antiviral resistance in influenza
UC Irvine researchers have found a new approach to the creation of customized therapies for virulent flu strains that resist current antiviral drugs. (2011-07-12)
Quick test can predict immune responses to flu shots
Researchers at the Emory Vaccine Center have developed a method for predicting whether someone will produce high levels of antibodies against a flu shot a few days after vaccination. (2011-07-10)
Discovery of natural antibody brings a universal flu vaccine a step closer
Annually changing flu vaccines with their hit-and-miss effectiveness may soon give way to a single, near-universal flu vaccine, according to a new report from scientists at the Scripps Research Institute and the Dutch biopharmaceutical company Crucell. (2011-07-07)
New method for predicting size of seasonal influenza epidemics
Using weekly influenza surveillance data from the US CDC, Edward Goldstein and colleagues develop a statistical method to predict the sizes of epidemics caused by seasonal influenza strains. (2011-07-05)
Influenza vaccination during pregnancy protects newborns
Infants born to mothers who received the influenza (flu) vaccine while pregnant are nearly 50 percent less likely to be hospitalized for the flu than infants born to mothers who did not receive the vaccine while pregnant, according to a new collaborative study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. (2011-06-23)
Serology studies could inform pandemic flu plans
In this week's PLoS Medicine, Steven Riley from Imperial College London and colleagues analyze a community cohort study from the 2009 (H1N1) influenza pandemic in Hong Kong, finding that more children than adults were infected with H1N1, but children were less likely to progress to severe disease than adults. (2011-06-21)
Health system achieves high flu vaccination rates by mandating masking
Optimizing employee influenza vaccination rates has become a health care focus. (2011-06-15)
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