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New study debunks theoretical risks of live-attenuated vaccines in children with rheumatic diseases
The results of a study presented today at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology (EULAR 2019), jointly organized with the Paediatric Rheumatology Society (PReS), demonstrate no vaccine infections, and no disease flare, in the 234 rheumatic patients who received live-attenuated booster vaccination while taking immune suppressing therapies. (2019-06-13)
Gene-edited chicken cells resist bird flu virus in the lab
Scientists have used gene-editing techniques to stop the bird flu virus from spreading in chicken cells grown in the lab. (2019-06-04)
Stalk antibodies provide flu protection in humans
A universal flu vaccine that could prevent a potential influenza pandemic has been a holy grail for epidemiologists around the world ever since the first flu vaccines were developed in 1938. (2019-06-03)
New investigational therapy shows promise for asthma patients in Phase 2 trial
In a Phase 2 trial, RTB101, which belongs to a class of drugs known as TORC1 inhibitors, was observed to be well tolerated and to reduce the incidence of respiratory tract infections in adults age 65 and older when given once daily for 16 weeks during winter cold and flu season. (2019-05-20)
New single vaccination approach to killer diseases
Scientists from the University of Adelaide's Research Centre for Infectious Diseases have developed a single vaccination approach to simultaneously combat influenza and pneumococcal infections, the world's most deadly respiratory diseases. (2019-05-20)
Flu virus' best friend: Low humidity
Yale researchers have pinpointed a key reason why people are more likely to get sick and even die from flu during winter months: low humidity. (2019-05-13)
Australian doctors overprescribing flu antivirals
Australian doctors are prescribing antivirals for people with the flu who may not benefit, putting patients at risk of unnecessary side effects and potentially increasing the risk of antimicrobial resistance to these medications, researchers from the University of Adelaide have found. (2019-05-08)
Viral infections during pregnancy linked to behavioral abnormalities in offspring
Male and female rats whose mother experienced a simulated viral infection during pregnancy behave abnormally, consistent with behavioral alterations in autism or schizophrenia. (2019-05-02)
Changing climate may affect animal-to-human disease transfer
Climate change could affect occurrences of diseases like bird-flu and Ebola, with environmental factors playing a larger role than previously understood in animal-to-human disease transfer. (2019-04-30)
H3N2 viruses mutate during vaccine production but new tech could fix it
A new technology developed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Yoshihiro Kawaoka may make H3N2 vaccine development a bit easier. (2019-04-29)
New AAP PROS study assesses influenza vaccine hesitancy among caregivers of children
Even caregivers whose children receive the first dose of influenza vaccine may be vaccine hesitant and have inaccurate beliefs regarding influenza vaccine and disease, according to a new American Academy of Pediatrics Pediatric Research in Office Settings study. (2019-04-27)
Lifetime flu vaccine?
Another year, another flu vaccine because so far scientists haven't managed to make a vaccine that protects against all strains of flu. (2019-04-26)
Parents reassured febrile seizures following vaccination not dangerous
New University of Sydney research finds that febrile seizures after vaccination are rare, not serious and are no different to febrile seizures due to other causes such as from a virus. (2019-04-24)
Eating elderberries can help minimize influenza symptoms
Conducted by Professor Fariba Deghani, Dr. Golnoosh Torabian and Dr. (2019-04-23)
Hospital study finds substantial proportion of patients and healthcare workers shed flu virus before symptoms appear
New research examining influenza transmission in a tertiary hospital finds that a substantial proportion of patients and healthcare works shed the flu virus before the appearance of clinical symptoms. (2019-04-15)
Vaccine report calls for innovative transformation strategies to increase influenza immunization rates in underserved communities
Sustainable Healthy Communities announced the publication of a summary report in Vaccine, the leading peer-reviewed journal focused on immunization science, urging health systems, providers and community stakeholders to implement evidence-based strategies to address racial disparities in influenza immunization. (2019-04-08)
Common food additive may weaken defenses against influenza
Research conducted in mice suggests the food additive tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) -- found in many common products from frozen meat to crackers and fried foods -- suppresses the immune response the body mounts when fighting the flu. (2019-04-07)
Food additive may influence how well flu vaccines work
Michigan State University scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines. (2019-04-07)
A bad bout of flu triggers 'taste bud cells' to grow in the lungs
When researchers from the University of Pennsylvania examined mice that had recovered from severe influenza, they came upon a surprising discovery: Taste bud cells had grown in the animals' lungs. (2019-03-28)
Antibodies from earlier exposures affect response to new flu strains
Research from UT Austin highlights role of immunological imprinting -- or how the immune system fights the flu after previous exposure to the virus via infections or vaccinations -- in the elicitation of new antibodies. (2019-03-20)
Expectant mothers can prevent fetal brain problems caused by the flu, study finds
Choline, an essential B vitamin nutrient, can prevent fetal brain developmental problems that often occur after prenatal maternal infections such as colds and influenza (flu). (2019-03-14)
When is best time to get flu shot? Analysis compares scenarios
When flu season peaks after mid-winter, tens of thousands of influenza cases and hundreds of deaths can likely be avoided if older adults wait until October to get their flu immunization. (2019-03-14)
These less common proteins may help fend off the flu
Influenza type B, though generally less widespread than type A, poses a formidable threat for vulnerable populations like the elderly and the young. (2019-03-12)
Scientists discover a potential strategy to treat influenza A
A team of researchers from Scripps Research and Janssen Research & Development LLC has discovered an orally active small molecule that neutralizes influenza A group 1 viruses, the most common flu strains. (2019-03-08)
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)
Promising new drug shows potential to stop progression of sepsis
Research into a new breakthrough therapy in the fight against sepsis has shown that the drug has potential to stop all sepsis-causing bacteria from triggering organ damage in the early stages of the condition. (2019-03-07)
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)
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)
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)
When research participation pays, some people lie, Penn study suggests
Offering compensation can be an important tactic to attract potential participants for enrollment in research studies, but it might come at a cost. (2019-02-14)
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)
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)
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)
Flu, flu-like illnesses linked to increased risk of stroke, neck artery tears
Flu-like illnesses are associated with an increased risk of stroke and neck artery dissection. (2019-01-30)
Why it's so important to have a primary care doctor
Americans with primary care received significantly more high-value care -- such as recommended cancer screenings and flu shots -- and reported better patient experience and healthcare access, compared to those without primary care, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. (2019-01-28)
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 CHEST® 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 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)
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