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Australian bee sting vaccine trial holds promise against allergic reactions
Most people have probably been stung by a bee and while it can be painful, it's especially dangerous for those at risk of suffering a life threatening allergic reaction. (2019-07-16)
Women's stronger immune response to flu vaccination diminishes with age
Women tend to have a greater immune response to a flu vaccination compared to men, but their advantage largely disappears as they age and their estrogen levels decline, suggests a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-07-16)
Flu fact sheet for parents increases vaccination rate in children
Parents given a handout with flu facts at their pediatrician's office were significantly more likely to get their kids vaccinated before the end of flu season, Columbia pediatricians have found. (2019-07-10)
Investigating the role of the nasal flora & viral infection on acquisition of Pneumococcus
Researchers at LSTM, along with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and the University Medical Center Utrecht have looked at the impact of the natural microbial flora or microbiota in the nose and viral co-infection on pneumococcal acquisition in healthy adults. (2019-07-08)
Gut microbes protect against flu virus infection in mice
Commensal gut microbes stimulate antiviral signals in non-immune lung cells to protect against the flu virus during early stages of infection, researchers report July 2 in the journal Cell Reports. (2019-07-02)
Study shows healthcare workers often care for patients while ill
Large numbers of healthcare workers risk transmitting respiratory viruses to patients and co-workers by attending work even when they have symptoms, according to a study published today in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, the journal for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. (2019-06-18)
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)
NIH-supported study reveals a novel indicator of influenza immunity
A study of influenza virus transmission in Nicaraguan households reveals new insights into the type of immune responses that may be protective against influenza virus infection, report investigators. (2019-06-03)
Spanish flu may have lingered two years before 1918 outbreak and vaccine could have treated it
The most severe pandemic in recent history, killing some 50 million people worldwide, the Spanish influenza, may have emerged up to two years earlier than previously believed. (2019-05-23)
Canadian researchers on promising path towards developing flu treatment using lipid target
A team of scientists of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI-MUHC) in Montreal, Canada , has tackled this fundamental question and recently identified a target to 'tone down' the hyper-active immunity to influenza infection. (2019-05-22)
Virulence factor of the influenza A virus mapped in real-time
In a recent study published in BBA -- General Subjects, Kanazawa university researchers have used high-speed microscopy to investigate native structure and conformational dynamics of hemagglutinin in influenza A. (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)
Human antibody reveals hidden vulnerability in influenza virus
The ever-changing 'head' of an influenza virus protein has an unexpected Achilles heel, report NIAID-funded scientists. (2019-05-16)
How proteins help influenza A bind and slice its way to cells
Researchers have provided new insight on how two proteins help influenza A virus particles fight their way to human cells. (2019-05-14)
Online intervention reduces mothers' intentions to visit doctor for respiratory tract infection
Visits to the doctor for a respiratory tract infection can lead to unnecessary antibiotic prescribing, but an online intervention with real-time information on locally circulating viruses may reduce mothers' intentions to visit their primary care doctor. (2019-05-14)
Catch a virus by its tail
At a glance: Research uncovers key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to orchestrate the precise copying of the individual pieces of their viral genome and replicate. (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)
Key step in transformation of B cells to antibody-secreting cells described
Immunologist Frances Lund, Ph.D., and colleagues have detailed the role of a key controlling factor in the transformation of B cells into antibody-secreting cells, the cells that produce antibodies to fight invading pathogens like viruses. (2019-05-07)
RIT professor develops microfluidic device to better detect Ebola virus
A faculty-researcher at Rochester Institute of technology has developed a prototype micro device with bio-sensors that can detect the deadly Ebola virus. (2019-05-03)
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)
New research reviews the state of vaccine safety science
A new systematic review provides a succinct summary of the scientific evidence for and/or against causal associations for 47 adverse events following immunization (AEFI). (2019-04-27)
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)
Antibiotics legitimately available in over-counter throat medications could contribute to increased antibiotic resistance
New research presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) in Amsterdam, Netherlands (April 13-16) shows that the inappropriate of use of antibiotics legitimately available in over-the-counter (OTC) throat medications could be contributing to antibiotic resistance, thereby going against World Health Organization (WHO) goals. (2019-04-11)
Mechanism to form influenza A virus discovered
A new study by Maria João Amorim's team, from the Gulbenkian Institute of Science, now reveals where the genomes of the influenza A virus are assembled inside infected cells. (2019-04-09)
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)
Scientists review influenza vaccine research progress and opportunities
In a new series of articles, experts in immunology, virology, epidemiology, and vaccine development detail efforts to improve seasonal influenza vaccines and ultimately develop a universal influenza vaccine. (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)
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)
New computational tool could change how we study pathogens
A sophisticated new analysis too incorporating advanced mathematical strategies could help revolutionize the way researchers investigate the spread and distribution of dangerous, fast-evolving disease vectors. (2019-03-22)
Affordable Care Act delivers significant benefits for women
According to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, the rate of health insurance coverage and access to affordable acute and preventive care services improved for women after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (2019-03-21)
New mechanism identified for influenza-induced bacterial superinfections
Researchers have described a new mechanism by which influenza A viruses (IAV) alter the host immune system and make them more or less susceptible to often deadly co-occurring bacterial infections. (2019-03-21)
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)
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)
Improving researchers' abilities to forecast epidemics
An annual influenza season forecasting challenge issued by the US Centers for Disease Control provides unique insight into epidemic forecasting, according to a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. (2019-03-08)
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)
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