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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)
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 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 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)
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