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Mount Sinai researchers bring us one step closer to universal influenza vaccine
The scourge of the influenza virus devastates health and claims many lives worldwide each year. (2019-10-17)
Researchers identify new therapeutic target for pulmonary fibrosis
Researchers in Japan have identified a genetic mutation that causes a severe lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) by killing the cells lining the lung's airways. (2019-10-10)
Influenza evolution patterns change with time, complicating vaccine design
Skoltech scientists discovered new patterns in the evolution of the influenza virus. (2019-10-08)
How the influenza virus achieves efficient viral RNA replication
New insights on how subunits of the influenza virus polymerase co-evolve to ensure efficient viral RNA replication are provided by a study published Oct. (2019-10-03)
Environmental toxins impair immune system over multiple generations
New research shows that maternal exposure to a common and ubiquitous form of industrial pollution can harm the immune system of offspring and that this injury is passed along to subsequent generations, weakening the body's defenses against infections such as the influenza virus. (2019-10-02)
Why multipartite viruses infect plants rather than animals
Being in between living and non-living, viruses are, in general, strange. (2019-10-01)
Immunologists identify T cell homing beacons for lungs
Immunologists have identified a pair of molecules critical for T cells to travel to and populate the lungs. (2019-09-27)
Bat influenza viruses possess an unexpected genetic plasticity
Bat-borne influenza viruses enter host cells by utilizing surface exposed MHC-II molecules of various species, including humans. (2019-09-17)
Disrupting the gut microbiome may affect some immune responses to flu vaccination
The normal human gut microbiome is a flourishing community of microorganisms, some of which can affect the human immune system. (2019-09-06)
Surgical masks as good as respirators for flu and respiratory virus protection
The study reported 'no significant difference in the effectiveness' of medical masks vs. (2019-09-03)
Flu vaccination linked with lower risk of death in patients with high blood pressure
Influenza vaccination in patients with high blood pressure is associated with an 18% reduced risk of death during flu season, according to research presented today at ESC Congress 2019 together with the World Congress of Cardiology. (2019-09-01)
Lung cell transplant boosts healing after the flu in mice
A serious case of the flu can cause lasting damage to the lungs. (2019-08-20)
Expression of M gene segment of influenza A virus determines host range
The host range of the influenza A virus (IAV) is restricted by dysregulated expression of the M viral gene segment, according to a study published August 15, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS Pathogens by Anice Lowen and John Steel of Emory University School of Medicine, and colleagues. (2019-08-15)
Flu vaccine reduces risk of dying for elderly intensive care patients
An influenza vaccine does not just work when it comes to influenza. (2019-08-02)
Self-sterilizing polymer proves effective against drug-resistant pathogens
Researchers have found an elastic polymer that possesses broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties, allowing it to kill a range of viruses and drug-resistant bacteria in just minutes - including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). (2019-08-01)
Snake fang-like patch quickly delivers liquid medicines in rodents
Scientists have created a microneedle patch based on the fangs of a snake that can deliver therapeutic liquids and a vaccine through the skin of rodents in under 15 seconds. (2019-07-31)
Smartphone virus scanner is not what you think
The current leading method to assess the presence of viruses and other biological markers of disease is effective but large and expensive. (2019-07-30)
Lung cell patches its own DNA on the fly to survive influenza
Scientists at Duke University have identified one kind of lung cell that can hustle to repair its damaged DNA and survive an attack of the influenza A virus while other kinds of cells around it die in droves. (2019-07-29)
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)
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