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Flu discovery to help thwart next pandemic
University of Melbourne scientists have found a chink in the flu virus's armour that could hold the key to preventing the next predicted pandemic. (2003-06-01)
Lessons learned from H1N1 virus pandemic
A comprehensive study has revealed, for the first time, the impact of swine flu on the health of the general public in Australia and New Zealand. (2009-10-08)
New H1N1 flu resource center available on
The Lancet has partnered with over 40 Elsevier-published journals and 11 learned societies to launch a new H1N1 Flu Resource Centre for health-care professionals at (2009-05-12)
Pneumococcal vaccine could prevent numerous deaths, save costs during a flu pandemic, model predicts
A new predictive model shows that vaccinating infants with 7 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine -- the current recommendation--not only saves lives and money during a normal flu season by preventing related bacterial infections; it also would prevent more than 357,000 deaths during an influenza pandemic, while saving $7 billion in costs. (2008-10-28)
Insights into environmental conditions that affect highly pathogenic bird flu virus survival
On the eve of the 2010-11 influenza flu season, scientists and engineers have identified the environmental conditions and surfaces that could enable a highly pathogenic bird flu virus to survive for prolonged periods of time -- at least two weeks and up to two months. (2010-10-13)
Health care providers may be at greater risk of flu exposure
Some people with the flu emit more of the air-borne virus than others, suggesting that the current recommendations for infection control among health care providers may not be adequate, according to a new study from researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2013-01-31)
Influenza vaccines provide moderate protection throughout the entire flu season
Individuals who received the flu vaccine were protected for up to 6 months post-vaccination, the duration of most flu seasons, according to a study presented at the 2015 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases. (2015-08-24)
Air travel and pandemic flu
Restricting air travel from countries where there is a serious influenza outbreak will do little to hold back the spread of the infection, according to the findings of a study conducted at the UK Health Protection Agency and published in the journal PLoS Medicine. (2006-05-01)
Flu's evolution strategy strikes perfect balance
Scientists have uncovered how the flu virus effectively evolves within and between host species. (2010-06-10)
Texas Children's Hospital specialists say proactive approach best defense against flu season
As Texas Children's Hospital braces for the upcoming flu season, parents are urged to schedule immunizations for at-risk youngsters and seek early treatment when symptoms are present. (2004-10-11)
Flu vaccine for expectant moms a top priority
All pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant should receive a flu shot because the normal changes to a pregnant woman's immune system, heart and lungs put moms-to-be at increased risk of the harmful effects of flu infection. (2014-09-18)
New compound protects 100 percent of ferrets, mice, from H5N1
A team of investigators from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center, and MacroGenics have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the H5N1 virus in two species of animal models. (2015-03-03)
Hunting, birdwatching boosts conservation action
What inspires people to support conservation? A new study by researchers at Cornell University provides one simple answer: bird watching and hunting. (2015-03-10)
Flu mortality formula is potentially misleading, say scientists
A standard calculation used in forecasting potential numbers of deaths during the swine flu pandemic risks misleading health-care planners by being open to both over- and under-estimation of the true figures, say the authors of new research published today in the British Medical Journal. (2009-07-14)
Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for type 2 diabetes patients
The flu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalized with stroke and heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research. (2016-07-25)
Many North American birds may lose part of range under climate change scenarios
Over 50 percent of nearly 600 surveyed bird species may lose more than half of their current geographic range across three climate change scenarios through the end of the century in North America. (2015-09-02)
Researchers suggest boosting body's natural flu killers
A known difficulty in fighting influenza is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective. (2013-05-23)
Half of swine flu deaths were in previously healthy people, research finds
Over half of UK swine flu hospital admissions and inpatient deaths occurred in people with no underlying health problems or obvious risk factors, research at the University of Liverpool has found. (2010-07-14)
Early birds had an old-school version of wings
In comparison to modern birds, the prehistoric Archaeopteryx and bird-like dinosaurs before them had a more primitive version of a wing. (2012-11-21)
New material for air cleaner filters that captures flu viruses
With flu season just around the corner, scientists are reporting development of a new material for the fiber in face masks, air conditioning filters and air cleaning filters that captures influenza viruses before they can get into people's eyes, noses and mouths and cause infection. (2011-11-02)
African bird shows signs of evil stepdad behavior
An African desert-dwelling male bird favors his biological sons and alienates his stepsons, suggests research published today in Biological Letters. (2016-08-24)
New drug blocks influenza, including bird flu virus
Opening a new front in the war against flu, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have reported the discovery of a novel compound that confers broad protection against influenza viruses, including deadly avian influenza. (2006-10-04)
Singing in the rain: Technology improves monitoring of bird sounds
Researchers have created a new computer technology that can listen to multiple bird sounds at one time to identify which species are present and how they may be changing as a result of habitat loss or climate change. (2012-05-31)
Evolution in the blink of an eye
A novel disease in songbirds has rapidly evolved to become more harmful to its host on at least two separate occasions in just two decades, according to a new study. (2013-05-28)
A public health lesson from 9/11: To curb the flu, limit flights
A detailed analysis of influenza patterns indicates that the sharp dip in air travel after September 11, 2001, slowed flu spread and delayed the onset of the 2001-2002 U.S. flu season, report researchers at Children's Hospital Boston. (2006-09-11)
Media coverage affects how people perceive threat of disease: study
Popular media coverage of infectious diseases greatly influences how people perceive those diseases, making them seem more dangerous, according to a new study from McMaster University. (2008-10-29)
Of swine, birds and men -- pandemic H1N1 flu
Current research suggests that pandemic H1N1 influenza of swine origin has distinct means of transmission from the seasonal flu, yet does not result in the pathogenic severity of avian flu viruses. (2010-02-01)
Mother's flu shot protects newborns
Newborns can be protected from seasonal flu when their mothers are vaccinated during pregnancy. (2008-09-17)
New research findings can improve avian flu surveillance programs
Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new US Geological Survey research. (2010-01-12)
$200 bird scaring line for trawlers can cut albatross deaths by over 90 percent
The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets. (2014-05-06)
'The Forest Unseen' wins best book award from National Academies
The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine announced today the recipients of the 2013 Communication Awards. (2013-09-05)
Nausea and speeding heart can be signs of flu in pregnant women
Nausea in pregnant women tends to fade after the first three months, but during the second and third trimesters it can be a sign of flu, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found in a study of expectant women who sought medical care. (2010-05-05)
The shape of a bird's wing determines where it lives
Bird's wings generally become shorter and more rounded the closer they live to the equator. (2016-12-13)
LSU part of national Tree of Life effort
Because it possesses the world's largest collection of frozen bird tissues, and because its curators are nationally recognized experts in bird evolution, the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a natural partner in the NSF's efforts to create an avian Tree of Life. (2002-08-27)
MagLab research paves way for flu treatments
Led by Professor of chemistry and biochemistry Tim Cross and his team at the Florida State University-based National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, scientists delved into the complexities of exactly how the flu virus works and why it's so effective at making people so sick. (2015-11-02)
Vaccinating family members offers important flu protection to newborns
Vaccinating new mothers and other family members against influenza before their newborns leave the hospital creates a (2008-10-26)
4 works better than 3
Findings from a Saint Louis University study should bring better protection from influenza. (2012-04-03)
Study: Viral infection in nose can trigger middle ear infection
Middle ear infections, which affect more than 85 percent of children under the age of 3, can be triggered by a viral infection in the nose rather than solely by a bacterial infection, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. (2014-09-05)
New approaches to understanding infection may uncover novel therapies against influenza
The influenza virus' ability to mutate quickly has produced new, emerging strains that make drug discovery more critical than ever. (2013-07-03)
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