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Radavirsen performs well in early influenza trial
A phase 1 clinical trial published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology found that radavirsen--an antisense oligomer that inhibits the production of certain influenza proteins -- is safe and well-tolerated in healthy individuals. (2017-09-20)
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)
Does weight affect likelihood of experiencing severe flu-like symptoms?
A new Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses study found that adults who are underweight or morbidly obese have an elevated risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses. (2018-12-05)
Cholesterol-lowering drugs may reduce mortality for influenza patients
Statins, traditionally known as cholesterol-lowering drugs, may reduce mortality among patients hospitalized with influenza, according to a new study released online by the Journal of Infectious Diseases. (2011-12-16)
Flu is not to blame for excess winter deaths
Cold weather rather than influenza is to blame for excess deaths and demands on health services in winter, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2002-01-10)
Researchers assess bird flu virus subtypes in China
The avian influenza virus subtype H16N3 is currently detectable in many countries. (2020-04-08)
Repeated influenza vaccination helps prevent severe flu in older adults
Repeated vaccination for influenza in older adults reduced the severity of the virus and reduced hospital admissions, found new research published in CMAJ. (2018-01-08)
Two papers win the Lancet's Paper of The Year 2005
Two papers on the characterization of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus have won The Lancet's Paper of the Year 2005. (2006-02-23)
Low influenza vaccination rates among nursing home employees put residents at risk, study finds
Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but the vaccination rate for nursing home staff is only 54 percent, according to a study in the February issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. (2015-01-27)
Immune molecules target swine- and avian-origin influenza
Immune molecules known as antibodies that protect against influenza virus infection target the highly variable influenza protein HA. (2010-04-12)
Building a better flu vaccine: Add second strain of influenza B
A Saint Louis University researcher tackles the problem that occurs when the influenza vaccine doesn't match the strain of the virus circulating in the community. (2010-04-06)
Patients with flu-associated pneumonia less likely to have received flu vaccine
Among children and adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, those with influenza-associated pneumonia, compared with those with pneumonia not associated with influenza, had lower odds of having received an influenza vaccination, according to a study published online by JAMA. (2015-10-05)
Number of flu-associated hospitalizations on the rise, especially for elderly
The estimated number of influenza-associated hospitalizations among elderly patients has increased substantially over the past two decades, according to an article in the September 15 issue of JAMA. (2004-09-14)
Are influenza vaccines worth the effort?
Each year enormous effort goes into producing influenza vaccines and delivering them to appropriate sections of the population. (2006-10-26)
Annual influenza vaccination does not prevent natural immunity
Earlier studies have suggested that having repeated annual influenza vaccination can prevent natural immunity to the virus, and potentially increase the susceptibility to influenza illness in the event of a pandemic, or when the vaccine does not 'match' the virus circulating in the community. (2017-11-13)
Flu vaccine reduces hospitalizations and deaths among nursing home residents
When the influenza vaccine is well matched to the prevailing strains of flu in a given season, patients in nursing homes are significantly less likely to be hospitalized or to die of pneumonia and other influenza related causes. (2015-09-08)
Google Flu Trends estimates off
Google Flu Trends is not as accurate at estimating rates of laboratory-confirmed influenza as CDC national surveillance programs, according to a new study from the University of Washington. (2010-05-17)
Flu jabs for care home staff prevents deaths
Vaccinating care home staff against influenza can prevent illness, deaths and health service use during periods of moderate influenza activity, concludes a study published online by the BMJ today. (2006-11-30)
Oseltamivir does not increase risk of suicide in children
A new study finds that use of oseltamivir, an antiviral drug used to treat influenza A and B, does not increase risk of suicide in children. (2018-03-13)
Influenza Nasal Spray Vaccine Produces Local Antibody Response
A recent study presented at the 1998 Society for Pediatric Research Annual Meeting showed that a nasal spray is a more effective method for immunizing against influenza. (1998-05-03)
Fatty acids could lead to flu drug
Flu viruses are a major cause of death and sickness around the world, and antiviral drugs currently do not protect the most seriously ill patients. (2013-03-07)
Airport screening unlikely to prevent spread of SARS or influenza
Screening passengers as they arrive at UK airports is unlikely to prevent the importation of either SARS or influenza, finds a study published online by the BMJ today. (2005-09-22)
Avian influenza: The threat looms
The potential threat of avian influenza is discussed in this week's editorial. (2004-01-22)
Vaccination may reduce the severity of the flu in vaccinated but still infected patients
When influenza vaccination is ineffective in preventing the flu, it could have an additional effect reducing the severity of the infection, according to an epidemiological study which has the participation of members of the research group Epidemiology, Prevention and Control of Communicable Diseases led by Professor Angela Domi­nguez, from the Department of Medicine of the UB- and the Epidemiology and Public Health Networking Research Center (CIBERESP), from the Health Institute Carlos III. (2018-11-28)
Influenza: researchers show that new treatment reduces spread of virus
Researchers have shown that a new antiviral drug for influenza can treat the infection at the same time as reducing the risk of transmission to others, offering powerful potential to change the way we manage influenza outbreaks -- particularly in vulnerable groups. (2020-04-16)
Four antivirals not suitable for routine seasonal influenza control
The commonly prescribed antiviral medications amantadine and rimantidine should not be used for seasonal or pandemic influenza control because they are ineffective and can cause adverse side-effects, according to a study published online today (Thursday January 19, 2006) by The Lancet. (2006-01-18)
Influenza vaccines: Poor evidence for effectiveness in elderly
Evidence for the safety and efficacy of influenza vaccines in the over-65s is poor, despite the fact that vaccination has been recommended for the prevention of influenza in older people for the past 40 years. (2010-02-16)
Study backs giving flu vaccine to working-age adults with diabetes
A new study in Diabetologia (the journal of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes) suggests that working age adults with diabetes are at an increased risk of influenza compared with people without diabetes, affirming the need to target people with diabetes for influenza vaccination. (2014-01-24)
New flu test: One drop of blood could save your life
Dr Ben Tang and co-researchers have developed a world-first blood test to predict which flu patients will develop potentially life-threatening secondary infections that demand urgent medical treatment. (2017-06-15)
The case for and against flu vaccination programs
Prior to this influenza season the Ontario government initiated a province-wide vaccination program to help reduce the number of patients who will present to emergency rooms and doctor's offices with the flu. (2001-01-08)
A new approach to predict evolution of influenza viruses can enhance vaccine efficacy
New results from a study performed at the University of Helsinki, Finland, suggest that genomic information from circulating influenza viruses can help in producing more efficient seasonal vaccines. (2015-12-07)
Expert questions US public health agency advice on influenza vaccines
The United States government public health agency, the CDC, pledges (2013-05-16)
Study finds flu vaccine helps reduce hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia
More than half of hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia could be prevented by influenza vaccination, according to a study led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2015-10-13)
Flu vaccine helps reduce hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia
More than half of hospitalizations due to influenza pneumonia could be prevented by influenza vaccination, according to a study led by investigators at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2015-10-06)
Study questions impact of NHS Direct on GP visits
The introduction of NHS Direct had no impact on the number of general practice consultations during the winter of 1999-2000, finds a study in this week's BMJ, despite speculation that there was an influenza epidemic but that people were telephoning NHS Direct instead of visiting their general practitioner. (2002-12-12)
Older people should have the flu jab this winter, warn experts
Despite recent doubts about its effectiveness, the influenza vaccine does give valuable protection against illness, hospital admission and death caused by influenza, and people over 65 should have the flu jab this winter, say experts on today. (2008-11-18)
Insect cells provide the key to alternative swine flu vaccination
A new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1, (2010-01-04)
Flu vaccine reduces risk of hospital stay for stroke, heart failure for diabetes patients
People with type 2 diabetes who receive the influenza vaccine may be less likely to be admitted to hospital for myocardial infarction, stroke and heart failure, according to new research published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-07-25)
Breakthrough may impact flu vaccination
An analysis of 10 years' worth of data on human influenza B viruses has shed new light on the pathogen which can cause the seasonal flu. (2015-01-20)
National and regional leadership needed to coordinate response to avian flu pandemic
Strong national and regional leadership in all countries is urgently needed to coordinate a response to the looming avian influenza pandemic, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-10-13)
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