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Bird Flu

A(H5N8) risk to humans is very low
Eight European countries have reported highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) viruses in wild birds, zoo birds and poultry holdings. this is the second time this virus has been introduced into Europe via the autumn migration of wild birds although A(H5N8) has been circulating continuously in Asia since 2010.
November 21, 2016
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Extremely Contagious Bird Flu Found on Tennessee Chicken Farm
It's been a few years since a widespread avian flu outbreak hit U.S. poultry farmers hard, prompting national egg shortages and higher prices for products. Farmers are starting to get worried again, after a highly contagious strain of the flu has been found in a commercial chicken flock in Tennessee.
March 6, 2017
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Highly pathogenic A(H7N9) virus mutation does not change risk to humans
Although the genetic changes in A(H7N9) may have implications for poultry, to date, there is no evidence of increased transmissibility to humans or sustainable human-to-human transmission
March 13, 2017
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A Breathalyzer to Detect Inflammatory Signs of Influenza Infection
Detecting diseases non-invasively by sampling exhaled breath is a growing field. Previously, we featured Owlstone Medical, who have developed breath sampling devices to store breath samples for later analysis along with an integrated unit for the detection of lung cancer biomarkers.
February 3, 2017
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Antibody discovery could help create improved flu vaccines
Investigators report that they have discovered a type of immune antibody that can rapidly evolve to neutralize a wide array of influenza virus strains -- including those the body hasn't yet encountered.
September 13, 2016
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Are you Ready for Flu Season?
Get your flu shot now, health officials urge
November 18, 2016
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Asthmatics less able to fight off flu
People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new research has shown.
March 9, 2017
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CDC panel recommends against using FluMist vaccine
Flu vaccines are about to get more painful. a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory committee recommended on Wednesday that FluMist, the nasal spray influenza vaccine, should not be used during the upcoming flu season.
June 23, 2016
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CDC: Flu Season Has Started, Could be Severe
Coughing, aching, got a high fever and extreme fatigue? you could have the flu.
January 3, 2017
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Dampened immunity during pregnancy promotes evolution of more virulent flu
During pregnancy, a mother's immune system is suppressed to protect the fetus, which is perceived as a foreign body because it is genetically different. a study in mice found that suppressed immunity during pregnancy creates a window of opportunity for the H1N1 influenza virus to infect the mother and to rapidly, within a few days, mutate into a more virulent strain.
March 8, 2017
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Despite what you May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does not Cure the Flu
Amphibian skin is an interesting thing, between the chemicals secreted by the animals themselves and the microbes that thrive on their skin. Poison dart frogs, those Neon cuties of the rainforest, are thusly named because their skins secrete a chemical so poisonous that the indigenous people of the Amazon hunt down these teensy frogs and rub their hunting darts on them.
April 27, 2017
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Eczema May Leave some Flu Shots Less Effective
Vaccine should be given into the muscle, not the skin, research suggests
February 13, 2017
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Female sex hormone appears to stave off worst effects of influenza infection
In mouse studies, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health have found that progesterone - a female sex hormone contained in most forms of hormone-based birth control - appears to stave off the worst effects of influenza infection and, in an unexpected finding, help damaged lung cells to heal more quickly.
September 15, 2016
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First-time reconstruction of infectious bat influenza viruses
All known Influenza a viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into the human population.
October 26, 2016
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Flagging Flu-Shot Rate Worries CDC
Decline among vulnerable older adults is of particular concern
September 29, 2016
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Flu can cause worse symptoms in people with asthma, research shows
People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new Southampton research has shown.
March 9, 2017
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Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC
Hospitalizations and deaths among kids and adults on the rise
February 10, 2017
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Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC
Illness now being reported in middle sections of the country
January 20, 2017
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Flu fighter: Breath monitor to detect flu
A new hand-held breath monitor can potentially detect the flu virus.
January 31, 2017
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Flu forecasts successful on neighborhood level
Researchers develop computer model to predict outbreaks by NYC borough and neighborhood
November 30, 2016
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Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths Increasing: CDC
But health officials still characterize the season as average
January 27, 2017
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Flu Season Starting to Peak
More severe strain of virus circulating, but it's not too late to get vaccinated, health officials say
January 6, 2017
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Flu Shots Cut Heart, Breathing Problems for Diabetics
People with Diabetes who get the flu vaccine may be less likely to wind up hospitalized for cardiovascular or respiratory problems, a new study finds.
July 26, 2016
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Flu Shot Tip Sheet
Flu season is here. Get the flu shot facts with this timely tipsheet.
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Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation
It's not too late to get vaccinated, CDC says
January 13, 2017
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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.
July 25, 2016
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Flu Vaccines and Kids
A CDC expert explains why your child needs the flu vaccine, how many doses to get, and when.
August 18, 2016
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Flu.gov
The official U.S. government Web site for information on pandemic flu and avian influenza.
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FluMist Nasal Flu Vaccine Ineffective: CDC Panel
Agency advisors say the product has lost potency in kids and shouldn't be used in upcoming season
June 23, 2016
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Functionalized surfaces with tailored wettability determine Influenza a infectivity
Disease can be spread through contact with materials contaminated with infectious microorganism, making control of transmission an interesting objective of surface research. In order to develop "active surfaces" that can reduce or eliminate this contamination, a detailed understanding of the molecular mechanisms of interactions between the surfaces and the microorganisms is crucial.
July 20, 2016
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Functionalized surfaces with tailored wettability determine Influenza a infectivity
Findings of a research team may pave the way for the design of new and more effective antimicrobial surfaces. These insights constitute the basis for guiding the design and development of new surfaces with higher antiviral activity that can be important for applications in public and/or sensitive environments such as in hospitals.
July 20, 2016
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Gene deletion shows new way to treat influenza
Researchers at Houston Methodist kept mice from getting the flu by removing a gene that regulates their immune system. According to a study recently published in Nature Immunology (online Oct. 3), mice missing the gene Trim29 eliminated human influenza virus within 48 hours, protecting them from infection.
October 19, 2016
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H3N2v-neutralizing antibodies produced from human subjects given candidate vaccine
Influenza a viruses are responsible for seasonal disease outbreaks in humans. Influenza a also circulates among bird and some mammal populations and periodically crosses between species.
July 8, 2016
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How a poker-playing AI could help prevent your next bout of the flu
You'd be forgiven for finding little exceptional about the latest defeat of an arsenal of poker champions by the computer algorithm Libratus in Pittsburgh last week. After all, in the last decade or two, computers have made a habit of crushing board game heroes. and at first blush, this appears to be just another iteration in that all-too-familiar story. Peel back a layer though, and the most recent AI victory is as disturbing as it is compelling. Let's explore the compelling side of the equation before digging into the disturbing implications of the Libratus victory.
February 9, 2017
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In a bad flu season, high-dose flu vaccine appeared better at preventing deaths in seniors
Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group particularly hard and have been associated with higher mortality than infections by H1N1 or influenza B viruses.
March 2, 2017
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Is It Flu, or is It Valley Fever?
Potentially fatal infection is found in Southwest U.S. and is often misdiagnosed, specialists say
July 28, 2016
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Key benefits of large-scale use of universal over conventional flu vaccines
Mathematical model reveals potential effects of new vaccines that target multiple flu strains
December 14, 2016
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Maternal vaccination against influenza associated with protection for infants
How long does the protection from a mother's immunization against influenza during pregnancy last for infants after they are born? a new study indicates that the vaccine's efficacy against influenza illness was highest when infants were 8 weeks or younger at 85.6 percent but decreased as the infants grew to 25.5 percent among infants 8 to 16 weeks and to 30.3 percent among infants 16 to 24 weeks.
July 5, 2016
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Most U.S. Kids Who Die from Flu Are Unvaccinated
Researchers estimate about two-thirds of pediatric deaths could be prevented by flu shot
April 3, 2017
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Nano-decoy lures human Influenza a virus to Its doom
To infect its victims, influenza a heads for the lungs, where it latches onto sialic acid on the surface of cells. So researchers created the perfect decoy: a carefully constructed spherical nanoparticle coated in sialic acid lures the influenza a virus to its doom. When misted into the lungs, the nanoparticle traps influenza A, holding it until the virus self-destructs.
October 22, 2016
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New analysis explores the geographical origins of the flu
A computer model shows that small increases in transmission rates of the seasonal influenza a virus (H3N2) can lead to rapid evolution of new strains that spread globally through human populations.
September 14, 2016
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New computer model provides neighborhood-level forecasts of influenza outbreaks
Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health developed a computer model to predict the onset, duration, and magnitude of influenza outbreaks for New York City boroughs and neighborhoods.
November 30, 2016
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New method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could provide faster results
A method for diagnosing flu virus from breath samples could soon replace invasive nasal swabs and deliver better results faster.
March 29, 2017
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New mouse developed that could provide advance warning of next flu pandemic
A transgenic mouse has been developed that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic.
April 10, 2017
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New strategy reported to combat influenza and speed recovery
Scientists have used a drug being developed to fight solid tumors to restore normal metabolism in flu-infected cells and reduce viral production without the threat of drug resistance.
May 23, 2017
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New study explains why MRSA 'superbug' kills influenza patients
Secondary infection with the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium (or 'superbug') often kills influenza patients because the flu virus alters the antibacterial response of white blood cells, causing them to damage the patients' lungs instead of destroying the bacterium, researchers have found. a new study suggests that inhibiting this response may help treat patients infected with both the flu virus and MRSA.
August 15, 2016
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New transgenic mouse could help monitor potential dangers of emerging influenza viruses
Researchers in Germany have developed a transgenic mouse that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic. the mouse is described in a study, "In vivo evasion of MxA by avian influenza viruses requires human signature in the viral nucleoprotein," that will be published April 10 in the Journal of Experimental Medicine.
April 10, 2017
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Next flu pandemic could double past cost estimates
Policy makers' and public health officials' proper reactions could hold down the total costs to U.S. GDP of an influenza outbreak. Otherwise, costs could be nearly double previous estimates, say experts in a new report.
June 28, 2016
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Novel test can rapidly diagnose flu in patients with severe respiratory illnesses
Doctors and researchers in Southampton have developed a novel way of using a swab test which can rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory conditions -- resulting in shorter courses of antibiotics and less time in hospital.
April 20, 2017
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One fast vaccine strategy could protect against Ebola, H1N1, more
Nanoparticle-encapsulated mRNAs successfully vaccinate mice against pathogens.
July 11, 2016
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Parental concerns about safety, side effects may negatively influence uptake of child flu vaccine
The first study investigating parental attitudes towards the UK's child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced.
March 8, 2017
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Predicting influenza outbreaks faster with a digitally-empowered wearable device
Through integration with a wearable thermometer, the Thermia online health educational tool has enabled prediction of seasonal influenza outbreaks in China one month earlier than before, according to a new study.
May 19, 2017
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Recommendation against inhaled flu vaccine is good -- for now
Recent federal recommendations against offering the inhaled nasal influenza vaccine due to lack of effectiveness could lead to more flu illness in the US if the inhaled vaccine becomes effective again or if not having the choice of the needle-less vaccine substantially reduces immunization rates, according to a new analysis.
April 24, 2017
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Research findings suggest efficacy of conventional flu vaccines can be improved
A team of engineers and scientists at the University of Texas at Austin is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved.
November 15, 2016
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Researchers find new way to make influenza visible to the naked eye
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have discovered a way to make influenza visible to the naked eye, according to a new study in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. by engineering dye molecules to target a specific enzyme of the virus, the team was able to develop a test kit that emitted fluorescent light when illuminated with a hand-held lamp or blue laser pointer.
May 5, 2017
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Researchers identify exact origin of 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic
The 2009 swine H1N1 flu pandemic – responsible for more than 17,000 deaths worldwide – originated in pigs from a very small region in central Mexico, a research team headed by investigators at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is reporting.
June 28, 2016
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Scientists report promising approach to combat influenza and improve survival
The influenza virus turns infected lung cells into factories that churn out thousands of copies of the virus to spread the infection. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have reported a promising new approach that uses an investigational cancer drug to dial down viral production and dramatically increase survival of flu-infected mice.
May 23, 2017
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Scientists show how drug binds with 'hidden pocket' on flu virus
A new study is the first to show exactly how the drug Arbidol stops influenza infections. the research reveals that Arbidol stops the virus from entering host cells by binding within a recessed pocket on the virus.
December 22, 2016
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Scientists uncover positive link between flu outbreaks, humidity and temperature across latitudes
As cold winter weather approaches, millions of people look for remedies to avoid the flu. Yet influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes. this lack of a seasonal connection between flu outbreaks in tropical and temperate climates has made studying the environmental factors that drive the flu challenging.
November 2, 2016
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Slimy Frog Might be a Flu Fighter
Study found sticky coating shielded mice against H1 strain, could lead to new antiviral treatments
April 18, 2017
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South Indian frog oozes molecule that inexplicably decimates flu viruses
The compound seems nontoxic, but it would be useful to know how it works.
April 19, 2017
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Study shows how risk perception of flu vaccine differs between white and African American adults
Fewer than half of American adults get vaccinated despite strong recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and widespread availability of free and low-cost vaccines. Furthermore, African Americans are less likely to get the flu shot than white Americans, and concerns about side effects from the vaccine play a large role in this disparity. According to the CDC, only 41 percent of African American adults received the flu vaccine compared with 47 percent of white adults.
March 10, 2017
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Team tracks rare T cells in blood to better understand annual flu vaccine
Identifying these helper immune cells could inform future vaccine design
February 17, 2017
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The flu gets cold
In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called "hemagglutinin" (HA). this particular protein is used like a key by viruses to open cells and infect them, making it an ideal target for efforts to help the body's immune system fight off a wide range of influenza strains.
February 15, 2017
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This Helps Heart Failure Patients Avoid Hospital
New evidence suggests annual jab is warranted
June 1, 2016
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TSRI scientists shed light on how antiviral drug stops influenza infections
A new study led by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is the first to show exactly how the drug Arbidol stops influenza infections. the research reveals that Arbidol stops the virus from entering host cells by binding within a recessed pocket on the virus.
December 22, 2016
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UMD study explores how racial factors may influence vaccine attitudes and behaviors
African American adults are less likely than Whites to get an annual flu shot (39% versus 47%), and public health efforts to address this racial disparity have had little impact on increasing vaccination rates to date. a study led by Professor Sandra Crouse Quinn in the University of Maryland School of Public Health is the first to explore racial factors and how they may influence vaccine attitudes and behaviors.
January 24, 2017
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Universal flu vaccine designed by scientists
Scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against future global pandemics that could kill millions. Researchers researchers have devised two universal vaccines; a USA-specific vaccine with coverage of 95% of known US influenza strains; and a universal vaccine with coverage of 88% of known flu strains globally.
September 30, 2016
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Use this Breathalyzer to Detect the Flu
Just in time for flu season, a scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington invented a hand-held breath monitor that can identify the contagious disease.
February 3, 2017
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Vaccines fail to protect obese mice from severe influenza infections
Fu vaccines with adjuvants don't work as well in obese mice
August 02, 2016
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Vaccines unsuccessful in protecting obese mice against influenza infections, study finds
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found that obese mice are not protected against influenza infections by vaccines that include adjuvants, raising concerns about vaccine effectiveness in obese humans who are known to be at an increased risk for severe flu.
August 02, 2016
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Which Habits Really Help you Avoid Colds and Flu?
There's a chill in the air, tree branches are bare, and the holidays have come and gone. It can mean only one thing: Cold and flu season has officially arrived.
December 29, 2016
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Swine Flu

Novel drug delivery beats swine flu at gene level
Scientists have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and sol-gel chemistry allows beating swine flu at the gene level. the first test showed an 80% drop in virus protein synthesis.
March 28, 2017
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Scientists reveal novel drug delivery approach to fight swine flu at gene level
Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University together with their colleagues from St. Petersburg and London have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and sol-gel chemistry allows beating swine flu at the gene level. the first test showed an 80% drop in virus protein synthesis.
March 28, 2017
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Swine Flu - Quick Reference

CDC Swine Flu update page
Including Stats. Infection Rates and Death rates.
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Find a Flu Clinic
 
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Swine Flu FAQ
WebMD Provides Answers to your Questions About Swine Flu
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