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
Eggshell-like mineral layer on avian flu viruses may be cause for human infections
Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. As reported by Chinese researchers in the journal Angewandte Chemie, these mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses.
August 18, 2017
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
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
Mineral layer around avian flu pathogen may be the cause for human infections
Avian flu can be transmitted from birds to humans; transmission among humans, however, is limited. The reason may be an eggshell-like mineral layer that the virus acquires due to the high calcium concentration in the intestines of birds. These mineralized viruses are significantly more infectious and, in addition, more robust and heat stable than the native viruses.
August 18, 2017
Mutations that allow bird flu strain to spread among humans identified
Monitoring for these mutations could enable timely response to prevent pandemic
June 15, 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
A new kind of influenza vaccine: One shot might do the trick
Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release "capsule" in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A.
October 9, 2017
Are you Ready for Flu Season?
Get your flu shot now, health officials urge
November 18, 2016
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: Flu Season Has Started, Could be Severe
Coughing, aching, got a high fever and extreme fatigue? you could have the flu.
January 3, 2017
Children of separated parents not on speaking terms more likely to develop colds as adults
A team of psychologists wanted to better understand if specific aspects of the family environment following a separation better predicted children's long-term health outcomes. They found that adults whose parents separated but did not speak to each other during individuals' childhoods were three times as likely to develop a cold when intentionally exposed to a common cold virus than adults whose parents had remained together or separated but continued to communicate.
June 5, 2017
Chronic flu patients could be an early warning system for future outbreaks
Viral mutations from long-term infections predict later strains making worldwide rounds
June 27, 2017
Cultural activities may influence the way we think
A new learning model may explain how culture helped shape human cognition and memory
August 4, 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
Experts continue to recommend that all pregnant women receive a flu shot
The president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has released a statement recommending that all pregnant women receive a flu shot during any trimester of their pregnancy.
September 26, 2017
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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
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
Flu Cases Spiking Across the United States: CDC
Hospitalizations and deaths among kids and adults on the rise
February 10, 2017
Flu Cases Starting to Spread: CDC
Illness now being reported in middle sections of the country
January 20, 2017
Flu fighter: Breath monitor to detect flu
A new hand-held breath monitor can potentially detect the flu virus.
January 31, 2017
Flu forecasts successful on neighborhood level
Researchers develop computer model to predict outbreaks by NYC borough and neighborhood
November 30, 2016
Flu Hospitalizations, Deaths Increasing: CDC
But health officials still characterize the season as average
January 27, 2017
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
Flu Season: Vaccine Crucial to Avoiding Illness
While it remains too soon to tell if this year's flu season will be a doozy, public health officials on Thursday said there is some good news to share.
September 29, 2017
Flu shot less effective for obese adults
Obese people who get influenza shots are still twice as likely as others to become ill
June 6, 2017
Flu Shot Tip Sheet
Flu season is here. Get the flu shot facts with this timely tipsheet.
Flu Tightens Its Hold on the Nation
It's not too late to get vaccinated, CDC says
January 13, 2017
Flu vaccine rates for kids may drop when the nasal spray vaccine is unavailable
Influenza vaccination rates in children may have decreased for the 2016-17 influenza season because of a recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the nasal spray version of the vaccine not be used, according to researchers.
August 23, 2017
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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
Good moods may boost flu shot efficacy for seniors
Vaccines are an important preventive measure against influenza, but they are often much less effective in the elderly. A new study suggests that seniors who get their flu shots while in a good mood have a better response to the vaccine.
September 27, 2017
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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
Influenza virus can overcome potentially crippling mutations
The effectiveness of flu vaccines and therapies could be improved thanks to new research, report scientists.
June 15, 2017
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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
Kids who weather bitter divorce are 3 times more vulnerable to colds as adults
Stress surrounding a separation leaves permanent mark on the immune systems.
June 6, 2017
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Microneedle patch developed for flu vaccination
An influenza vaccine can produce robust immune responses and be administered safely with an experimental patch of dissolving microneedles, shows new research. The method is an alternative to needle-and-syringe immunization; with further development, it could eliminate the discomfort of an injection as well as the inconvenience and expense of visiting a flu clinic.
June 28, 2017
MIT study sheds light on flu viruses' rapid evolution
Influenza viruses mutate rapidly, which is why flu vaccines have to be redesigned every year. A new study from MIT sheds light on just how these viruses evolve so quickly, and offers a potential way to slow them down.
September 26, 2017
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
Nanostructured microfluidics platform detects infectious pathogens
In a recent paper in Small, researchers from The Pennsylvania State University report a new zinc oxide nanorods integrated microchip that captures avian influenza virus on immunologically functionalized ZnO nanorod surface and detect viruses by multiplexed sandwich immunoassay.
June 23, 2017
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
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
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
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
New technique can help predict and combat potential pandemic virus
By developing a new technique for labeling the gene segments of influenza viruses, researchers now know more about how influenza viruses enter the cell and establish cell co-infections - a major contributing factor to potential pandemic development.
July 4, 2017
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
NIH Scientists Find Real-Time Imaging in Mice a Promising Influenza Study Tool
A non-invasive method to track and monitor viruses, bacteria, and various types of cells and genes.
May 30, 2017
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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Obese people twice as likely to develop influenza despite getting flu shots
Although influenza vaccines are currently the best forms of protection to safeguard people against getting the flu, they are not effective in all cases. A study from Melinda Beck's research team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the US found that obese people - despite getting their shots - were still twice as likely to develop influenza or flu-like illnesses than others of healthy weight.
June 6, 2017
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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 ha about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public health messages need to be reinforced.
March 8, 2017
Positive mood on the day of flu jab can increase its protective effect, research finds
New research by a team of health experts at the University of Nottingham has found evidence that being in a positive mood on the day of your flu jab can increase its protective effect.
September 26, 2017
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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Recent Flu Shot Shouldn't Prevent Vaccination During Pregnancy
Study rebuts concerns about multiple vaccination timing
August 1, 2017
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
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
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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Scientists are racing to predict where the next pandemic will start
But, where exactly should they look?
June 23, 2017
Scientists develop novel DNA-based strategy to protect against broad array of influenza viruses
A novel, synthetic, DNA-based strategy to provide protection against a broad array of influenza viruses has been developed in preclinical models by scientists at The Wistar Institute, MedImmune (the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca) and Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. These study results highlighting this promising strategy are published in npj Vaccines.
July 6, 2017
Scientists Learn How Your Cells Help Influenza Evolve Faster
As we head into flu season, new batches of vaccines are being produced that will hopefully protect against this year's most common strains of the virus. Even if you got vaccinated last year, influenza mutates so quickly you need this year's vaccine to be well-protected. Researchers have long studied the properties of influenza that make it change rapidly, and a new study at MIT may offer a way to slow it down and make anti-viral drugs more effective by targeting your own cellular machinery.
September 26, 2017
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
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
Self-Administered Microneedle Patch to Make Flu Vaccine More Accessible
These days flu vaccines are administered using needles and in some pediatric applications via a nose spray. Needles in particular can create quite a bit of anxiety and for many people even the idea of a visit with a medical professional keeps them from being vaccinated. A new flu patch developed at Georgia Tech, that can be applied at home, may be just the thing to overcome the resistance of many to getting protected by a flu vaccine. The device, which has quite a lot of technology built-in, just undergone a phase I clinical trial at Emory University, and demonstrated safety while generating an anti-body response similar to that produced via intramuscular injections.
June 29, 2017
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
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
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
Structure of protein in salmon virus could inform strategies to treat flu in humans
The structure of a protein key to the survival and spread of a virus that affects salmon could inform strategies to treat the flu in humans, according to scientists at Rice University.
July 28, 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
The clue to next year's flu strain could be inside you
Sometimes, a little snot goes a long way. And not just in the physical, stretchy sense. Today, some decade-old snot collected from the sinuses of cancer patients revealed a new technique to forecast how flu evolves.
June 27, 2017
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
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
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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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
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
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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