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August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

New Strategies, Solutions to Fight Pediatric Asthma

June 27, 2015 — Low flu vaccination rates, medication compliance and limited access to primary care providers have contributed to the high pediatric asthma rates in California, researchers conclude. This new study ... read more

Scientists Identify 'Decoy' Molecule That May Sharply Reduce Risk of Flu Death

June 26, 2015 — The flu virus can be lethal. But what is often just as dangerous is the body's own reaction to the invader. The immune counterattack can end up harming the body's own tissues, causing ... read more

Scientists Pinpoint Mutations Responsible for Ineffectiveness of 2014-2015 Flu Vaccine

June 25, 2015 — Viruses like influenza have the ability to mutate over time, and given that the flu vaccines administered during the 2014-2015 season were largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the flu, it ... read more

MERS Coronavirus: Candidate Vaccine Gears Up for Clinical Trials

June 22, 2015 — Researchers have demonstrated, in a preclinical setting, the protective effect of a candidate vaccine directed against the coronavirus that causes Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. Planning for the ... read more

Climate Change Won’t Reduce Winter Deaths

June 19, 2015 — In a study that contradicts the received wisdom on health impacts of climate change, scientists say that we shouldn’t expect substantial reduction in winter deaths as a result of global ... read more

June 18, 2015 — In increasingly mobile modern societies, long-distance transmission can rapidly spread pathogens. A new study suggests that both airline and commuter road travel influence flu virus distribution in ... read more

Personal Experience a Major Driver in Decision for or Against Flu Vaccination

June 15, 2015 — Convincing someone to receive the annual flu vaccine goes beyond clever messaging and well-written public service announcements, research finds. A study outlines both the barriers and facilitators ... read more

Tackling Chronic Sinusitis by Addressing Underlying Factors

June 10, 2015 — The stuffy noses and sinus pressure of head colds are uncomfortable, but for most people, they go away within days. For those with chronic sinusitis, however, those symptoms and others drag on for ... read more

Researchers Targeting Host Rather Than Flu Virus Have Success With New Treatment in Mice

June 5, 2015 — People who die from the flu actually die from respiratory failure. A curious researcher wondered what would happen if someone developed a treatment that would prevent blood vessels from leaking into ... read more

Homing in on What's Wearing out T Cells

June 3, 2015 — When the T cells of your immune system are forced to deal over time with cancer or a chronic infection they become exhausted - less effective at attacking and destroying invaders. While the PD-1 ... read more

May 27, 2015 — A biosensor capable of sensitively detecting influenza viruses has potential for improving clinical diagnosis of Influenza ... read more

May 22, 2015 — Researchers have developed vaccines for H5N1 and H7N9, two new strains of avian influenza that can be transmitted from poultry to humans. The strains have led to the culling of millions of commercial ... read more

Why You Need One Vaccine for Measles and Many for the Flu

May 21, 2015 — While the influenza virus mutates constantly and requires a yearly shot that offers a certain percentage of protection, old reliable measles needs only a two-dose vaccine during childhood for ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The number of new Ebola cases is tapering off, but the search for new treatments continues. Now, one research team has found potential drug candidates that successfully treated up to 90 percent of ... read more

Curing Hepatitis C Could Yield Huge Economic Benefit

May 17, 2015 — While a new generation of safer, more effective oral medications to treat hepatitis C patients may cost tens of thousands of dollars for a 12-week regiment, investing in these new therapies could ... read more

Patients More Likely to Get HPV Vaccine After Electronic Health Record Prompts

May 11, 2015 — A simple reminder via electronic health record systems linked to significantly higher HPV vaccine completion rates, researchers say. The HPV vaccine has the lowest completion rates of any other ... read more

Property Inhibiting Growth of Bird Flu Virus Discovered in Eggs

May 8, 2015 — An egg is many things. It is a versatile food but also an efficient source of bioactive compounds. A researcher has discovered that fractions isolated from the ovomucin protein in egg white can ... read more

May 5, 2015 — A pathologist and infectious disease expert offers symptoms parents should watch for if they suspect their child has the ... read more

Interferon-Free Therapy Clears Hepatitis C in 93 Percent of Patients in Trial

May 5, 2015 — A 12-week dose of an investigational three-drug hepatitis C combination cured the virus in 93 percent of patients with liver cirrhosis who hadn't previously been treated, according to a study. ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Research is aiming to improve search engines after finding online self-diagnosis of health conditions provides misleading results that can do more harm than ... read more

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