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February 6, 2016

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February 6, 2016

First Recombinant Influenza Vaccine Comes to Mexico

Jan. 28, 2016 — In October 2015, the Commission for the Protection against Sanitary Risk (COFEPRIS) gave Mexico the registry of the first recombinant vaccine against seasonal influenza in the world and designed to ... read more

Targeted School Closure Policies May Help the Fight Against Pandemic Influenza

Jan. 21, 2016 — Targeted school closure policies may help mitigating the spread of pandemic influenza, while entailing lower social costs than more traditional policies, such as nationwide school ... read more

Infant-Friendly Flu Vaccine Developed With Key Protein

Jan. 19, 2016 — Influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. Those most at risk include infants younger ... read more

Immunity Genes Could Protect Some from E. Coli While Others Fall Ill

Jan. 19, 2016 — When a child comes home from preschool with a stomach bug that threatens to sideline the whole family for days, why do some members of the family get sick while others are unscathed? According to a ... read more

Advice for Prescribing Antibiotics Issued

Jan. 18, 2016 — New advice has been issued for prescribing antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTs) in adults. ARTIs, including the common cold, uncomplicated bronchitis, sore throat, and sinus ... read more

Jan. 18, 2016 — Lyme disease is transmitted by the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) and the western blacklegged tick (Ixodes pacificus), and the range of these ticks is spreading, according to new ... read more

Safe to Cuddle With Pets While Home With a Cold or Flu

Jan. 13, 2016 — An infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ... read more

Experimental Immunotherapy Zaps Two Most Lethal Ebola Virus Strains

Jan. 13, 2016 — The first antibodies that can potently neutralize the two deadliest strains of the virus that causes Ebola hemorrhagic fever has been engineered by scientists. The findings, made in mice, are a ... read more

Flu Virus Hijacking Tactics Revealed by Scientists, Paving Way for New Treatments

Jan. 6, 2016 — Scientists have discovered how flu viruses 'hijack' cell machinery when they infect the body. The findings may pave the way for more effective antiviral treatments for pandemics and for ... read more

Minor Flu Strains Pack Bigger Punch, Scientists Find

Jan. 4, 2016 — Minor variants of flu strains, which are not typically targeted in vaccines, carry a bigger viral punch than previously realized, a team of scientists has found. Its research, which examined samples ... read more

Music Therapy Increases Effectiveness of Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COPD Patients

Dec. 23, 2015 — Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw an improvement in ... read more

Doctors Issue Warning Over Cough Medicines That Contain Codeine

Dec. 23, 2015 — A new article describes the first published case of confusional state in a healthy 14-year-old girl attributed to excessive consumption of over-the-counter cough medicine that contained ... read more

Dec. 22, 2015 — Shells of cowpea mosaic virus inhaled into a lung tumor or injected into ovarian, colon or breast tumors, not only triggered the immune system in mice to wipe out the tumors, but provided systemic ... read more

Why the Flu Vaccine Is Less Effective in the Elderly

Dec. 15, 2015 — Around this time every year, the flu virus infects up to one-fifth of the US population and kills thousands of people, many of them elderly. A new study now explains why the flu vaccine is less ... read more

Flu Fighting Strategies Should Be Tailored to Cities and Rural Areas: York U Study

Dec. 14, 2015 — In the face of a flu epidemic, a one-size fits all vaccine strategy won't be effective, a new study has found. Instead, strategies need to change significantly depending on the characteristics ... read more

Study Offers Remedy to Flu Vaccine Delivery Problems

Dec. 10, 2015 — The annual delivery of influenza vaccine to the American public is hardly a straight shot from federal health officials to vaccine manufacturers to physicians to patients. A recurring and vexing part ... read more

Prime-Boost H7N9 Influenza Vaccine Concept Promising in Clinical Trial

Dec. 10, 2015 — With hopes of making one dose of an inactivated H7N9 vaccine fully protective, scientists successfully tested a prime-boost concept in a small clinical trial. The 'primer' vaccine ... read more

Using 'Big Data' to Fight Flu

Dec. 9, 2015 — Thanks to 'big data', researchers have identified new molecules that are instrumental in the replication of the flu virus. If these host proteins are blocked, influenza viruses are unable ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Within weeks, flu will start spreading. Multiple national recommendations urge all healthcare workers to get the influenza vaccination, to reduce the chances they will pass the virus on to their ... read more

Flu Vaccine Unlikely to Trigger Reaction in Children With Egg Allergy and Asthma

Dec. 8, 2015 — The children's flu vaccine is unlikely to trigger an allergic reaction in those with egg allergy, finds a study. The vaccine is also appropriate for young people with well-controlled asthma or ... read more

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