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May 5, 2015

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May 5, 2015

Enhanced Flu Protection: Four Beats Three

Mar. 13, 2015 — New research findings parallel earlier results: Adding a strain of influenza B could improve effectiveness of an influenza vaccine. Findings from this study of flu vaccines delivered by a small ... read more

When to Keep Kids Home from School: Expert Opinion

Mar. 11, 2015 — For many reasons, a child being home from school while sick can be stressful. Parents worry about the severity of their child’s illness and about the child missing school, all while trying to ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — Since December, an outbreak of swine flu in India has killed more than 1,200 people, and a new study suggests that the strain has acquired mutations that make it more dangerous than previously ... read more

Mar. 11, 2015 — A key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan have been analyzed by researchers. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, ... read more

A Real Eye-Opener: Narcolepsy Bears Classic Autoimmune Hallmarks

Mar. 9, 2015 — Narcoleptics suffer from bouts of sleepiness and sleep attacks, which impair their ability to function in daily life, but the precise cause of narcolepsy has long eluded scientists. Now a new study ... read more

Experimental Herpes Vaccine Upends Traditional Approach and Shows Promise

Mar. 9, 2015 — A new type of vaccine could be the first-ever for preventing genital herpes--one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, affecting 500 million people worldwide. Using a counterintuitive ... read more

Mar. 3, 2015 — Medical researchers have developed an antibody which has proven 100 percent protective against the H5N1 virus in two species of animal ... read more

Mar. 3, 2015 — Adults over the age of 30 only catch flu about twice a decade, a new study suggests. So, while it may feel like more, flu-like illness can be caused by many pathogens, making it difficult to assess ... read more

Researchers Monitor for Next Novel Influenza Strain

Mar. 3, 2015 — While flu season starts to die down, researchers are diligently monitoring for the next novel influenza virus by monitoring swine influenza viruses. The work is starting with swine in the field. ... read more

T-Cell Therapy Clinical Trial Now Offered to Cancer Patients in Michigan

Feb. 23, 2015 — A clinical trial using T-cell therapy that uses the patients' own immune cells to hunt down cancer cells is now being offered at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's ... read more

Advocacy, Race Affect Flu Vaccination Rates

Feb. 23, 2015 — A doctor's recommendation and a patient's race may influence flu vaccination rates, according to researchers. Researchers found that 90 percent of patients received vaccination if their ... read more

Feb. 18, 2015 — Scientists have developed a new HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine which protects against nine types of the virus -- seven of which cause most cases of cervical cancer. The new vaccine offers ... read more

Feb. 17, 2015 — Antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu, which emerged in China in 2013 and sparked fears of a global pandemic, have been isolated in individuals who received seasonal flu vaccinations and ... read more

Feb. 13, 2015 — Scientists have developed an antibody which boosts the survival chances for patients suffering from influenza and pneumonia. Proven effective in lab tests, the antibody is now being made suitable for ... read more

Feb. 12, 2015 — Researchers have found an unexpected way the immune system fights the flu virus: By targeting cells' protein-cutting enzymes, which the virus needs to mature and ... read more

Feb. 8, 2015 — Combining experimental data from X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, cryoelectron microscopy and lipidomics, researchers have built a complete model of the outer envelope of an influenza A ... read more

Confidence in Government Linked to Willingness to Vaccinate

Feb. 2, 2015 — Confidence in government may play a key role in the public's willingness to get at least some vaccines, a new study suggests. The study found that people trusting the government's ability ... read more

Feb. 2, 2015 — As flu season continues, researchers are studying how the disease is transmitted through the air, in hopes that her results will lead to new strategies to fight the ... read more

Skip the Dip! Super Bowl Team Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths

Jan. 30, 2015 — Having a team in the Super Bowl correlated to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65 years old, according to a study of health data covering 35 years of championship ... read more

Totality of Trials Data Confirm Tamiflu Reduces Length of Symptoms, Complications, and Hospital Admissions from Influenza

Jan. 30, 2015 — The most thorough analysis of oseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) data to date, including all available published and unpublished randomised treatment trials of adults, suggests that the antiviral drug ... read more

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