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August 29, 2015

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August 29, 2015

Many Physicians Overestimate Their Ability to Assess Patients' Risk of Ebola

Aug. 27, 2015 — While most primary care physicians responding to a survey expressed confidence in their ability to identify potential cases of Ebola and communicate Ebola risks to their patients, when asked how they ... read more

Could Flu Someday Be Prevented Without a Vaccine?

Aug. 11, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a way to trigger a preventive response to a flu infection without any help from the usual players – the virus itself or interferon, a powerful infection fighter. The ... read more

Developing a Better Flu Vaccine

Aug. 10, 2015 — Researchers say they have developed a method that could make a nasal spray flu vaccine effective for those under two and over 49 -- two groups for which the vaccine is not ... read more

Internet Program to Encourage Handwashing Reduces Spread of Cold, Flu Viruses

Aug. 7, 2015 — A web-based program to encourage more frequent handwashing reduces the risk of catching and passing on respiratory tract infections to other household members, a randomized trial of more than 16,000 ... read more

Aug. 5, 2015 — Every child puts a household at increased risk for viral infections. A new study showed that childless households had infections during 3-4 weeks of the year, while families with six children were ... read more

Computer Model Forecasts Flu Outbreaks in a Subtropical Climate

July 30, 2015 — It is possible to predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates like Hong Kong where flu seasons can occur at different times and more than once during a year, ... read more

July 27, 2015 — Scientific experiments with the herpesvirus such as the one that causes Marek's disease in poultry have confirmed, for the first time, the highly controversial theory that some vaccines could ... read more

Diagnostic Test Developed for Enterovirus D68

July 22, 2015 — A diagnostic test to quickly detect enterovirus D68, a respiratory virus that caused unusually severe illness in children last year, has been developed by researchers. The outbreak caused infections ... read more

Adjuvants Improve Immune Response to H7N9 Flu Vaccine

July 21, 2015 — In a phase 2 trial that included nearly 1,000 adults, the AS03 and MF59 adjuvants (a component that improves immune response of inactivated influenza vaccines) increased the immune responses to two ... read more

July 21, 2015 — Intercontinental air travel can be stressful and affect a passenger's physical and psychological wellbeing. Whilst jet lag and fatigue remain the best known problems, holidaymakers also often ... read more

Lack of Knowledge on Animal Disease Leaves Humans at Risk

July 20, 2015 — Researchers have painted the most detailed picture to date of major infectious diseases shared between wildlife and livestock, and found a huge gap in knowledge about diseases which could spread to ... read more

Antibodies to Fight Chikungunya Virus Developed

July 8, 2015 — The first large panel of antibody treatments against the chikungunya virus has been reported by investigators. The virus is not spread from person to person but spreads with a domino effect from an ... read more

July 2, 2015 — The conventional flu vaccine protects only against a few specific strains of flu. However, experiments show that by including modified antibodies within the vaccine it may be possible to elicit broad ... read more

Immune Response to a Flu Protein Yields New Insights Into Narcolepsy

July 1, 2015 — Some of the first solid evidence that narcolepsy may be a so-called 'hit-and-run' autoimmune disease has been uncovered by an international team of researchers. Autoimmune diseases, such as ... read more

Extreme Heat, Precipitation Are Increasing Salmonella Infections, Study Shows

July 1, 2015 — Extreme heat and precipitation events, which are expected to increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, are associated with increased risk of salmonella infections, according to a ... read more

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

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