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June 30, 2015

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June 30, 2015

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

Studies Yield Mixed Findings on High-Dose Flu Vaccine for Elders

Apr. 27, 2015 — Is the high-dose version of the flu vaccine more effective than the standard dose for older folks? A new study says yes, but only for the 'oldest old': those 85 or older. For those between ... read more

Study Sheds New Light on a Crucial Enzyme for the Immune Response

Apr. 20, 2015 — A new study by immunology researchers sheds light on a mechanism affecting AID, a crucial enzyme for the immune response. The scientific breakthrough could eventually improve the way we treat the ... read more

Pancreatic Cancer Loses Viral Defenses When Talking With Supporting Cells

Apr. 20, 2015 — Researchers have unlocked a way to make pancreatic cancer cells more vulnerable to cancer-killing viruses, known as oncolytic viruses. The scientists have discovered how they can exploit the ... read more

How Twitter Can Help Predict Emergency Room Visits

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers analyzed asthma-related tweets, along with data from air quality sensors, to successfully predict how many asthma sufferers would visit the emergency room on a given day. "We ... read more

Children With Neurological Disorders Need Flu Vaccine but Don't Always Get It

Apr. 9, 2015 — Children with neurologic or neurodevelopmental disorders (NNDDs) are at increased risk of complications from influenza. Although experts have recognized NNDDs as high-risk conditions for influenza ... read more

Plotting the Elimination of Dengue

Apr. 8, 2015 — Researchers are using a novel way to block the dengue virus in Aedes aegypti mosquitoes using the insect bacterium, Wolbachia and have for the first time provided projections of its public health ... read more

What Can Parents Do to Prevent the Further Spread of the Measles?

Apr. 2, 2015 — A pediatric infectious diseases specialist helps explain the facts about measles, and how parents can prevent further outbreak. A recent outbreak of confirmed cases of measles involved children who ... read more

Apr. 2, 2015 — The World Health Organisation declared the Ebola virus outbreak a public health emergency in August 2014; since then the development of vaccines against Ebola virus has been fast ... read more

Genetic Mutation Helps Explain Why, in Rare Cases, Flu Can Kill

Mar. 26, 2015 — A small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital even while their family and friends recover easily. New research helps explain why: a rare genetic ... read more

Mar. 26, 2015 — An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. It differs from other Ebola vaccines ... read more

Mar. 25, 2015 — Medical researchers now have the results from the first phase 1 trial of an Ebola vaccine based on the current (2014) strain of the virus.  Until now, all tested Ebola virus vaccines have been based ... read more

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