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November 26, 2015

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November 26, 2015

Could Self-Disseminating Vaccines Cut Off Emerging Infectious Diseases at Source?

Nov. 2, 2015 — An expert review identifies state-of-the-art of self-disseminating vaccines as a new and potentially powerful strategy to circumvent diseases such as Ebola at the animal source before their ... read more

'Ensemble' Modeling Could Lead to Better Flu Forecasts

Oct. 29, 2015 — By combining data from a variety of non-traditional sources, a research team led by computational epidemiologists has developed predictive models of flu-like activity that provide robust real-time ... read more

Rashes Often Associated With Viruses in Children

Oct. 29, 2015 — Sniffles, stomach bugs, fever and sore throats are often associated with viruses, but rashes are common in children with viral infections as well. Rashes can be itchy and painful for kids and ... read more

Studies Raise Questions About Impact of Statins on Flu Vaccination in Seniors

Oct. 29, 2015 — A new pair of studies suggests that statins, drugs widely used to reduce cholesterol, may have a detrimental effect on the immune response to influenza vaccine and the vaccine's effectiveness at ... read more

Alerting the Immune System's Watchmen to Improve Vaccines

Oct. 28, 2015 — As the days get colder and shorter, we carve jack-o-lanterns and drink pumpkin spice lattes. But one fall tradition can actually keep you healthy: getting your flu shot. Like all vaccines, the flu ... read more

Multi-Tasking Flu Vaccine Could Provide Better Protection Against Outbreaks

Oct. 27, 2015 — Researchers have found a way to boost the effectiveness and cross-protective capabilities of an influenza A vaccine by adding a simple component. The research in mice could lead to better seasonal ... read more

Oct. 22, 2015 — A banana a day may not keep the doctor away, but a substance originally found in bananas and carefully edited by scientists could someday fight off a wide range of viruses, new research suggests. And ... read more

Using Patients' Trail of Digital Crumbs for Public Health Surveillance

Oct. 21, 2015 — Data is ubiquitous. In the area of heath, so-called Novel Data Streams (NDS) are very appealing to public health surveillance officials due to their ease of collection. A new paper evaluates the ... read more

Cause of Viral Infection of the Brain Mapped out

Oct. 20, 2015 — Researchers have recently discovered a defect in the immune system, which causes some people with herpes virus to develop a life-threatening inflammation of the brain. This immunodeficiency is likely ... read more

Healthcare: How Stereotypes Hurt

Oct. 20, 2015 — Warning: Stereotypes may be harmful to patients' health. An American national study has found people who encountered the threat of being judged by negative stereotypes related to weight, age, ... read more

Vaccinating Children May Be Cost-Effective for Tackling Flu

Oct. 13, 2015 — Extending flu vaccine administration to UK children may be a cost-effective way to reduce disease burden in the general population, according to research. The study, which was part of the evidence ... read more

Oct. 12, 2015 — The malaria parasite molecules associated with severe disease and death have been shown to share key gene segments with chimp and gorilla malaria parasites, which are separated by several millions of ... read more

Study Finds Significant Decrease in Hospitalization of Older Nursing Home Residents With High Dose Influenza Vaccine

Oct. 10, 2015 — Researchers found that flu immunizations with four times the strength of standard flu shots significantly reduced the risk of being hospitalized during the influenza season. The group that received ... read more

Genetic Variation Is Key to Fighting Viruses

Oct. 8, 2015 — Using a genome-wide association study, scientists have identified subtle genetic changes that can cause substantial differences to how we fight viral infections. The new work connects genetics to ... read more

Major Flu Drug Report Underway

Oct. 8, 2015 — A new landmark report reveals that anti-viral drugs called NAIs (like Tamiflu) have been successful in reducing deaths in flu patients in hospital. The report also reveals that preventative use of ... read more

Flu Shot Reduces Risk of Stroke, Study Suggests

Oct. 6, 2015 — The risk of suffering a stroke is significantly reduced for up to two months after receiving a flu vaccine, a major new study has ... read more

Schools Are Underprepared for Pandemics, Natural Disasters

Oct. 5, 2015 — Missouri schools are no more prepared to respond to pandemics, natural disasters, and bioterrorism attacks than they were in 2011, according to a new study. Researchers found that on average, schools ... read more

Patients With Flu-Associated Pneumonia Less Likely to Have Received Flu Vaccine

Oct. 5, 2015 — Among children and adults hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, those with influenza-associated pneumonia, compared with those with pneumonia not associated with influenza, had lower odds ... read more

Colds, Flu May Temporarily Increase Stroke Risk in Kids

Oct. 1, 2015 — Stroke is very rare in children, but colds, flu and other minor infections may temporarily increase stroke risk in children, according to a study. The study also found routine childhood vaccines may ... read more

Latest Technology Could Help Curb Repeat Ebola Crisis, Experts Say

Oct. 1, 2015 — Recent developments in surveillance technology could enable a swifter, more effective response to potentially deadly outbreaks of disease, and technology could help improve the response, a study has ... read more

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