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August 24, 2016

Mouse Study Points Way to Shut Down Harmful Immune Response in Lupus

Aug. 17, 2016 — Molecules that scavenge debris from dying cells appear to halt the cycle of chronic inflammation in lupus, while also enhancing the body’s ability to combat flu, according to studies in ... read more

Distraction Techniques Can Soothe Shot Anxiety During This Year's Flu Season

Aug. 10, 2016 — A typical visit to the pediatrician when it is time for a child to get a shot can include tears, tantrums and might not seem worth the trouble. But with the FluMist not being offered by many ... read more

In Resource-Poor Settings, Vaccinating Mothers Against Flu Can Protect Newborns Too, New Study Finds That

June 2, 2016 — Each year, influenza causes between 250,000 and half a million deaths around the world. Now a new study has shown that immunizing mothers against flu can decrease by 70 percent the risk of their ... read more

Putting the Brakes on Cell's 'Engine' Could Give Flu, Other Vaccines a Boost

May 24, 2016 — Altering MCJ -- a relatively unknown molecule that regulates metabolism in virus-attacking T cells -- can result in a boost to the immune system's response to the flu, according to a new ... read more

May 23, 2016 — Medical researchers have described a novel strategy to predict the antigenic evolution of circulating influenza viruses and give science the ability to more precisely anticipate seasonal flu strains. ... read more

Flu Vaccination Associated With Lower Dementia Risk in Patients With Heart Failure

May 23, 2016 — Influenza vaccination is associated with a lower risk of dementia in patients with heart failure, according to a new study in more than 20,000 ... read more

Differences in Individuals' Immune Responses Linked to Flu Vaccine Effectiveness

May 17, 2016 — For the first time, scientists have identified how differences in individuals' immune responses might be linked to the effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccination ... read more

Real-Time Influenza Tracking With 'Big Data'

May 11, 2016 — Cloud-based data from electronic health records can be used to pick up cases of influenza in real time, at least one week ahead of CDC reporting, a new study ... read more

Infants Much Less Likely to Get the Flu If Moms Are Vaccinated While Pregnant

May 3, 2016 — Babies whose moms were vaccinated against the flu while pregnant had a 70 percent reduction in confirmed flu cases compared with infants whose moms weren't immunized, study ... read more

Influenza in the Tropics Shows Variable Seasonality

Apr. 27, 2016 — Whilst countries in the tropics and subtropics exhibit diverse patterns of seasonal flu activity, they can be grouped into eight geographical zones to optimise vaccine formulation and delivery ... read more

Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs, Humans

Apr. 26, 2016 — The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a ... read more

Apr. 21, 2016 — In rare instances, DNA is known to have jumped from one species to another. If a parasite's DNA jumps to its host's genome, it could leave evidence of that parasitic interaction that could ... read more

Factors That May Influence Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness

Apr. 19, 2016 — Currently, seasonal flu vaccines are designed to induce high levels of protective antibodies against hemagglutinin (HA), a protein found on the surface of the influenza virus that enables the virus ... read more

Apr. 7, 2016 — A promising discovery has been made in the treatment and prevention of human parainfluenza virus. Scientists have shown that two existing drugs readily available on the market can work together to ... read more

Seasonal Influenza Vaccination During Pregnancy May Reduce Risk of Stillbirth

Mar. 31, 2016 — Seasonal influenza vaccination may guard against stillbirth, a new study suggests. Researchers in Western Australia analyzed data from nearly 60,000 births that occurred during the southern ... read more

Mar. 29, 2016 — Researchers have announced the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse ... read more

Simulation Study Shows That Pandemic Swine Flu Had a Minor Impact in Finland

Mar. 24, 2016 — Researchers have used modeling to estimate the true impact of infectious diseases, such as swine flu, when underreporting can mean the surveillance from time of the pandemic can miss the vast ... read more

Computer-Assisted Approaches as Decision Support Systems Serving to Combat the Zika Virus

Mar. 18, 2016 — No drug is known to treat ZIKV infection; neither do we have any vaccine which can prevent the spread of it. While scientists are trying to cope with the situation, computer-assisted approaches may ... read more

No Increased Risk in Providing Flu Vaccine to Surgical Patients, New Study Finds

Mar. 14, 2016 — Surgical patients who received the flu vaccine during their hospital stay did not have an increased risk of emergency department visits or subsequent hospitalizations in the week following discharge, ... read more

Research Will Guide Development of New Anti-Influenza Drugs

Mar. 14, 2016 — Scientists have revealed new details about how a promising class of anti-influenza drugs blocks the virus from replicating. Developing new anti-influenza drugs is critical because they are the only ... read more

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