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July 24, 2016

Boosting Immunity in Older Adults: Study Unmasks New Infection-Fighting T Cells

June 13, 2016 — Immune-system frailty in adults 65 and older is a widespread public health issue. A study now points to new cells that may hold a ... read more

Antibodies Triggered by Avian Influenza Virus Vaccine Illuminate a New Path Toward Universal Flu Vaccine

June 8, 2016 — Diverse antibodies induced in humans by vaccination with an avian influenza virus vaccine may offer broader, more durable protection against multiple strains of influenza than today's vaccines ... read more

Combination Therapy Cures Tick-Borne Illness in Mice

June 6, 2016 — A novel combination therapy cures an emerging infectious disease, babesiosis, which is transmitted by the same ticks that transmit the agents of Lyme disease, report researchers. This ... read more

Better Animal Model to Improve HIV Vaccine Development

June 4, 2016 — Vaccines are usually medicine’s best defense against the world’s deadliest microbes. However, HIV is so mutable that it has so far effectively evaded both the human immune system and ... read more

June 4, 2016 — Eight weeks after receiving their first samples of Zika virus, scientists have shown that a very small protein we all have in our bodies, interferon-induced protein 3 (IFITM3), can dramatically ... 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

May 17, 2016 — Virologists have shown that an experimental antiviral drug against hepatitis C slows down the development of Zika in ... read more

May 12, 2016 — Researchers utilize existing drugs to interfere with host factors required for replication of Chikungunya ... read more

Study Arms Sheriff's Deputies With Nasal Spray for Drug Overdose Victims

May 11, 2016 — Drug-related overdoses are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, surpassing motor vehicle accidents at 44,000 fatalities annually. In response, researchers at University of ... read more

Ontario Rotavirus Hospitalizations Drop 71 Percent After Launch of Infant Vaccine Program

May 11, 2016 — Immunizing babies against rotavirus in Ontario, Canada, led to a 71 percent drop in hospitalizations for the infection, new research from Public Health Ontario and the Institute for Clinical ... 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

You Could Mistakenly Believe You're Allergic to This Common Antibiotic

May 4, 2016 — According to an allergist, most people who believe they're allergic to this common antibiotic may not be allergic at all. In fact, 10 years after a mild reaction to the drug, up to 90 percent of ... read more

One in Five Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Missing Recommended Flu Jab

May 3, 2016 — Research has found a shortfall in the uptake of influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations among those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), potentially increasing their infection ... 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

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