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October 27, 2016

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October 27, 2016

First-Time Reconstruction of Infectious Bat Influenza Viruses

Oct. 26, 2016 — All known Influenza A viruses originate from aquatic birds that serve as virus reservoirs in nature. Avian viruses can cause severe disease and may lead to devastating pandemics when introduced into ... read more

Contrary to Cliché, the Elderly Will Take Medical Risks Given Enough Benefits

Sep. 27, 2016 — We know that the elderly are risk averse when it comes to their finances, but until now few studies have looked at how the elderly judge medical treatment risks, an increasingly vital ... read more

Sep. 7, 2016 — Data has been released from an early-phase study of patients with advanced non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) who received JCAR014, a Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cell treatment, and chemotherapy. CAR T ... read more

Experts Recommend Shared Decision-Making in Treating Adult Sinusitis

Sep. 7, 2016 — A process of shared decision-making between physicians and patients is recommended in a new article for the treatment of adult sinusitis. The article is a pragmatic, evidence-based approach to best ... read more

New Virus Gets Official Name, Influenza D

Sep. 1, 2016 — A new influenza virus that affects cattle has an official name. influenza D. The executive committee of the International Committee of Taxonomy of Virus announced a new genus, Orthomyxovirdae, with a ... read more

Size of Zika Epidemic May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

Aug. 31, 2016 — Official statistics may underestimate the size of the epidemic caused by Zika virus, new research suggests. Some cases of Zika may be misreported as dengue. Uncertainty about the statistics tends to ... read more

New Flu Strains and Old Antibodies: How Sinful Is 'Original Antigenic Sin'?

Aug. 18, 2016 — Immune memory ensures a quick, specific response to previously encountered pathogens. However, for rapidly evolving pathogens like influenza virus, there is concern that recalled ('old') ... read more

Aug. 18, 2016 — There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds. Usually, infections with these viruses are harmless ... read more

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

Aug. 15, 2016 — Circulating viral infections may help explain the temporal and geographical patterns associated with the risk of developing childhood celiac disease, conclude Swedish ... read more

Flu Nasal Spray Provides Similar Protection Against Influenza as Flu Shot: Study

Aug. 15, 2016 — A three-year trial in a Hutterite colony, where people live communally and are relatively isolated from cities and towns, was set to determine whether vaccinating children and adolescents with the ... read more

Aug. 15, 2016 — We are more susceptible to infection at certain times of the day as our body clock affects the ability of viruses to replicate and spread between cells, suggests new research. The findings may help ... read more

How Antiviral Antibodies Become Part of Immune Memory

Aug. 15, 2016 — Scientists probe activated B cells, important for forming immune memory, during flu vaccination and infection and Ebola infection in humans. Understanding how to elicit these cells is critical for ... read more

New Study Explains Why MRSA 'Superbug' Kills Influenza Patients

Aug. 15, 2016 — Secondary infection with the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium (or 'superbug') often kills influenza patients because the flu virus alters the antibacterial ... read more

Aug. 12, 2016 — Scientists have identified the molecule that recognizes the influenza virus in infected cells and triggers their suicide to fight the infection, outlines a new ... read more

Gastrointestinal Illnesses Cost the Swiss Health Care Sector Up to EUR 45 Million Per Year

Aug. 12, 2016 — Acute diarrhea entails annual health care costs of EUR 29 to EUR 45 million in Switzerland. Thereof, around a quarter is due to infections of the diarrhea-causing pathogen Campylobacter, say ... read more

Combining Forces Against Influenza A

Aug. 12, 2016 — Influenza A is one of the most prolific and diverse viruses on Earth; its ability to rapidly mutate to resist treatment challenges the management of future pandemics. Effective antiviral drugs for ... 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

New Model Sheds Light on Secondary Bacterial Pneumonia

Aug. 9, 2016 — For years, researchers have known that the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus can trigger severe, sometimes deadly secondary bacterial pneumonia, in some people who are subsequently infected with ... read more

Flu Vaccine Uptake Slightly Higher in Provinces That Allow Vaccination by Pharmacists

Aug. 8, 2016 — People who live in provinces with policies that allow pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines are more likely to be vaccinated, according to a new Canadian ... read more

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