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May 3, 2016

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

Common Allergy Medication Worsens Restless Leg Symptoms

Apr. 4, 2016 — Allergy season can be the worst time of year for people suffering with restless legs syndrome because popular over the counter medications can make symptoms much worse, say ... 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

Many in Families With Pregnant Women Don't Know Key Facts About Zika

Mar. 29, 2016 — Many people in US households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next year are unaware of key facts about Zika virus, according to a new poll. The poll of 1,275 adults ... read more

Abandoned Drug Resurrected, Found Effective Against Human Viruses

Mar. 28, 2016 — Scientists have resurrected a discarded drug that helps human cells in a lab dish fight off two different viruses. Based on what they learned about how the drug works, it might also help fight the ... read more

Breastfeeding, Vaccinations Help Reduce Ear Infection Rates in Babies

Mar. 28, 2016 — In what would be considered good news for many parents, a new study finds the rates of ear infections during a baby's first year have declined; the investigators suggested that higher rates of ... 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

Identifying Threats Before They Spread

Mar. 23, 2016 — If an infectious disease outbreak or an attack using an agent such as anthrax were to occur in Chicago, it most likely first will be noticed in emergency rooms throughout the city. Swift ... read more

Assay Developed to Find a Cure for Zika Virus

Mar. 23, 2016 — Researchers report the development of a unique antiviral assay - a test that can be used by researchers worldwide to detect the Zika virus in infected cell ... 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

Stronger Measures Needed to Deter Use of Cough and Cold Medicine in Young Children

Mar. 16, 2016 — About 18 percent of children still received cough and cold medications despite label warnings advising against their use in children under age 6, a new study has ... read more

Mar. 14, 2016 — A SARS-like virus found in Chinese horseshoe bats may be poised to infect humans without the need for adaptation, overcoming an initial barrier that could potentially set the stage for an outbreak ... 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

Mar. 14, 2016 — A novel nano biosensor for rapid detection of flu and other viruses has been developed by researchers. The new invention utilizes an optical method called upconversion luminescence resonance energy ... read more

Potential Antibody Treatment for H7 Avian Flu

Mar. 9, 2016 — Researchers have isolated human antibodies against a type of bird flu that has killed more than 200 people in China since 2012 and which may pose a worldwide pandemic ... read more

Omalizumab Decreases Colds in Inner-City Children With Asthma

Mar. 6, 2016 — Treatment with omalizumab significantly decreases the number of colds in inner-city children with allergic asthma, researchers report. Omalizumab, sold under the brand name Xolair, is an injectable ... read more

State Laws Boost Flu Vaccination Rates in Health Care Workers

Mar. 2, 2016 — State laws mandating influenza immunization for people who work in health care increase their vaccination rates, according to new research. From 2000 to 2005, only Maine and New Hampshire had flu ... read more

How Does COPD Care by Physicians Compare With Nurse Practitioners/physician Assistants?

Feb. 24, 2016 — Researchers investigated differences in care given to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients by medical doctors compared with nurse practitioners and physician assistants, and report their ... read more

Experimental Ebola Vaccines Well Tolerated, Immunogenic in Phase 2 Study

Feb. 24, 2016 — Two investigational vaccines designed to protect against Ebola virus disease were well-tolerated and induced an immune response among 1,000 vaccinated participants in the Phase 2 randomized, ... read more

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