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July 31, 2016

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July 31, 2016

Key Difference in Immune Cells May Explain Children's Increased Susceptibility to Illness

July 1, 2016 — Schools are commonly known as breeding grounds for viruses and bacteria, but this may not necessarily be linked to hygiene. New research in mice shows that because their immune systems do not operate ... read more

Rate of Decline of Cardiovascular Deaths Slows in US

June 29, 2016 — Recent national trends in death rates due to all cardiovascular disease (CVD), heart disease (HD), stroke, and cancer, have been evaluated by research, who also evaluated the gap between mortality ... read more

Next Flu Pandemic Could Double Past Cost Estimates

June 28, 2016 — Policy makers’ and public health officials’ proper reactions could hold down the total costs to U.S. GDP of an influenza outbreak. Otherwise, costs could be nearly double previous estimates, say ... read more

Some Viruses Could Survive on Children's Toys for Hours and Cause Infection, Study Finds

June 23, 2016 — Certain viruses, such as influenza, could survive on children's toys long enough to result in exposures, placing children at risk for getting infectious diseases, according to ... read more

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

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