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April 26, 2017

Apr. 10, 2017 — A transgenic mouse has been developed that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global ... read more

Using Nanoparticles to Detect Deadly Viruses

Apr. 18, 2017 — A system composed of two different types of nanoparticles can be used to accurately, sensitively and quickly detect ... read more

Mar. 28, 2017 — Scientists have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and ... read more

A Little Nudge May Provide a Big Boost to Flu Vaccination Rates

Mar. 27, 2017 — Currently, only 44 percent of adults in the United States receive an annual flu vaccination. But, a new study suggests that a simple behavioral economics technique may be able to help. In the study, ... read more

Effective One-Shot Vaccination of Newborns Moves Closer to Reality

Mar. 23, 2017 — Newborns are highly vulnerable to infections and don't respond optimally to most vaccines because their young immune systems typically mount weak antibody responses. Now, researchers report ... read more

Vaccines Do Work for Pandemic Flu, Says Study

Mar. 14, 2017 — Vaccines are successful in preventing pandemic flu and reducing the number of patients hospitalized as a result of the illness, a study has ... read more

Mar. 13, 2017 — In February 2017, a new A(H7N9) virus -- indicating high pathogenicity in poultry -- was detected in three patients connected to Guangdong, China, as well as in environmental and poultry samples. ... read more

Patients More Likely to Get Flu Shots When Doctors Make Appointments

Mar. 10, 2017 — Doctors who take a proactive stance and schedule flu shots for patients can dramatically increase vaccination rates, new research has ... read more

Asthmatics Less Able to Fight Off Flu

Mar. 9, 2017 — People with asthma are likely to have worse symptoms when they get the flu because they have weaker immune systems, new research has ... read more

Dampened Immunity During Pregnancy Promotes Evolution of More Virulent Flu

Mar. 8, 2017 — During pregnancy, a mother's immune system is suppressed to protect the fetus, which is perceived as a foreign body because it is genetically different. A study in mice found that suppressed ... read more

Mar. 8, 2017 — Patients could one day self-administer vaccines using a needleless, pill-sized technology that jet-releases a stream of vaccine inside the mouth, according to a proof-of-concept ... read more

Parental Concerns Reduce Uptake of Child Flu Vaccine

Mar. 8, 2017 — The first study investigating parental attitudes towards the UK's child flu vaccine has found concerns about safety and side effects may negatively influence uptake, and recommends that public ... read more

Common Cold Can Be Surprisingly Dangerous for Transplant Patients

Mar. 8, 2017 — A typically ‘mild’ respiratory virus can turn into deadly pneumonia in the vulnerable population of transplant patients, pointing to a need for effective medication and better ... read more

In a Bad Flu Season, High-Dose Flu Vaccine Appeared Better at Preventing Deaths in Seniors

Mar. 2, 2017 — Older adults are at high risk for serious complications from flu and account for a majority of flu-related deaths and hospitalizations. H3N2 influenza viruses typically hit this age group ... read more

US Workers Without Paid Sick Leave More Likely to Forego Preventive Health Care

Mar. 1, 2017 — More than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and do not have to pay for 15 preventive screenings recommended by the US Preventive ... read more

Genetic Variant Linked to Overactive Inflammatory Response

Feb. 28, 2017 — Genetic variation is the reason why some immune systems overreact to viruses, researchers have ... read more

New Antiviral Drug Cuts Cytomegalovirus Infection, Improves Survival in Patients Undergoing Donor Stem Cell Transplant

Feb. 24, 2017 — In a significant advance in improving the safety of donor stem cell transplants, a major clinical trial has shown that a novel agent can protect against the most common viral infection that patients ... read more

In First, Scientists Forecast West Nile Virus Outbreaks

Feb. 24, 2017 — Scientists, for the first time, are reporting a method to accurately predict the timing and intensity of West Nile Virus (WNV) ... read more

Global Vaccine Injury System Needed to Improve Public Health

Feb. 23, 2017 — A global vaccine injury compensation system administered through the World Health Organization would address the global public health issue of vaccine injuries, experts ... read more

Scientists Close in on Cracking 'Enigma Code' of Common Cold

Feb. 23, 2017 — Scientists say they are a step closer to cracking, what researchers have dubbed, the 'enigma code' of the common cold ... read more

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