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April 28, 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

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

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

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

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

Proteins in Your Runny Nose Could Reveal a Viral Infection

Feb. 22, 2017 — It may seem obvious, but the key to confirming whether someone is suffering from a cold or flu virus might lie at the misery's source -- the inflamed passages of the nose and throat. Scientists ... read more

Asthma Drugs Could Prevent Prevent Deadly Form of Pneumonia, Research Suggests

Feb. 22, 2017 — Two drugs used to treat asthma and allergies may offer a way to prevent a form of pneumonia that can kill up to 40 percent of people who contract it, researchers at the University of Virginia School ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — A team has found a way to identify the small population of circulating helper T cells present in the blood after an annual flu vaccine to monitor their contribution to antibody strength. A technique ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — In an effort to one day eliminate the need for an annual flu shot, a group of researchers is exploring the surface of influenza viruses, which are covered by a protein called “hemagglutinin” ... read more

Who Needs a Flu Shot? Not Me

Feb. 8, 2017 — What impact do public health messages actually have on us? Are we going to race out and get our flu shot? According to a communication researcher, probably not. And it's not because we think ... read more

Common Pain Relievers May Increase Heart Attack Risk During Respiratory Infections

Feb. 2, 2017 — Widely used pain relievers may increase the risk of a heart attack when used during a cold or flu-like illness, according to a new study. The findings suggest physicians and patients should use ... read more

Migrating Birds May Bring Bird Flu to North America

Jan. 31, 2017 — The highly pathogenic influenza strain currently infecting wild birds and domestic poultry in several European countries could be transmitted to birds in North America as migratory flyways of some ... read more

Jan. 31, 2017 — A new hand-held breath monitor can potentially detect the flu ... read more

Recent Upsurge of A(H7N9) Flu Cases in China

Jan. 30, 2017 — At present, the most immediate threat to EU citizens is to those living or visiting influenza A(H7N9)-affected areas in China concludes the updated rapid risk assessment. Caution should be taken by ... read more

Critical Anti-Viral Role of Biological Molecule Discovered

Jan. 26, 2017 — The scientists discovered a key role of a 'protector' molecule that fights the common flu. The biological molecule - STAT3 - is key in fighting a whole suite of viruses. This discovery may ... read more

Jan. 23, 2017 — A new study is the first to explore racial factors and how they may influence attitudes and behaviors towards the flu ... read more

Team Uncovers Cellular Responses to Bird Flu Vaccine

Jan. 19, 2017 — New research eavesdrops on gene expression in human immune system cells before and after vaccination against bird flu, exposing cellular responses associated with a vaccine constituent called AS03, ... read more

Evolution of Avian Influenza Examined

Jan. 18, 2017 — Influenza experts have examined how the evolution of proteins found on the surfaces of flu viruses has impacted their ability to infect migratory birds and poultry and cause avian ... read more

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