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February 24, 2017

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February 24, 2017

Migration Routes Hold Key to Bird Flu Spread, Global Study Finds

Oct. 13, 2016 — Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks, experts ... read more

Better Insights Into Drivers of Avian Flu Outbreak

Oct. 13, 2016 — The 2014-15 outbreak of avian flu was likely driven by long-distant migrant birds, a new study reveals. The finding could help inform future efforts to thwart outbreaks. Beginning in 2014, a highly ... read more

Aug. 31, 2016 — A study into bird malaria could provide important clues about the causes of parasite co-infections in animals, including people, report investigators. They found that not only the bird's habitat ... 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

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

Migratory Birds Are Not a Reservoir for Highly Pathogenic Flu Viruses, Evidence Suggests

July 25, 2016 — The H5 avian influenza A virus that devastated North American poultry farms in 2014-15 was initially spread by migratory waterfowl, but evidence suggests such highly pathogenic flu viruses do not ... read more

It's All in the Genes: New Research Reveals Why Some Chickens Are Resistant to Bird Flu

July 14, 2016 — The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed. Until now, scientists around the world have paid little attention to the ... read more

Threat of Novel Swine Flu Viruses in Pigs, Humans

Apr. 26, 2016 — The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a ... 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

Feb. 17, 2016 — Scientists reveal how birds can carry potentially fatal infections to humans but not get ill. They say that the white blood cell in birds blocks growth of fatal infection, adding that this discovery ... read more

Safe to Cuddle With Pets While Home With a Cold or Flu

Jan. 13, 2016 — An infectious disease expert, while stopping short of actually prescribing in-home “pet therapy” for colds or flu, says that if having your companion by your side makes you feel better, go right ... read more

New NDV-H5NX Avian Influenza Vaccine Has Potential for Mass Vaccination of Poultry

Jan. 7, 2016 — In the course of three months, researchers were able to develop and test a new vaccine that protects chickens and other poultry from multiple strains of avian influenza found in the U.S., including ... read more

Why the Flu Vaccine Is Less Effective in the Elderly

Dec. 15, 2015 — Around this time every year, the flu virus infects up to one-fifth of the US population and kills thousands of people, many of them elderly. A new study now explains why the flu vaccine is less ... read more

Using 'Big Data' to Fight Flu

Dec. 9, 2015 — Thanks to 'big data', researchers have identified new molecules that are instrumental in the replication of the flu virus. If these host proteins are blocked, influenza viruses are unable ... read more

Nov. 24, 2015 — Eagles feasting on winterkill fish was the focus of fieldwork for an ornithology class for a student on the path to becoming an avian research assistant in ... read more

To Feed or Not to Feed: Researchers Engage Citizen Scientists in Reducing Bird-Window Collisions

Nov. 19, 2015 — Getting in touch with nature in an urbanized world can be as simple as putting a bird feeder in your backyard. However, what are the potential consequences of this act? Bird-window collisions are one ... read more

Evidence of Probable Transmission of Bird Flu Virus Between Two Unrelated Individuals

Nov. 19, 2015 — The first evidence of probable person to person transmission of avian influenza A (H7N9) virus has been documented between two unrelated individuals in a hospital in ... read more

Sep. 23, 2015 — A new study reveals the soft palate is a key site for evolution of airborne transmissibility. Scientists made the surprising finding while examining the H1N1 flu strain, which caused a 2009 pandemic ... read more

Flu Remedies Help Combat E. Coli Bacteria

Aug. 25, 2015 — If the intestinal bacteria level becomes unbalanced, it can cause diseases. Physiologists now reveal how a specific carbohydrate in the intestinal mucosa heavily multiplies certain E. coli bacteria ... read more

Aug. 24, 2015 — Medical researchers have found a way to induce antibodies to fight a wide range of influenza subtypes -- work that could one day eliminate the need for repeated seasonal flu ... read more

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