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Influenza And Parkinson Drug Also Effective In Treating Pathological Gambling
Source: Alcohol / Addiction / Illegal Drugs News From Medical News Today [2013.06.11]
Amantadine, a substance used for treating influenza and Parkinson, could be a new treatment option for pathological gambling according to researchers from Gabriele d'Annunzio University in Chieti, Italy, reporting at the 23rd Meeting of the European Neurological Society (ENS) in Barcelona. About 3,000 experts are gathering to discuss current developments in their field...
FDA Approves Sanofi's 4-Strain Influenza Vaccine
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.06.11]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just announced the approval of the first and only 4-strain influenza vaccine for children as young as 6 months. Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the French drugmaker Sanofi, said its Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine provides better protection from flu compared to the older three-strain vaccines...
New Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine Gets FDA Nod
Source: Medscape Infectious Diseases Headlines [2013.06.10]
Fluzone Quadrivalent is the first and only 4-strain flu vaccine approved for use in children aged as young as 6 months.
Influenza Virus Mutations Could Result In Pandemic Flu
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.06.07]
If two recently emerged avian influenza virus strains mutate and acquire the ability to become easily human transmissible, they could create a pandemic flu, researchers from MIT reported in the journal Cell. The two bird (avian) flu strains - H5N1 and H7N9 - do not currently transmit easily from human-to-human. However, it would only take one or just a few genetic mutations to change all that...
Studies Of Two Influenza Viruses Reveals Mutations That Could Cause Pandemic
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.06.06]
Influenza viruses that emerge from birds or pigs can create pandemic flu if they gain the ability to spread from person to person. New research from MIT shows that two recently emerged bird flu strains, which do not spread easily now, could become much more infectious with just one or a few genetic mutations...
Protection Against Post-Influenza Bacterial Superinfection Offered By Interleukin-22
Source: Respiratory / Asthma News From Medical News Today [2013.06.03]
Researchers from the Pasteur Institute, Lille, France have shown in a mouse model that interleukin-22 protects against bacterial superinfections that can arise following influenza. Their research is published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Virology...
No Benefit Of Double Dose Antiviral Drug For Severe Influenza
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.05.31]
Findings have major implications for stockpiling drugs during pandemics, say experts There are no virological or clinical benefits of giving double doses of the antiviral drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to patients admitted to hospital with severe influenza, finds a large study from South East Asia published on bmj.com today...
Transmission Of H7N9 Influenza Virus Studied Through Animal Model
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.28]
An international team of scientists has proved that the H7N9 influenza virus is efficiently transmitted when animals are in close contact -- defined in the study as touching, coughing and the exchange of bodily fluids...
Singapore's First Home-Grown Influenza Vaccine In Phase 1 Clinical Trial
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.05.21]
The vaccine based on Cytos' Virus-Like Particle technology may open the door to accelerated production of influenza vaccines in Singapore Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Switzerland's Cytos Biotechnology AG today announced that the first healthy volunteer has been dosed in a Phase 1 clinical trial with their H1N1 influenza vaccine candida...
Evidence Of Host Adaptation Of Avian-Origin Influenza A Virus
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.17]
A novel avian-origin reassortant influenza A (H7N9) virus emerged in China in February 2013, and is associated with severe lower respiratory tract diseases. To date, more than 100 human cases of infection, including at least 20 deaths, have been reported in China. Three early cases of infection were described in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China...
Study Identifies Influenza Viruses Circulating In Pigs And Birds That Could Pose A Risk To Humans
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.14]
In the summer of 1968, a new strain of influenza appeared in Hong Kong. This strain, known as H3N2, spread around the globe and eventually killed an estimated 1 million people. A new study from MIT reveals that there are many strains of H3N2 circulating in birds and pigs that are genetically similar to the 1968 strain and have the potential to generate a pandemic if they leap to humans...
Source Of H7N9 Avian Influenza Virus Causing Human Infections Identified
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.04.27]
In March 2013, a novel H7N9 influenza virus was identified in China as the etiological agent of a flu-like disease in humans, resulting in some deaths...
Source: MedicineNet Bioterrorism Specialty [2013.02.20]
Title: Flu (Influenza)
Category: Diseases and Conditions
Created: 12/31/1997 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 2/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Influenza A (H3N2)v: What Goes Around Comes Around
Source: MedicineNet oseltamivir Specialty [2012.08.22]
Title: Influenza A (H3N2)v: What Goes Around Comes Around
Category: Doctor's & Expert's views on Symptoms
Created: 1/9/2012 5:23:00 PM
Last Editorial Review: 8/22/2012 12:00:00 AM
Breaking The Cycle Of Transmission With Flu Vaccines Aimed At Younger Populations
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.06.14]
The huge value of vaccinating more children and young adults for influenza is being seriously underestimated, experts say in a new report, while conventional wisdom and historic vaccine programs have concentrated on the elderly and those at higher risk of death and serious complications...
Last Flu Season Hit Seniors Hard
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease [2013.06.14]
(MedPage Today) -- During the 2012-2013 influenza season, the hospitalization rate among people 65 and older was the highest it's been since the CDC started keeping track during the 2005-2006 season.
Increased Access To Paid Sick Days May Reduce Workplace Flu Cases
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.06.13]
New research from the American Journal of Public Health reveals a reduction in flu cases when access to paid sick days is made available in the workplace. Researchers used an agent-based model to evaluate the transmission patterns of influenza in workplaces under different scenarios...
CDC Releases New H7N9 Testing Recommendations
Source: Medscape Family Medicine Headlines [2013.06.11]
Only patients who meet specific exposure criteria and have respiratory illness severe enough to require hospitalization should be tested for H7N9 influenza, according to new CDC recommendations.
Medscape Medical News
New Insight Into Fighting Bird Flu Offered By The Duck Genome
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.06.11]
The duck genome consortium, consisting of scientists from China Agricultural University, BGI, University of Edinburgh and other institutes has completed the genome sequencing and analysis of the duck (Anas platyrhynchos), one principal natural host of influenza A viruses, which caused a new epidemic in China in February...
Majority Of Healthcare Personnel Accept Mandatory Flu Vaccination
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.06.11]
Mandatory influenza (flu) vaccination, as a condition of employment, did not lead to excessive voluntary termination, according to a four-year analysis of vaccination rates at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, IL. Flu infections result in approximately 150,000 hospital admissions and 24,000 deaths annually...
Broad Protection To Pandemic Flu Strains, Including 1918 Flu, Provided By Gene Therapy In Mouse Model
Source: Bio-terrorism / Terrorism News From Medical News Today [2013.05.31]
Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania have developed a new gene therapy to thwart a potential influenza pandemic. Specifically, investigators in the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, directed by James M...
Experts Call For Increased Monitoring Of Drug Resistant Bird Flu
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.29]
Drug resistance was detected in more than half of human H5N1 viruses in a new study published in the journal Antiviral Research, causing experts to call for increased monitoring of the bird flu. Highly pathogenic influenza viruses (H5N1) mostly impact birds but can sometimes cross the species barrier and infect people...
Boosting Body's Natural Killers May Be The Way Forward For Fighting Flu
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2013.05.28]
A known difficulty in fighting influenza (flu) is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown recently that another, more promising, approach is to focus on improving drugs that boost the body's natural flu killer system...
Swine Flu, Bird Flu And Pandemic Vaccination
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.25]
As the world prepares for what may be the next pandemic strain of influenza virus, in the H7N9 bird flu, a new UC Irvine study reveals that the 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic was deadliest for people under the age of 65, while those 65 and over had greater immunity due to previous exposure to similar viruses...
Low Population Immunity Predicted If New Bird Flu Virus H7N9 Escalates Into A Human Pandemic
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.24]
The level of immunity to the recently circulating H7N9 influenza virus in an urban and rural population in Vietnam is very low, according to the first population level study to examine human immunity to the virus, which was previously only found in birds. The findings have implications for planning the public health response to this pandemic threat...
Computer Model Predicts When Viruses Become Infectious
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.23]
A new computer model could help scientists predict when a particular strain of avian influenza might become infectious from bird to human, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Data Mining and Bioinformatics...
Measures Necessary To Prevent Possible Bird Flu Pandemic
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.15]
On 31 March 2013, the Chinese National Health and Family Planning Commission announced human cases of novel H7N9 influenza virus infections...
Flu In Pregnancy Increases Child's Risk Of Bipolar Disorder
Source: Bipolar News From Medical News Today [2013.05.09]
Women who catch the flu during pregnancy may put their child at increased risk of bipolar disorder later in life, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry. In the past, studies have demonstrated a link between gestational influenza and schizophrenia in offspring, showing that a mother's flu during pregnancy may increase a child's risk of schizophrenia...
Mapping The Risks Of H7N9 Bird Flu Infection
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.07]
A map of avian influenza (H7N9) risk is presented in Biomed Central's open access journal Infectious Diseases of Poverty. The map is comprised of bird migration patterns, and adding in estimations of poultry production and consumption, which are used to infer future risk and to advise on ways to prevent infection...
Scientists Pursue New Therapies As Deadly H7N9 Flu Spreads In China
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.05.06]
An experimental drug has shown promise in treating influenza, preventing lung injury and death from the virus in preclinical studies, according to University of Maryland School of Medicine researchers publishing in the journal Nature. The scientists found that a drug called Eritoran can protect mice from death after they have been infected with a lethal dose of influenza virus...
Sewage Study Reveals Half Of Tamiflu Prescriptions Went Unused During 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic
Source: Compliance News From Medical News Today [2013.04.20]
A new study concludes that approximately half of the prescriptions of Tamiflu during the 2009-10 influenza pandemic went unused in England. The unused medication represents approximately 600,000 courses of Tamiflu at a cost of around 7.8 million pounds to the UK taxpayer...
Pandemic, Emergency Preparedness Lacking In Majority Of US Schools
Source: Bio-terrorism / Terrorism News From Medical News Today [2012.09.19]
Many U.S. schools are not prepared for bioterrorism attacks, outbreaks of emerging infectious diseases or pandemics, despite the recent 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic that resulted in more than 18,000 deaths worldwide, Saint Louis University researchers say. The study, led by Terri Rebmann, Ph.D...
Higher dose of flu vaccine improves response in elderly
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Infections
High-dose influenza vaccines may increase elderly patients' immune response without significant adverse effects.