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Improved understanding of influenza evolution
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.02.28]
Researchers at Columbia University and the University of Cologne have created a new model to successfully predict the evolution of the influenza virus from one year to the next. This advance in our understanding of influenza suggests a new, systematic way to select influenza vaccine strains. The findings appear in the journal Nature.The flu is one of the major infectious diseases in humans.
Researchers discover immune signature that predicts poor outcome in influenza patients
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.02.13]
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital identifies factors that predict flu severity in patients and sets the stage for more effective therapies to prevent flu complications and deathsSt.
Potential treatment found for drug-resistant H7N9 influenza virus
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.01.20]
The novel avian H7N9 influenza virus has caused more than 130 human infections with 43 deaths in China. New research, conducted under the supervision of Kansas State University's Juergen Richt, is showing promise in helping to fight this deadly virus.
Some indigenous groups more susceptible to the effects of the new strain of influenza in China
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.01.15]
Research indicated that some Indigenous people such as in Alaska and Australia displayed limited immunity response to the effects of influenza.
Preparing against Tamiflu-resistant influenza viruses
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.12.11]
Researchers in Umea and Uppsala have found that residues of the influenza drug Tamiflu in our environment can make the influenza virus in birds resistant. This can have serious consequences in the event of an influenza pandemic.
FDA approves first adjuvanted vaccine for prevention of H5N1 avian influenza
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.11.26]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first adjuvanted vaccine for the prevention of H5N1 influenza, commonly known as avian or bird flu. The vaccine, Influenza A (H5N1) Virus Monovalent Vaccine, Adjuvanted, is for use in people 18 years of age and older who are at increased risk of exposure to the H5N1 influenza virus.
Sniffing out avian influenza virus
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.10.18]
New research from the Monell Chemical Senses Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals how diseases can modify animal odors in subtle ways. In a recent study published in the public access journal /em>PLOS ONE, scientists examined how infection with avian influenza (AIV) alters fecal odors in mallards.
Novel avian influenza A virus has potential for both virulence and transmissibility in humans
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.09.13]
A new study has found that a novel avian-origin H7N9 influenza A virus, which has recently emerged in humans, attaches moderately or abundantly to the epithelium of both the upper and lower respiratory tracts. This pattern has not been observed before for avian influenza A viruses.
Scientists describe genesis, evolution of H7N9 influenza virus
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.08.25]
An international team of influenza researchers in China, the United Kingdom and the United States has used genetic sequencing to trace the source and evolution of the avian H7N9 influenza virus that emerged in humans in China earlier this year.
Wrapping another layer of biosecurity around influenza studies
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.08.13]
An approach that adds a safety feature to laboratory-based studies on avian influenza viruses is presented in a paper published online this week in Nature Biotechnology. This method could further strengthen the biosafety of 'gain-of-function' influenza studies, and may reduce the risk of the virus causing illness in humans that come into contact with these laboratory strains.
Tests Fail To Identify Resistance Of H7N9 Influenza Strain To Antivirals
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.07.18]
Some strains of the avian H7N9 influenza that emerged in China this year have developed resistance to the only antiviral drugs available to treat the infection, but testing for antiviral resistance can give misleading results, helping hasten the spread of resistant strains.
Source: MedicineNet Eustachian Tube Problems 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 zanamivir 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
Strategies for developing new antiviral flu drugs
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.03.03]
New analysis of the influenza A virus by scientists at the University of Hertfordshire shows potential for developing new anti-viral drugs which are more likely to be universally effective against the flu virus originating from avian, swine or human virus strains.
Flu Vax Duo May Spike Fever in Kids
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics [2014.03.03]
(MedPage Today) -- The risk for post-vaccination fever was significantly higher in children who received trivalent inactivated influenza and pneumococcal (PCV13) vaccines together compared with children who were given either vaccine alone, researchers reported.
Seasonal flu vaccine may cut stroke risk
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.02.24]
Having the seasonal flu jab could reduce the risk of suffering a stroke by almost a quarter, researchers have found.Academics from the University of Lincoln and The University of Nottingham in the UK discovered that patients who had been vaccinated against influenza were 24% less likely to suffer a stroke in the same flu season.Their findings are reported in the scientific journal Vaccine.
What is H7N9 bird flu? What is the pandemic risk?
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.02.23]
Infection with the flu virus H7N9 is normally confined to poultry birds - but it was first found to have infected a human in March 2013, going on to cause 132 infections in people during that spring, and leading to 44 deaths.1,2The H7N9 virus is an avian influenza. The bird flu does not usually cross to humans, and when zoonosis does occur, it is a rare event.
Conventional wisdom challenged and some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance solved
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.02.19]
A new study reconstructing the evolutionary tree of flu viruses challenges conventional wisdom and solves some of the mysteries surrounding flu outbreaks of historical significance.The study, published in the journal Nature, provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the evolutionary relationships of influenza virus across different host species over time.
Novel immune signature 'predicts severity of flu symptoms'
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.02.11]
New research recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine details the discovery of an immune signature that may predict whether patients who have been newly diagnosed with influenza are likely to develop severe symptoms and experience poor outcomes.The research team, led by Investigators from St.
Tracking avian flu as it stalks Egypt
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.02.10]
Since its first identification in Asia, highly pathogenic avian influenza - H5N1 - has caused significant alarm in the scientific community. While the virus' primary target is birds - tens of millions have already died from it - it is capable of infecting mammals, including humans, causing serious illness and a frightening rate of mortality.
First human case of new bird flu virus confirmed in China
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2014.02.05]
A new report published in The Lancet details the world's first confirmed case of human infection with a new avian influenza virus that has genetically evolved from the H10N8 virus. A 73-year-old woman from Nanchang City in China died 9 days after the onset of illness from the infection.On November 30th, 2013, the woman visited a hospital with symptoms of fever and severe pneumonia.
Flu vaccine suggested for working-age adults with diabetes
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.01.28]
All people with diabetes should receive influenza vaccination, according to guidelines in most high-income countries, but there has been little evidence to back this policy.
The difficulties encountered seeking a better flu vaccine
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.01.26]
Currently approved flu vaccines are less effective in the elderly, yet an estimated 90% of influenza-related deaths occur in people over 65. A paper published in PLOS Pathogens reports on the challenges scientists encountered when they were trying to develop a better flu vaccine.
Anti-swine flu vaccination linked to increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults
Source: Flu / Cold / SARS News From Medical News Today [2014.01.22]
Pandemrix is an influenza vaccination, created in 2009 to combat H1N1, known as Swine Flu. Now, a team of Swedish clinicians testing the vaccine for links to immune-related or neurological diseases have linked Pandemrix to an increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults.
Predicting disease outbreak through internet surveillance
Source: Tropical Diseases News From Medical News Today [2014.01.21]
The habit of Googling for an online diagnosis before visiting a GP can provide early warning of an infectious disease epidemic.In a new study published in Lancet Infectious Diseases, internet-based surveillance has been found to detect infectious diseases such Dengue Fever and Influenza up to two weeks earlier than traditional surveillance methods.
New strain of bird flu packs a punch even after becoming drug-resistant
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.12.13]
Researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported that a virulent new strain of influenza - the virus that causes the flu - appears to retain its ability to cause serious disease in humans even after it develops resistance to antiviral medications. The finding was included in a study that was published in the journal Nature Communications.
Emerging bird flu strain still poorly adapted for infecting humans
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.12.10]
Avian influenza virus H7N9, which killed several dozen people in China earlier this year, has not yet acquired the changes needed to infect humans easily, according to a new study by scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI).
Identification of emerging threats may be aided by 1950s pandemic bird flu virus
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.12.05]
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists have evidence that descendants of the H2N2 avian influenza A virus that killed millions worldwide in the 1950s still pose a threat to human health, particularly to those under 50. The research has been published in an advance online edition of the Journal of Virology.
Spread of deadly new avian flu may be prevented by food additive
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.10.24]
A common food additive can block a deadly new strain of avian influenza virus from infecting healthy cells, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine in the online journal, PLOS ONE.
First probable person to person transmission of new bird flu virus in China
Source: Bird Flu / Avian Flu News From Medical News Today [2013.08.07]
The first report of probable person to person transmission of the new avian influenza A (H7N9) virus in Eastern China is published on bmj.com .The findings provide the strongest evidence yet of H7N9 transmission between humans, but the authors stress that its ability to transmit itself is "limited and non-sustainable."Avian influenza A (H7N9) virus was recently identified in Eastern China.
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.