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2009-03-18 09:06:42

New method could improve vaccines for both seasonal flu and bird flu A new computerized method of testing could help world health officials better identify flu vaccines that are effective against multiple strains of the disease. Rice University scientists who created the method say tests of data from bird flu and seasonal flu outbreaks suggest their method can better gauge the efficacy of proposed vaccines than can tests used today. Rice's Michael Deem, the lead scientist on the project, will...

2009-03-03 13:44:05

A vaccine to protect humans from a bird flu pandemic is within reach after a new discovery by researchers at the University of Melbourne, Australia The discovery, published today in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals how boosting T cell immunity could better protect humans from a bird flu pandemic. The continued spread of the highly virulent "bird flu" virus has experts worried that we are facing a new potential influenza pandemic which could transfer...

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2009-02-24 13:25:00

If a bird flu pandemic were to break out today, it would take the world's drug manufacturers four years to meet the demand, according to a World Health Organization study. The best case scenario would still require a minimum of 18 months to develop enough flu vaccine doses for the world's population in the event of a bird flu pandemic, authors of the study said. Global demand for traditional flu vaccines is near 500 million doses annually, but capacity is running at 800 million doses a year...

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2009-02-04 14:01:09

Roche, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, said Wednesday, that about 220 million doses of Tamiflu, the vaccine against bird flu, are in the hands of governments worldwide. "There are 220 million treatments in the hand of governments for a first line treatment," Williams Burns, head of Roche's pharmaceutical division, said at a news conference. According to Burns, the quantity of Tamiflu held by the government is a "modest level of preparedness" given that the world population stands at over six...

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2009-01-30 07:22:34

Thursday, researchers in Japan said they had developed a flu vaccine that works against multiple viruses and might prevent a deadly pandemic of bird flu mutations. According to Tetsuya Uchida, a researcher at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases, the research team has tested the vaccine on mice implanted with human genes, which confirms that it works even if flu viruses mutate. Right now, flu vaccines use proteins that cover the surface of viruses, but the protein frequently mutates...

2009-01-20 10:01:57

Chinese officials say a 16-year-old boy is hospitalized with avian influenza, the fourth case of bird flu reported in China this month. The boy fell ill on January 8 in Guizhou Province and is hospitalized in Huaihua City in critical condition. The Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention said the patients tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian influenza. The patient had contact with poultry, Xinhua, China's state-run news service reported Tuesday. A two-year-old girl remains...

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2008-10-12 09:15:00

Calling it the "nuttiest thing" he'd ever heard, Defense Secretary Robert Gates laughed off claims by Indonesia's health minister that shipments of bird flu virus to a U.S. research laboratory had been halted for fear Washington might use them to make biological weapons. However, buried deep inside an 86-page supplement to the United States' export regulations is a single sentence that prohibits U.S. exports of vaccines for avian bird flu to five countries designated as state sponsors of...

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2008-08-25 11:45:00

Rutgers, University of Texas at Austin researchers determine 3-D structure of a key site on a flu protein that suppresses human defenses to infectionResearchers at Rutgers University and The University of Texas at Austin have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight the much-feared bird flu and other virulent strains of influenza.The researchers have determined the three-dimensional structure of a site on an influenza A virus protein that binds to one of its...

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2008-07-16 09:58:20

Scientists and researchers have taken a big step closer to a cure for the most common strain of avian influenza, or "bird flu," the potential pandemic that has claimed more than 200 lives and infected nearly 400 people in 14 countries since it was identified in 2003. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, in conjunction with scientists from China and Singapore, have crystallized and characterized the structure of one of the most important protein...

2006-08-24 10:37:26

By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - Leading scientists called on Thursday for the establishment of a global consortium to share genetic data from bird flu cases, deemed vital for tracking mutations and developing a vaccine against a human pandemic. In a letter to science journal Nature, 70 scientists and health officials said the current level of collecting and sharing of data on the H5N1 avian influenza virus was "inadequate ... given the magnitude of the threat." In its press...