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2014-04-10 16:24:04

Flu epidemics cause up to half a million deaths worldwide each year, and emerging strains continually threaten to spread to humans and cause even deadlier pandemics. A study published by Cell Press on April 10 in the journal Immunity reveals that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus. The findings pave the way for an urgently needed therapy that is highly effective against the flu virus...

2013-09-09 11:37:50

A new technology is showing promise as the basis for a much-needed home test to diagnose influenza quickly, before the window for taking antiviral drugs slams shut and sick people spread the virus to others, scientists reported here today. In a presentation at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), they described how it also could determine the specific strain of flu virus and help select the most effective drug for treatment. The meeting of the...

2013-08-31 23:03:48

According to a new report, obese persons are now regarded as a high risk group for complications from the flu virus. Diet Doc suggests losing unhealthy weight before the flu season arrives, offering medical diet plans to help clients avoid serious complications, including death, from this virus. Houston, TX (PRWEB) August 31, 2013 Approximately 500,000 people worldwide die each year of severe influenza, or the flu. According to a study sponsored by the World Health Organization, and...

Scientists Develop Flu Drug Effective Against Drug-Resistant Virus
2013-02-23 09:29:00

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists writing in the journal Science say they have found a new class of influenza drug is effective against drug-resistant strains of the flu virus. University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers published details about the development of a new drug candidate that is capable of preventing flu virus from spreading from one cell to the next. So far, the drug has tested successfully in mice trials, using lethal strains of the...

2012-11-15 11:36:10

Influenza curbs part of the immune system and abets bacterial infections When infected with influenza, the body becomes an easy target for bacteria. The flu virus alters the host's immune system and compromises its capacity to effectively fight off bacterial infections. Now, a team of immunologists at the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and cooperation partners has discovered that an immune system molecule called TLR7 is partly to blame. The molecule recognizes the viral...

2012-02-28 09:48:03

An emerging class of long-lasting flu vaccines could do more than just save people the trouble of an annual flu shot. Princeton University-based researchers have found that the "universal" vaccine could for the first time allow for the effective, wide-scale prevention of flu by limiting the influenza virus' ability to spread and mutate. Universal, or cross-protective, vaccines – so named for their effectiveness against several flu strains – are being developed in various labs...

2011-11-14 23:36:44

A commonly held theory says that flu virus originates every year in Southeast and Eastern Asia, making this region the source of seasonal flu epidemics in other parts of the world. However, researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore have found that influenza virus in tropical areas isn't the only global source of flu epidemics. The international team of scientists involved in the work found that any one of the urban centers they studied could act as a source for a flu...

2011-08-26 11:00:49

Why do some folks who take every precaution still get the flu, while others never even get the sniffles? It comes down to a person's immune system response to the flu virus, says Alfred Hero, professor at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. In one of the first known studies of its kind, Hero and colleagues from Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, used genomics to begin to unravel what in our complex genomic data accounts...


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  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
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This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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