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2011-08-30 18:52:49

TAU develops a Facebook application to track the path of infection From SARS to swine flu, virus outbreaks can be unpredictable – and devastating. But now a new application through the ubiquitous social networking site Facebook, developed in a Tel Aviv University lab, is poised to serve as a better indicator of how infections spread among populations. Dr. Gal Almogy and Prof. Nir Ben-Tal of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at TAU's George S. Wise Faculty of...

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2011-02-07 09:15:00

A team of British scientists claim that they have developed a new flu vaccine that could work against all currently identified strains of the ailment, according to a report in the UK newspaper The Guardian on Sunday. The researchers, led by Dr. Sarah Gilbert of Oxford University, have discovered a new technique that targets a different part of the influenza virus than most traditional vaccines. Rather than targeting the external coat of the virus, which is likely to mutate from year to year,...

2011-01-18 14:06:00

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The seasonal flu can be very serious for everybody. So serious, in fact, that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that nearly everyone get a flu vaccine. This is particularly true for seniors (adults 65 and older). As people age, it becomes more difficult for them to fight illness. As a result, older adults are at greater risk of serious flu-related complications, including pneumonia, hospitalization and even death....

2011-01-18 15:17:55

A collaborative project between researchers at the Trudeau Institute and their colleagues at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., offers new insights that may lead to an improved strategy to protect against the influenza virus and other viruses that infect the respiratory tract. The study examines the migration of white blood cells to the mucosal tissues of the nose in response to a viral infection. "As a result of this study, we learned that cells arrive early during the...

2011-01-13 17:45:24

Breakthrough could prevent future bird flu epidemics Chickens genetically modified to prevent them spreading bird flu have been produced by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. The scientists have successfully developed genetically modified (transgenic) chickens that do not transmit avian influenza virus to other chickens with which they are in contact. This genetic modification has the potential to stop bird flu outbreaks spreading within poultry flocks. This would not...

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2011-01-13 15:45:00

British scientists have successfully developed chickens that do not transmit bird flu infections, which could inevitably reduce the risk of deadly avian flu epidemics in humans. Scientists from Cambridge and Edinburgh universities report that although the chickens they genetically modified (GM) still fell ill to H5N1 bird flu and died, they did not transmit the virus to other chickens they came into contact with. "Preventing virus transmission in chickens should reduce the economic impact...

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2010-11-18 13:35:00

Health officials said Thursday that the first human case of bird flu in seven years has been diagnosed in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Department of Health said that a 59-year-old woman was hospitalized in serious condition after a trip to mainland China. She was diagnosed as having influenza A (H5), a variant of bird flu.  Officials said that it was unclear where she had contracted the disease. Her 60-year-old husband also developed possible symptoms of bird flu, but has since recovered....

2010-11-15 19:31:57

Mathematical method requires no animal tests, better predicts flu-vaccine targets Rice University scientists have found a way to predict rapidly whether a new strain of the influenza virus should be included in the annual seasonal flu vaccine. While it sometimes takes new flu strains up to three years to become dominant worldwide, the new method can predict whether they will become dominant as little as two weeks after the sequence first appears in the GenBank database, the National...

2010-09-20 07:01:00

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- With flu season just around the corner, Kmart announces that its 2010 annual walk-in flu clinics are now open through Nov. 15. Customers can receive their seasonal flu vaccination for $25, while supplies last, at any of the more than 900 Kmart Pharmacy walk-in flu clinic locations. Flu shots are administered by a trained practitioner and are free for those covered by Medicare Part B. Those who purchase a flu vaccination will also receive a...

2010-06-15 16:54:00

In London, Robert Webster, Ph.D., delivers the 2010 Leeuwenhoek Lecture to the world's oldest scientific academy, in recognition to his contributions to the field of virology MEMPHIS, Tenn., June 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Acclaimed virologist Robert Webster, Ph.D., of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, presented the 2010 Leeuwenhoek prize lecture today, a prestigious recognition awarded by the Royal Society in London. The Leeuwenhoek Lecture, named after microscopist Antony van...


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  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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