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2012-05-10 02:30:32

THE RESULTS ARE IN: CANADA FAILS THE FLU TEST! MONTREAL, May 10, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - As the flu season comes to an end, the Quebec and BC Lung Associations reveal discouraging results from Canada's first national Flu Report Card. This is worrisome news given that 25% of Canadians still got the flu during a mild season with the same flu strains circulating since 2010. Top honours go to British Columbia, who received an overall grade of A, while Quebec received the lowest score of F,...

H1N1 Discovery Paves Way For Universal Flu Vaccine
2012-05-08 07:47:34

University of British Columbia researchers have found a potential way to develop universal flu vaccines and eliminate the need for seasonal flu vaccinations. Each year, seasonal influenza causes serious illnesses in three to five million people and 200,000 to 500,000 deaths. The 2009 H1N1 pandemic killed more than 14,000 people worldwide. Meanwhile, public health and bioterrorism concerns are heightened by new mutations of the H5N1 "bird flu" virus, published last week by the journal...

Controversial Avian Flu Research Finally Published
2012-05-03 07:05:51

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com A controversial report regarding avian flu research was finally published on May 3 in the journal Nature. The research, which studies how the avian H5N1 influenza spreads among mammals, had been contested by a government review panel who wanted to stop the report from being published. According to Med Page Today, the study finds four key mutations in a gene of the H5N1 avian flu that helps it adjust to mammals. The debate about the publication of the...

2012-04-04 12:38:59

SLU Research: An Enhanced Flu Vaccine Does the Trick An intranasal vaccine that includes four weakened strains of influenza could do a better job in protecting children from the flu than current vaccines, Saint Louis University research shows. Before each influenza season, scientists predict which strains of flu will be circulating and make a trivalent vaccine that includes three strains of influenza -- two of influenza A and one of influenza B. The ability to add another strain of...

Controversial Bird Flu Research Safe To Publish
2012-04-02 07:42:20

A panel of US science research experts that had previously barred publication of research on key details of a mutant strain of H5N1 bird flu, reversed that decision on Friday, saying two papers on the research are okay to publish after all. The announcement came after Dutch and US scientists made revisions to the research, and after an extensive review by the US National Science Advisory Board for Insecurity (NSABB). The panel opposed publication of the research in December because it...

2012-03-29 14:21:40

QUEBEC CITY, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Medicago Inc. (TSX: MDG), a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing highly effective and competitive vaccines based on proprietary manufacturing technologies and Virus-Like Particles (VLPs), today announced its operational and financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. The Company's financial statements and management report are available at www.sedar.com and at www.medicago.com.  The Company also...

2012-03-28 00:56:20

The H1N1 flu pandemic in 2009 underscored weaknesses in methods widely used to diagnose the flu, from frequent false negatives to long wait times for results. Now Boston University researchers have developed a prototype of a rapid, low-cost, accurate, point-of-care device that promises to provide clinicians with an effective tool to quickly diagnose both seasonal and pandemic strains of influenza, and thus limit the spread of infection. Boston University Biomedical Engineering Associate...

Gene Can Transform Mild Flu Into A Life-threatening Disease
2012-03-26 07:13:43

An international team of researchers has discovered a human genetic flaw that could explain why influenza makes some people more sick than others. Reporting in the journal Nature, British and American researchers, led by the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI) in the UK, said the variant of the IFITM3 gene was much more common in people hospitalized for the flu than in those who were able to fight the disease at home. The researchers said this could explain why during the 2009/10...


Latest H5N1 Reference Libraries

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2011-02-17 15:02:05

Influenza A virus causes influenza in birds and some mammals. It is a genus of the Orthomyxoviridae family of viruses. Although the virus is uncommon several strains have been isolated from wild birds. Some can cause severe disease in domestic poultry and sometimes in humans. They are negative sense, single-stranded, segmented RNA viruses. Each subtype has mutated into a variety of strains with different pathogenic profiles. There is a vaccine for humans incase there is an avian influenza, or...

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