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2009-08-20 11:20:00

CYPRESS, Calif., Aug. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Focus Diagnostics, the infectious disease diagnostics business of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), today announced that its Influenza A H1N1 (2009) Real Time RT-PCR test is now available as a test kit for use by "high complexity" clinical laboratories in the U.S. The test qualitatively detects the RNA of the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus ("pandemic virus") from a patient's nasal, nasopharyngeal or throat specimen. In combination...

2009-08-18 09:30:00

Emeryville, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Adamas Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a privately held company, announced today that it has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the United States Naval Health Research Center for preclinical studies evaluating Adamas' triple combination antiviral drug (TCAD) therapy for influenza A, including novel influenza A/H1N1. TCAD therapy includes Adamas' investigational proprietary fixed-dose oral combination drug, to be...

2009-06-16 08:35:00

Medical College researchers first to publish epidemiologic description of the country's largest swine origin influenza (H1N1) outbreak in MilwaukeeResearchers at The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee published the first initial paper describing the Milwaukee prevalence of the largest outbreak of novel swine origin influenza virus (S-OIV) in America in the June 11, 2009, online issue of Viruses. This corresponded to the announcement by World Health Organization of the first influenza...

2009-06-09 16:01:11

New Rochelle, NY, June 9, 2009"“A new, easy-to-perform method for detecting both seasonal influenza A virus and the emerging H1N1 swine-derived influenza A virus in human clinical samples offers a fast, sensitive, and cost-effective diagnostic test that runs on standard laboratory equipment. This timely and broadly applicable molecular technique is described in an article published online ahead of print in Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann...

2009-05-26 12:51:12

University of Maryland researchers see potential new treatment approach in targeting immune response to virus Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have found that an approved drug for treating rheumatoid arthritis reduces severe illness and death in mice exposed to the Influenza A virus. Their findings suggest that tempering the response of the body's immune system to influenza infection may alleviate some of the more severe symptoms and even reduce mortality from this...

2009-05-14 10:03:00

Researchers at the University of Rochester have developed a mathematical model to predict immune responses to infection with influenza A viruses, including novel viruses such as the emergent 2009 influenza A (H1N1). This model examines the contributions of specific sets of immune cells in fighting influenza A virus. The model also helps predict when during the immune response to viral infection antiviral therapy would be most effective. The project was conducted by investigators funded...

2008-12-19 16:07:57

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Influenza A (H1N1) is showing resistance to the drug oseltamivir (Tamiflu). The agency based in Atlanta said patients suspected of having Influenza A should instead be treated with the antiviral drug Relenza or a combination Tamiflu and rimantadine. The CDC issued the health alert advisory Friday after studying preliminary flu data from a limited number of states. The CDC said this year's flu vaccine is expected to be effective in...

2008-08-26 15:01:07

University of Texas and Rutgers researchers have reported a discovery that could help scientists develop drugs to fight bird flu and other influenza strains. The scientists identified the three-dimensional structure of an influenza A virus protein that plays a central role in suppressing a person's natural defenses to infection and paves the way for the virus to spread. This so-called NS1 virus protein is shared by all influenza A viruses including avian influenza, or bird flu, as well as...

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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...

2008-08-13 09:01:15

MDRNA, Inc. (Nasdaq: MRNA) announced today positive in vivo efficacy data on its proprietary RNAi-based therapeutic for the treatment of multiple strains of influenza A virus in animal models. The in vivo data were presented by Shaguna Seth, Ph.D., Associate Director at MDRNA, Inc., at the XIV International Congress of Virology in Istanbul, Turkey. "Our Influenza Program is a superb example of the convergence of both our novel RNAi technologies and proprietary drug delivery capabilities,"...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
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