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2011-11-02 11:27:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- When a nurse with 30 years experience was asked if she gets a flu shot, Deborah Braun laughed and said, "Every year!" The Manassas, Virginia nurse said that she learned her lesson about the flu shot many years ago when she was working in pediatrics. "I didn't get the shot and despite all of my precautions of washing hands and keeping utensils wiped clean, I still became very sick. I've had a flu shot every year since," she said. Braun is just...

2011-10-27 15:39:01

Researchers have now identified and characterized adult stem cells that have the capacity to regenerate lung tissue. The findings, which come from studies of isolated human stem cells and of mice infected with a particularly nasty strain of H1N1 influenza virus, could lead to new regenerative therapies for acute and chronic airway diseases, according to the report published in the October 28th issue of the journal Cell, a Cell Press publication. "This virus is as close as you can get to...

Updated Flu Vaccines Needed
2011-10-26 13:40:06

Americans lining up for their annual flu shot might want to consider that the vaccines may be far less effective than thought, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Anna Yukhananov of Reuters reports that University of Minnesota disease specialist Michael Osterholm and his colleagues found the most common flu vaccine in the United States is effective for 59 percent of healthy adults, well below the 70 to 90 percent level previously reported. Stressing the...

2011-10-05 12:48:04

Press release from PLoS Medicine In this week's PLoS Medicine, Joseph Wu of the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong and colleagues report that using serological data coupled with clinical surveillance data can provide real-time estimates of the infection attack rates and severity in an emerging influenza pandemic. The authors say, "[Serological surveillance] strategies would be useful not only for situational awareness of influenza pandemics but also for pandemics caused by other...

2011-09-28 08:00:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A special initiative launched today aims to inform residents aged 65 years and older about the importance of influenza protection and the key role vaccination plays in helping to improve the body's immune response against the virus. Adults 65 years of age and older are typically the hardest hit by influenza. This new program, called Influenza Immunization for You, urges older adults to talk to their health-care provider about vaccine options....

2011-09-27 10:00:00

PHOENIX, Sept. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A flu clinic at Manzanita Senior Center today aims to inform older adults about the importance of influenza protection and the key role vaccination plays in helping to improve the body's immune response against the virus. Adults 65 years of age and older are typically the hardest hit by influenza, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). A new program launching in the Phoenix area today, called Influenza Immunization for...

2011-09-26 13:17:04

A compound tested by UT Southwestern Medical Center investigators destroys several viruses, including the deadly Spanish flu that killed an estimated 30 million people in the worldwide pandemic of 1918. This lead compound - which acts by increasing the levels of a human antiviral protein - could potentially be developed into a new drug to combat the flu, a virus that tends to mutate into strains resistant to anti-influenza drugs. "The virus is 'smart' enough to bypass inhibitors or...

2011-09-23 11:47:48

UCLA life scientists and their colleagues have discovered the first evidence of the H1N1 virus in animals in Africa. In one village in northern Cameroon, a staggering 89 percent of the pigs studied had been exposed to the H1N1 virus, commonly known as the swine flu. "I was amazed that virtually every pig in this village was exposed," said Thomas B. Smith, director of UCLA's Center for Tropical Research and the senior author of the research. "Africa is ground zero for a new pandemic. Many...

2011-09-23 11:23:38

Fresh insight into how viruses such as SARS and flu can jump from one species to another may help scientists predict the emergence of diseases in future. Researchers have shown that viruses are better able to infect species that are closely related to their typical target species than species that are distantly related. Their results suggest that when diseases make the leap to a distant species — such as bird flu infecting humans — they may then spread easily in species...

2011-09-23 07:18:51

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Preschool-aged children aren't just full of energy, but germs too. They have influenza infection rates 25 percent higher than other age groups. Vaccinating healthy children can help prevent spread of infection in the home and the community. A study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) found that vaccinating children aged two to four years against seasonal influenza resulted in a 34 percent decline in flu-like illnesses. "Although children younger than...


Latest Influenza pandemic 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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