Latest Influenza pandemic Stories

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...

2011-11-04 10:12:51

While dual infections in Cambodia did not produce new strain, study cites need for continuous tracking against risk of different influenza viruses combining to create a new pandemic Researchers conducting influenza-like illness surveillance in Cambodia have confirmed a rare incidence of individuals becoming infected with a seasonal influenza and the pandemic strain at the same time, a reminder of the ongoing risk of distinct flu viruses combining in human hosts to produce a more lethal...

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...

Latest Influenza pandemic Reference Libraries

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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