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2012-07-12 07:41:34

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online In containing a recent bird flu outbreak, 2.5 million birds were killed in Mexico. According to Mexico´s Ministry of Agriculture, many of these birds were slaughtered during the past three weeks at poultry farms. Officials traveled to 148 poultry farms, found bird flu in 31 of those farms, and discovered that 34 other farms did not have any of the viruses. There was a total of 3.4 million affected poultry. "The number of birds...

Gene Study Shows Flu Connection With Severe Infections
2012-06-29 08:38:14

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The common cold, otherwise known as the flu, can creep up on unsuspecting people. It can leave people with fevers, sore throat, cough, runny nose, chills, fatigue, nausea, among other symptoms. Researchers have been looking into the flu to better understand the body´s responses to viruses. Scientists recently found how a new gene in the influenza virus could control the virus to manage the body´s actions against an...

2009 Swine Flu Pandemic Death Toll Much Worse Than Originally Believed
2012-06-26 12:02:29

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com Shortly after the 2009 H1N1 “swine flu” pandemic, health experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) had reported that roughly 18,500 people died from the virus, a finding that is being called into question as researchers now believe the death toll reached more than quarter of a million people, 15 times more than the original estimate. Publishing their findings in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, an international group of...

Second Controversial Bird Flu Study Released
2012-06-22 10:42:49

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com On June 21, the second of two bird flu studies was released. It put fears to rest regarding terrorism and the global epidemic. Specifically, five genetic mutations were mentioned in the report. The papers explained how the virus strains created by researchers could be transmitted from person to person through the air. Scientists believed that the results could help them find dangerous strains of the virus. However, last December, federal officials requested...

2012-05-29 11:59:51

Computer chips of a type more commonly found in games consoles have been used by scientists at the University of Bristol to reveal how the flu virus resists anti-flu drugs such as Relenza and Tamiflu. Professor Adrian Mulholland and Dr Christopher Woods from Bristol´s School of Chemistry, together with colleagues in Thailand, used graphics processing units (GPUs) to simulate the molecular processes that take place when these drugs are used to treat the H1N1-2009 strain of influenza...

2012-05-29 04:20:03

Licence agreement signed between local SME, AITbiotech and A*STAR to market the test kit will directly benefit public healthcare sector in the fight against infectious diseases.Singapore, May 29, 2012 - (ACN Newswire) - The close collaboration between scientists from the Experimental Therapeutics Centre (ETC) under the Agency for Science and Technology Research (A*STAR) and clinicians from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) has enabled the successful development of the most comprehensive and rapid...

Swine Flu Vaccine Found To Give Broader Flu Protection
2012-05-22 06:10:12

Connie K. Ho for RedOrbit.com With temperatures rising and summer rapidly approaching, flu season may seem long gone. However, this is not so for a group of researchers who have discovered that the pandemic 2009 H1N1 vaccination, otherwise known as the swine flu vaccine, can produce antibodies against a variety of flu strains like H5N1 and H3N2. This new finding highlights a new dimension to the report last year that people who were infected by the pandemic 2009 H1N1 virus could produce...

2012-05-14 09:52:10

Dr Julian Hiscox and Dr John Barr of the University's Faculty of Biological Sciences are working with the Health Protection Agency Porton (HPA) to build a bank of molecular signatures that will help identify the severity of virus infection from characteristic changes seen in cells. Currently the team is barcoding different strains of influenza virus and human respiratory syncytial virus (HRSV) - a virus associated with the onset of asthma in young children. "Diseases such as flu infect and...

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...


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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penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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