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Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccination each year. Every year in the United States, on average 5% to 20% of the population gets the flu; more than 200,000 people are hospitalized from flu complications, and; about 36,000 people die from flu-related causes. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications.
Vaxine’s unique adjuvants boost effectiveness of vaccines for battling against infectious diseases

Vaxine’s unique adjuvants boost effectiveness of vaccines for battling against infectious diseases

SUGAR-based adjuvants from Australia are boosting the effectiveness of vaccines to target some of the world’s deadliest diseases. [More]
UC Riverside scientists identify mechanism that creates immunity to influenza A virus

UC Riverside scientists identify mechanism that creates immunity to influenza A virus

A team of researchers, co-led by a University of California, Riverside professor, has found a long-sought-after mechanism in human cells that creates immunity to influenza A virus, which causes annual seasonal epidemics and occasional pandemics. [More]
No link exists between maternal flu and increased child autism risk, says study

No link exists between maternal flu and increased child autism risk, says study

A study has found no association between a mother catching the flu during pregnancy and their child having an increased risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). [More]
New computer model provides neighborhood-level forecasts of influenza outbreaks

New computer model provides neighborhood-level forecasts of influenza outbreaks

Scientists at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health developed a computer model to predict the onset, duration, and magnitude of influenza outbreaks for New York City boroughs and neighborhoods. [More]
Okayama University researchers find way to prevent replication of influenza viral RNA

Okayama University researchers find way to prevent replication of influenza viral RNA

Researchers at Okayama University have successfully cleaved influenza viral RNA to prevent its replication using novel artificial RNA restriction enzymes in laboratory cell cultures. [More]
New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

New study finds smoking cessation at any age reduces risk of death

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. [More]
Study finds no link between infant’s ASD risk and influenza infection during pregnancy

Study finds no link between infant’s ASD risk and influenza infection during pregnancy

A study of more than 196,000 children found no association between a mother having an influenza infection anytime during pregnancy and an increased risk of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in children, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics. [More]
Landmark study of virosphere uncovers 1445 viruses

Landmark study of virosphere uncovers 1445 viruses

A landmark study of the virosphere of the most populous animals – those without backbones such as insects, spiders and worms and that live around our houses – has uncovered 1445 viruses, revealing people have only scratched the surface of the world of viruses – but it is likely that only a few cause disease. [More]
Pregnant women at risk of infection do not receive flu vaccination, UBC study finds

Pregnant women at risk of infection do not receive flu vaccination, UBC study finds

Health-care professionals are hesitant to administer the flu vaccine to pregnant women, despite the potential life-saving benefits, according to a UBC study. [More]
Measles can spread more quickly in schools than previously thought

Measles can spread more quickly in schools than previously thought

Measles, one of the world's most contagious diseases, can spread more quickly in schools than previously thought, according to Princeton University-led research. [More]
New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

New study highlights detrimental effects of e-cigarettes on oral health

A University of Rochester Medical Center study suggests that electronic cigarettes are as equally damaging to gums and teeth as conventional cigarettes. [More]
High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

High daily doses of vitamin D can help reduce incidence of ARI in older, long-term care residents

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents. [More]
Research findings suggest efficacy of conventional flu vaccines can be improved

Research findings suggest efficacy of conventional flu vaccines can be improved

A team of engineers and scientists at The University of Texas at Austin is reporting new findings on how the influenza vaccine produces antibodies that protect against disease, research that suggests that the conventional flu vaccine can be improved. [More]
Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Kids need flu shots to prevent asthma flares, and medications available in school to keep 86 percent in class, according to two studies being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. [More]
Scientists uncover positive link between flu outbreaks, humidity and temperature across latitudes

Scientists uncover positive link between flu outbreaks, humidity and temperature across latitudes

As cold winter weather approaches, millions of people look for remedies to avoid the flu. Yet influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes. [More]
Cepheid introduces new Xpert Xpress Flu/RSV test that delivers results in 20 minutes

Cepheid introduces new Xpert Xpress Flu/RSV test that delivers results in 20 minutes

With the flu season fast approaching, healthcare providers no longer need to choose between a fast test result or an accurate test result for patients suspected of influenza infection. [More]
Zipnosis to launch virtual care service lines to prevent spread of germs during cold and flu season

Zipnosis to launch virtual care service lines to prevent spread of germs during cold and flu season

Zipnosis is getting the word out about an incredibly effective means of avoiding the spread of germs this cold and flu season: Use virtual care. [More]
ETS provides key tips to be healthy during autumn and winter

ETS provides key tips to be healthy during autumn and winter

Proper hand drying after hand washing is a key step in keeping healthy, particularly during the autumn & winter months when coughs and colds abound. [More]
Poor, remote Indigenous Australians have increased risk of sexually transmissible infections

Poor, remote Indigenous Australians have increased risk of sexually transmissible infections

A unique 21-year study of more than 2.4 million cases of infectious disease across Australia reveals a major social divide where being poorer, living remotely or being an Indigenous Australian means having an increased risk of sexually transmissible infections (STIs). [More]
ESCMID Study Group for Vaccines calls on all pregnant women to sign up for flu vaccine

ESCMID Study Group for Vaccines calls on all pregnant women to sign up for flu vaccine

The flu season is almost here and The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID) and its specialist vaccine study group, the ESCMID Study Group for Vaccines (EVASG) is calling on all pregnant women to sign up for their flu vaccine. [More]
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