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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.
Monash researchers provide key insight into how T cells recognize viruses

Monash researchers provide key insight into how T cells recognize viruses

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of Professors Doherty and Zinkernagel's Nobel Prize in Medicine for discoveries concerning the immune system. [More]
Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces may help fight global threat of antibiotic resistance

Antimicrobial copper touch surfaces may help fight global threat of antibiotic resistance

A key presentation at the Infection Control show within the Patient First conference on 22 November will look at a simple engineering solution to help fight the global threat of antibiotic resistance: antimicrobial copper touch surfaces. [More]
Wyss Institute wins 'Best of What's New' award for paper-based rapid Zika test

Wyss Institute wins 'Best of What's New' award for paper-based rapid Zika test

A rapid Zika test, developed by an international, multi-institutional team of researchers led by synthetic biologist James Collins, Ph.D., at Harvard University's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, has today been named a 2016 "Best of What's New" awards winner by Popular Science magazine in the Health category. [More]
Gene deletion shows new way to treat influenza

Gene deletion shows new way to treat influenza

Researchers at Houston Methodist kept mice from getting the flu by removing a gene that regulates their immune system. [More]
Study estimates impact of six common healthcare-associated infections

Study estimates impact of six common healthcare-associated infections

A study published today by PLOS Medicine, estimates the combined burden of six healthcare-associated infections as being higher than that of diseases such as influenza, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis together. [More]
Anti-inflammatory drugs may improve severity of depressive symptoms, study finds

Anti-inflammatory drugs may improve severity of depressive symptoms, study finds

Anti-inflammatory drugs similar to those used to treat conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis could in future be used to treat some cases of depression, concludes a review led by the University of Cambridge, which further implicates our immune system in mental health disorders. [More]
Getting vaccinated can be best way to stay safe during flu season

Getting vaccinated can be best way to stay safe during flu season

Colder temps during the first months of fall are a stark reminder that people should start thinking about how to prevent the influenza virus, or the flu. [More]
Researcher investigates ethics of maternal immunization

Researcher investigates ethics of maternal immunization

Vaccination during pregnancy can protect women, foetuses and newborn children against infectious diseases - especially in developing countries. Maternal immunisation however also raises ethical questions. [More]
Researchers find biological evidence linking Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome

Researchers find biological evidence linking Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome

In a collaborative effort with scientists at six Colombian hospitals, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report what they believe to be the strongest biological evidence to date linking Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome. [More]
Discovery of rare flu-thwarting mutation could provide new strategy for live influenza vaccines

Discovery of rare flu-thwarting mutation could provide new strategy for live influenza vaccines

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future. [More]
Women infected with Rift Valley fever virus have increased risk of miscarriages

Women infected with Rift Valley fever virus have increased risk of miscarriages

The mosquito-borne Rift Valley fever virus has been linked to miscarriage in humans. A study of 130 pregnant Sudanese women with fever showed that the risk of miscarriage was seven times greater if the woman was infected with Rift Valley fever virus. [More]
Researchers move one step closer to developing effective universal flu vaccine

Researchers move one step closer to developing effective universal flu vaccine

Researchers at McMaster University and two American universities have taken another step closer to developing a much more effective, "one-punch" universal flu vaccine. [More]
Scientists design new universal flu vaccine to protect against future global pandemics

Scientists design new universal flu vaccine to protect against future global pandemics

An international team of scientists have designed a new generation of universal flu vaccines to protect against future global pandemics that could kill millions. [More]
Medical experts offer new tips to avoid getting sick during flu season

Medical experts offer new tips to avoid getting sick during flu season

As flu season approaches, medical experts have some new recommendations - along with some old standards - on how to reduce your chances of getting sick. [More]
Parents do not perceive need to vaccinate children against influenza, study finds

Parents do not perceive need to vaccinate children against influenza, study finds

Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against influenza because they don't perceive the need, according to a new case-control study published in the October issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Clinical study to test efficacy of different formulations of flu vaccine in heart failure patients

Clinical study to test efficacy of different formulations of flu vaccine in heart failure patients

Heart disease patients enrolled in a clinical trial - designed to test whether a stronger dose of the influenza vaccine can prevent death or hospitalization due to a heart attack, heart failure, stroke or pneumonia - have begun receiving their first flu shots in Toronto and Boston. [More]
Novartis gets three FDA approvals for expanded use of biologic drug to treat rare autoinflammatory diseases

Novartis gets three FDA approvals for expanded use of biologic drug to treat rare autoinflammatory diseases

Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration has granted three simultaneous approvals for the expanded use of Ilaris (canakinumab) to treat three rare and distinct types of Periodic Fever Syndromes. [More]
BD launches new, wireless rapid diagnostic system for detection of flu, RSV and group A strep

BD launches new, wireless rapid diagnostic system for detection of flu, RSV and group A strep

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced the launch of its next generation wireless rapid diagnostic system for detection of influenza A and B, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and group A strep, with new traceability and secure patient health record documentation features and functionality. [More]
Progesterone treatment protects female mice against consequences of influenza infection

Progesterone treatment protects female mice against consequences of influenza infection

Over 100 million women are on hormonal contraceptives. All of them contain some form of progesterone, either alone or in combination with estrogen. [More]
MSU experts pioneer pathways to new treatment options for pneumonia

MSU experts pioneer pathways to new treatment options for pneumonia

Streptococcus pneumoniae likely is not a term immediately recognizable by most individuals, even if they have had unpleasant run-ins with the common bacterium. However, experts at Mississippi State University are pioneering pathways to new treatment options. [More]
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