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Swine Flu or influenza A (H1N1) is a new flu virus of swine origin that first caused illness in Mexico and the United States in March and April, 2009. It’s thought that novel influenza A (H1N1) flu spreads in the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread, mainly through the coughs and sneezes of people who are sick with the virus, but it may also be spread by touching infected objects and then touching your nose or mouth. Novel H1N1 infection has been reported to cause a wide range of flu-like symptoms, including fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. In addition, many people also have reported nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
Guidance on use of Tamiflu needs to be reviewed in light of most recent evidence

Guidance on use of Tamiflu needs to be reviewed in light of most recent evidence

Tamiflu (the antiviral drug oseltamivir) shortens symptoms of influenza by half a day, but there is no good evidence to support claims that it reduces admissions to hospital or complications of influenza. [More]
Scientists map key elements of immune overreaction triggered by influenza virus infection

Scientists map key elements of immune overreaction triggered by influenza virus infection

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a "cytokine storm"—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. [More]
Scientists develop new anti-viral drugs that may be effective against flu virus

Scientists develop new anti-viral drugs that may be effective against flu virus

New analysis of the influenza A virus by scientists at the University of Hertfordshire shows potential for developing new anti-viral drugs which are more likely to be universally effective against the flu virus originating from avian, swine or human virus strains. [More]
TSRI scientists describe severe immune overreaction caused by flu infections

TSRI scientists describe severe immune overreaction caused by flu infections

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm”—that can both sicken and kill patients who are infected with certain strains of flu virus. [More]
Swedish study confirms H1N1 vaccinations show increased risk of narcolepsy in children, adolescents

Swedish study confirms H1N1 vaccinations show increased risk of narcolepsy in children, adolescents

Pandemrix is an influenza vaccination, created in 2009 to combat H1N1, known as Swine Flu. Now, a team of Swedish clinicians testing the vaccine for links to immune-related or neurological diseases have linked Pandemrix to an increased risk of narcolepsy in young adults. [More]
Three skilled nursing centers in Texas to provide free flu shots to seniors

Three skilled nursing centers in Texas to provide free flu shots to seniors

Colonial Manor Cleburne, Advanced Healthcare of Garland and Winfield Rehab and Nursing, top-notch rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers, located in Cleburne, Garland, and Crockett, Texas, will be providing free flu shots to seniors 65 and above on January 22, 23 & 27 2014 from 10 AM - 2 PM. [More]
Biocryst seeks FDA NDA approval for Peramivir to treat influenza

Biocryst seeks FDA NDA approval for Peramivir to treat influenza

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of treatments for rare and infectious diseases, today announced that it has submitted a New Drug Application (NDA) filing for intravenous (i.v.) peramivir to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA). BioCryst is seeking an indication as the first i.v. neuraminidase inhibitor approved in the U.S. for the treatment of acute uncomplicated influenza in adults. Peramivir is approved in Japan and Korea for the treatment of influenza. [More]
European Medicines Agency awards orphan drug designation to NanoViricides' DengueCide

European Medicines Agency awards orphan drug designation to NanoViricides' DengueCide

NanoViricides, Inc. announced today that the European Medicines Agency, has awarded orphan drug designation to DengueCide, the Company's drug candidate for the treatment of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever. [More]
NanoViricides’ FluCide drug candidate found to be well tolerated in non-GLP safety/toxicology study

NanoViricides’ FluCide drug candidate found to be well tolerated in non-GLP safety/toxicology study

NanoViricides, Inc. (the "Company") reports that its optimized injectable FluCide® drug candidate was found to be well tolerated in a non-GLP small animal safety/toxicology study. This study is an important step in the drug development pathway for FluCide. [More]
FMCNA encourages dialysis patients to get vaccinated against flu

FMCNA encourages dialysis patients to get vaccinated against flu

With early cases of seasonal flu already being reported in the U.S., Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA), the nation's leading network of dialysis facilities, is strongly encouraging dialysis patients to get flu shots to protect themselves against this common infectious disease. [More]
VVRP receives contract from NIH to continue its work as Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units

VVRP receives contract from NIH to continue its work as Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units

The Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program (VVRP) has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to continue its work as one of the nation's Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units (VTEU). [More]
Scientists one step closer to developing universal flu vaccine

Scientists one step closer to developing universal flu vaccine

Scientists have moved closer to developing a universal flu vaccine after using the 2009 pandemic as a natural experiment to study why some people seem to resist severe illness. [More]
Research roundup: 'Cadillac' plan taxes; 'chronic care management' for substance abusers; long-term care services

Research roundup: 'Cadillac' plan taxes; 'chronic care management' for substance abusers; long-term care services

As health coverage expands to tens of millions of Americans--through Medicaid expansion in states and the new state health insurance exchanges that will soon begin selling individual health coverage--some Americans with employer-sponsored health coverage are seeing their benefits decrease. [More]

New technology to diagnose influenza quickly

A new technology is showing promise as the basis for a much-needed home test to diagnose influenza quickly, before the window for taking antiviral drugs slams shut and sick people spread the virus to others, scientists reported here today. In a presentation at the 246th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), they described how it also could determine the specific strain of flu virus and help select the most effective drug for treatment. [More]
BiondVax: Priming with universal flu vaccine makes conventional bird flu vaccine effective against pandemic strains

BiondVax: Priming with universal flu vaccine makes conventional bird flu vaccine effective against pandemic strains

BiondVax announced today that priming with universal flu vaccine before boosting with a conventional bird flu H5N1 vaccine (containing a single strain from Clade 1) resulted in mice exhibiting a significantly higher level of immunity to the strain contained in the conventional bird flu vaccine and in addition, broadened immunity to other H5N1 flu strains (from Clade 2). [More]
Best way to protect infants from influenza is to vaccinate rest of the family

Best way to protect infants from influenza is to vaccinate rest of the family

A University of Sydney study has found the best way to protect children under six months of age from influenza, the most vulnerable of the population to the condition, is to vaccinate the rest of the family. [More]

NanoViricides, LRRI sign NDA for IND-enabling efficacy studies on FluCide drug candidates

NanoViricides, Inc. said it has signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute. The Company intends to enter into a Master Services Agreement with LRRI for the IND-enabling efficacy studies of both its broad-spectrum injectable and oral FluCide drug candidates. [More]
H7 influenza may spillover repeatedly into humans, say scientists

H7 influenza may spillover repeatedly into humans, say scientists

The H7N9 avian flu strain that emerged in China earlier this year has subsided for now, but it would be a mistake to be reassured by this apparent lull in infections. The virus has several highly unusual traits that paint a disquieting picture of a pathogen that may yet lead to a pandemic, according to lead scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. [More]
NanoViricides submits letter of intent to file Orphan Drug Application with EMA for DengueCide

NanoViricides submits letter of intent to file Orphan Drug Application with EMA for DengueCide

NanoViricides, Inc. announced today that it has submitted its letter of intent to file an Orphan Drug Application with the European Medicines Agency for DengueCide, its drug candidate for the treatment of dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever. [More]

NACC recommendations address established pain therapies and preview potential future advances

Recommendations of the Neuromodulation Appropriateness Consensus Committee (NACC), announced at the 11th World Congress of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), address established therapies and preview emerging and potential future advances. [More]