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Influenza Virus

  • How Flu Viruses Gain the Ability to Spread
    Flu viruses come in many strains, and some are better equipped than others to spread from person to person. Scientists have now discovered that the soft palate -- the soft tissue at the back of the roof of the mouth -- plays a key role in viruses' ability to travel through ...More
    2 weeks ago Posted in News
  • How Flu Viruses Use Transportation Networks in the U.S.
    To predict how a seasonal influenza epidemic will spread across the United States, one should focus more on the mobility of people than on their geographic proximity, a new study suggests. PLOS Pathogens published the analysis of transportation data and flu cases conducted ...More
    June 19, 2015 Posted in News
  • Virus Evolution and Human Behavior Shape Global Patterns of Flu Movement
    The global movement patterns of all four seasonal influenza viruses are illustrated in research published today in the journal Nature, providing a detailed account of country-to-country virus spread over the last decade and revealing unexpected differences in circulation ...More
    June 8, 2015 Posted in News
  • Researchers Targeting Host Rather Than Flu Virus Have Success With New Treatment in Mice
    Influenza kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year, yet there is essentially only one class of drugs to fight the ever-changing virus. Cases of flu resistant to this class of drugs have already been reported and researchers worry a completely new ...More
    June 5, 2015 Posted in News
  • Adding a Second Strain of Influenza B Lessens the Likelihood of a Mismatched Vaccine
    A flu vaccine given just under the surface of the skin that includes four strains of inactivated influenza could be more protective than a similar flu vaccine containing only three strains, Saint Louis University research found. These findings, which appear in Vaccine, ...More
    March 13, 2015 Posted in News
  • Study Shows Two New Flu Strains Do Not Yet Easily Infect Humans
    Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have analyzed a key protein from two influenza strains that recently began causing sporadic infections among people in China and Taiwan. The analyses suggest that the flu viruses, variants of subtypes H10N8 and H6N1, have ...More
    March 11, 2015 Posted in News
  • New Compound Protects From H5N1 Two Species of Animal Models
    Since 2003, the H5N1 influenza virus, more commonly known as the bird flu, has been responsible for the deaths of millions of chickens and ducks and has infected more than 650 people, leading to a 60 percent mortality rate for the latter. Luckily, this virus has yet to ...More
    March 4, 2015 Posted in News
  • Kansas State University Researchers Monitor for Next Novel Influenza Strain
    As seasonal influenza cases decrease across the United States, Kansas State University researchers are preparing for the next potential virulent strain of flu. The work is starting with swine in the field. Juergen Richt, Regents distinguished professor of veterinary ...More
    March 3, 2015 Posted in News
  • Warning Signals from the Volatile World of Influenza Viruses
    The current global influenza situation is characterized by a number of trends that must be closely monitored. These include: an increase in the variety of animal influenza viruses co-circulating and exchanging genetic material, giving rise to novel strains; continuing cases ...More
    February 26, 2015 Posted in News
  • Key to Blocking Influenza Virus May Lie in a Cell's Own Machinery
    Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability. Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators ...More
    February 13, 2015 Posted in News
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