• Text Messaging Boosts Flu Vaccine Rates in Pregnant Women
    A study by researchers at the Mailman School of Public Health evaluated the impact of text messaging reminders for influenza vaccine in a low-income obstetric population. The findings showed that sending text messages to this population of women resulted in an uptick in ...More
    January 13, 2014 Posted in News
  • Indigenous Groups More Vulnerable to H7N9 Influenza Virus
    Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered that some Indigenous groups will be more susceptible to the effects of the new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China. Research indicated that some Indigenous people such as in Alaska and Australia ...More
    January 10, 2014 Posted in News
  • CDC Issues Alert About Early Reports of pH1N1-Associated Illnesses for 2013-14 Influenza Season
    From November through December 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received a number of reports of severe respiratory illness among young and middle-aged adults, many of whom were infected with influenza A (H1N1) pdm09 (pH1N1) virus. Multiple ...More
    January 5, 2014 Posted in News
  • PDL-1 Antibody Could Help Immune System Fight Off Influenza Viral Infection
    An antibody that blocks a component of a key signaling pathway in the respiratory airways could help the immune system rid the body of the influenza virus, a new study suggests. The findings, from a team at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, not only ...More
    December 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Genetic Clue to Fighting New Strains of Flu
    Researchers at the University of Melbourne have discovered a genetic marker that can accurately predict which patients will experience more severe disease in a new strain of influenza (H7N9) currently found in China. Published in the Journal Proceedings of the National ...More
    December 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Stanford Researchers Take a Step Toward Developing a Universal Flu Vaccine
    Every year the approach of flu season sets off a medical guessing game with life or death consequences. There are many different strains of flu and they vary from year to year. So each season authorities must make an educated guess and tell manufacturers which variants of ...More
    December 17, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Report Highlights Benefits of Flu Vaccine
    Flu vaccination prevented an estimated 6.6 million influenza-associated illnesses, 3.2 million medically attended illnesses, and 79,000 hospitalizations during the 2012-2013 flu season, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report in the Morbidity ...More
    December 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • In Mouse Model, Wolfberries Show Reduced Risk for Flu Virus When Combined with Vaccine
    In a study of older mice, wolfberries appear to interact with the influenza vaccine to offer additional protection against the flu virus. The research, led by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University, ...More
    December 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Better Preparedness Against Tamiflu-Resistant Influenza Viruses
    Researchers at Umeå University and Uppsala Universityhave found that residues of the influenza drug Tamiflu in our environment can make the influenza virus in birds resistant. This can have serious consequences in the event of an influenza pandemic. With more than 14 ...More
    December 9, 2013 Posted in News
  • 1950s Pandemic Flu Virus Remains a Health Threat, Particularly to Those Under 50
    St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have evidence that descendants of the H2N2 avian influenza A virus that killed millions worldwide in the 1950s still pose a threat to human health, particularly to those under 50. The research has been published in an advance ...More
    December 3, 2013 Posted in News