• The Upcoming Flu Season: What You Need to Know Now
    The last flu season arrived four weeks early, was more intense than expected and resulted in the deaths of more than 110 children in the United States. In an effort to get ahead of the upcoming flu season, experts at Montefiore Medical Center are raising awareness about the ...More
    June 13, 2013 Posted in News
  • Saliva Proteins May Protect Older People from Influenza
    Saliva may be the key to explaining the age and sex bias exhibited by influenza and other diseases, according to a new study. Published in ACS' Journal of Proteome Research, it provides new insights into why older people were better able to fight off the new strains of ...More
    June 12, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu Vaccines Aimed at Younger Populations Could Reduce Transmission
    The significant value of vaccinating more children and young adults for influenza is being seriously underestimated, experts say in a new report, while conventional wisdom and historic vaccine programs have concentrated on the elderly and those at higher risk of death and ...More
    June 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • WHO Issues Interim Guidance on Pandemic Influenza Risk Management
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has released interim guidance that replaces the 2009 Pandemic Influenza Preparedness and Response: a WHO guidance document. Key highlights include the following:- Focus upon risk assessment at national level to guide national level ...More
    June 11, 2013 Posted in News
  • Mandatory Flu Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel Does Not Lead to Worker Exodus
    Mandatory influenza (flu) vaccination, as a condition of employment, did not lead to excessive voluntary termination, according to a four-year analysis of vaccination rates at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill. Flu infections result in approximately 150,000 ...More
    June 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • Research Team to Study Secrets of Flu, Ebola, West Nile Viruses
    In an effort to sort out why some viruses such as influenza, Ebola and West Nile are so lethal, a team of U.S. researchers plans a comprehensive effort to model how humans respond to these viral pathogens. The study will be led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a University of ...More
    June 7, 2013 Posted in News
  • Interleukin-22 Protects Against Post-Influenza Bacterial Superinfection
    Researchers from the Pasteur Institute, Lille, France have shown in a mouse model that interleukin-22 protects against bacterial superinfections that can arise following influenza. Their research is published in the June 2013 issue of the Journal of Virology. Influenza A ...More
    May 30, 2013 Posted in News
  • Gene Therapy Gives Mice Broad Protection to Pandemic Flu Strains, Including 1918 Flu
    Researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania have developed a new gene therapy to thwart a potential influenza pandemic. Specifically, investigators in the Gene Therapy Program, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, directed by James ...More
    May 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Use Intervention Mapping Method to Boost HCW Influenza Vaccination
    Influenza transmitted by healthcare workers (HCWs) is a potential threat to frail patients in acute-care settings, therefore immunizing HCWs against influenza should receive high priority. Despite recommendations of the World Health Organization, vaccine coverage of HCWs ...More
    May 29, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Suggest Boosting Body's Natural Flu Killers
    A known difficulty in fighting influenza is the ability of the flu viruses to mutate and thus evade various medications that were previously found to be effective. Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have shown recently that another, more promising, approach ...More
    May 24, 2013 Posted in News