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  • CDC Receives Reports of Severe Influenza Illness
    Influenza activity is increasing across the country and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received reports of severe influenza illness. Clinicians are reminded to treat suspected influenza in high-risk outpatients, those with progressive disease, and ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • Super Bowl Celebrations Spread the Flu, Say Tulane Researchers
    Cover your coughs in the Carolinas and don't double dip in Denver. A Tulane University study published in the American Journal of Health Economics found cities with teams in the Super Bowl see a rise in flu deaths. Lead author Charles Stoecker of Tulane University School of ...More
    February 1, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: H1N1 Viruses Predominate
    According to this week’s Fluview report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity remains low across most of the country but is showing slight increases. While influenza A H3N2 viruses were most common early in the season, H1N1 viruses ...More
    January 24, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Targeted School Closure Policies May Help the Fight Against Pandemic Influenza
    Targeted school closure policies may help mitigating the spread of pandemic influenza, while entailing lower social costs than more traditional policies, such as nationwide school closure. This emerges from a modeling study published in PLOS Computational Biology led by ...More
    January 21, 2016 Posted in News
  • Natural Additive Offers Protection Against Flu for Babies Younger Than 6 Months
    According to the World Health Organization, influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Those most at risk include infants younger than 6 months, because they cannot be vaccinated against the disease. Now, ...More
    January 19, 2016 Posted in News
  • Estrogen Protects Women Against the Flu, Study Finds
    The female sex hormone estrogen has antiviral effects against the influenza A virus, a new study in American Journal of Physiology—Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology reports. A virus infects and causes sickness by entering a cell and making copies of itself inside ...More
    January 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • CDC Flu Update: Influenza-Like Illness is Above National Baseline
    According to this week’s FluView report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seasonal influenza activity increased slightly in the United States. While influenza A (H3N2) viruses have been most common since October 1, in the past four weeks ...More
    January 10, 2016 Posted in News, Hand Hygiene
  • Researchers Develop Patient-Reported Outcome Instrument to Evaluate Influenza Symptoms
    Powers, et al. (2015) describe their efforts to develop content validity of a comprehensive patient-reported outcome (PRO) measure following current best scientific methodology to standardize assessment of influenza (flu) symptoms in clinical research. Stage I (Concept ...More
    January 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Systematic Review of Reported Reassortant Viral Lineages of Influenza
    Most previous evolutionary studies of influenza A have focused on genetic drift, or reassortment of specific gene segments, hosts or subtypes. Pinsent, et al. (2015) conducted a systematic literature review to identify reported claimed reassortant influenza A lineages ...More
    January 6, 2016 Posted in News
  • Biologist Describes Milestone Toward a Universal Flu Vaccine
    Every fall, millions of people roll up their sleeves to get a flu shot. Up to 20 percent of the population gets the flu and more than 200,000 people are hospitalized with flu complications each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While ...More
    January 5, 2016 Posted in News