• 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
  • 2009 Pandemic Flu Death Toll Much Higher Than Official Worldwide Estimates
    A research team consisting of more than 60 collaborators in 26 countries has estimated the global death toll from the 2009 outbreak of the H1N1 virus to be 10 times higher than the World Health Organization’s count, which was based on laboratory-confirmed cases of this flu. ...More
    November 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Cancer Patients at Increased Risk for Severe Flu Complications
    It is often noted that very young people and the elderly are most at-risk for experiencing flu-related complications, and one expert at the University of Alabama at Birmingham says people with weakened immune systems due to diseases like cancer are also at an increased risk ...More
    November 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Flu For the Holidays? Don't Give the Gift that Keeps on Giving, Says Loyola Specialist
    Egg allergies and fear of needles are no longer arguments to avoid getting a flu vaccine, thanks to improvements newly available this year. Good news because the flu virus has already struck. Loyola University Health System diagnosed its first case of the flu for the ...More
    November 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • In Pandemic, Parents Who Get Reminders More Likely to Vaccinate Kids
    A new University of Michigan study found that the state immunization registry – the public health database that tracks vaccinations– can be an effective tool to encourage influenza vaccinations during a pandemic. U-M researchers collaborated with the Michigan Department of ...More
    November 19, 2013 Posted in News