The situation is relatively common, especially in winter. You come down with the flu, which lasts longer than usual. A few days later, you discover you have pneumonia. The relationship between influenza and pneumonia has long been observed by health workers. Its genetic and cellular mechanisms have now been investigated in depth by scientists in […]Continue Reading ...
Seasonal influenza vaccines are typically less than 50 percent effective, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention studies. Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, published this week in Nature Immunology, may point a path to more effective vaccines. Researchers led by Troy Randall, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Medicine’s Division […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers of the UB and CIBERESP have taken part in a study that analyses all severe influenza cases in twelve Catalan hospitals between the 2010-2011 and 2015-2016 campaigns The study, published in the scientific journal Eurosurveillance, also counts on the participation of researchers from the Public Health Agency of Catalonia, the Lleida Institute of Biomedical […]Continue Reading ...
New research has taken a step towards understanding how highly pathogenic influenza viruses such as deadly bird flu infect humans. Researchers at Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics and the University of Hong Kong have revealed specific sugar molecules – Sialylated O-glycans – that are present in the respiratory tract are key receptors for influenza viruses, particularly […]Continue Reading ...
The key to lasting protection against influenza may be in your bones. The cells that naturally protect you against illness originate and live in your bone marrow – and that is one spot where scientists will be looking to understand the human immune system’s response to influenza in a groundbreaking new study led by the […]Continue Reading ...
Results from a new study suggest that high-dose influenza vaccine is associated with lower risk for hospitalizations in kidney failure patients on dialysis. The findings appear in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN). High-dose influenza vaccine, which contains fourfold more antigen than the standard dose, is linked […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers developed a novel DNA influenza vaccine based on four micro-consensus antigenic regions selected to represent the diversity of seasonal H3N2 viruses across decades. The DNA vaccine protected mice against a lethal challenge with more than one influenza-A H3N2 virus and protected them from severe H3N2-related illness despite the lack of an exact sequence match […]Continue Reading ...
Researchers from the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology have demonstrated pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine in a new paper published in Nature Communications. Influenza is thought to be a highly variable virus, able to mutate and escape immunity built up in the population due to its circulation in previous seasons. However, influenza […]Continue Reading ...
A new Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses study found that adults who are underweight or morbidly obese have an elevated risk of being hospitalized with influenza-like illness due to the flu virus or other respiratory viruses. The observational study included 4778 hospitalized and outpatient patients with influenza-like illness in six hospitals in Mexico. The risk […]Continue Reading ...
Osaka University-led study shows that label-free digital diagnostics based on nanopore analytics and AI technology can characterize individual virions by their distinct physical features Influenza is a highly contagious respiratory disease of global importance, which causes millions of infections annually with the ever-present risk of a serious outbreak. Passive vaccination is the only method available […]Continue Reading ...
Molecular virologist Chad Petit, Ph.D., uses basic science to fight influenza — through experiments at the atomic level. This includes a deadly poultry influenza virus in China called the H7N9 avian flu virus. Since 2013, H7N9 has infected 1,625 people, killing 623. While not highly contagious for humans, just three mutations could change that, turning […]Continue Reading ...
The influenza virus can evolve resistance to an anti-flu drug currently in development for use in pandemics but only if there are multiple genetic mutations, a study has found. Scientists at Imperial College London, in collaboration with Public Health England, have discovered that two genetic mutations would be needed for the virus to develop resistance […]Continue Reading ...
Another flu season is here, which means another chance for viruses to mutate. Already, most influenza A viruses contain a mutation that confers resistance against one class of antiviral medications, and the bugs are steadily gaining resistance against another class. Scientists report in ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters a series of experiments designed to develop new […]Continue Reading ...
Transmission electron micrograph of influenza A virus, late passage. Credit: CDC Currently available vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza virus infection have limited ability to induce immunity against diverse H3N2 viruses, an influenza A subtype that has led to high morbidity and mortality in recent years. Now, Wistar scientists have engineered a synthetic DNA […]Continue Reading ...
Transmission electron micrograph of influenza A virus, late passage. Credit: CDC A single dose of a new influenza drug can shorten the duration of the illness in teens and adults, according to a study published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine. The article reports the results of two multicenter, double-blind, randomized clinical […]Continue Reading ...
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