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K-State researcher, collaborators study virulence of pandemic H1N1 virus

... critical now that an agent causing a pandemic flu in humans most likely originated in animal ... H1N1 viruses are more virulent than seasonal H1N1 flu viruses. "With different isolates, there are ... still is sensitive to Tamiflu. "Some pandemic flu isolates from humans have now shown resistance to ...

Government of Canada announces funding for research on the H1N1 flu virus

... to announce another measure to address the H1N1 flu virus. The Government of Canada will fund a ... vaccine are critical to addressing the H1N1 flu virus, said Minister Aglukkaq. This research ... dedicated researchers to respond to the current flu outbreak." ...

SRI International to screen drugs that fight 2009 H1N1 influenza A

... and skills to screening drugs against H1N1 flu and contributing to the overall understanding of ... how this new virus will behave when the seasonal flu season returns this fall and in subsequent years. ... looking at the Southern Hemisphere now, where the flu season will begin soon, for any signs of changes ...

Swine flu: What does it do to pigs?

... The effects of H1N1 swine flu have been investigated in a group of piglets. ... old pigs with both the H1N1 strain of swine flu and the less dangerous H3N2 subtype. He said, "The results demonstrated that both swine flu subtypes were able to induce flu-like symptoms ...

HudsonAlpha investigator develops rapid response swine flu test

... virus. The test, which can confirm swine flu in less than six hours, will be incorporated into ... both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees, included four swine flu targets in the diagnostic tool. "So even if ... distinguish between patients who have swine flu and those who present with similar symptoms. ...

Scientists learn why the flu may turn deadly

... As the swine flu continues its global spread, researchers from the ... major medical advances since the devastating flu outbreak of 1918 and 1919, influenza virus ... of Leukocyte Biology , "and the current swine flu outbreak is a grim reminder of this fact. The ...

Social separation stops flu spread, but must be started soon

... A disease spread simulation has emphasized that flu interventions must be imposed quickly, if they ... effect of social distancing on the spread of a flu virus within a small town. Their research used a ... approximately as infectious as the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the combination of all intervention ...

K-State researcher finds 1918 flu resulted in current lineage of H1N1 swine influenza viruses

... 1918 a human influenza virus known as the Spanish flu spread through the central United States while a ... of Veterinary Medicine, studied the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic with colleagues from the Canadian Food ... influenza virus and the virus causing the swine flu were the same. Richt said the virus was able to ...

Avian flu research sheds light on swine flu outbreak

... for an avian influenza virus to cause a human flu pandemic is greater than previously thought. Results also illustrate how the current swine flu outbreak likely came about. As of now, avian flu viruses can infect humans who have contact with ...

The host makes all the difference

... are many scientific works dealing solely with the flu virus, we have investigated how the host reacts ... with the same quantity of type Influenza A flu viruses. All of the animals within one mouse ... them more receptive to a severe viral infection." flu infections in humans could take a similar course, ...

Study: Fluid buildup in lungs is part of the damage done by the flu

... just can't get oxygen." Detailing exactly how flu interferes with fluid clearance in the lungs lays ... up in infected lungs. In the event of a flu pandemic, such a drug, which scientists hope ... Mice that were infected with the highest doses of flu experienced a steady decline in oxygen in their ...

Shades of 1918? New study compares avian flu with a notorious killer from the past

... World War, a lethal virus known as the Spanish flu (influenza A, subtype H1N1), swept the United ... original 1918 virus. The threat of an avian flu pandemic hasn't gone away and emergency ... The perfect storm Unlike typical seasonal flu which poses the greatest threat to juveniles, ...

Avian flu becoming more resistant to antiviral drugs, says University of Colorado study

... Boulder study shows the resistance of the avian flu virus to a major class of antiviral drugs is ... of antiviral drugs used to prevent and treat flu symptoms, said CU-Boulder doctoral student Andrew ... farmers adding the drugs to chicken feed as a flu preventative, according to a 2008 paper by ...

Study: Excessive use of antiviral drugs could aid deadly flu

... Tamiflu in the event of widespread avian flu infection in humans, scientists say. ... plans to prepare for a long-feared pandemic flu outbreak, especially in the event that avian flu mutates enough to infect and be easily ...

Feed a cold, feed a fever: Research shows calorie cut makes it harder to fight flu

... or those who consume fewer calories during flu season could have a harder time fighting off the flu virus, according to research by Michigan State ... out for the year, but during the four months of flu season they need to bump it up to be ready. You ...

Flu shot protects kids -- even during years with a bad vaccine match

... Children who receive all recommended flu vaccine appear to be less likely to catch the ... matches between the vaccine and the circulating flu strains, the shots were clearly protective during ... we can estimate that vaccination for flu could prevent 2,250 hospitalizations and between ...

Masks, hand washing, prevent spread of flu-like symptoms by up to 50 percent

... hand sanitizers may prevent the spread of flu symptoms by as much as 50 percent, a landmark new ... interventions in controlling the spread of the flu virus in a community setting, researchers at the ... from seven U-M residence halls during last year's flu season. "The first-year results (2006-2007) ...

Avian flu threat: New approach needed

... prepare for, and respond to, the threat of avian flu and other emerging infectious diseases at the ... health issues to fight the threat of the avian flu virus, H5N1. A new report by Professor Ian ... massive $2bn international response to the avian flu over the past five years, during which time 245 ...

Bird flu vaccine protects people and pets

... protect chickens, cats and humans against deadly flu pandemics, according to an article published in ... protects birds and mammals against different flu strains and can even be given to birds while they ... of wild birds. The emergence of bird flu has posed a major challenge to scientists ...

Substance found in fruits and vegetables reduces likelihood of the flu

... that mice may be more susceptible to the flu when they exercise to fatigue. The researchers in ... would increase the chance of the mice getting the flu but that quercetin would counteract the increased ... All four groups were then exposed to a common flu virus, H1N1. The researchers found that: ...

1918 flu antibodies resurrected from elderly survivors

... years after the sweeping destruction of the 1918 flu pandemic, researchers at Monroe Carell Jr. ... have on hand if another virus similar to the 1918 flu breaks out in the future. The study, led by ... healthy adults. With fears of another looming flu pandemic stoked by the emergence of "bird flu" in ...

Immunotherapy in high-risk pediatric sarcomas shows promising response

... a novel dendritic vaccine as well as a standard flu vaccine to potentially strengthen the immune ... in the study responded well to the standard flu vaccine suggesting that a strategy to bolster ... who initiated immunotherapy received a common flu vaccine, as well as their own lymphocytes and ...

American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- July 9, 2008

... ARTICLE #1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Detecting flu viruses in remote areas of the world Journal ... in the quest for a fast, sensitive test to detect flu viruses one that requires no refrigeration and can be used in remote areas of the world where new flu viruses often emerge. Their new method, the first ...

UC San Diego researchers identify potential new drug candidates to combat 'bird flu'

... exactly why we're working on this." Avian flu has provoked considerable concern since humans ... or no immune protection against the virus. While flu vaccines are being developed, it could take up to ... neuraminidase 1 (or N1), needed by the avian flu virus to spread infection to new cells. To help ...

Tracking influenza's every movement

... Its the case of the missing flu virus. When the flu isnt making people sick, it seems to just vanish. ... where they die away. The work may make the flu vaccine even better than it already is. Because ...

New vaccine may give long-term defense against deadly bird flu and its variant forms

... provide protection against highly pathogenic bird flu and its evolving forms, according to researchers ... influenza," Mittal said. "The combination of flu genes that we've used to produce the vaccine, I ... with existing vaccines used to fight annual flu outbreaks are solved. Problems with current ...

Mayo Clinic Proceedings January tip sheet

... and the safety and effectiveness of nasal spray flu vaccine. Mayo Researchers Examine the Effect ... Explore Safety and Effectiveness of Nasal Spray flu Vaccine Influenza is a viral infection that ... especially in children and older adults. The flu vaccine -- available as an injection or a nasal ...

Study of sugars on cell surface identifies key factor in flu infection

... offers new insights into how the H5N1 avian flu virus currently circulating in birds would have ... widespread outbreak, experts agree that the bird flu virus must infect the cells lining our noses and ... Sasisekharans team has changed our view of flu viruses and how they must adapt to infect us, ...

MIT finds key to avian flu in humans

... have uncovered a critical difference between flu viruses that infect birds and humans, a discovery ... help scientists monitor the evolution of avian flu strains and aid in the development of vaccines against a deadly flu pandemic. The researchers found that a virus's ...

If you don't want to fall ill this Christmas, then share a festive kiss but don't shake hands

... They say that, if we want to avoid catching flu or tummy bugs, or protect ourselves and others ... hygiene. They also warn that, in the event of a flu pandemic, good hand hygiene will be the first ... and circulating in the community. Cold and flu viruses can be spread via the hands so that ...

BCM, Rice scientists map flu's chemical key

... about the genetic mutations that will allow bird flu to spread among humans. The research, which ... of influenza A -- which include bird flu, swine flu and others -- influenza B affects only humans. ... big question is, 'What would it take for the bird flu to change and start killing us"'" said research ...

Flu vaccine in painless skin patches under development at Emory, Georgia Tech with NIH grants

... flu vaccine delivered through painless microneedles ... will lead to a better way of delivering the flu vaccine, which will allow more people who need it ... center is working to improve the effectiveness of flu vaccines through a number of different projects ...

St. Jude influenza survey uncovers key differences between bird flu and human flu

... so that any marker that is not the same in bird flu but remains stable in human flu is likely to be important, said David ... human specific markers start accumulating in bird flu viruses that infect humans, that suggests that ...

Targeting children effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine and could help control flu spread

... Targeting children may be an effective use of limited supplies of flu vaccine, according to research at the University of Warwick funded by the ... household. Although a simplification of the complex reality of pandemic flu transmission, the researchers believe their model provides a robust ...

Scientists examine perceptions of risk and the spread of disease

... KNOXVILLE -- As swine flu spread from Mexico to Texas and then fanned out farther in the United ... about how resources get allocated to address emerging pathogens like the flu now. For example, if we believe that people will behave in a certain way ...

Scientists examine human behavior and the threat of disease

... KNOXVILLE -- As swine flu spread from Mexico to Texas and then fanned out farther in the United ... about how resources get allocated to address emerging pathogens like the flu now. For example, if we believe that people will behave in a certain way ...

Rapid approach to identify influenza A virus mutations and drug resistance developed

... the entire project team hopes to better and more quickly track this new flu variant and keep the world informed of how the virus is evolving," said ... microarray contains probes which can reveal the complete sequence of the flu virus from patient samples, it enables the detection of any single base ...

The challenges of avian influenza virus: Mechanism, epidemiology and control

... studies on endocytosis and H5N1 influenza virus. The Website for Avian flu Information consisting of avian influenza information from broad aspects ... virus also helps us to combat other influenza viruses, such as the swine flu that has recently surfaced from Mexico. Though readers would see we have ...

Princeton team's analysis of flu virus could lead to better vaccines

... scientists may have found a better way to make a vaccine against the flu virus. Though theoretical, the work points to the critical importance ... way. Today, vaccine designers, such as those working on new forms of flu vaccines, center their efforts upon developing a weakened strain of a ...

Leeds research points to new therapy for hepatitis C treatment

... known anti-viral drug, rimantadine, which targets a similar protein in the flu virus. They found that the drug's effectiveness was altered depending on ... to test its effects because p7 behaves similarly to a protein found in the flu virus," says Dr Griffin. " Although rimantadine works well in the ...
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