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Computers to be used to find blueprint for new influenza drug

...rug that could be taken by people coming down with flu to stop the disease developing. The drug would wo...e coating around the cells in our throats that the flu virus first attacks when a person becomes infected. The flu virus would be deceived into attacking t...

Studies reveal methods viruses use to sidestep immune system

... hepatitis C and West Nile viruses, as well as the flu and the common cold. In a study to appear in a March issue of the Journal of Virology and currently available online, UT Southwestern researchers describe how an essential gene, called RIG-I, turns on a cascade of host immune defenses when the hepat...

NIAID Initiates Trial of Experimental Avian Flu Vaccine

...e in our efforts to prepare to respond to an avian flu pandemic,?adds Dr. Fauci. Sanofi pasteur, Swiftwa...umans have little or no immunity. H5N1 is one such flu virus strain. The last influenza pandemic swept the globe in 1968; many public health officials beli...

Influenza vaccine uses insect cells to speed development

...crobiology Biodefense Research Meeting. "The bird flu may become the next flu pandemic strain. It could happen at any time," says Keyang Wang, a scientist at Protein Sciences Cor...

New book explains antibiotic resistance for a broad audience

...ysicians are refusing to prescribe antibiotics for flu and that patients are being blamed for demanding antibiotics when they shouldn't," says Abigail Salyers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who co-authored the book with Dixie Whitt of the same university. "It was this ambivalence and c...

Late peak may have prevented severe flu season from becoming worse

The 2004-2005 flu season was at least as severe as the 2003-2004 sea...This later peak may have prevented the most recent flu season from being even worse. A flu season's severity is reflected in hospital admissions for commu...

When it comes to cell entry, being average has its advantages

...cro-like fastening. Yet scientists have shown that flu viruses can invade cells even without a clathrin coat. Along with Huajian Gao and Wendong Shi from Max Planck, Freund created a mathematical model that can account for this. Particle size plays a key role. According to the team's new model, cells tak...

Enlisting genomics to understand flu evolution

Multiple strains of the flu virus, circulating in a population at the same tim...ut which viral strains will attack during upcoming flu seasons and design more effective flu vaccines. In the first large-scale effort to sequence the flu...

Understanding biases in epidemic models important when making public health predictions

... infectious for an average period of time. For the flu the average infectious period is around 4-5 days, with incredibly few people infectious for less than a couple of days or more than a week. "Models which do not incorporate the latent period or assume unrealistic distributions of the latent and infe...

Inhaling large amounts of salt can cause hypertension

... infectious for an average period of time. For the flu the average infectious period is around 4-5 days, with incredibly few people infectious for less than a couple of days or more than a week. "Models which do not incorporate the latent period or assume unrealistic distributions of the latent and infe...

Field of beams - Novel system uses polarized light pulses to reveal crop health

... infectious for an average period of time. For the flu the average infectious period is around 4-5 days, with incredibly few people infectious for less than a couple of days or more than a week. "Models which do not incorporate the latent period or assume unrealistic distributions of the latent and infe...

New protein vital for immune response is found in surprise location

...ruses include hepatitis C, West Nile, SARS and the flu viruses. Cells altered to produce an overabundance of MAVS were protected from dying from viral infection. "These results raise the possibility that variations in the expression levels of MAVS may endow different individuals with varying ability to...

Virologist finds contagious equine flu in dogs

...virologist has isolated a highly contagious equine flu virus that is spreading a sometimes-fatal respiratory flu among dogs, and is responsible for a major dog-flu outbreak in New York state. There is no evidence ...

Bird samples from Mongolia confirmed as H5N1 avian flu

...pe for successfully preventing the spread of avian flu and protecting both people and animals." ...

WCS says avian flu prevention should focus on farms, markets

...) warn that efforts to control the spread of avian flu across Asia and beyond must focus on better manage...rtners to confirm and track the movements of Avian flu in the region," said Dr. Billy Karesh, head of the WCS team currently in Mongolia. "The best hope fo...

Controlling wildlife trade key to preventing health crises, study says

...hy, foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza, swine flu and others have cost global economies some $80 billion, the authors of the study say. The results from the poorly regulated trade in wildlife could be even more deadly and more costly. "The cheapest way to contain these threats would be to minimize ...

Less virulent strains of avian influenza can infect humans

...rrier is an important step in the development of a flu virus with pandemic potential. Previous studies ha... for preventing or controlling the spread of avian flu to humans. The authors say their findings highlight the importance of improving disease surveillanc...

Transplanting Animal Organs Could Soon Be A Reality

...rrier is an important step in the development of a flu virus with pandemic potential. Previous studies ha... for preventing or controlling the spread of avian flu to humans. The authors say their findings highlight the importance of improving disease surveillanc...

First Whole Genome Map of Genetic Variability in Parkinson’s Disease

...rrier is an important step in the development of a flu virus with pandemic potential. Previous studies ha... for preventing or controlling the spread of avian flu to humans. The authors say their findings highlight the importance of improving disease surveillanc...

Eating, body weight regulated by specific neurons

...rrier is an important step in the development of a flu virus with pandemic potential. Previous studies ha... for preventing or controlling the spread of avian flu to humans. The authors say their findings highlight the importance of improving disease surveillanc...

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