The avian flu virus that caused widespread harbor seal deaths in 2011 can easily spread to and infect other mammals and potentially humans.
Vaccine researchers have developed a strategy aimed at generating broadly cross-reactive antibodies against the influenza virus: embrace the unfamiliar.
(HealthDay)—A group representing U.S. obstetricians is calling for all pregnant women to get a flu shot.
A specialized subset of lung cells can shake flu infection, yet they remain stamped with an inflammatory gene signature that wreaks havoc in the lung, according to a study published in The Journal of Experimental Me ...
Like the Spanish flu, polio, AIDS, and SARS before it, Ebola has erupted from seemingly nowhere to claim lives and sow fear of a catastrophic global outbreak.
(HealthDay)—Officials at the World Health Organization said that the first round of clinical trials of a potential Ebola vaccine made by drug maker GlaxoSmithKline could begin next month.
After AIDS, SARS, avian flu and the coronavirus, now Ebola is in the headlines and sparking panic. AFP asks health historian Patrick Zylberman if the world should fear a pandemic.
(HealthDay)—About one-third of children with viral infections severe enough to land them in the hospital end up with serious complications—such as pneumonia, seizures and brain swelling, a new study finds.
The danger of reporting findings before peer review is that scientists often can't talk about the details of their research, which can lead to hype or fear in the media.
(HealthDay)—U.S. health officials have concluded that it's highly unlikely any lab workers were exposed to live anthrax during a safety mishap last month.
A US-based Japanese scientist said Wednesday he has succeeded in engineering a version of the so-called swine flu virus that would be able to evade the human immune system.
An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918 influenza ...
(Medical Xpress)—Scientists with the UK's Medical Research Council (part of the National Institute for Medical Research) have concluded that the H10N8 influenza virus is not likely to pose an epidemic risk. ...
Omani health authorities announced Wednesday three deaths this month from the swine flu virus, the official ONA news agency reported.
(Medical Xpress)—Early vaccination could save both lives and money during the next flu pandemic, according to a study led by Stanford University School of Medicine researchers.