Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New biologic approach may protect against any influenza strain

A new biologic drug prevented death when administered to mice a week in advance of lethal challenge with influenza H7N9, a disease that has shown a roughly 30 percent mortality rate in humans. The biologic had previously ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

NIH clinical study establishes human model of influenza pathogenesis

A National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical study of healthy adult volunteers who consented to be infected with the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus under carefully controlled conditions has provided researchers with concrete ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

H7N9 influenza vaccine clinical trials begin

Two new clinical trials testing an experimental vaccine to prevent influenza caused by an H7N9 influenza virus are now enrolling volunteers at sites across the United States. The Phase 2 studies, sponsored by the National ...

Medical research

Universal influenza vaccine potentially in sight

The fall ritual of getting an annual influenza shot could join castor oil on the list of bygone remedies within a decade, some scientists say.  And as that tradition fades away, so too will our fears of the virus mutating ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Older hospitalized adults are infrequently tested for influenza

This year's flu season is shaping up to be an especially serious one, and it's important for clinicians to promptly recognize, diagnosis, and treat influenza in hospitalized patients, especially in vulnerable populations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Expert questions US public health agency advice on influenza vaccines

The United States government public health agency, the CDC, pledges "To base all public health decisions on the highest quality scientific data, openly and objectively derived." But Peter Doshi, a postdoctoral fellow at Johns ...

Pediatrics

Influenza vaccine delays are a problem for pediatricians

Pediatricians report influenza vaccine delivery delays as a significant problem, particularly for the Vaccines For Children (VFC) program vaccines, leading to many missed opportunities for vaccination, according to a new ...

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