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 ...

HIV & AIDS

HIV infections plummet since 2001: UN

New HIV infections have plummeted by a third overall since 2001 and more than halved among children, the United Nations said Monday.

HIV & AIDS

AIDS scientists at Malaysia meet express hopes for cure

AIDS scientists expressed optimism over their search for a cure for the disease Saturday ahead of a major conference in Kuala Lumpur, with more funding and research breakthroughs boosting their hopes.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Computer model predicts when viruses become infectious

A new computer model could help scientists predict when a particular strain of avian influenza might become infectious from bird to human, according to a report to be published in the International Journal Data Mining and ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Two new diseases could both spark global outbreaks

Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials—a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO says new H7N9 flu passes more easily from bird to human

A new strain of bird flu that emerged in China over the past month is one of the "most lethal" flu viruses so far, worrying health officials because it can jump more easily from birds to humans than the one that started killing ...

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