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Bacterial Respiratory Tract Colonization Prior to Catching the Flu May Protect Against Severe Illness

Doctors have long known that people suffering from influenza are likely to do far worse (or even die) if they get a secondary infection in their lungs or airways. Infection from pneumococcus bacteria, in particular, can lead to pneumonia or a variety of other illnesses that could complicate the recovery of flu sufferers. However, Wistar researchers discovered that pneumococcus often colonizes the respiratory tract without illness and if the order of infection was reversed it could actually protect against severe flu-related illness.

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Chikungunya Fever Spreads Throughout the US

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Genes Found in Nature Yield 1918-Like Virus with Pandemic Potential

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 virus.

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Ginseng Can Treat and Prevent Influenza and RSV

Ginseng can help treat and prevent influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages, according to research findings by a scientist in Georgia State University’s new Institute for Biomedical Sciences.

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Researchers Find That Influenza Has an Achilles’ Heel

Flu epidemics cause up to half a million deaths worldwide each year, and emerging strains continually threaten to spread to humans and cause even deadlier pandemics. A study by McGill University professor Maziar Divangahi published by Cell Press on April 10 in the journal Immunity reveals that a drug that inhibits a molecule called prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) increases survival rates in mice infected with a lethal dose of the H1N1 flu virus. The findings pave the way for an urgently needed therapy that is highly effective against the flu virus and potentially other viral infections.

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DIY Vaccination: Microneedle Patch May Boost Immunization Rate, Reduce Medical Costs

There are many reasons some people may not get a flu shot, but would they be more likely to do so if there was a simple device that could be mailed directly to them, was easy enough to use by themselves, and provided at least the same level of protection as a traditional flu shot without the pain of a needle jab? A recent NIBIB-funded study suggests the answer is yes.

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When the Flu Bug Bit the Big Apple, Twitter Posts Told the Tale

Sifting flu-related tweets can help track the illness at the local level, not just on a national scale. researchers have found.

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Scripps Research Institute Scientists Describe Deadly Immune ‘Storm’ Caused by Emergent Flu Infections

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have mapped key elements of a severe immune overreaction—a “cytokine storm.” Their findings also clarify the workings of a potent new class of anti-inflammatory compounds that prevent this immune overreaction in animal models.

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Self-Administration of Flu Vaccine with a Patch May be Feasible, Study Suggests

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The annual ritual of visiting a doctor’s office or health clinic to receive a flu shot may soon be outdated, thanks to the findings of a new study published in the journal Vaccine.

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What Convinces College Students to Get Flu Vaccines? Money and Peers, Say Swarthmore College Economists

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