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Study: Advocacy, Race Affect Flu Vaccination Rates

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A doctor’s recommendation and a patient’s race may influence flu vaccination rates, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Researchers found that 90 percent of patients received vaccination if their physician advocated for it compared to 58 percent of patients whose physician did not.

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Seasonal Flu Vaccine Induces Antibodies That Protect Against H7N9 Avian Flu

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Antibodies that protect against H7N9 avian flu, which emerged in China in 2013 and sparked fears of a global pandemic, have been isolated in individuals who received seasonal flu vaccinations and appear to broadly neutralize H7 viruses.

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Key to Blocking Influenza Virus May Lie in a Cell’s Own Machinery

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Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function – reproduction – to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability.

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"Virtual Virus" Unfolds the Flu on a CPU

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Combining experimental data from X-ray crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, cryoelectron microscopy and lipidomics, researchers have built a complete model of the outer envelope of an influenza A virion for the first time. The approach, known as a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation, has allowed them to generate trajectories at different temperatures and lipid compositions – revealing various characteristics that may help scientists better understand how the virus survives in the wild or find new ways to combat it.

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Reasons Why Winter Gives Flu a Leg Up Could Be Key to Prevention

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As flu season continues, Virginia Tech professor Linsey Marr is studying how the disease is transmitted through the air, in hopes that her results will lead to new strategies to fight the flu.

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NSU Pediatrician, Expert in Vaccines Can Address Measles Outbreak (Seasoned Interviewer)

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Skip the Dip! Super Bowl Team Cities See Spike in Flu Deaths

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Having a team in the Super Bowl correlated to an average 18 percent increase in flu deaths among those over 65 years old, according to a study of health data covering 35 years of championship games.

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Study Shows Tamiflu Gets Patients Back on Their Feet Faster, Reduces Flu Complications

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended the use of antiviral drugs to help treat influenza, in a year when the available vaccine is not a good match for the current strain.

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Forecasting the Flu Better

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UC San Diego researchers say they can predict the spread of flu a week into the future with as much accuracy as Google Flu Trends can display levels of infection right now.

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One Punch to Knock Out Flu

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Researchers show that when comparing the potency of an isolated strain-specific flu antibody (the type that current vaccines generate) with an isolated broadly-neutralizing flu antibody (the type generated by universal vaccines) in a lab setting, the latter have much weaker neutralization activity than the strain-specific antibodies.