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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

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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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Researchers Discover Immune Signature That Predicts Poor Outcome in Influenza Patients

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified a signature immune response that might help doctors identify which newly diagnosed influenza patients are most likely to develop severe symptoms and suffer poor outcomes. The findings also help explain why infants and toddlers are at elevated risk for flu complications. The research appears in the upcoming issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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Young, Unvaccinated Adults Account for Severest Flu Cases

A snapshot of patients who required care at Duke University Hospital during this year’s flu season shows that those who had not been vaccinated had severe cases and needed the most intensive treatment.

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Last-Resort Therapy Saving Lives During Flu Epidemic

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Physicians at UAB are employing a technology known as ECMO as a last-resort therapy for extremely severe cases of influenza. ECMO is a sort of portable heart/lung bypass machine.

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