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Vanderbilt Leads International Effort to Develop Universal Flu Vaccine

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are leading an international effort to develop a universal influenza vaccine that would protect everyone against all strains of the flu anywhere in the world.

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Flu Forecasting Tool Uses Evolution to Make Earlier Predictions

A new flu forecasting tool built by scientists at the University of Chicago aims to make better predictions by combining data about how the virus spreads with an estimate of how much the current virus evolved compared to recent years.

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Squeamish About Shots? Some Advice for Flu Vaccination Season

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It’s human nature to be afraid of pain. UCLA Health offers advice on how to get through the flu shot.

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H7N9 Influenza Is Both Lethal and Transmissible in Animal Model for Flu

In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin-Madison received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it.

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Pair of Discoveries Illuminate New Paths to Flu and Anthrax Treatments

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Two recent studies have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The studies employed a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body’s defenses, and possible treatments already developed.

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Flu Vaccine Failed to Protect Young Leukemia Patients During Cancer Treatment

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital investigators said the results reinforce the importance of hand washing and other measures to help protect vulnerable patients from influenza infections.

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Norovirus Evades Immune System by Hiding Out in Rare Gut Cells

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A new mouse study found that, even in immunized animals, noroviruses can escape the immune system and still spread by hiding out in an extremely rare type of cell in the gut.

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A New Kind of Influenza Vaccine: One Shot Might Do the Trick

Certain proteins in the influenza virus remain constant year after year. Researchers at Cornell University are taking one of those conserved proteins, Matrix-2 (M2), and packaging it in a nanoscale, controlled-release “capsule” in an attempt to create a quick-acting, long-lasting, multi-strain vaccine against pandemic influenza A.

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U.S. Olympians at the 2016 Rio Games Were Infected with West Nile Virus, not Zika

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U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes and staff who traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Summer Games did not become infected with Zika virus but did test positive for other tropical, mosquito-borne viral infections, including West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever and Chikungunya. Results from the University of Utah Health-led study will be reported at IDWeek, a national infectious disease conference being held in San Diego.

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Have Diabetes? A Flu Shot Should Top Your Fall To-Do List

If you diabetes and haven’t been vaccinated, it’s time to reconsider. Flu can be more serious than you realize, and health officials say there are early signs that this flu season will be a bad one.







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