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Newswise: Avian influenza: How It’s Spreading and What to Know About This Outbreak
18-May-2022 4:20 PM EDT
Avian influenza: How It’s Spreading and What to Know About This Outbreak
Tufts University

A new study from Tufts University and other collaborators takes a data-driven look at influenza viruses circulating among different groups of birds and characterizes which types of birds are involved in spreading the virus. This paper publishes at a time when a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza has been spreading across North America.

11-May-2022 2:00 PM EDT
Flu Causes Cardiac Complications by Directly Infecting the Heart
Ohio State University

Researchers have shown for the first time in mice that heart problems seen in some of the sickest flu patients are caused by direct influenza infection of cardiac cells.

Newswise: Cleveland Clinic Appoints Ted Ross, Ph.D., as Global Director of Vaccine Development
Released: 28-Apr-2022 4:25 PM EDT
Cleveland Clinic Appoints Ted Ross, Ph.D., as Global Director of Vaccine Development
Cleveland Clinic

Ted Ross, Ph.D., has been appointed Global Director of Vaccine Development at Cleveland Clinic. In this newly created role, he will lead the development of novel vaccine platforms for a variety of infectious diseases, including influenza, HIV and COVID-19. A highly renowned scientist with expertise in virology, vaccines, immunology and microbiology, Dr. Ross’ research focuses on the design of new vaccines and the implementation of new vaccine trials.

Newswise: History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes
Released: 17-Mar-2022 9:35 AM EDT
History doesn’t repeat, but it rhymes
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic came and went without much fanfare, thanks to a lull in cases and deaths, and the start of a war in Ukraine that has grabbed the world’s attention. But for medical historians who led an exhaustive study of the 1918 influenza pandemic, the recent milestone offers a chance to look back on the parallels, and differences, in how the nation responded to both massive infectious threats.

Released: 8-Mar-2022 11:40 AM EST
Understanding modern infectious diseases and their impacts
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)

A new study set out to better understand the impacts and trade-offs policymakers must consider when addressing modern infectious diseases and their macroeconomic repercussions.

Newswise: Two for one: Repeated seasonal influenza vaccines also provide kids better protection against future flu pandemics, researchers find
1-Feb-2022 10:55 AM EST
Two for one: Repeated seasonal influenza vaccines also provide kids better protection against future flu pandemics, researchers find
McMaster University

Researchers at McMaster University have found that children who receive years of season-specific flu vaccines develop antibodies that also provide broader protection against new strains, including those capable of causing pandemics.

Released: 1-Feb-2022 4:05 AM EST
New research will focus on repurposing existing drugs to treat patients with COVID-19
Queen's University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast will lead a new £1.6m collaborative project to rapidly identify new treatments for COVID-19.

Released: 25-Jan-2022 6:05 PM EST
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Released: 25-Jan-2022 5:05 PM EST
ما هي الإنفلونزا؟
Mayo Clinic

يمكن أن تجعلك الحمى واضطراب المعدة والإسهال والتهاب الحلق والقشعريرة والسعال والعطاس والصداع في حال بائسة. وعندما لا تكون على ما يرام، قد يكون من الصعب أحيانًا معرفة المشكلة بالضبط، وكيف يمكنك مساعدة نفسك على الشعور بالتحسن. مع اقتراب موسم الإنفلونزا، فالوقت مناسب الآن للنظر في أعراض الإنفلونزا- وما ليس بسبب الإنفلونزا.

Released: 10-Jan-2022 1:50 PM EST
Expert alert: Providing perspectives on a ‘new normal” in our COVID-19 environment
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic experts are available to offer commentary and perspective on the "new normal" as COVID-19 transitions to an endemic disease. Among Mayo Clinic experts who are available

Newswise: How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?
Released: 6-Dec-2021 10:45 AM EST
How Does the Flu Vaccine Work?

As the first cases of flu are reported in Los Angeles this season, public health experts are urging anyone who isn't already vaccinated to get the flu shot. It's the best protection against the flu, which could pummel the U.S. this winter after nearly disappearing last year.

Released: 30-Nov-2021 5:10 PM EST
Study recognizes best way to communicate the importance of vaccinations during pregnancy
Boston University School of Medicine

Vaccine hesitancy is considered one of the top 10 threats to public health by the World Health Organization.

Released: 29-Nov-2021 11:50 AM EST
Study finds relationship between immune pathway response to influenza and genetic ancestry
University of Chicago Medical Center

High levels of European ancestry are associated with an increase in type I interferon pathway activity in early infection

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Released: 11-Nov-2021 2:45 PM EST
Flu Season Underway Amid Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic
Johns Hopkins Medicine

For the second straight year, flu season is emerging against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. While the number of flu cases was relatively low last year, experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine say that this year, it could be much higher.

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Released: 3-Nov-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Which older adults are getting flu shots and COVID boosters? Poll shows variation
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

With two viruses threatening to make older adults sick this winter, a new poll shows most people over 50 have gotten protected by vaccines against both influenza and coronavirus, or plan to. And a majority of those who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine plan to get an additional dose. But the poll also reveals major differences in vaccine attitudes between older adults, including those of different political leanings.

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Released: 22-Oct-2021 11:55 AM EDT
Racial disparities in flu mortality persist in many large U.S. cities
DePaul University

As flu season approaches, public health officials are urging people to get a flu shot. Many communities of color are at higher risk of death from both influenza and COVID-19, says DePaul University health sciences faculty member Julia Lippert, and outcomes vary across the largest cities in the United States.

Newswise: Building a Better Dipstick Test
Released: 21-Oct-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Building a Better Dipstick Test
Georgia Institute of Technology

Lateral flow assays often called ‘dipsticks’ have been a popular point-of-care testing platform for decades (think, pregnancy tests, glucose tests, even coronavirus tests). But they have limitations. A team of researchers is overcoming those limitations with development of a flow control technology, turning these simple tests into complex biomedical assays.

Released: 19-Oct-2021 6:25 PM EDT
Common medications alter flu virus activity
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Although the influenza virus varies a lot from year to year, the flu usually contributes to approximately 1000 deaths a year in Norway.

Newswise: Critical Care and Pulmonary Societies Encourage Flu Shots Amid COVID-19 Spread
Released: 19-Oct-2021 10:20 AM EDT
Critical Care and Pulmonary Societies Encourage Flu Shots Amid COVID-19 Spread
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The members of the Critical Care Societies Collaborative, which includes the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, and Society of Critical Care Medicine, strongly urge individuals to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and to receive their influenza (flu) immunizations for the upcoming flu season.

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Released: 18-Oct-2021 10:40 AM EDT
Will There Be a Twindemic?
Global Virus Network

“Twindemic” is a term that has not yet been in the headlines but is likely to become part of our lexicon as the summer progresses.

Released: 15-Oct-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Flu and Heart Disease: The Surprising Connection That Should Convince You to Schedule Your Shot
Houston Methodist

Patients who have cardiovascular disease are at increased risk of serious complications from the flu, according to a new study by Houston Methodist physician researchers published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study found that not only are traditional flu-related outcomes worse among some patients with CVD, but infection in those patients also is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events and both CV-related mortality and mortality from all causes.

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Released: 14-Oct-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Cell-based influenza vaccine provides protection against the flu in children
Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

A cell-based influenza vaccine has effectively provided protection against the flu in children and adolescents, according to a new study.

13-Oct-2021 3:00 PM EDT
New model leveraging flu data generates highly accurate prediction of COVID-19 spread
University of Chicago Medical Center

By creating the Universal Influenza-like Transmission (UnIT) score, which leverages data about past flu seasons, researchers at the University of Chicago have produced a new model of COVID-19 incidence that outperforms all other prediction models on average over the pandemic timeline so far.

Released: 6-Oct-2021 3:30 PM EDT
The claim that questions the efficacy of the COVID vaccine by comparing it with the influenza vaccine is off the mark

A meme widely shared on Facebook shows a picture of Bill Gates holding a needle with his face painted like the supervillain “The Joker” and says, “Do you honestly believe that in 70 years of research and development we have a 40% effective flu shot but in 10 months a 95% effective Rona shot?” Comparing the efficacy of the vaccines suggest they both inoculate patients from the same virus. The viruses are different, and comparing the efficacy of the vaccines is misleading.

Released: 5-Oct-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Cleveland Clinic Researcher Receives Prestigious NIH Director’s Pioneer Award
Cleveland Clinic

Michaela Gack, Ph.D., scientific director of Cleveland Clinic’s Florida Research and Innovation Center, has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s Pioneer Award to support her research toward the development of broad-spectrum antiviral drugs. The prestigious grant is part of NIH’s High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program, which funds highly innovative research with the potential for broad impact, and will provide $5.6 million over five years.

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Released: 5-Oct-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Will Flu Season Be Bad This Year?

The flu seemed to vanish in 2020 as safety measures meant to stop the spread of COVID-19 also worked against the influenza virus. But with some precautions lifted amid widespread vaccination, what will it mean for this year's flu season?

Newswise: UNLV's COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program Expands to Test for Flu Strains
Released: 4-Oct-2021 8:20 AM EDT
UNLV's COVID-19 Wastewater Surveillance Program Expands to Test for Flu Strains
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

UNLV scientists are partnering with 20 other states to keep watch for flu strains that are cropping up in wastewater in communities across the country to better target future influenza vaccines and make them more effective.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Differentiating between COVID-19 and chronic rhinosinusitis
University of Alabama at Birmingham

UAB’s Jessica Grayson, M.D., clears the confusion on how to tell COVID-19 from other respiratory illnesses.

Released: 30-Sep-2021 12:20 PM EDT
High-risk individuals favor doctor’s offices for vaccines
University of Georgia

Researchers who studied the patterns of high-risk individuals’ influenza vaccinations find that this at-risk group is more likely to obtain vaccinations from a trusted doctor’s office or primary care clinic, rather than state- or community-affiliated centers.

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Released: 30-Sep-2021 12:15 PM EDT
Wayne State’s Department of Emergency Medicine secures $15.88 million from CDC to study viral infection surveillance
Wayne State University Division of Research

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded $15.88 million to the Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Emergency Medicine to be the epicenter of a national study on viral infections that present in emergency departments across the county.

Released: 27-Sep-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Flu Season Returns Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Available
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Flu Season Returns Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Available

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Released: 25-Sep-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Clip Health (formerly Luminostics) Announces Company Rebranding, Immediate Product Pipeline
2021 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

Clip Health has rebranded from Luminostics ahead of exciting product launches this fall.

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21-Sep-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Shrinking Waveforms on Electrocardiograms Predict Worsening Health and Death of Hospitalized COVID-19 and Influenza Patients
Mount Sinai Health System

Spotting changes in the heart’s electrical activity may prompt more-aggressive treatment and monitoring.

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Released: 13-Sep-2021 11:25 AM EDT
Flu Season Is Around the Corner–Get Your Shot Now

Masking, physical distancing and other measures employed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic virtually eliminated influenza during the 2020-2021 flu season. But Cedars-Sinai physicians say the flu is headed for a comeback and they urge everyone 6 months and older to get their flu shots.

Released: 12-Sep-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Flu Season Returns: How to Stay Safe
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

While social distancing and wearing masks kept last year’s flu season at an all-time low, experts expect flu cases will soar this year as students return to school and employees go back to the office and are urging people to get their flu vaccine to prevent the nation’s health care system from being overwhelmed by influenza and COVID-19. David Cennimo, an infectious disease expert at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, discusses what you should do to protect yourself during the upcoming flu season.

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Released: 30-Aug-2021 12:55 PM EDT
Ohio State flu shot initiative addresses racial inequities in health care
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is aggressively working to address health care inequities and protect the health of all people, starting with initiatives to improve access to flu vaccines.

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Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

30-Jul-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Researchers Identify Approach for Potential Nontypeable Haemophilus Influenzae Vaccine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Scientists at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) have identified two proteins that could be used for a potential vaccine against nontypeable Haemophilus influenzae (NTHi). Working in a mouse model, the investigators found that administering two bacterial adhesive proteins that play a key role in helping the bacteria to latch on to respiratory cells and initiate respiratory tract infection stimulated protective immunity against diverse NTHi strains, highlighting the vaccine potential.

Released: 1-Jul-2021 3:35 PM EDT
Vaccines grown in eggs induce antibody response against an egg-associated glycan
University of Chicago Medical Center

Researchers have found that viral vaccines grown in eggs, such as the H1N1 flu vaccine, produce an antibody response against a sugar molecule found in eggs, which could have implications for the effectiveness of these vaccines.

Released: 1-Jul-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Liquid chalk highly effective in killing SARS-CoV-2 and influenza A viruses
University of Melbourne

Melbourne researchers have found that liquid chalk, commonly used in gyms to improve grip, acts as an antiseptic against highly infectious human viruses, completely killing both SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) and influenza A viruses.

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Released: 4-Jun-2021 6:00 AM EDT
Lessons from the last pandemic point the way toward universal flu vaccines
University of Chicago Medical Center

A new study from the University of Chicago and Scripps Research Institute shows that during the last great pandemic—2009’s H1N1 influenza pandemic—people developed strong, effective immune responses to stable, conserved parts of the virus.

Released: 18-May-2021 5:45 PM EDT
Towards a universal flu vaccine for Indigenous populations
University of Melbourne

Researchers have identified specific influenza targets that could be used to better protect Indigenous people from experiencing severe influenza disease through a universal, T cell-based vaccine.

Released: 11-May-2021 3:15 PM EDT
How to predict severe influenza in hospitalised patients
University of Melbourne

Published today in Nature Communications, the team from the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity (Doherty Institute), Alfred Health and Monash University sought to understand which patients would recover quickly from influenza and which would become severely ill.

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Released: 10-May-2021 12:50 PM EDT
Scientists develop better way to block viruses that cause childhood respiratory infections
University of Wisconsin-Madison

By engineering a short chunk of protein, or peptide, that can prevent the attachment of human parainfluenza viruses to cells, researchers have improved a method in rodent models intended to help keep children healthy.

Released: 4-May-2021 8:00 AM EDT
New Clinical Practice Guideline on Community Acquired Pneumonia;
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

In its latest clinical practice guideline on community-acquired pneumonia the American Thoracic Society’s guidelines panel addresses the use of nucleic acid-based testing for non-influenza viral pathogens. The guideline was published online in the May 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. An explainer video may be viewed here.

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