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Newswise: When coronavirus is not alone
Released: 21-Feb-2020 12:05 PM EST
When coronavirus is not alone
University of Vermont

Interacting contagious diseases like influenza and pneumonia—and perhaps coronavirus too—follow the same complex spreading patterns as social trends, like the adoption of new slang or technologies. This new finding, published in Nature Physics, could lead to better tracking and intervention when multiple diseases spread through a population at the same time.

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Released: 17-Feb-2020 9:00 AM EST
FSU expert available to comment on effectiveness of flu vaccine
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: February 14, 2020 | 3:35 pm | SHARE: As an outbreak of a new coronavirus makes headlines across the world, another more common infectious disease is spreading across the United States and beyond — the flu.About 8 percent of the U.S. population gets sick from the flu each season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Newswise: New pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein found
Released: 14-Feb-2020 11:15 AM EST
New pathogenic mechanism for influenza NS1 protein found
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Researchers report the biological effects of influenza protein NS1 binding to RIG-I — the binding directly quiets the alarm that activates the cellular innate immunity defense against the infection. This is a newly described way for flu to antagonize the host cellular antiviral response.

Newswise: Researchers explore role of antibiotic resistance in pandemic risk
Released: 13-Feb-2020 1:35 PM EST
Researchers explore role of antibiotic resistance in pandemic risk
Johns Hopkins University

Researchers investigating the drug prescription response to a “superbug” enzyme that renders bacteria resistant to antibiotics are available to discuss why such resistance is posing a growing risk during pandemics such as the current coronavirus.

Newswise: New Tool Monitors Real Time Mutations In Flu
Released: 6-Feb-2020 6:00 AM EST
New Tool Monitors Real Time Mutations In Flu
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers-led team has developed a tool to monitor influenza A virus mutations in real time, which could help virologists learn how to stop viruses from replicating. The gold nanoparticle-based probe measures viral RNA in live influenza A cells, according to a study in The Journal of Physical Chemistry C. It is the first time in virology that experts have used imaging tools with gold nanoparticles to monitor mutations in influenza, with unparalleled sensitivity.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 1:55 PM EST
Communicating about coronavirus can be difficult
University of Georgia

Communicating effectively during an outbreak can be tricky for government agencies charged with protecting the public, according to Glen Nowak, former director of media relations at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and professor of advertising and public relations at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Released: 3-Feb-2020 1:50 PM EST
Gauging the threat posed by the coronavirus
University of Georgia

Wearing a surgical mask is unlikely to protect healthy people from the novel coronavirus that originated in China, and influenza likely poses a much greater threat to Americans, according to José Cordero, professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the University of Georgia’s College of Public Health.

Released: 30-Jan-2020 10:10 AM EST
Rapid Weather Swings Increase Flu Risk
Florida State University

New research from a team of Florida State University scientists shows that rapid weather variability as a result of climate change could increase the risk of a flu epidemic in some highly populated regions in the late 21st century.



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