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Released: 14-May-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Assessment of deaths from COVID-19, seasonal influenza
JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

Publicly available data were used to analyze the number of deaths from seasonal influenza deaths compared with deaths from COVID-19.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
“Dirty” Mice Could Help Make a More Effective Flu Vaccine
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

A new study calls into question the reliance on disease-free laboratory mice for testing new influenza (flu) vaccines.

Released: 2-Apr-2020 12:30 PM EDT
UW–Madison, FluGen, Bharat Biotech to develop CoroFlu, a coronavirus vaccine
University of Wisconsin-Madison

An international collaboration of virologists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the vaccine companies FluGen and Bharat Biotech has begun the development and testing of a unique vaccine against COVID-19 called CoroFlu.

Newswise: UAB will test a COVID-19 vaccine candidate created by Altimmune Inc.
Released: 30-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
UAB will test a COVID-19 vaccine candidate created by Altimmune Inc.
University of Alabama at Birmingham

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is launching a collaboration with the biopharmaceutical company Altimmune, Inc. for preclinical testing of a potential vaccine to prevent COVID-19 disease

Newswise: UNC Researchers Look to Next Generation Genetic Sequencing for Deeper Understanding of COVID-19
Released: 23-Mar-2020 12:55 PM EDT
UNC Researchers Look to Next Generation Genetic Sequencing for Deeper Understanding of COVID-19
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Next generation genetic sequencing – or next generation sequencing (NGS) – is becoming more common in research, although it still isn’t widely available. At the UNC School of Medicine, it is part of a research collaboration to better understand viral lung infections, including COVID-19 – the novel coronavirus sweeping the world.

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Released: 18-Mar-2020 9:00 AM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT: Newswise Live COVID-19 Expert Panel 3-12-2020
Newswise

Newswise Live Expert Panel including experts from Newswise member institutions discussing topics related to the coronavirus and COVID-19 outbreak.

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Released: 16-Mar-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Looking to the future with Dr. Francis Collins
University of Alabama at Birmingham

At a presentation at UAB, NIH director Francis Collins outlined the top 10 area of excitement and promise in science.

Newswise: Researchers Tackle the Flu with Breakthrough Virus Simulations
Released: 27-Feb-2020 6:20 PM EST
Researchers Tackle the Flu with Breakthrough Virus Simulations
University of California San Diego

In a recent study, led by UC San Diego’s Rommie Amaro, researchers broke new ground with their molecular simulations in terms of size, complexity and methodological analyses of the viral envelope.

Newswise: When coronavirus is not alone
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.

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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.

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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.

Newswise: Which flu are you?  New research firmly establishes how our first exposure to a flu virus sets on our immunity for life
Released: 30-Jan-2020 8:50 AM EST
Which flu are you? New research firmly establishes how our first exposure to a flu virus sets on our immunity for life
McMaster University

The first type of influenza virus we are exposed to in early childhood dictates our ability to fight the flu for the rest of our lives, according to a new study from a team of infectious disease researchers at McMaster University and Université de Montréal.

Newswise: Infectious Disease Experts Sound Alarm Over Risk of Outbreaks in U.S. Border Detention Centers
Released: 29-Jan-2020 5:00 PM EST
Infectious Disease Experts Sound Alarm Over Risk of Outbreaks in U.S. Border Detention Centers
University of Maryland School of Medicine

– Over the past year, at least seven children have died from diseases including influenza while being detained by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency. Infectious disease experts at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) called for protections like influenza vaccinations to prevent serious outbreaks.

Released: 22-Jan-2020 9:00 AM EST
Full influenza vaccination among children cuts hospitalization in half
University of Michigan

Fully vaccinating children reduces the risk of hospitalization associated with influenza by 54%, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan, the Clalit Research Institute, and Ben-Gurion University in Israel.

Released: 21-Jan-2020 7:05 AM EST
Antiviral Compound Offers Hope Against Deadly Flu, Coronaviruses
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A study in mice finds that a compound modeled on a protein found in bananas safely protects against multiple strains of the influenza virus, Ebola and coronaviruses.

Released: 14-Jan-2020 1:20 PM EST
Flu Is on the Rise: How to Protect Yourself
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers infectious disease expert explains this year’s flu outbreak and how you can stay healthy

Released: 13-Jan-2020 5:30 PM EST
Everything You Need to Know About the Flu
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Sharon Wright,MD, MPH, BIDMC’s Senior Medical Director of Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center shares everything you need to know about the flu.

Newswise: Can the flu shot help fight cancer?
Released: 6-Jan-2020 5:05 PM EST
Can the flu shot help fight cancer?
Rush University Medical Center

Physicians and scientists at Rush University Medical Center have found that injecting tumors with influenza vaccines, including some FDA-approved seasonal flu shots, turns cold tumors to hot, a discovery that could lead to an immunotherapy to treat cancer. The study results were published December 30th in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Newswise: Influenza IMPRINT Cohort Study Receives Funding Boost
Released: 10-Dec-2019 7:30 AM EST
Influenza IMPRINT Cohort Study Receives Funding Boost
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

The Influenza IMPRINT Cohort study will explore the emerging idea that a person’s very first influenza virus exposure impacts the magnitude, durability and breadth of their immune response to all future flu exposures.

Released: 4-Dec-2019 2:05 PM EST
Flu Preparedness Hearing Opens Opportunities for Vaccine, AMR Action
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)

Today’s subcommittee hearing on U.S. preparedness and responses for the 2019-2020 flu season offers an important opportunity to examine and act on gaps and challenges exacerbating the public health threats of seasonal influenza outbreaks.

Newswise: Virtual Reality Could Help Flu Vaccination Rates
Released: 3-Dec-2019 12:30 PM EST
Virtual Reality Could Help Flu Vaccination Rates
University of Georgia

Using a virtual reality simulation to show how flu spreads and its impact on others could be a way to encourage more people to get a flu vaccination, according to a study by researchers at the University of Georgia and the Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

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Released: 25-Nov-2019 12:10 PM EST
Structurally Designed DNA Star Creates Ultra-Sensitive Test for Dengue Virus
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

By folding snippets of DNA into the shape of a five-pointed star using structural DNA nanotechnology, researchers have created a trap that captures Dengue virus as it floats in the bloodstream. Once sprung, the trap lights up. in the most sensitive test for the mosquito-borne diseases yet devised.

19-Nov-2019 1:45 PM EST
New flu drug drives drug resistance in influenza viruses
University of Wisconsin-Madison

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers examined the effects of baloxavir treatment on influenza virus samples collected from patients before and after treatment.

Released: 20-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
Study Shows Flu Vaccine Safe For Those With Autoimmune Neuromuscular Disorders
American Association of Neuromuscular and Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM)

A recent study published in Muscle & Nerve appears to show that the influenza vaccination is safe to use for those with autoimmune neuromuscular disorders.

Newswise: 4 Essentials for Winter Health and Safety
Released: 15-Nov-2019 8:05 AM EST
4 Essentials for Winter Health and Safety
Nuvance Health

Weather conditions and cold and flu viruses can make it more difficult for you to stay healthy and safe during winter months.

Newswise: Predictive Science, Inc. Releases Influenza Predictions
Released: 4-Nov-2019 2:05 AM EST
Predictive Science, Inc. Releases Influenza Predictions
University of California San Diego

San Diego-based Predictive Science, Inc. this week released their first forecast for the 2019-2020 influenza season, which typically runs from November through March.

22-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Flu antibody protects against numerous and wide-ranging strains
Washington University in St. Louis

A human antibody that protects mice against a wide range of lethal flu viruses could be the key to a universal vaccine and better treatments for severe flu disease, according to a new study from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, and Scripps Research in La Jolla, Calif.

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Released: 24-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Get your flu shot in October, early November to stay flu-free this season
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Physicians at the University of Alabama at Birmingham want to encourage everyone to get a flu shot between now and early November.

Released: 24-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Universal flu vaccine developed at Cornell nearing human trials
Cornell University

A universal influenza vaccine with the potential to be longer lasting and more effective than commercially available vaccines is destined for human clinical trials, thanks to a $17.9 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Released: 23-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Journal Articles Explore Fatal Consequences of Immigrant Detention Policies, Conditions
Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA)

An analysis and related commentary published in Clinical Infectious Diseases today provide in-depth examination of the deplorable and dangerous conditions in U.S. immigrant detention centers where seven children have died in the last 10 months. Together, the articles underscore an urgent imperative repeatedly cited by ours, and other societies of medical professionals, to investigate and remedy violations of human rights and the most basic standards of public health, infection control and medical practice that have been demonstrated in these facilities.

16-Oct-2019 1:30 PM EDT
Mount Sinai Researchers Bring Us One Step Closer to Universal Influenza Vaccine
Mount Sinai Health System

A team led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is getting closer to a universal flu vaccine using a novel approach they’ve developed called chimeric hemagglutinin (cHA).

Newswise: How to keep flu germs from spreading in your home
Released: 17-Oct-2019 7:05 AM EDT
How to keep flu germs from spreading in your home
University of Alabama at Birmingham

You cannot really germ-proof your home, but you can clean and disinfect things to improve your chances of preventing the flu.

Released: 15-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Do I Need to Be Tested for the Flu?
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Barbara Masser, MD, Medical Director of Ambulatory Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, shares some insight on whether or not you may need a flu test.

Newswise: Southern Ocean Medical Center to host Women's Night Out
Released: 14-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Southern Ocean Medical Center to host Women's Night Out
Hackensack Meridian Health

Hackensack Meridian Health Southern Ocean Medical Center will once again host its annual Women’s Health Night on Wednesday, October 30, 2019. The free event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the first floor of the hospital in Manahawkin.

Newswise: Flu Season Returns: Protect Yourself Now
Released: 14-Oct-2019 11:00 AM EDT
Flu Season Returns: Protect Yourself Now
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Cases of the flu are already on the rise around the nation as flu season begins. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to fight against the flu as the number of people getting sick from the potentially life-threatening virus will increase in the coming months. Doctors recommend everyone 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent the virus or reduce the seriousness if you do get sick.

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Released: 10-Oct-2019 8:30 AM EDT
Teen Advocate Ethan Lindenberger Joins Unity™ Consortium to Appeal to Teens and Parents to Get Vaccinated
Unity Consortium

The Unity Consortium is thrilled to welcome newest member, Ethan Lindenberger, a 19-year old American activist known for his opposition to vaccine misinformation efforts.

Released: 8-Oct-2019 2:20 PM EDT
Online Patient Portal Usage Linked to Higher Rates of Flu Shots, Blood Pressure Checks
Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Penn Medicine study shows patients who use online platforms connected to their health records are more likely to take preventative health measures.

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Released: 7-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Managing your child's asthma in the fall: What parents should know
LifeBridge Health

Allergies and other environmental factors can make asthma harder to manage when the season changes to fall.

Newswise: Flu season is here. Epidemiologist can discuss symptoms, risk factors for transmission, reasons for getting a flu shot
Released: 3-Oct-2019 10:10 AM EDT
Flu season is here. Epidemiologist can discuss symptoms, risk factors for transmission, reasons for getting a flu shot
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Amanda Simanek can also talk about new recommendations for children to receive two doses of this year’s vaccine.

Newswise: Flu Experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 2-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Flu Experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

As the 2019–20 flu season gets underway, Johns Hopkins Medicine experts will be available throughout the season to talk with your newsroom about the epidemiology of this year’s virus, as well as provide important information about this year’s vaccine. Flu cases have already begun to appear in the U.S. Flu activity tends to increase in October and can run as late as May.

Released: 30-Sep-2019 5:05 PM EDT
How to Stay Healthy this Flu Season
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Infectious disease experts David Cennimo at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Tanaya Bhowmick at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School discuss this year’s flu season, the effectiveness of the vaccine and how you can protect yourself.


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