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Newswise: Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Released: 12-Jan-2021 2:30 PM EST
Story Tips from Johns Hopkins Experts on COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Typically, the winter months bring the peak of flu season. As cases of COVID-19 have soared in the U.S. over the past few weeks, however, cases of the flu have remained extremely low.

Released: 11-Dec-2020 12:20 PM EST
Pre-existing influenza immunity impacts antibody quality following seasonal infection and vaccination
University of Chicago Medical Center

New research by scientists at the University of Chicago suggests a person’s antibody response to influenza viruses is dramatically shaped by their pre-existing immunity, and that the quality of this response differs in individuals who are vaccinated or naturally infected. Their results highlight the importance of receiving the annual flu vaccine to induce the most protective immune response.

3-Dec-2020 2:35 PM EST
Mount Sinai Researchers Advance a Universal Influenza Virus Vaccine
Mount Sinai Health System

A vaccine that induces immune responses to a wide spectrum of influenza virus strains and subtypes has produced strong and durable results in early-stage clinical trials in humans, Mount Sinai researchers have found.

Released: 19-Nov-2020 4:05 PM EST
E-cigarette Users at Greater Risk of Poor Immune Response to Viruses
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

In a controlled study, scientists found that smokers and e-cigarette users exhibited significantly altered immune responses to a model of influenza virus infection, suggesting increased susceptibility to disease, including COVID-19

Newswise: Patients Hospitalized with Severe Cases of Flu Do Better Than Those With COVID-19
10-Nov-2020 8:00 AM EST
Patients Hospitalized with Severe Cases of Flu Do Better Than Those With COVID-19
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

A new study published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society reveals how patients hospitalized with severe COVID-19 fared, compared to those hospitalized with severe seasonal influenza. The study is believed to be the first in the U.S. to directly compare clinical features, laboratory results and health outcomes between patients with the two diseases.

Newswise: UNLV Physician: Why COVID-19 Makes Flu Shots More Important Than Ever
Released: 22-Oct-2020 1:50 PM EDT
UNLV Physician: Why COVID-19 Makes Flu Shots More Important Than Ever
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)

As the race for a COVID-19 vaccine intensifies, health care officials are reminding the public not to forget another important vaccine this fall: the flu shot. Flu season in the U.S. technically began in September, with illnesses expected to peak in December and February, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Less than half of Americans received a flu vaccine during the 2019-2020 flu season, and a staggering 405,000 hospitalizations and 22,000 deaths were attributed to influenza.

Released: 22-Oct-2020 11:55 AM EDT
Key details about broadly neutralizing antibodies provide insights for universal flu vaccine
University of Chicago Medical Center

New research from an immunology team at the University of Chicago may shed light on the challenges of developing a universal flu vaccine that would provide long-lasting and broad protection against influenza viruses.

Released: 15-Oct-2020 3:40 PM EDT
How to stay safe from flu during the COVID-19 pandemic
University of Chicago Medical Center

University of Chicago Medicine infectious diseases expert Dr. Allison Bartlett explains what to know to stay safe this winter from both influenza and COVID-19.

Released: 4-Oct-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Battling Flu During the Pandemic
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

A Rutgers infectious disease expert explains why the flu vaccination is more important than ever this year

Released: 2-Oct-2020 4:45 PM EDT
Users of blood pressure medicine have a lower risk of dying from influenza and pneumonia
Aarhus University

Drugs to lower blood pressure of the type ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II receptor blockers reduce the mortality rate of influenza and pneumonia.

Newswise: Why It's More Important Than Ever to Get Your Flu Shot This Year
Released: 1-Oct-2020 8:05 PM EDT
Why It's More Important Than Ever to Get Your Flu Shot This Year
Cedars-Sinai

This year's flu season won't be like any other, due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Because the flu and COVID-19 can present in similar ways, anyone who experiences overlapping symptoms of the two viruses may have to assume it's COVID-19 unless testing is performed, according to Cedars-Sinai experts.

Newswise: Marriott Library digital exhibit finds echoes of today’s pandemic news in century-old headlines
Released: 28-Sep-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Marriott Library digital exhibit finds echoes of today’s pandemic news in century-old headlines
University of Utah

The J. Willard Marriott Library is launching a new digital exhibit to explore the 1918 flu pandemic in Utah through contemporary newspaper articles. The articles show how the issues and divisions that have appeared in the COVID-19 pandemic are, unfortunately, nothing new.

Newswise: World Lung Day 2020: Respiratory Groups Call for Research to Prevent, Detect and Treat Respiratory Infections
Released: 25-Sep-2020 9:45 AM EDT
World Lung Day 2020: Respiratory Groups Call for Research to Prevent, Detect and Treat Respiratory Infections
American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Today, on World Lung Day (WLD), the American Thoracic Society is united with members of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS) and WLD partner organizations to advocate for respiratory health globally and call for more research to prevent, detect and treat respiratory infections.

Newswise: Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains
22-Sep-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Antibodies protect against wide range of influenza B virus strains
Washington University in St. Louis

Researchers have identified two antibodies that protect mice against lethal infections of influenza B virus, report scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Together with an antibody that targets the other major kind of influenza viruses that infect people — influenza A — these antibodies potentially could form the basis of a broad-spectrum flu drug that could treat almost all flu cases.

Newswise: Flu Season Returns As The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
Released: 23-Sep-2020 2:00 PM EDT
Flu Season Returns As The COVID-19 Pandemic Continues
Johns Hopkins Medicine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues with no end in sight, the annual flu season emerges once again. Cases of the flu have already begun to surface around the nation, and there are some reports of co-infection with COVID-19. Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say now is the time to take action to fight against the flu. Doctors recommend that everyone age 6 months and older get the flu vaccine each year to prevent infection from the virus or reduce the severity of the illness.

Released: 22-Sep-2020 5:05 PM EDT
New vaccine strategy harnesses ‘foot soldier’ T-cells to provide protection against influenza
University of Wisconsin-Madison

As Americans begin pulling up their sleeves for an annual flu vaccine, researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have provided new insights into an alternative vaccine approach that provides broader protection against seasonal influenza.

Released: 18-Sep-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Claims circulating on social media stating that the common cold or flu can be mistaken for COVID-19 are misleading
Newswise

The claims rely on the faulty assumption that there is no method to distinguish COVID-19 from the common cold and the flu.

Newswise: How Will COVID-19 Affect Flu Season?
Released: 16-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Will COVID-19 Affect Flu Season?
Cedars-Sinai

With flu season fast approaching, health officials are urging the public to help contain the spread of influenza and avoid another outbreak amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The two viruses are very similar, and it's going to make this flu season very challenging.

Newswise: Flu Season Meets the COVID-19 Pandemic: Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Available
Released: 8-Sep-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Flu Season Meets the COVID-19 Pandemic: Johns Hopkins Medicine Experts Available
Johns Hopkins Medicine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world in sometimes devastating and unexpected ways, a more well-known illness — the flu — will make its annual debut in the coming weeks. Flu activity tends to increase in October and can run as late as May. It’s too soon to tell how flu season will definitively affect the current pandemic. However, Johns Hopkins Medicine experts say prevention will be key in reducing the spread of both illnesses, including getting an annual flu vaccine, washing hands, wearing a face mask or covering, and maintaining proper physical distancing.

Newswise: The Medical Minute: What to expect when COVID-19 meets flu season
Released: 3-Sep-2020 11:25 AM EDT
The Medical Minute: What to expect when COVID-19 meets flu season
Penn State Health

The combining of the COVID-19 pandemic and seasonal flu could make this the best influenza season ever or the worst. Our experts explain why in this week’s Medical Minute.

28-Aug-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Study provides insight on how to build a better flu vaccine
Washington University in St. Louis

Repeated exposure to influenza viruses may undermine the effectiveness of the annual flu vaccine. A team of researchers led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has developed an approach to assess whether a vaccine activates the kind of immune cells needed for long-lasting immunity against new influenza strains. The findings could aid efforts to design an improved flu vaccine.

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Released: 27-Aug-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Study confirms link between influenza, heart complications
UW Medicine

The findings, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, underscore need to get a flu shot early, the lead researcher says.

19-Aug-2020 8:55 AM EDT
Live Press Conference: Studying viral outbreaks in single cells could reveal new ways to defeat them (video)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

A press conference on this topic will be held Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 9 a.m. Eastern time online at www.acs.org/fall2020pressconferences.

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11-Aug-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Studying viral outbreaks in single cells could reveal new ways to defeat them (video)
American Chemical Society (ACS)

Many viruses mutate so quickly that identifying vaccines or treatments is like trying to hit a moving target. Now, scientists report a new technique that can detect minor changes in RNA sequences. They present their results today at the American Chemical Society Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo.

Newswise: Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
Released: 13-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Single-Dose Flu Drug Reduces Spread Within Households
University of Virginia Health System

Only 1.9% of uninfected household contacts who took a single dose of baloxavir marboxil came down with the flu.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 5:05 PM EDT
To Better Understand COVID-19, Researchers Review Aging, Immune Response to Viral Infections
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As clinicians learn about a new disease in real-time, researchers are also investigating what lessons from other respiratory infections could apply to COVID-19.

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.

Newswise:Video Embedded covid-19-expert-panel-3-12-2020
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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.

Newswise:Video Embedded communicating-about-coronavirus-can-be-difficult
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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.

Newswise:Video Embedded gauging-the-threat-posed-by-the-coronavirus
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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.


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