Category Archives: Influenza

Pandemic influenza | Avian flu | bird flu | Spanish flu | SARS
Include any kind of influenza where there may be a possibility of transmission to humans.

Some flu viruses potentially more dangerous than others

EurekAlert November 18. 2014  Garth Hogan

WASHINGTON, DC – November 18, 2014 – Certain subtypes of avian influenza viruses have the potential to cause more severe disease in humans than other avian influenza subtypes and should be monitored carefully to prevent spread of disease, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Read more

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New step towards eradication of H5N1 bird flu

(University of Adelaide 31 October 2014) A University of Adelaide-led project has developed a new test that can distinguish between birds that have been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza virus or ‘bird flu’ with those that have been naturally infected.

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TGen and NAU patent for new pandemic flu test is approved

(The Translational Genomics Research Institute 8 October 2014) The federal government has awarded a patent to the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) for a test that can detect — and assist in the treatment of — the H1N1 pandemic flu strain. TGen and NAU initially developed this precise, genomics-based test during a significant global swine flu outbreak in 2009.

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Candidate H7N9 avian flu vaccine works better with adjuvant

(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 7 October 2014) An experimental vaccine to protect people against H7N9 avian influenza prompted immune responses in 59 percent of volunteers who received two injections at the lowest dosage tested, but only if the vaccine was mixed with adjuvant — substance that boosts the body’s response to vaccination. Without adjuvant, immune responses produced by the investigational vaccine were minimal regardless of vaccine dosage, according to findings from a clinical trial sponsored by NIAID, part of NIH.

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Studies examine vaccination strategies for prevention, control of avian flu

(The JAMA Network Journals 7 October 2014) Two randomized trials in the October 8 issue of JAMA examine new vaccination strategies for the prevention and control of avian influenza, often referred to as ‘bird flu.’ This is a theme issue on infectious disease.

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‘Virological penicillin’: Plant MIR2911 directly targets influenza A viruses

(Nanjing University School of Life Sciences 6 October 2014) In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang’s group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses (IAV) including H1N1, H5N1 and H7N9. Drinking of honeysuckle soup can prevent IAV infection and reduce H5N1-induced mice death.

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Millions of patients given flu drugs with little or no benefit, study finds

The Guardian Melissa Davey 7 October 2014

Millions of patients may have taken influenza drugs that have little or no benefit to them, according to an Australian-led study.
The study found that researchers paid by pharmaceutical companies were more likely to recommend antiviral drugs for flu and produced different recommendations to independent researchers conducting the reviews.
The study analysed 26 systematic reviews, a type of study considered to be the gold standard of evidence because they assess all existing studies on a topic using stringent guidelines.

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