Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a new study. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines.
Asthma and flu: a double whammy
Vaccinating asthmatic pre-schoolers against influenza would dramatically reduce their risk of being hospitalized after an attack.
Most hospitals now require workers to get flu shots -- except those that treat veterans
A new study shows a rapid rise in the percentage of hospitals that require their workers to be vaccinated against influenza -- except among hospitals that focus on treating the nation's military veterans. The percentage of Veterans Affairs hospitals that have a flu vaccine mandate rose from 1 percent in 2013 to 4 percent in 2017. But at the same time, the percentage of non-VA hospitals requiring shots rose from 44 percent to nearly 70 percent.
'Why not take a risk' attitude widespread among patients and providers
A new study finds the 'Why not take a risk?' mentality is widespread among patients and medical care providers.
Key molecule for flu infection identified
After decades of research, a research team has discovered the key receptor molecule that enhances the infection of the influenza A virus, providing a novel target for anti-flu drug development.
Characteristics of microorganisms most likely to cause a global pandemic
A potential global catastrophic risk-level pandemic pathogen will most likely have a respiratory mode of transmission; be contagious during the incubation period, prior to symptom development, or when infected individuals show only mild symptoms; and need specific host population factors (e.g., immunologically naïve persons) and additional intrinsic microbial pathogenicity characteristics (e.g., a low but significant case fatality rate) that together substantially increase disease spread and infection. RNA viruses are the biggest threat.
Dengue: Investigating antibodies to identify at-risk individuals
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Using an original mathematical and statistical analysis method, scientists analyzed a Thai cohort in order to help identify individuals at risk of infection. By modeling changes in antibody levels after successive infections with the different dengue serotypes, the scientists were able to establish the profile of these individuals.
Research supports restrictions on opioid-containing cold medicines for children
Prescription cough and cold medicines containing the opioid hydrocodone were more likely to cause serious side effects in children than those containing codeine, according to a new study. The research supports recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) restrictions on prescription hydrocodone- and codeine-containing cough medicines for children and suggests that opioids in general should not be prescribed for coughs and colds in pediatric populations.
Could Viagra and a flu shot kill cancer?
A Viagra, Cialis, and inactivated flu vaccine combination reduced cancer spread in a mouse model of post-surgery metastasis by helping the immune system.
Erectile dysfunction drugs and flu vaccine may work together to help immune system fight cancer after surgery
A new study suggests that a common treatment for erectile dysfunction combined with the flu vaccine may be able to help the immune system mop up cancer cells left behind after surgery. The study shows that this unconventional strategy can reduce the spread of cancer by more than 90 percent in a mouse model. It is now being evaluated in a world-first clinical trial.
How do I know if I have a cold or sinusitis?
The symptoms of a sinus infection are very similar to those caused by a cold, but if symptoms continue for some time, medical help may be needed. Learn how to spot symptoms caused by sinus infection. Get some tips for home remedies and other treatments, and find out when to see a doctor.
A high-fiber diet protects mice against the flu virus
Dietary fiber increases survival in influenza-infected mice by setting the immune system at a healthy level of responsiveness, according to a preclinical study published May 15 in the journal Immunity. A high-fiber diet blunts harmful, excessive immune responses in the lungs while boosting antiviral immunity by activating T cells. These dual benefits were mediated by changes in the composition of gut bacteria.
The common cold: Could we be close to a cure?
A recent paper describes a newly designed drug that brings us closer to the holy grail of medical research: a cure for the common cold.
Molecule that acts on human cells might provide hope for 'irresistible' cold cure
Researchers have lab-tested a molecule that can combat the common cold virus by preventing it from hijacking human cells.
What should you eat when you are sick?
Depending on whether a person feels nauseous or has a cold or fever, the best foods to eat vary. In this article, we describe recommended diets for different types of sickness, and we examine the evidence for every suggestion. Learn which foods to avoid and which can help to combat illnesses and ease symptoms here.
The headache of adapting to the cold, literally
A common genetic variant implicated in migraine headaches may have proliferated because it helped early humans adapt to cold weather in northern climates.
Infection control and prevention in clinics is in everyone's hands
When it comes to the examination room at your health care clinic, you might think that avoiding catching the flu or other more deadly viruses is out of your hands, so to speak. But infectious disease experts, who just published a practical guide for infectious disease control in clinics, reveal how we can all help make a difference in infection control.
How true are these health myths?
Over time, a number of health myths have cropped up. Some of these are true, and some of them certainly aren't. Here, we debunk the most popular ones.
Discovery of immune cells able to defend against mutating viruses could transform vaccine development
Scientists have found immune cells can fight different strains of the same virus -- a discovery which could help transform vaccine development.
Horses get the flu, too
Flu vaccines for horses haven't been updated in more than 25 years, but researchers have developed a new live equine influenza vaccine that's safe and more protective than existing vaccines. Proactively preventing the spread of flu in animals is important, as animals are the most likely source of future human pandemics. Animals can be infected with multiple influenza viruses and have the potential to act as 'mixing vessels,' generating new strains that could infect people.