|Rigorous hand hygiene-intervention practices can lower mortality, antibiotic prescription rates in nursing homes|
Added: 17.02.2018 12:25 | 0 views | 0 comments
Infection prevention practices centered on hand hygiene (HH) protocols can save lives across all healthcare facilities, not just hospital settings. This includes nursing homes, according to a new study.
|Why do healthy children die from the flu? Study offers new insights|
Added: 15.02.2018 16:55 | 0 views | 0 comments
With this year’s severe flu season, one statistic is especially chilling. Each year, around 50 percent of all children under 5 years old who die from the flu were previously healthy. Adults who die from the flu, on the other hand, typically had a medical condition that increased their risk of mortality. A new study offers new insights as to why healthy children are much more vulnerable. It also opens new opportunities for treatment.
|Can ultraviolet light fight the spread of influenza?|
Added: 09.02.2018 10:07 | 1 views | 0 comments
Overhead far-UVC light, a type of ultraviolet light that is harmless to humans, effectively killed airborne flu virus, researchers have found. The lighting may offer a new weapon against the spread of flu virus in public spaces.
|'Smart thermometer' improves flu forecasting|
Added: 08.02.2018 12:08 | 1 views | 0 comments
A new approach shows that de-identified data from a 'smart thermometer' connected to a mobile phone app can track flu activity in real time at both population and individual levels and the data can be used to significantly improve flu forecasting.
|Epidemics: The end of containment measures?|
Added: 06.02.2018 15:26 | 1 views | 0 comments
Limiting population movements during an epidemic outbreak may not always be the best approach. This type of response may adversely affect a society's ability to resume functioning normally, according to a new study.
|Study of social contact patterns in Hong Kong will give insight into spread of epidemic|
Added: 01.02.2018 11:57 | 1 views | 0 comments
The first ever long-term study of patterns of social contact in Hong Kong will improve our knowledge of the growth of epidemics. Hong Kong was where SARS emerged in 2002-2003. The study looked at the number and type of social encounters made by 1,450 residents. This is affected by age but 'supermixers' are not necessarily more likely to contract or spread disease.
|ID'ing features of flu virus genome may help target surveillance for pandemic flu|
Added: 31.01.2018 13:33 | 1 views | 0 comments
Researchers have identified features of the influenza virus genome that affect how well the virus multiplies. These features are similar but not identical across viral strains. It's possible that the extent of similarity between strains influences whether two flu viruses can mix their genetic material to make a hybrid virus with the potential to explode into pandemic flu.
|Sports drinks are not solutions for illness-related dehydration|
Added: 31.01.2018 9:37 | 1 views | 0 comments
Hospitals across the nation have been hit by a double whammy: an alarming flu season combined with a shortage of intravenous fluids. Hurricane Maria’s devastating effects on Puerto Rico, a critical manufacturing hub for American medical supplies, have caused the supply chain disruption.
|Shielding against pandemic flu dangers|
Added: 25.01.2018 14:27 | 1 views | 0 comments
Scientists are working on several fronts to help limit the death toll from a catastrophic flu outbreak that one day slams the nation.
|Link between flu and heart attack confirmed in new research|
Added: 24.01.2018 17:24 | 1 views | 0 comments
Chances of a heart attack are increased six-fold during the first seven days after detection of laboratory-confirmed influenza infection, according to a new study by researchers in Canada.
|Nanoparticle vaccine offers universal protection against influenza A viruses, study finds|
Added: 24.01.2018 13:17 | 1 views | 0 comments
Researchers have developed a universal vaccine to combat influenza A viruses that produces long-lasting immunity in mice and protects them against the limitations of seasonal flu vaccines, according to a new study.
|Flu infection study increases understanding of natural immunity|
Added: 23.01.2018 10:19 | 1 views | 0 comments
People with higher levels of antibodies against the stem portion of the influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) protein have less viral shedding when they get the flu, but don't have fewer or less severe signs of illness, according to a new study. This study is the first of its kind to evaluate pre-existing levels of these antibodies as a predictor of protection against influenza. The findings could have implications for flu vaccine development.
|Improving vaccines for the elderly by blocking inflammation|
Added: 22.01.2018 11:08 | 1 views | 0 comments
By identifying why skin immunity declines in old age, a research team has found that an anti-inflammatory pill could help make vaccines more effective for elderly people. The study found that an excessive inflammation reaction in older people can obstruct the immune system.
|Flu vaccine could get a much-needed boost|
Added: 19.01.2018 17:26 | 1 views | 0 comments
More than 700,000 Americans were hospitalized due to illnesses associated with the seasonal flu during the 2014-15 flu season, according to federal estimates. A radical new approach to vaccine development may help lower that figure for future flu seasons.
|Certain flu virus mutations may compensate for fitness costs of other mutations|
Added: 19.01.2018 14:26 | 0 views | 0 comments
Seasonal flu viruses continually undergo mutations that help them evade the human immune system, but some of these mutations can reduce a virus's potency. According to new research, certain mutations in the genome of influenza A may help counteract the weakening effects of other mutations.
|Structure of herpes virus linked to Kaposi's sarcoma|
Added: 19.01.2018 8:59 | 1 views | 0 comments
Scientists have shown in the laboratory that an inhibitor can be developed to break down the herpes virus. Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus, or KSHV, is one of two viruses known to cause cancer in humans.
|Reminding people about vaccinations can increase rates of immunization|
Added: 18.01.2018 16:24 | 0 views | 0 comments
Rates of immunization against infectious diseases in children and adults are improving, but under-vaccination remains a problem that results in vaccine-preventable deaths and illnesses.
|Flu may be spread just by breathing|
Added: 18.01.2018 14:26 | 1 views | 0 comments
It is easier to spread the influenza virus (flu) than previously thought, according to a new study. People commonly believe that they can catch the flu by exposure to droplets from an infected person's coughs or sneezes or by touching contaminated surfaces. But, new information about flu transmission reveals that we may pass the flu to others just by breathing.
|Past exposures shape immune response in pediatric acute respiratory infections|
Added: 12.01.2018 15:12 | 4 views | 0 comments
By analyzing immune cells of children who came to the emergency department with flu symptoms, researchers found that the suite of genes these early-response cells expressed was shaped by factors such as age and previous exposures to viruses. Better understanding how early infections influence long-term immune response has implications for the diagnosis and treatment of young patients who suffer from acute respiratory tract infections.
|By altering bone marrow, training can prepare innate immune system for future challenges|
Added: 11.01.2018 14:16 | 3 views | 0 comments
Researchers have discovered how the innate immune system, which responds more generally to dangers detected in the body, can be trained to 'remember' past threats and respond more robustly to future challenges.