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September 26, 2020

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Insight on How to Build a Better Flu Vaccine

Repeated exposure to influenza viruses may undermine the effectiveness of the annual flu vaccine. A team of researchers has developed an approach to assess whether a vaccine activates the kind of ...

Bird Skull Evolution Slowed After the Extinction of the Dinosaurs

From emus to woodpeckers, modern birds show remarkable diversity in skull shape and size, often hypothesized to be the result of a sudden hastening of evolution following the mass extinction that ...

Flu in Early Life Determines Our Susceptibility to Future Infections

Early infections of influenza A can help predict how the virus will affect people across different ages in the future and could impact the effectiveness of flu vaccines, says a new ...

New Compounds Thwart Multiple Viruses, Including Coronavirus

According to a Feb. 13 report from the World Health Organization, the Wuhan coronavirus has stricken more than 46,000 people and has caused over 1,300 deaths since the first cases in Wuhan, China, in ...
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New Technology Can Detect Anti-Virus Antibody in 20 Minutes

Researchers have succeeded in detecting anti-avian influenza virus antibody in blood serum within 20 minutes, using a portable analyzer they have developed to conduct rapid on-site bio tests. If a ...

Researchers Assess Bird Flu Virus Subtypes in China

The avian influenza virus subtype H16N3 is currently detectable in many countries. To examine the potential threat to humans of H16N3, researchers recently performed an extensive avian influenza ...

New Pathogenic Mechanism for Influenza NS1 Protein Found

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. ...

Chemists Unveil the Structure of an Influenza B Protein

Chemists have discovered the structure of an influenza B protein called BM2, a finding that could help researchers design drugs that block the protein and help prevent the virus from ...

Universal Flu Vaccine Protects Against 6 Influenza Viruses in Mice

A novel nanoparticle vaccine that combines two major influenza proteins is effective in providing broad, long-lasting protection against influenza virus in mice, showing promise as a universal flu ...

Can the Flu Shot Help Fight Cancer?

Physicians and scientists 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 ...

What Blocks Bird Flu in Human Cells?

Normally, bird flu viruses do not spread easily from person to person. But if this does happen, it could trigger a pandemic. Researchers have now explained what makes the leap from animals to humans ...

Building a Better Flu Shot

Getting the flu shot can reduce the chances of infection. But, at best, the vaccine is only effective 40% to 60% of the time, according to the CDC. Now researchers have data that show how cellular ...

Ketogenic Diet Helps Tame Flu Virus

A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet like the Keto regimen has its fans, but influenza apparently isn't one of them. Mice fed a ketogenic diet were better able to combat the flu virus than mice fed ...

By Targeting Flu-Enabling Protein, Antibody May Protect Against Wide-Ranging Strains

A team of researchers has found an antibody that protects mice against a wide range of potentially lethal influenza viruses, advancing efforts to design of a universal vaccine that could either treat ...

Biomedical Sciences Researchers Demonstrate That New Antiviral Drug Effectively Treats Influenza

A new antiviral drug that induces mutations in the genetic material of influenza virus is highly effective in treating influenza infection in animals and human airway tissue and could be a ...

Immune Response to Influenza

New research provides insights into how the body can protect itself from immunopathology during ...

Genetic Mutation Linked to Flu-Related Heart Complications

For the first time, research in mice has shown a link between a genetic mutation, flu and heart irregularities that researchers say might one day improve the care of flu ...

Disrupting the Gut Microbiome May Affect Some Immune Responses to Flu Vaccination

The normal human gut microbiome is a flourishing community of microorganisms, some of which can affect the human immune system. Researchers have now found that oral antibiotics, which can kill gut ...

Lung Cell Transplant Boosts Healing After the Flu in Mice

A serious case of the flu can cause lasting damage to the lungs. In a study in mice, researchers found that transplanting cells from the lungs of healthy animals enhanced healing in others that had ...

Expression of M Gene Segment of Influenza A Virus Determines Host Range

The host range of the influenza A virus (IAV) is restricted by dysregulated expression of the M viral gene segment, according to a new ...

Lung Cell Patches Its Own DNA on the Fly to Survive Influenza

Scientists have identified one kind of lung cell that can hustle to repair its damaged DNA and survive an attack of the influenza A virus while other kinds of cells around it die in droves. The ...

Avian Malaria Behind Drastic Decline of London's Iconic Sparrow?

London's house sparrows (Passer domesticus) have plummeted by 71% since 1995, with new research suggesting avian malaria could be to ...

Antibiotics Weaken Flu Defenses in the Lung

Antibiotics can leave the lung vulnerable to flu viruses, leading to significantly worse infections and symptoms, finds a new study. The research discovered that signals from gut bacteria help to ...

Deadly Tick-Borne Virus Cured With Experimental Flu Drug, in Mice

An investigational flu drug cures mice infected with the rare but deadly Bourbon virus, according to a new ...

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