Sinus congestion occurs when a condition causes fluid to become trapped in the sinuses, making them feel blocked and painful. Many natural home remedies can help a person feel better, including hydration, steam inhalation, and applying a warm, wet towel to the face. A virus or cold is the most common cause of sinus congestion, […]
Emergen-C is a dietary supplement that claims to support the immune system. Some people take it to treat colds. We look at whether Emergen-C works or not.
Chronic, or recurring ear infections require medical attention. They are caused by a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum that persists or keeps coming back. Chronic ear infections are more common in children. In this article, we look at the types, causes, and treatments for chronic ear infections.
Salivary gland infections usually affect the glands under the ears (parotid glands) and the glands under the chin (submandibular glands). Having salivary stones or other blockages can lead to infections. Common symptoms include swelling, redness, and a bad taste in the mouth. Learn about causes and treatments here.
Both swine flu and bird flu created a stir in recent years. Now, a new threat may be on the horizon. A new study demonstrates that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to canines. Canine influenza viruses are growing in number. Usually, influenza pandemics are sparked when a virus jumps from birds to pigs, […]
A Viagra, Cialis, and inactivated flu vaccine combination reduced cancer spread in a mouse model of post-surgery metastasis by helping the immune system.
Researchers in Germany have developed a transgenic mouse that could help scientists identify new influenza virus strains with the potential to cause a global pandemic. The mouse is described in a study, “In vivo evasion of MxA by avian influenza viruses requires human signature in the viral nucleoprotein,” that has been published in The Journal […]
The long-held approach to predicting seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness may need to be revisited, new research suggests.
When we are ill with a virus infection, it is because the virus has entered cells in our body and taken over their machinery to make copies of itself. Finding ways to disrupt this process is important for antiviral drug development. Now, a new study reveals how the flu virus relies on a protein in […]
Influenza pandemics are potentially the most serious natural catastrophes that affect the human population. New findings published in PLOS Computational Biology suggest that with both timely and accurate data and sophisticated numerical models, the likely impact of a new pandemic can be assessed quickly, and key decisions made about potential mitigation strategies. Novel strains of […]