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Reverse zoonosis: Can you make your pet sick?

Reverse zoonosis: Can you make your pet sick?

For good reason, there is a great deal of interest in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Recently, however, medical researchers have started to ask the opposite question: can we make animals sick? The transmission of diseases from humans to animals is a growing area of concern. Swine and bird flu are two […]

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Novel drug delivery beats swine flu at gene level

Novel drug delivery beats swine flu at gene level

Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University together with their colleagues from St. Petersburg and London have elaborated a new approach to deliver anti-viral RNAi to target cells against H1N1 influenza virus infection. Drug encapsulating via a combination of layer-by-layer technique and sol-gel chemistry allows beating swine flu at the gene level. The first test showed an […]

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Swine flu vaccine not likely to increase risk for overall birth defects

Swine flu vaccine not likely to increase risk for overall birth defects

Researchers could not completely rule out an increased risk for specific defects. The H1N1 influenza vaccine, Pandemrix, administered in pregnant women in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy does not seem to be associated with an increased risk for overall birth defects when genetic and environmental factors are considered. However, risk increases for specific birth […]

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Threat of novel swine flu viruses in pigs and humans

Threat of novel swine flu viruses in pigs and humans

The wide diversity of flu in pigs across multiple continents, mostly introduced from humans, highlights the significant potential of new swine flu strains emerging, according to a study to be published in eLife. While swine flu viruses have long been considered a risk for human pandemics, and were the source of the 2009 pandemic H1N1 […]

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NIH study finds factors that may influence influenza vaccine effectiveness

NIH study finds factors that may influence influenza vaccine effectiveness

The long-held approach to predicting seasonal influenza vaccine effectiveness may need to be revisited, new research suggests. Currently, seasonal flu vaccines are designed to induce high levels of protective antibodies against hemagglutinin (HA), a protein found on the surface of the influenza virus that enables the virus to enter a human cell and initiate infection. […]

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UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new vaccine for H1N1 influenza

UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new vaccine for H1N1 influenza

Researchers at the University of Georgia and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, have announced the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse models. They published their findings recently in the Journal of Virology. Researchers from UGA and Sanofi Pasteur, which has a […]

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Acid-sensitive molecular changes contribute to the emergence of pandemic influenza

Acid-sensitive molecular changes contribute to the emergence of pandemic influenza

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists have identified a molecular property of the hemagglutinin protein that contributed to the emergence of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza virus. The findings may help officials recognize and control flu viruses that pose the greatest risk to humans. The study appears in the online, early edition of the scientific […]

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Infant-friendly flu vaccine developed with key protein

Infant-friendly flu vaccine developed with key protein

According to the World Health Organization, influenza causes serious illness among millions of people each year, resulting in 250,000 to 500,000 deaths. Those most at risk include infants younger than six months, because they cannot be vaccinated against the disease. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have identified a naturally occurring […]