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Flu can make bacterial infections worse

New research suggests that influenza infection can result in the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae becoming more infectious, leading to a greater risk to ear and throat infections.

Gut microbes affect flu vaccine effectiveness

Atlanta - Researchers have discovered that the composition of the microorganisms in the gut affect effectivity of the seasonal flu vaccine. This potentially means that your gut bacteria affect how effective the vaccine will be within your own body.

Avian influenza virus carried by seals poses a risk to people

The avian influenza A H3N8 virus found in harbor seals can potentially spread through respiratory droplets and therefore it poses a threat to humans. This is according to a new study.

Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine and narcolepsy

A study linking GlaxoSmithKline’s Pandemrix H1N1 vaccine to the sleep disorder has been pulled from the literature. Researchers argued that the sleep disorder might result from an immune reaction against the wakefulness-regulating hormone hypocretin.

Thousands of patients misprescribed antibiotics

During the 2013 flu season a new report highlights that antibiotics were inappropriately given to a large proportion of patients with influenza (a viral disease that is not helped by taking antibiotics).

Bird flu map produced

Scientists have mapped regions in Asia with the highest risk for transmission and infection of bird flu (of the type H7N9).

Second MERS case in the U.S.

Atlanta - The U.S. CDC has announced the second confirmed case of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus infection: a health-care worker who lived in Saudi Arabia and traveled through five international airports before arriving in Orlando earlier this month.

WHO says that MERS is not currently a global threat

Geneva - A World Health Organization committee finds no evidence of sustained human-to-human transmission of the deadly MERS coronavirus. However, WHO recommends immediate action to prevent further spread.

Bird flu found in penguins

Melbourne - Researchers report that they have identified, for the first time, a strain of avian influenza that infects Adélie penguins.

China reports first death from H5N6 bird flu strain

Beijing - A Chinese man has died from the H5N6 strain of bird flu, in what is believed to be the world's first case of human infection from the virus subtype, state media and experts said.

MERS virus has 'reached the U.S.'

Washington - The U.S. CDC has reported that a patient in an Indiana hospital has tested positive for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS). With this, the U.S. joins 11 other countries in which MERS-CoV has been detected.

New MERS-Camel link

Scientists have affirmed that MERS-CoV is common in camels living near areas where most of the documented human infections have occurred.

The fight to halt MERS

Different research teams have cultured the Middle East respiratory system coronavirus and have identified human antibodies that could inform therapies.

History’s most virulent flu pandemics analyzed

A research team has studied the 1918, 1957 and 1968 flu pandemics, as well as more recent 2009 novel H1N1 pandemic, to look for similar trends.

Tamiflu research questioned

Scientists claim that analysis of the antiviral medication Tamiflu, which claims that the medication didn't work, was statistically weak and based on unreliable randomized clinical trial data.

How to deal with the most common allergy problems Special

A leading doctor has said that around 55 percent of people suffer from allergies. Most people are allergic to something, such as pollen, dander, dairy products, gluten, and mold. Digital Journal caught up with the medic to find out more.

Ginseng can treat the flu

Atlanta - Ginseng can help treat and prevent the flu and other respiratory viruses that infect the lungs and breathing passages, according to new research findings.

New flu target identified

A protein produced by the flu virus helps it outwit one of our body's natural defense mechanisms. This makes the protein a potentially good target for antiviral drugs directed against the influenza A virus.

Japan culls 112,000 chickens after bird flu outbreak

Tokyo - Japan has finished slaughtering 112,000 chickens after confirming its first bird flu infections for three years, with authorities stepping up efforts to swiftly contain the latest outbreak, officials said Tuesday.

Japan orders chicken cull after bird flu outbreak in south

Tokyo - Japan has ordered the slaughter of some 112,000 chickens after officials confirmed Sunday bird flu infections at a poultry farm in the south.

Sea otters can ‘get the flu’

Research suggests that Northern sea otters living off the coast of Washington state were infected with the same H1N1 flu virus. Thus the findings suggest that human flu can infect sea otters.

China 2014 bird flu toll rises to nearly 100, govt data shows

Beijing - Almost 100 people in China died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in the first three months of the year, but the number of both fatalities and infections declined in March, government figures showed.

The failure and cost of Tamiflu

London - Hundreds of millions of dollars may have been wasted in the U.K. on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, according to a new scientific report.

Using social media to track the flu

A report has recommended that social media be harnessed in order to track patterns of flu. The reasons are for speed of information flow, although there could be questions about reliability.

Tamiflu cuts flu death risk by 25 percent, study shows

Paris - The anti-virus drug Tamiflu reduced the risk of death from flu by a quarter among adults who took it during the 2009-2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, a study said Wednesday.The findings, published in leading general medical journal The Lancet, should be a...

Two-year-old Cambodian girl dies of bird flu

Phnom Penh - A two-year-old Cambodian girl has died from bird flu, becoming the country's fourth confirmed fatality -- all children -- from the deadly virus this year, health authorities said Monday.The girl from the southern province of Kampot died on Friday a day...

Macau culls 7,500 chicken over bird flu scare

Hong Kong - Macau culled 7,500 chicken after discovering the H7-type avian influenza in live poultry for the first time in the city, authorities said Thursday, adding the birds had been imported from mainland China.The decision to slaughter the chickens comes afte...

China bird flu deaths reach 72 this year

Shanghai - A total of 72 people died from the H7N9 bird flu strain in China in the first two months of this year, government figures showed, far more than in the whole of 2013.China reported 41 deaths and 99 cases of H7N9 avian influenza in February alone, the Na...

Cambodian boy dies of bird flu in second death for 2014

Phnom Penh - A three-year-old Cambodian boy has died of bird flu, the health ministry said Friday, in the country's second fatality this year.The boy, from a village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, died in hospital on Sunday.

Hong Kong reports sixth H7N9 bird flu case

Hong Kong - Hong Kong confirmed Tuesday a new human case of the deadly H7N9 avian flu found in an 18-month-old girl, the sixth case to be discovered in the city.Fears over avian flu have grown following the deaths of three men from the H7N9 strain in Hong Kong sin...
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U. S. map for Weekly Influenza Activity  produced by the CDC.
Week ending December 28  2013.
U. S. map for Weekly Influenza Activity, produced by the CDC. Week ending December 28, 2013.
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A sneeze in progress
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Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health Promotion and Protection receiving her flu shot.
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More than 200 000 Americans like Luke are hospitalized from the flu each year.
More than 200,000 Americans like Luke are hospitalized from the flu each year.
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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses
Colorized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses
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This (Pseudocolored) negative-stained (false-colored) transmission electron micrograph (TEM) depicts the ultrastructural details of an influenza virus particle, or “virion”. A member of the taxonomic family Orthomyxoviridae, the influenza virus is a single-stranded RNA organism
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Hantavirus particles
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Sign affixed to a restroom mirror at the Microsoft campus, Building 19.
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The CDC is recommending that pregnant women get the flu vaccine to protect themselves and their unborn children.
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A CDC scientist uses a pipette to transfer H7N9 virus into vials for sharing with partner laboratories for public health research purposes.
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Men enter the Arlington Convention Center to receive their H1N1 flu vaccinations in Arlington, Texas
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A woman sneezing.
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Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of the Avian Flu Virus
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Health officials in protective suits put a goose into a sack as part of preventive measures against the H7N9 bird flu at a poultry market in Zhuji, Zhejiang province, China
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Weekly flu activity, week ending December 28, 2013. Produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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