Do men experience worse symptoms than women when they catch the flu or are they just overreacting? In a recently published review, a Canadian doctor delved further into the matter to find out whether this is true or not.
Alanie 'Joie' Murrieta, a 20-year-old mother of two from Arizona, had died on Nov. 28 just one day after she was diagnosed with the flu. The flu caused Murrieta to develop pneumonia, which is an infection in the lungs.
Medicine December 5, 2017
Researchers have developed new microneedle patches that can administer flu vaccines without the pain of using regular shots. People can simply press the patches on their skin and wait for the vaccine to be absorbed by their bodies.
Medicine June 28, 2017
H3N2 canine influenza virus infected at least seven dogs in Florida. What are the symptoms of the dog flu, and what should pet owners do if they suspect infection?
Public Health May 30, 2017
A peptide found in the skin mucus of a frog in southern India can potentially fight strains of flu. How does the peptide urumin work against influenza virus?
Medicine April 19, 2017
Children with medical conditions have increased risk for flu-related complications and death. A new study by researchers from CDC, however, revealed fatal cases of children who were healthy before contracting the influenza virus.
Public Health April 5, 2017
A CDC study revealed that vaccinated children run a lesser risk of succumbing to flu virus, compared with non-vaccinated kids. The result was determined after a data analysis of four flu seasons from 2010 to 2014.
Public Health April 5, 2017
Flu vaccine is only 48 percent effective against the most common strain of flu virus, according to epidemiologists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Health officials urged people to get vaccinated, noting that less than half of Americans got the shot.
Public Health February 26, 2017
Researchers are working on improving canine flu vaccine. They are targeting the creation of the live-attenuated canine influenza vaccine, away from the killed or inactivated virus currently being used for canine shots.
Animals February 20, 2017
The CDC noted that it could be hard to tell the flu from a cold, since both are viral in nature and lead to similar symptoms. The only surefire way to know is to consult a doctor and get a flu test.
Healthy Living/Wellness February 11, 2017
Pediatric flu death is considered a key marker of a harsh flu season. Thus experts are closely watching flu cases in children in the current flu season, which is fast turning into a harsh one.
Public Health February 8, 2017
After looking into three years’ worth of scientific data from 20,000 virus samples and weather statistics, researchers from Sweden found that flu outbreaks always begin a week after the first cold spell of winter.
Public Health January 26, 2017
Specialists issue vaccination recommendations against flu, since more cases have been recorded. The virus, A H3N2, is best avoided through vaccine and not other alternative means.
Public Health January 7, 2017
Researchers discovered a connection between people's year of birth and the type of immunity they have to the influenza virus. The connection lies in one of the two type of the virus the person had the first flu from.
Public Health November 11, 2016
Flu season is here and the CDC is urging Americans to get vaccinated. Understanding the importance of flu vaccines, researchers have developed two universal formulations offering better, longer-lasting protection.
Medicine October 1, 2016
The CDC is urging people to get their flu shots in preparation for 2016-2017 flu season. The decline in vaccination coverage last season has prompted health experts to emphasize the importance of flu shots.
Public Health October 1, 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that children get flu vaccine in the form of shot and not through nasal spray. Studies found that FluMist was only 3 percent effective during the past flu seasons.
Public Health September 7, 2016
Type 2 diabetes patients who were vaccinated with flu vaccine are less likely to be admitted to the hospital because of stroke and heart failure. They also have lower risk of death during the flu season.
Medicine July 26, 2016
Flu shots given early in the morning are more effective than ones given later during the day, revealed a new study done by researchers at the University of Birmingham. These findings could prove instrumental in improving the overall vaccination strategies.
Public Health April 27, 2016
Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park compound home. Authorities have initiated an investigation on the circumstances surrounding the legendary music icon's death.
Life & Style April 22, 2016
Exposure to cigarette smoke and a type of flu virus could reduce the effectiveness of a commonly used drug called salbutamol. This drug aims to increase airflow into patients' lungs by dilating the airways for easier breathing.
LIFE April 11, 2016
UK researchers developed a so-called germ trap with a virus capture rate of over 99 percent. The technology is believed to be an affordable product in the future that can be incorporated in filters of masks and air filtration systems.
LIFE March 22, 2016
Several hospitals across the United States are taking precaution as cases of late-winter influenza continue to rise. The high number of influenza cases prompted officials to implement stricter visitor regulations.
LIFE March 6, 2016
When a virus enters the body, the immune system acts to fight it. Researchers found that influenza can cheat the body's protective mechanism and go undetected.
LIFE February 26, 2016
Veterinarians in the United States warn pet owners to take good care of their dogs as a highly-contagious strain of dog flu is spreading across the country. One new case of canine influenza H3N2 has been confirmed in Texas.
LIFE January 25, 2016
A new study found that the female hormone estrogen helps women fight flu virus better. Researchers, however, do not recommend taking the pills just to prevent influenza.
LIFE January 20, 2016
Sickness behavior is an evolutionary adaptation to keep a sick person isolated and prevent transfer of disease to others. Experts think there is a strong case for letting these "selfish genes" kick in.
LIFE January 9, 2016
Researchers discovered the hijacking tactics of flu viruses that enable them to penetrate human hosts. The discovery is said to pave the way for more effective antiviral treatments.
LIFE January 7, 2016
Researchers identified 20 new host molecules that promote the growth of the influenza A virus and may help in developing new flu treatments. By blocking these host molecules, the spread of IAV within the body can be prevented.
LIFE December 15, 2015
Health care workers vaccinated earlier in the season exhibited less flu-like symptoms and were less likely to lose working days. However, there are still misconceptions about flu shots that are preventing them from getting inoculated.
LIFE December 14, 2015
Scientists presented a novel vaccine strategy to lower influenza infection risks among cancer patients who are most at risk. The flu vaccine technique reduced infection to 6 percent instead of the projected 20 percent.
LIFE December 8, 2015
The constant mutation of the influenza virus strains make getting permanent immunity for flu difficult to achieve but if it can be made possible, annual flu shots and billions of dollars lost to these yearly efforts can become a thing of the past.
LIFE November 12, 2015
Instead of the three typical flu strains, the new vaccine in Australia will comprise four strains - two influenza A and two influenza B strains - based on WHO recommendations. Influenza B strains are believed to have caused about 62 percent of flu cases in Australia during the winter.
LIFE November 7, 2015
The flu season is expected to kick start this December, but a flu-related death was first reported in Indiana this early. Hence, health officials are recommending that families get their flu shots immediately.
LIFE October 29, 2015
With flu season closing in, healthcare experts recommend for everyone at least 6 month old and above to get their annual flu shot. A Springfield based coalition is offering these flu vaccines for free to the uninsured adults.
LIFE October 20, 2015
CDC said at least 171 million doses of flu vaccine are expected in 2015. CDC director Tom Frieden urged Americans to “just get one” for protection.
LIFE October 9, 2015
A report concludes that popular antivirals Tamiflu and Relenza can reduce the duration of seasonal flu symptoms by 14 to 17 hours. However, the evidence does not support the regular use of the drugs unless the flu strain is specifically severe or the patient is very ill, as the risks may outweigh the benefits.
LIFE October 9, 2015
This year's flu shot should be a better match for strains of influenza expected to be circulating in the U.S., the CDC says. American are being urged to take advantage of that and get vaccinated.
LIFE September 18, 2015
Two new studies may have discovered the breakthrough concept that may lead to the formulation of a "universal" flu vaccine. The researchers tested their laboratory subjects and found that very promising results.
LIFE August 25, 2015
The world has largely relied on flu vaccines to keep influenza at bay, but now that may all change as researchers reveal that it’s possible to prevent the flu without a vaccination.
LIFE August 13, 2015
Researchers are working on a flu shot that can offer protection for life. A universal flu shot will eliminate the need of getting a flu jab every year.
LIFE May 15, 2015
A study has found that bleach may be causing children to contract more infections such as flu and tonsillitis.
LIFE April 4, 2015
Walter Mondale, Former Vice President of the U.S. hospitalized due to flu. He is being treated at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
LIFE March 8, 2015
The U.S. is seeing the highest-ever rate of adult hospitalization in the last decade per a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
LIFE March 6, 2015
The FDA is improving on the flu vaccine for 2015-2016 flu season. The FDA will make necessary changes to the flu vaccine as per the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).
LIFE March 5, 2015