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Young Mother Dies Just One Day After Flu Diagnosis

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

Frog Skin Mucus May Help Kill Strains Of Flu Virus

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

Healthy Kids Can Die From Flu: What Health Experts Recommend To Prevent This

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

How Effective Is The Flu Vaccine? Number Of Cases Continues To Rise

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

Flu Cases In Children Still On The Rise, Doctors Warn

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

Watch Out For Cold Spells! You’re Likelier To Catch The Flu After Outdoor Temperature Suddenly Drops

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

Scientists Develop Two Universal Flu Vaccines To Protect Against Future Pandemics

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

CDC Urges Americans To Get Flu Shots: Here’s What You Need To Know About The 2016-2017 Flu Season

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

Flu Vaccine Lowers Heart Failure And Stroke-Related Hospitalization Rates In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

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

Programmable RNA Vaccines Fight Against Influenza, Ebola In Mice

A new type of programmable vaccine has been found to be 100 percent effective against influenza, Ebola and other parasites in mice. The vaccine's unique process can revolutionize the way vaccines are deployed during outbreaks.

Medicine July 4, 2016

AstraZeneca's FluMist Vaccine Fails Again, CDC Recommends Shots This Flu Season

AstraZeneca's FluMist failed to protect children for three consecutive years, causing an expert panel to recommend traditional flu shots to children this coming flu season. The recommendation could pose problems on vaccine supply this fall.

Medicine June 23, 2016

Flu Jab Is More Effective When Given Early In The Morning, Study Says

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

Did Flu Kill Pop Icon Prince? What You Should Know About Influenza

Pop superstar Prince was reportedly hospitalized because of influenza several days prior to his death. While there were no immediate details released regarding the singer's passing, some health experts believe the cause of death may be connected to his recent respiratory infection.

Public Health April 23, 2016

Spike In Influenza Cases Prompts Hospitals To Restrict Visitors

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

Influenza Virus Can Hide From Body's Immune System

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

Female Hormone Estrogen Helps Women Fight Flu Virus

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

Molecules That Promote Growth Of Influenza Viruses May Hold Key To New Flu Treatment

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

Permanent Flu Vaccine Could Make Annual Shots A Thing Of The Past

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

Popular Statin-Based Cholesterol Drugs May Reduce Effectiveness Of Flu Vaccines

Studies found that patients who take statin-based cholesterol medications may be lowering the protection of flu vaccines. Statin was also associated with reduced immune response and higher risks of respiratory illnesses during flu season.

LIFE October 31, 2015

Indiana Records First Flu Related Death Of The Season

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

Drug Engineered From Banana Protein Could Help Fight Against AIDS, Hepatitis C, And Flu

Five years ago, a banana derived protein was found to combat HIV, Hepatitis C and Influenza viruses but with some side effects. Now, a new team of researchers has come up with a redeveloped version that retains the antiviral properties without the side effects.

LIFE October 24, 2015

Everybody Urged To Get Flu Shots: Vaccine Expected To Provide More Protection Than Last Year’s

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

Scientists Want To Test Efficacy Of Flu Drugs Tamiflu And Relenza In Pandemics

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

Construction Worker Discovers Hundred-Year-Old Mass Grave In Pennsylvania

A construction worker accidentally discovered a mass grave of early Schuylkill locals who died during the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic. The bones are being collected for testing and identification. A proper burial will be held once testing is complete.

August 19, 2015

Researchers Studying Method of Preventing Flu Without Using Vaccines

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

Iowa Lifting Bird Flu Quarantine In Many Local Farms

Iowa is in the process of lifting quarantines in 69 local sites previously reported to be infected with bird flu. This leaves only eight remaining sites that have to complete cleaning and disinfection before being taken off of the list of control areas.

LIFE August 6, 2015

Scientists Working On Flu Forecasting Technology To Predict Future Outbreaks

Researchers have incorporated a technique similar to that used in weather predictions to be able to forecast influenza outbreaks. Previously, they have been able to predict flu outbreaks in the US. In a new study, the researchers successfully predicted outbreaks in Hong Kong, where outbreak patterns vary.

LIFE July 31, 2015

New Flu Vaccine May Soon Cover All Strains Of Influenza

Scientists successfully created a universal vaccine that targets more than one strain of influenza and found it to be effective on mice. The successful initial experiment sheds a positive light into creating a promising ‘influenza vaccine cocktail’ to bring down the number of cases and deaths in humans.

LIFE July 24, 2015

Ex-VP Walter Mondale Hospitalized At Mayo Due To Influenza

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

U.S. Sees Highest Rate Of Older Adult Hospitalization In 10 Years

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

Adults Get Flu Twice Every 10 Years: Study

Adults over 30 get the flu much less often than children and adolescents, researchers find. Blood tests can reveal a "memory" of a person's past infections, allowing frequency to be determined, they say.

LIFE March 4, 2015

Scientists and Doctors May Soon Be Able To Forecast Flu Patterns

The flu season always brings problems but what if scientists and doctors could be a step ahead, predicting cases in advance with minimal error to aid how the U.S. could react? UC San Diego researchers say it’s possible.

LIFE February 3, 2015

Number of Flu Cases May Decline Soon but Inluenza Death Toll Continues to Rise

The flu season is about halfway through and the good news is new cases are dropping throughout the United States. The bad news? Reports of deaths are increasing.

LIFE January 31, 2015

New Study Indicates Roche-Made Tamiflu Beneficial Against Influenza

Tamiflu made by Roche is effective against influenza and reduces symptoms of the infection by about a day. The side effects related to the drug still remain hotly debated.

LIFE January 30, 2015

Can a Universal Flu Vaccine Be Created?

As flu hits hard this winter, researchers continue search for a "one and done" lifetime vaccination. Clinical trials on one candidate are to begin soon.

LIFE January 27, 2015

Only 23 Percent! Flu Vaccine Effectiveness Very Low But Don't Give Up Hope

Flu vaccines are only effective 23 percent of the time this year, according to a new federal government report. What can be done to keep Americans healthy?

LIFE January 17, 2015

CDC: Beat the Flu with Tamiflu and Other Antiviral Drugs

Public health officials stress the importance of antiviral medicines such as Tamiflu and Relenza this flu season because this year's vaccine provides reduced protection against the dominant strain.

LIFE January 10, 2015

Flu Epidemic Developing, Warns CDC: Flu Symptoms and What to Do if You Catch the Flu

Influenza is becoming an epidemic in the United States, the CDC has announced. Here are some tips on staying healthy this flu season.

LIFE January 2, 2015

CDC Officially Declares Flu as Epidemic: 15 Deaths This Year

Influenza is now an epidemic, according to the CDC, appearing in more than two-thirds of states. How can you be protected?

LIFE December 30, 2014

Flu Season in Full Swing in Rhode Island

Despite flu vaccines, Rhode Island is experiencing an upswing in flu cases. Still, some protection is better than none, most especially when the flu season is starting to get into gear.

LIFE December 27, 2014

Half of U.S. Not Ready for Infectious Disease Outbreaks. How Did Your State Fare?

When it comes to infectious diseases, just being partly prepared is not good enough! Unfortunately, that’s the current state of affairs, according to a report.

LIFE December 21, 2014

Experts Say Flu Vaccine Still Important Despite New Strains

It’s alive! Flu strains change all the time and scientists are hard at work trying to catch up. Even misses occur, vaccines still provide the best form of protection during the flu season.

LIFE December 16, 2014

Here’s Why It’s So Important For Kids To Get The Flu Shot

A new study by researchers from the University of Florida suggests that immunizing school children against the flu also helps prevent the flu virus from spreading throughout their entire communities.

Internet Culture December 10, 2014

Severe Flu Season from October to May Predicted by the CDC

The flu season may regularly come but it’s never the same. A more severe strain of the influenza virus is making its rounds, highlighting the need for caution and vigilance.

LIFE December 10, 2014

Flu Season Ramps Up and You Might not have Best Flu Vaccine for It

Flu shots protect against the influenza virus but maybe not so much this year, as vaccines distributed turn out to be based on a different virus wreaking havoc in the country.

LIFE December 5, 2014

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