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Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?

MedicineNet (US) - 21/10/2017
Title: Is a Dangerous Bird Flu on the Horizon?Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/19/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/20/2017 12:00:00 AM

Newly discovered viral marker could help predict flu severity in infected patients

Science Daily (US) - 19/10/2017
Flu viruses contain defective genetic material that may activate the immune system in infected patients, and new research published in PLOS Pathogens suggests that lower levels of these molecules could increase flu severity.

Flu simulations suggest pandemics more likely in spring, early summer

Science Daily (US) - 19/10/2017
New statistical simulations suggest that Northern Hemisphere flu pandemics are most likely to emerge in late spring or early summer at the tail end of the normal flu season, according to a new study.

H7N9 influenza is both lethal and transmissible in animal model for flu

Science Daily (US) - 19/10/2017
In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. Nearly 40 percent of those infected had died. In 2017, a medical researcher received a sample of H7N9 virus isolated from a patient in China who had died of the flu. He and his research team subsequently began work to characterize and understand it.

Genetic influences on the brain's reward, stress systems underlie co-occurring alcohol use disorder, chronic pain

Science Daily (US) - 19/10/2017
Alcohol use disorder (AUD) often co-occurs with chronic pain (CP), yet the relationship between the two is complex – involving genetic, neurophysiological, and behavioral elements – and is poorly understood. This review addressed the genetic influences on brain reward and stress systems that neurological research suggests may contribute to the co-occurrence of AUD and CP.

Two studies set groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning

News Medical (Australia) - 18/10/2017
Two recent studies led by biologists at the University of California San Diego have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning

Pair of discoveries illuminate new paths to flu and anthrax treatments

Science Daily (US) - 17/10/2017
Two recent studies have set the research groundwork for new avenues to treat influenza and anthrax poisoning. The studies used a series of experiments to identify key pathways and mechanisms previously unknown or overlooked in the body's defenses, and possible treatments already developed.

Health Tip: Flu Shot 101

MedicineNet (US) - 17/10/2017
Title: Health Tip: Flu Shot 101Category: Health NewsCreated: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM

Aussie flu will strike UK badly this winter warns scholar

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/10/2017
Chris Kutarna, author and research fellow at Oxford University, writing in his new book said 'it is going to be a severe flu season'. Experts are also concerned about the H3N2 strain.

Why I won't let doctors give my son the flu vaccine 

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/10/2017
In Britain, most primary schoolchildren are offered the flu vaccination – it’s a nasal spray rather than a jab these days – for free, which we are told protects them from catching the virus.

Fluence Analytics launches new patented protein and polymer stability monitoring product

News Medical (Australia) - 16/10/2017
Fluence Analytics, a manufacturer of realtime, industrial and laboratory monitoring systems, today announced the launch of ARGEN, a patented protein and polymer stability monitoring product. By utilizing continuous light scattering measurements, ARGEN yields a unique information stream which reduces discovery and formulation and development times.

Vaccinated pediatric cancer patients just as likely as unvaccinated peers to develop flu

News Medical (Australia) - 16/10/2017
Young leukemia patients who were vaccinated against influenza were just as likely as their unvaccinated peers to develop flu, suggesting that additional steps are necessary to protect high-risk individuals. These findings from the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital study appear October 16, 2017, in the Journal of Pediatrics.

Obese are to get free flu jabs for the first time

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/10/2017
Approximately one million adults said to be morbidly obese will qualify for the vaccinations in the United Kingdom after New Zealand and Australia suffered their worst flu outbreak in 50 years.

New study links immune cells to neurons controlling hormonal influencer of fat loss

Diabetes UK - 16/10/2017
A type of immune cells known as macrophages has been associated with neurons that play a direct role in fat loss. Previous research suggest that, in response to excess stored energy or inflammation, macrophages can infiltrate fat tissue where they mediate processes associated with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. It has also been shown that obese mice and people who are overweight tend to have a higher amount of macrophages in their fat tissue than lean animals or individuals.

Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmer on avoiding Aussie flu

Daily Mail (UK) - 14/10/2017
Boots pharmacist Angela Chalmer has given her tips to prevent getting ill. Her warning comes after fears have been raised that a severe strain of Aussie flu is headed to Britain.

NAMS study finds women are more sexually-fluid than men

Daily Mail (UK) - 13/10/2017
A University of Utah psychologist explains that middle may be the opportune time for women to explore sexual fluidity that's been there all along.

NHS doctors have a 'professional duty' to get the flu jab

Daily Mail (UK) - 12/10/2017
The guidelines have been issued by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, the NHS' medical director, amid concerns that this winter's flu season will be one of the worst on record.

Fluctuating environments can help cooperating bacteria

Science Daily (US) - 12/10/2017
Cooperating bacterial populations are more likely to survive in changing habitats, new research shows. 

NHS staff urged to get flu jabs to protect patients

BBC Health News - 12/10/2017
Getting vaccinated is the best way to stop flu spreading and protect patients, NHS leaders say.

NHS operations could cease if Aussie flu hits UK

Daily Mail (UK) - 12/10/2017
the under-prepared NHS will 'break' if Aussie flu does strike the nation as viciously as expected, the Society for Acute Medicine claims. Experts warn it could be the worst outbreak in 50 years.