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The biology of uterine fluid: How it informs the fetus of mom's world

Science Daily (US) - 22/06/2017
A developing fetus bathes in a mixture of cellular secretions and proteins unique to its mother's uterus. Before fertilization, the pH of uterine fluid helps create a conducive environment for sperm migration, and afterward, its volume supports the embryo as it implants onto the wall of the uterus. Recent evidence suggests that uterine fluid may play another role in embryonic development: communicating the mother's outside conditions to the fetus,

Flu vaccine was ineffective for people 65 and older

Daily Mail (UK) - 21/06/2017
The flu vaccine did a poor job protecting older Americans against the illness last winter, even though the vaccine was well-matched to the flu bugs going around.

CDC panel again advises against FluMist

CNN (US) - 21/06/2017
Shots will continue to be the main option for the upcoming flu season.

With Health Law in Flux, Insurers Scramble to Meet Filing Deadline

New York Times - 21/06/2017
Anthem, a major player in the Obamacare exchanges, announced that it would withdraw from Wisconsin and Indiana next year, along with Ohio.

Could flu during pregnancy raise risk for autism?

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
Researchers found no evidence that laboratory-diagnosis alone of maternal influenza during pregnancy is associated with risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the offspring. They did, however, find a trend toward risk in mothers with a laboratory diagnosis of influenza and self-reported symptoms of severe illness. This trend did not achieve statistical significance.

Yarraman flu or horse flu? Words and graphics influence willingness to vaccinate

Science Daily (US) - 21/06/2017
'Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the US...' The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to 'horse flu', readers reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent them from contracting the illness. Based on a survey of 16,510 participants from 11 countries, the findings show that the way health information is communicated, matters.

Men who lived in Mr Fluffy homes more likely to contract deadly cancer: study

ABC Australia - 21/06/2017
Men who lived in Mr Fluffy houses in the ACT are at increased risk of contracting the deadly cancer mesothelioma than those who had not, according to the Australian National University.

Thousands of genes influence most diseases, researchers report

Science Daily (US) - 20/06/2017
In a provocative new perspective piece, researchers say that disease genes are spread uniformly across the genome, not clustered in specific molecular pathways, as has been thought.

Poor adolescent diet may influence brain and behavior in adulthood

Science Daily (US) - 19/06/2017
Adolescent male mice fed a diet lacking omega-3 fatty acids show increased anxiety-like behavior and worse performance on a memory task in adulthood, according to new research.

Japanese scientists develop solar-light-driven fully integrated microfluidic device for miniaturized systems

News Medical (Australia) - 19/06/2017
Miniaturized devices such as microsensors often require an independent, equally miniaturized power supply. Searching for suitable systems, Japanese scientists have now developed a fully integrated microfluidic device that produces hydrogen fuel and converts it into electrical energy based on photocatalysis.

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

NHS Choices (UK) - 16/06/2017
"Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three mutations occurring has been described as "relatively low".

Is a new flu pandemic just three mutations away?

Behind the Headlines (NHS, UK) - 16/06/2017
"Just three mutations are needed to make bird flu a potential pandemic strain that could kill millions," is the alarming headline from the Mail Online. However, the chance of all three mutations occurring has been described as "relatively low".

The one drop blood test that could save you from the flu

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/06/2017
The patented test developed by Australian researchers requires a drop of blood and a few hours to predict which influenza patients are most as risk of deadly secondary infections.

Three mutations could make bird flu a pandemic

Daily Mail (UK) - 16/06/2017
Scientists have identified three mutations that, if they occurred at the same time in nature, could turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus.

Mutations that allow bird flu strain to spread among humans identified

Science Daily (US) - 15/06/2017
Scientists have identified several genetic mutations that, should they arise, could potentially allow the avian influenza strain H7N9 to spread between humans.

New flu test: One drop of blood could save your life

Science Daily (US) - 15/06/2017
Researchers have developed a world-first blood test to predict which flu patients will develop potentially life-threatening secondary infections that demand urgent medical treatment.

Influenza virus can overcome potentially crippling mutations

Science Daily (US) - 15/06/2017
The effectiveness of flu vaccines and therapies could be improved thanks to new research, report scientists.

It's a Tough Flu Season ... for Dogs

MedicineNet (US) - 15/06/2017
Title: It's a Tough Flu Season ... for DogsCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/14/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM

Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: Study

MedicineNet (US) - 15/06/2017
Title: Flu Shot Falls Short More Often for Obese People: StudyCategory: Health NewsCreated: 6/13/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 6/14/2017 12:00:00 AM