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Key studies from Nottingham central to major flu drug report

A major new national report into the use of antiviral drugs (neuraminidase inhibitors) to treat and prevent influenza has drawn heavily on ...

Prepare to conduct flu trials in hospitals now, urge experts

When the next influenza pandemic hits our shores, UK hospitals must be prepared to conduct trials into the effectiveness of available antiviral ...

New on-chip optical sensing technique used to detect multiple flu strains

Study demonstrates detection and identification of different flu virus subtypes using a novel method for multiplex fluorescence detection on a small, dedicated chip ... Full story

Flu study, on hold, yields new vaccine technology

A researcher uses a micropipette to dispense a cell sample and analyze minute amounts of DNA in a science lab at the Influenza Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. ... Full story

Good news for hay fever sufferers

One in six Australians suffer from hay fever, with sneezing, red eyes and a blocked nose the most common complaints. ... Full story

How flu viruses gain the ability to spread

New study reveals the soft palate is a key site for evolution of airborne transmissibility. ... Full story

NIH researchers find role for soft palate in adaptation of transmissible influenza viruses

National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues identified a previously unappreciated role for the soft palate during research to better understand how influenza (flu) viruses acquire the ability to move efficiently between people. In studies using ferrets, the team collected evidence that this patch of mucous-coated soft tissue separating the mouth from the nasal cavity is a key site for the emergence of flu viruses with a heightened ability to spread through the air. The finding could aid efforts to define the properties governing flu virus transmissibility and predict which viruses are most likely to spark pandemics. ... Full story

Promiscuity of H3N8 flu virus raises concern as scientists demonstrate some strains can go undetected in pigs

Scientists have shown for the first time that two different strains of the H3N8 influenza A virus (IAV) are able to infect and replicate in pigs; one isolated from seals and an avian strain circulating in poultry in the US. ... Full story

Death & money in the ICU: Pneumonia findings surprise U-M researchers

More research needed to figure out which patients need ICU care most ... Full story

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