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New Influenza Research Focuses on Detection, Response in Long-Term Care Facilities

Influenza is a devastating infection that disproportionately affects residents of long-term care facilities, resulting in high attack rates, frequent hospitalizations and mortality. ...

Migration routes hold key to bird flu spread, global study finds

Monitoring the migration routes of wild birds could help to provide early warning of potential bird flu outbreaks, experts say. ...

Flu vaccination can offer protection across the generations

Autumn marks the official start of the seasonal flu vaccination programme for 2016/2017, so the Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging people to ensure that all eligible family members get the free flu vaccine when offered it. ... Full story

Female Sex Hormone May Protect Women From Worst Effects of the Flu

Progesterone, found in most forms of hormone-based birth control, shows promise in reducing inflammation and promoting faster lung repair ... Full story

Antibody discovery could help create improved flu vaccines

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators report they have discovered a type of immune antibody that can rapidly evolve to neutralize a wide array of influenza virus strains – including those the body hasn’t yet encountered. ... Full story

It’s all in the genes: New research reveals why some chickens are resistant to bird flu

The genes of some chickens make them almost completely resistant to a serious strain of bird flu, new research has revealed. ... Full story

Influenza outbreak would cost country billions of dollars in losses

USC-led study finds that U.S. would lose as much as $45 billion in gross domestic product ... Full story

Keeping track of the flu keeps the nation on track

Fever, coughs and fatigue have a major impact on our nation’s health and productivity: last year 20,000 people who participated in an online FluTracking program took a combined total of 33,754 days off work or normal duties due to fever and cough symptoms (that’s a staggering total of 92.4 years!) ... Full story

More than just a mechanical barrier – epithelial cells actively combat the flu virus

HZI researchers examine the way in which epithelial cells react to the flu virus in the lungs ... Full story

Duke Health Lifts Temporary Visitor Restrictions Due to Decrease in Reported Flu Cases

By Duke Medicine News and Communications - DURHAM, N.C. -- Given the decrease in reported influenza activity in the community and the state, Duke Health has lifted temporary visitor restrictions that were enacted on March 17, 2016. ... Full story

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