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A sudden drop in outdoor temperature increases the risk of respiratory infections

You can pretty much put a mark in your calendar for when the annual flu epidemic begins. Using 20,000 virus samples and ...

How flu steals your RNA

Understanding how the flu virus steals host RNA offers hope of new drugs ...

Flu vaccine coverage remains low this year

Flu activity on the rise; CDC urges ongoing vaccination ... Full story


New research from Deakin University has found the human body could naturally hold the key to a speedy recovery from the flu. ... Full story

Childhood infections provide lifelong protection against flu viruses that come from animals

UCLA, Arizona researchers explain that birth year may largely determine people’s risk for serious illness in an influenza pandemic ... Full story

New Research Uncovers Pattern in Global Flu Outbreaks

As cold winter weather approaches, millions of people look for remedies to avoid the flu. Yet influenza outbreaks equally affect those living in warm, tropical regions where there is no direct link to seasonal temperature changes. This lack of a seasonal connection between flu outbreaks in tropical and temperate climates has made studying the environmental factors that drive the flu challenging. ... Full story

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. ... Full story

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. ... Full story

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

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