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Bird Flu Mutation Risk

By | June 6, 2013

Some H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses could be one mutation away from spreading efficiently between humans.


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The Next Big One

By | June 1, 2013

As new infections surface and spread, science meets the challenges with ingenuity and adaptation.


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Factoring in Face Time

By | June 1, 2013

How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV


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Gene Transfer Beats Some Flu Strains

By | May 31, 2013

Mice and ferrets are protected from several deadly viruses when genes encoding “broadly neutralizing antibodies” are delivered into their nasal passages.


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Drug Resistant Avian Flu

By | May 29, 2013

Three patients infected with the new H7N9 bird flu have developed resistance to antiviral drug treatment, causing great concern among doctors.


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H7N9 Bird Flu Spreads Between Ferrets

By | May 24, 2013

The virus is able to transmit between the small mammals, but does not appear to spread readily through human-to-human contact.


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Week in Review: April 29 – May 2

By | May 3, 2013

The brain’s role in aging; tracking disease; understanding the new flu virus; no autism-Lyme link; one drug’s journey from bench to bedside


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Easy Jump for H5N1 from Bird to Mammal

By | May 2, 2013

Hybrid viruses derived from an H5N1 bird flu strain can infect guinea pigs through the air.

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Hold Off on Valentine’s Canoodling

By | February 14, 2013

A healthcare professional warns that cold and flu seasons peak in mid-February, so it may be wise take a rain check on kissing, cuddling, and pillow sharing today.

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Catching the Cold

By | February 1, 2013

Tracking the genetic diversity and evolution of rhinoviruses can lead to a better understanding of viral evolution, the common cold, and more dangerous infections.


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