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image: Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses

By Shawna Williams | April 9, 2018

The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.

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One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication.  

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Infants whose moms received the shots when they were pregnant were no more at risk of dying or being hospitalized than other babies. 

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image: CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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image: First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed

First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed

By Shawna Williams | February 15, 2018

The woman, a resident of southeast China, has since recovered.

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image: Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early

Flu Forecasters Predict This Year’s Season to Peak Early

By Christina Reed | January 23, 2018

Influenza cases normally top out in February. This year brought an early start and an early peak, but how long flu season will remain is uncertain. 

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image: Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By Kerry Grens | December 20, 2017

Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.

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From analyses of surface protein evolution to tweets on social media, scientists are gathering all the data they can to accurately predict influenza dynamics.

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image: Polio Vaccine Pioneer Dies

Polio Vaccine Pioneer Dies

By Kerry Grens | May 2, 2017

Julius Youngner collaborated with Jonas Salk on the polio vaccine, and later identified interferon gamma and contributed to an equine influenza vaccine.

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image: Autism Not Linked to Flu or Flu Shot During Pregnancy

Autism Not Linked to Flu or Flu Shot During Pregnancy

By Kerry Grens | November 29, 2016

A study of nearly 200,000 children finds no increased risk for autism among kids whose moms caught the flu or received a flu vaccine while pregnant.

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