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  • This years flu vaccine - what the CDC wants you to know

    09/30/2018 12:34:50 PM PDT · by eastexsteve · 58 replies
    The Weather Channel ^ | 9/27/2018 | Ron Brackett
    CDC Says 80,000 People Died of the Flu Last Winter in the U.S An estimated 80,000 people died of the flu and its complications in the U.S. last winter — the highest death toll for the diseases in at least four decades. At a Glance The CDC says everyone 6 months old or older should have a flu vaccination. This year's formulation is expected to work better than last year's. The flu season can begin as early as October or November.
  • Kimchi, a well-known traditional fermented Korean food, has proven effective against influenza virus

    07/26/2018 8:14:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 85 replies
    Asia One ^ | July 26, 2018
    Kimchi, a well-known traditional fermented Korean food, is highly effective in preventing influenza virus in winter, according to the results of cell·animal experiments. A joint research team from the Korea Food Research Institute and the World Institute of Kimchi recently announced that lactic acid bacteria and fermentation metabolites in kimchi inhibit the growth of influenza virus -- proving kimchi's effectiveness against flu for the first time in the world, along with the genetic information of strains(metagenome), fermentation metabolites, and bioactive mechanism. Flu viruses are pathogens that cause acute respiratory conditions in winter. Swine flu (influenza A), which struck the world...
  • ‘DISEASE X’ FEARS Terrifying new strain of bird flu that kills over a THIRD of those who contract...

    06/15/2018 11:13:24 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    In China, the deadly pathogen has killed 623 of the 1,625 people which have been infected. The symptoms of H7N9 include a high fever, cough and shortness of breath which can then develop into pneumonia. Once the disease has developed, those infected develop acute respiratory distress syndrome, septic shock and organ failure. Older people, pregnant women and those with existing health problems are most at risk, according to the World Health Organization. Bird flu can spread to people when they have direct contact with the infection
  • Flu Drug Approved in Japan Claims to Stop Virus in 24 Hours

    02/27/2018 10:04:16 AM PST · by Red Badger · 32 replies ^ | February 26, 2018 | By Kerry Grens
    One dose of the medication, called Xofluza, cripples influenza by interfering with an enzyme critical for viral replication. Health authorities in Japan on Friday (February 23) approved a new flu medication, called baloxavir marboxil (Xofluza), that aims to stop the virus within one day, according to The Wall Street Journal. The drug works by blocking the flu virus’s ability to use the host cell for replication. That’s a different mechanism from oseltamivir (Tamiflu), an anti-influenza medication available in the U.S. that works by blocking the virus’s neuraminidase enzyme, preventing its escape from the host cell. “The data that we’ve seen...
  • How the Spanish Flu Wasn't Actually Spain's Fault at All

    02/08/2018 10:12:28 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 6 February 2018 | Richard Gunderman
    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected.By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University Especially remarkable was the 1918 flu’s predilection for taking the lives of otherwise healthy young adults, as opposed to children and the elderly, who usually suffer most. Some have called it the greatest pandemic in history. The 1918 flu pandemic has been a regular subject of speculation over the last century. Historians and scientists have...
  • Can You Get the Flu Twice in One Season?

    02/04/2018 11:58:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies
    Scientifc American ^ | February 4, 2018 | By Rachael Rettner, LiveScience on
    Experts say it is possible to catch the flu twice in one season. That's because there are multiple strains of flu viruses circulating at any one time, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectious-disease specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. So getting sick with one strain of flu won't necessarily protect you from a different strain. But the good news is that it's pretty rare to catch the flu twice in a single season. Having this happen would be "quite a stroke of bad luck," Schaffner told Live Science Most people who get the flu this season are getting sick with...
  • The Frog Slime Cure for Flu

    04/21/2017 1:01:53 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    NBC News ^ | 18 April 2017 | Maggie Fox
    compound found in the protective slime of an Indian frog blows apart flu viruses and might become a powerful new drug to treat influenza, researchers reported Tuesday. The compound, a small structure called a peptide, cured mice of killer doses of human flu, the research team reported in the journal Immunity. hey hope to develop it and other compounds like it into antiviral drugs to treat people. "This peptide kills the viruses. It kind of blows them up," Joshy Jacob of Emory University, who led the study team, told NBC News. And it seems harmless to healthy tissue. "There's no...
  • End of common cold could be in sight

    02/05/2015 10:57:49 AM PST · by Red Badger · 45 replies ^ | 6:00PM GMT 04 Feb 2015 | By Laura Donnelly, Health Editor
    Scientists say 'Enigma machine' has unlocked clues to the way the virus of the common cold assembles - making it possible to stop disease in its tracks A scientific breakthrough could herald an end to the common cold, after researchers found a way to “jam” the genetic code and stop the virus replicating. Experts said the discovery could allow scientists to design molecules which could “stop the virus in its tracks” - fending off colds and winter vomiting disease. Scientists from the Universities of Leeds and York used a computer-based model to identify a code in the viral genome, which...

    12/13/2014 10:33:00 PM PST · by BunnySlippers · 78 replies
    Trader Joes ^ | 12/13/14
    I have had what seems like the flu or 2 or 3 weeks. It is a killer sore throat, moderate cough. But it is the sore throat that is killing me. Anyway, I just dragged myself out to Trader Joe's to buy something tempting and thought I would check out their tiny medicine section. I saw and bought Oscillococcinum which was hiding on the bottoms half. I know nothing about it except what I just learned in Wikipedia. Does anyone have experience with this stuff. The Amazon page with photos
  • Samples taken from 90-year-old body of Spanish flu victim Sir Mark Sykes

    04/25/2009 6:58:25 PM PDT · by antivenom · 19 replies · 1,512+ views
    Driffield Times ^ | 16 September 2008 | Driffield Times
    The body of Sir Mark Sykes - who died nearly 90 years ago from Spanish Flu - has been exhumed from his grave in the church of St Mary's, Sledmere, in a bid to help prevent a modern flu pandemic. The exhumation, on the morning of September 8, was carried out by a team led by one of the world's top virologists Prof John Oxford - Professor of Virology at Barts and The London, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry. Prof Oxford previously told the Driffield Times: "If we can get samples, that will be wonderful for my team...
  • Saline spray may help control flu

    11/30/2004 12:12:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 42 replies · 2,965+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 30, 2004 | Maggie Fox
    The Washington Times Saline spray may help control fluBy Maggie FoxREUTERS NEWS AGENCYPublished November 30, 2004 Simply inhaling a saltwater spray could help prevent the spread of diseases including flu and tuberculosis, U.S. and German researchers reported yesterday.     They found a saline spray, administered using a device called a jet nebulizer, reduced the number of germ-spreading droplets by as much as 70 percent for six hours.     The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could provide a way to help control epidemics, such as the 2003 outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome that spread...
  • New study re-examines bacterial vaccine studies conducted during 1918 influenza pandemic

    11/02/2010 9:03:47 AM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    WHAT: Secondary infections with bacteria such as Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia, were a major cause of death during the 1918 flu pandemic and may be important in modern pandemics as well, according to a new article in the Journal of Infectious Diseases co-authored by David M. Morens, M.D., senior advisor to the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. The researchers examined 13 studies published between 1918 and 1920. During this time, many scientists erroneously believed that influenza was caused by bacteria, not a virus. As a result, researchers...
  • Diary From The HMNZ Tahiti During The 1918 Pandemic

    10/08/2012 12:00:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies
    Avian Flu Diary ^ | OCTOBER 08, 2012 | Michael Coston
    For years historians, epidemiologists, and virologists have been attempting to peel back the cobwebs of time in order to analyze the deadliest pandemic in human history; the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic. John Barry’s The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Greatest Plague in History, has probably done more to reawaken memories of that awful time than any other source, but many gaps in our knowledge remain. Jeffrey K. Taubenberger and David Morens - both researchers at NIAID – have added considerably to our understanding of the H1N1 virus and the events surrounding its emergence. Taubenberger was the first to...
  • Past may hold clue to future flu fight Secrets may be in blood of 1918 survivors

    10/05/2006 6:52:51 PM PDT · by Coleus · 38 replies · 847+ views
    Star Ledger ^ | 09.29.06 | CAROL ANN CAMPBELL
    People who lived during the 1918 influenza epidemic may hold secrets in their blood that could help fight a future pandemic, but finding them now is a race against time. People who were toddlers at the end of World War I -- when the epidemic swept the globe and killed 50 million -- are in their 90s now. Nearly a lifetime after the notorious outbreak, researchers are hoping those who lived through it will come forward and donate a vial of blood, which then will be analyzed for antibodies to the virus. In particular, a New Jersey researcher is seeking...
  • The Bird Flu Breakdown - Part 1: Two Children in Vietnam

    06/05/2006 6:38:19 AM PDT · by CellPhoneSurfer · 5 replies · 487+ views
    Liam Scheff ^ | May 24th, 2006 | Liam Scheff
    The Bird Flu Breakdown Part 1: Two Children in Vietnam Liam Scheff - Wednesday, May 24th, 2006The much anticipated bird-flu plague has yet to emerge, despite much hue and cry. This comes as no surprise to those of us who are familiar with the machinations of the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC and NIH, and their pharmaceutical partners. But, for those more trusting of public health authorities who wish to know more about the making of public health policy, I thought I’d review some of the bright and shiny inconsistencies that have come into view on the bird flu.Stray...
  • Experts Unlock Clues to Spread of 1918 Flu Virus

    10/05/2005 8:08:58 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 23 replies · 728+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 6, 2005 | GINA KOLATA
    The 1918 influenza virus, the cause of one of history's most deadly epidemics, has been reconstructed and found to be a bird flu that jumped directly to humans, two teams of federal and university scientists announced yesterday. It was the culmination of work that began a decade ago and involved fishing tiny fragments of the 1918 virus from snippets of lung tissue from two soldiers and an Alaskan woman who died in the 1918 pandemic.
  • Scientists: 1918 Killer Spanish Flu Was a Bird Flu

    10/05/2005 11:20:11 AM PDT · by stm · 45 replies · 1,187+ views
    Fox News ^ | October 05, 2005 | Daniel J. DeNoon
    Scientists who re-created the 1918 Spanish flu say the killer virus was initially a bird flu that learned to infect people. Alarmingly, they find that today's H5N1 bird flu is starting to learn the same tricks. The work involves researchers from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), the CDC, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jeffery K. Taubenberger, MD, PhD, chief of molecular pathology at the AFIP, is one of the study leaders.
  • The flu can kill tens of millions of people. In 1918, that’s exactly what it did

    01/30/2018 10:14:37 AM PST · by rktman · 93 replies ^ | 1/26/2018 | Ashley Halsey III
    The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years. In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number — and perhaps five times as many — in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical holocaust in history.” Experts believe between 50 and 100 million people were killed. More than two-thirds of them died in a single 10-week period in the autumn of 1918. Never have so many died so swiftly from a single disease. In the United States...
  • The Flu Is FAR WORSE Than We’re Being Told: Tens Of Thousands Of Americans Are DYING

    01/27/2018 8:35:55 PM PST · by blam · 248 replies
    The Burning Platform ^ | 1-27-2018 | Cat Ellis
    We all know that this year’s flu season is bad. I have been pouring over numbers and reports over the past few days, and it’s actually even worse than we’re hearing about. Tens of thousands of Americans are dying. It’s now worse than the 2009 swine flu outbreak and is on track with the 2014-15 strain. And it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. Despite this, the media is downplaying the severity of the flu and the government makes the statistics pretty difficult to find. Are they trying to avoid a panic? Do they know something we don’t? Here’s...
  • Flu Season Getting Worse, As Illness Has 'Lot More Steam' Than Expected

    01/21/2018 4:27:01 PM PST · by blam · 103 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-21-2018 | Travis Fedschun
    The flu season that's already been the worst in nearly a decade is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, according to the latest report released Friday from the nation's health protection agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the flu that is blanketing every state except Hawaii is growing more intense and deadly. So far this season, the flu has claimed the lives of at least 30 children, according to the latest CDC report. "The peak of flu season is in February, so we have about a month for things to get worse," Dr. Manny Alvarez,...