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Wow of the Week: 17-year-old Google Science Fair champ discovers new leads for anti-flu drugs

September 28, 2013 8:00 am by | 0 Comments

Eric Chen isn’t your average 17-year-old. When the high school junior isn’t in school, he’s working with biologists at the University of California, San Diego, using their supercomputers and wet…


Achoo! It’s the return of spring flu — and it looks worse than usual this year

Achoo! It’s the return of spring flu — and it looks worse than usual this year

April 5, 2014 9:26 am by | 0 Comments

The intrepid sun has finally beaten the frost into reluctant retreat. The croci have gathered enough confidence to venture their tender shoots outside the earth’s blanket. After months of hibernation, you step outside to take a deep breath of warm, swe…


Seasonal flu spreading quickly this year in the United States, says CDC

Seasonal flu spreading quickly this year in the United States, says CDC

January 3, 2014 7:14 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Nearly half of the United States is reporting widespread influenza activity, most of it attributed to the H1N1 virus that caused a worldwide pandemic in 2009,…



H1N1 flu strain affecting young people is back

H1N1 flu strain affecting young people is back

December 30, 2013 4:53 am by | 0 Comments

H1N1, the flu virus strain that primarily affects young people, is back in force again four years after causing a global pandemic. It’s not spreading so quickly this time, but…


Study: Flu shot tied to de lower risk of heart problems

Study: Flu shot tied to de lower risk of heart problems

October 23, 2013 12:12 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Getting a seasonal flu shot may do more than just prevent influenza. It may also lower a person’s risk of heart problems, suggests a new…


Flu shot or mask for all L.A. County healthcare workers

Flu shot or mask for all L.A. County healthcare workers

October 16, 2013 5:04 am by | 0 Comments

Effective this influenza season, healthcare workers in Los Angeles County will be required to receive immunizations against influenza or wear a protective mask while in contact with patients.
In an order issued by Public Health director Dr. Jonathan Fi…


Smart thermometer is the favorite at Cleveland Clinic & StartUp Health’s venture challenge

Smart thermometer is the favorite at Cleveland Clinic & StartUp Health’s venture challenge

October 14, 2013 2:53 pm by | 4 Comments

Mobile health company Kinsa continued its victory lap around the startup competition circuit at the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit today, taking home top honors at the summit’s first ever…


Flu shot as Batman: Healthcare marketing hit or miss?

Flu shot as Batman: Healthcare marketing hit or miss?

October 14, 2013 2:51 pm by | 1 Comments

The new MedImmune vaccination is the big news for this year’s flu season – that and athena health stepping in while the CDC staff is furloughed. This new flu shot…



Shutdown all but freezes CDC’s flu surveillance

Shutdown all but freezes CDC’s flu surveillance

October 5, 2013 3:48 pm by | 0 Comments

As the government shutdown moves toward its second week, there’s virtually no activity in the federal labs in Atlanta where, each fall, researchers test thousands of samples of flu virus.
As the season of coughs, sneezes and sniffles kicks into gear, b…


Health officials announce new ways to fight the flu this year

Health officials announce new ways to fight the flu this year

September 27, 2013 10:40 am by | 1 Comments

Americans will be getting more fighting power in this season’s arms race against the flu.
Two new vaccines will be introduced this year, including a variety that will protect against four strains of flu, two type A and two type B, U.S. health officials…


AstraZeneca’s four-strain flu vaccine gets EU recommendation

AstraZeneca’s four-strain flu vaccine gets EU recommendation

September 20, 2013 9:31 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – A new four-in-one flu vaccine from AstraZeneca has been recommended for approval in Europe, boosting commercial prospects for the next-generation product.
Following Friday’s green light from the European Medicines Agency, AstraZeneca…


Hefty price increase for some four-strain flu vaccines

Hefty price increase for some four-strain flu vaccines

September 19, 2013 10:32 am by | 0 Comments

LONDON (Reuters) – Big drugmakers are seeking a boost from new four-in-one influenza vaccines that will be available for the first time this flu season.
Offering more protection to patients, the new quadrivalent vaccines provide a route to premium pri…


Wow of the Week: A flu vaccination you could give yourself, with no shots involved

Wow of the Week: A flu vaccination you could give yourself, with no shots involved

September 7, 2013 8:00 am by | 2 Comments

What if the jab that comes with getting a flu shot could be replaced by painlessly sticking on a patch containing dozens of microneedles? A group of researchers from Emory…


Pediatrics group recommends either 3- or 4-strain flu vaccine for kids

Pediatrics group recommends either 3- or 4-strain flu vaccine for kids

September 3, 2013 2:26 pm by | 0 Comments

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – With a new version of the flu vaccine that protects against four virus strains coming out this fall, in addition to the usual three-strain formula,…


Italian Health Ministry says poultry worker tested positive for H7N7 strain of bird flu

Italian Health Ministry says poultry worker tested positive for H7N7 strain of bird flu

September 2, 2013 1:29 pm by | 0 Comments

ROME (Reuters) – A man who works with poultry in Italy has tested positive for avian influenza following outbreaks among birds on farms in the northern Emilia Romagna region, the Italian Health Ministry said on Monday.
Italian authorities have been cul…


Clinical trial shows Sanofi’s Fluzone High-Dose more effective than standard dose

Clinical trial shows Sanofi’s Fluzone High-Dose more effective than standard dose

August 26, 2013 1:31 am by | 0 Comments

PARIS (Reuters) – Sanofi said on Monday that a large clinical trial showed its Fluzone High-Dose vaccine to be more effective at preventing influenza in adults aged 65 and older than a standard dose of Fluzone.
Sanofi said it plans to submit the full c…