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Flu vaccine makers plan to increase production as they brace for unprecedented winter season

Even though flu season doesn’t begin until the fall, major flu vaccine manufacturers say they plan to boost production by ...
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Quest for coronavirus treatment inspires modern twist on antique technique using survivors’ plasma

There's no shortage of research efforts looking for ways to stop, or at least slow down, the novel coronavirus. Of ...
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Is the lockdown an overreaction? Uproar over epidemiologist John Ioannidis’ study minimizing coronavirus risks

For his Covid-19 work, the Stanford scientist John Ioannidis is being accused of the same bad science he has criticized ...
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1918 Spanish flu redux? ‘Unprepared for the deluge of death’, politicians rejected ‘social distancing’ in bungled handling of the pandemic

It was a parade like none Philadelphia had ever seen.... When the Fourth Liberty Loan Drive parade stepped off on September ...
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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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Viewpoint: China’s coronavirus is getting all the attention, but this year’s flu season is more frightening

What we appear to be having this year is a flu-the-trickster season. And while that new coronavirus is getting a lot of attention, ...
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This year’s flu season may be just as bad as last year’s—and we still don’t have a universal vaccine

With the deadly 2017-2018 flu season still fresh in public health officials’ minds, this year’s outbreak is shaping up to be ...
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Does the keto diet offer protection against the flu?

Mice fed a ketogenic diet—in which 90 percent of calories come from fat and less than 1 percent from carbohydrates—were ...
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Programming CRISPR to fight viruses could lead to new treatments for Ebola, Zika

CRISPR is usually thought of as a laboratory tool to edit DNA in order to fix genetic defects or enhance ...
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‘Holy grail of medicine’: Experimental drug promises to stop flu in its tracks—if it works in humans

We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t ...
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This winter’s flu vaccine may not be ‘optimally protective’. We could be in for a rough season.

Twice a year influenza experts meet at the World Health Organization to pore over surveillance data provided by countries around ...
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Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine

Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries ...
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Can this pill protect us against ‘wide range’ of flu viruses?

The flu season is at its height in the Northern Hemisphere, but—as many are discovering—seasonal flu vaccines don’t always provide ...
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How your history with the flu could shape your body’s response to vaccines

If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot — and then, later that season, gotten the flu — you were more ...
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‘First drug of its kind’ flu medication gains approval

The flu vaccine remains the best proactive way to protect yourself and your loved ones from the influenza virus. But ...
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Fighting the next pandemic with injection-free ‘vaccine patches’

When the next dead­ly pan­dem­ic flu hits, the first chal­lenge will be to de­vel­op a vac­cine. But loom­ing behind that ob­sta­cle is ...
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Promising flu drug could be hampered by rapid viral resistance

A new, fast-acting flu drug showed strong potential but also some surprising and even concerning results in two newly published ...
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Could the common cold be cured in the next decade?

Three new approaches could give us a true cure to the common cold ...
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Viewpoint: Devastating flu season reminds us about the danger of vaccine skepticism

The 2017-2018 flu season is being called the worst since 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ...
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Isolated influenza mutations may help predict future global flu trends

A study of flu evolution in four patients with long-term infections revealed mutations that later appeared, independently, around the world ...
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Drug weapons: Computer designed proteins prepare to battle the next pandemic

Researchers are using computer modeling to design new antiviral proteins that could slow down, or stop, global outbreaks of deadly ...
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This year’s flu vaccine has been 50% effective, and that’s not shabby

This season's vaccine was more effective than those of the previous two years at reducing influenza-related hospitalizations ...