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Flu and Cold
Do influenza viruses persist in low levels year-round in the northern and southern hemispheres, or does a new crop of the virus emerge afresh in tropical zones such as Southeast Asia before spreading into temperate regions around the globe?
Novavax has received positive results from an immunogenicity study in ferrets inoculated with the company's trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine candidate. These findings will enable Novavax to complete its planned investigational new drug (IND) application to support initiation of a Phase II clinical trial targeted to begin in the third quarter of this year.
Sinovac Biotech's pandemic influenza H5N1 whole viron inactivated vaccine has been granted a production license by the China SFDA.
Preliminary research from the Department of Respiratory Disease Research at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC) suggests that a rapid antigen assay test developed by Arbor Vita Corporation (AVC) shows promise as a useful diagnostic for the detection of the avian influenza virus in humans.
VereFlu to be the first bird flu detection chip commercially available in the market. VereFlu can rapidly detect influenza infection with high accuracy and sensitivity within two hours.
The situation in Indonesia, the country worst hit by bird flu, remains "grave" despite major efforts to control the outbreak of the disease, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned.
New York City health officials are very worried about low rates of flu and pneumonia vaccination. They urge state lawmakers to pass a legislation that would allow licensed pharmacists to handle shots.
Currently New York City ranks 39th for flu vaccination and 41st for pneumonia vaccination. Health officials are worried about low rates and urge lawmakers to take certain measures. Vaccinations at pharmacists are estimated to increase the number of shot takers by 50000.
Airborne, that was previously advertised as cure and treatment for common cold was not as effective as advertised for curing the common cold. Airborn settlement is reached and the company will issue a refund if you happen to have kept the receipt.
Flu season is on its peak, doctors urge everyone to get vaccinated, but this year's virus seems to be smartened. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is worried with vaccine efficiency decreased compared to the previous years.
Flu vaccine was proved to kill from 70 to 90% of virus bags, but according to CDC's next week's announcement, vaccine efficiency was decreased to 50%. Currently, researches are already reporting only 40% efficiency. This week 44 US states reported widespread flu cases, compared to past week's 31 states.
Study findings support CDC recommendations for hospital flu vaccinations.
Finding offers hope for treating drug-resistant strains of type A influenza virus.
An estimated 7,000 children ages 11 and younger are treated in hospital emergency departments each year because of cough and cold medications.
Preliminary surveillance into antiviral drug susceptibility against seasonal flu viruses currently circulating in Europe has revealed that some of the A viruses have shown resistance to the antiviral drug, oseltamivir.
Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the rate at which influenza viruses are now circulating in England has reached the point which triggers the use of antiviral drugs.
New flu test is the first Molecular Diagnostic to simultaneously detect the most prevalent respiratory viruses - including Influenza, Metapneumovirus and Adenovirus. Within hours, xTAG RVP can identify 12 viruses that impact millions each year.
Sinovac, a biotech company from China successfully pass phase 2 tests of possible human bird flu vaccine.
Every year, up to 20% of Americans get the flu, and one billion Americans suffer from colds.
World Health Organization confirms bird flu influenza in Pakistan as country's Health Ministry informed WHO of eight suspected human cases of H5N1 avian influenza infection in the Peshawar area of the country.