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Live H5N1 avian flu virus vaccines show protection in animal studies

...m a deadly infection with naturally occurring H5N1 flu viruses. The findings, which appear in the Septemb...vaccine based on one particular strain of the H5N1 flu virus that could potentially protect against different emerging H5N1 flu strains. Senior investiga...

Public confidence in government drops as 5th anniversary of 9/11 approaches

... system was ready to respond effectively to a bird flu pandemic. Additionally, far fewer Americans (38 percent) expressed confidence in Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to do his job than they previously expressed for his predecessor, Tom Ridge (65 percent in 2004). "These res...

Don't rely on cold reason - trust your intuition as well

..., a new generation of nuclear power stations and a flu pandemic trigger public distrust in the powers-that-be? What can the government do to re-build trust in politicians and scientists? Risk researchers say the answer lies in emotions, not reason, especially when the perceived risk is related to healt...

Analysis of Spanish flu cases in 1918-1920 suggests transfusions might help in bird flu pandemic

...iterature published shortly after the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic and found eight relevant studies. Simil...ions might be useful in treating victims of a bird flu pandemic, especially in light of the problems with existing vaccines and treatments, say authors of ...

Quick diagnosis of flu strains possible with new microchip test

... of influenza would be invaluable to international flu surveillance efforts," says NIAID Director Anthony...n. A key challenge in designing a gene chip for flu diagnosis is determining which flu virus gene sequences to use as probes, notes Dr. Rowlen. In a com...

2006 Science-in-Society award winners announced

...ic and in Colorado, and the worldwide effects of a flu pandemic are the subjects of this year's winners o...ic, drawing on the lessons of the devastating 1918 flu epidemic and many other sources. The judges described the article as "An excellent primer for an inf...

New bird flu drug promises to beat the problem of resistance

A new kind of drug to fight bird flu that will not suffer from the same kind of resista...al influenza drug. The search for an alternative flu drug has become all the more pressing as the full extent of resistance the ability of the influenza...

Tamoxifen for breast cancer prevention does not benefit most women

...e 1.67-percent risk level. In comparison, annual flu shots cost about $980 per year of life saved for patients ages 65 and older; colonoscopy every 10 years costs about $11,000 per year of life saved for people 50 and older; and annual mammography costs about $58,000 per year of life saved for women ag...

Perth researchers to trial bird flu vaccine

...ials. "While there hasn't been any case of bird flu being spread from human to human, it's important t...ll the same as what would be found in conventional flu vaccines." If the vaccine is found to be safe and effective, stocks would then be manufactured to ...

H5N1 vaccine could be basis for life-saving stockpile

... the team mixed genes from a safe, laboratory bird flu virus with a gene for the hemagglutinin (HA) protein from the H5N1 virus isolated in Hong Kong. The virus uses the HA proteins on its surface to infect cells in the respiratory tract. The resulting vaccine had the outside appearance of a dangerous vi...

Experimental vaccine protects lab animals against several strains of H5N1

...uenza virus that experts fear could cause the next flu pandemic. But will these vaccines remain effective...ets from getting sick when exposed not only to the flu strain from which the vaccine was made, but also two other strains, including a deadly strain labele...

Vaccinate or not? Treat or not? Study looks at tricky health decisions

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- If a deadly bird flu reaches America, which would you choose: Would you...narios -- an experimental vaccine against a deadly flu and chemotherapy for a slow-growing cancer -- and asked to choose either to get the medical option o...

Lower literacy means poor health and poor health care access for older people

...ed by lacking a regular doctor or place of care, a flu shot within the previous year, or insurance to cover medication. Subjects with a seventh- to eighth-grade reading level also had less health care access compared to the ninth-grade group, but after accounting for other factors the differences were no...

NIAID study finds higher dose of flu vaccine improves immune response in the elderly

...Americans with extra protection against the annual flu virus: give them a higher dose of seasonal flu vaccine. This idea is suggested by the results of a newly reported clinical trial supported by the N...

High-dose flu vaccines appear to safely boost immunity in elderly

... virus have been available for 50 years to prevent flu and its complications, according to background inf...ecrease with age, however, and currently available flu vaccines are not always effective in the elderly. Recommended vaccines contain 15 micrograms (g) of...

Tunnell Consulting awarded contract to fight avian flu

...zation, the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian flu virus has killed an estimated 200 million birds an...tists say it is only a matter of time before avian flu infection is found in birds in North America. The worldwide concern is that rapid spread among birds...

Putting healthcare dollars into the 'right' prevention services

...y and colorectal cancer screening. In the study of flu vaccination, the methodology shows that over 275,000 years of life can be saved by offering vaccine to everyone over 50 years of age. For those over 65, the cost is only $970 per year of life saved. In the study of colorectal cancer screening, the au...

Infants or adults? NIH ethicists argue for new bird flu priorities

An American flu pandemic would present difficult and tragic choices: As many as 90 million people might become sick, and widespread shortages of vaccine would likely leave more than 90 percent of the population unprotected in the pandemic's first year. When there i...

UK grid helps fight avian flu

...ing for possible drug components against the avian flu virus H5N1. The analysis used a computing Grid, a ...re created. Potential drug compounds against avian flu are now being identified and ranked according to the binding energies of the docked models. The comp...

H5N1 threat puts human flu back in spotlight

...ed in World War I. This pandemic arose from a bird flu virus that adapted to humans, an event that scient...before people realize they have been infected, the flu viruses multiply rapidly in the respiratory system and leap to nearby people in the fine droplets of...

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(Date:10/17/2014)... Copenhagen have shown for the first time how bacteria ... patients, giving them the opportunity to get tremendous insights ... The study also discovered the bacterial growth in chronic ... or slowed down by the immune cells. The researchers ... helped "suffocate" the bacteria, forcing the bacteria to switch ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... human body. Battles are won, lost or sometimes ... stalemate—known as tumor dormancy—can last up to 25 ... is poorly understood. , A new computational ... a Professor of Chemistry at Princeton University, may ... the switch to a malignant state. Published today ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... Oregon and Washington land managers have a new synthesis ... eastside moist mixed-conifer (MMC) forests in the two states. ... Forests in Eastern Oregon and Washington: A Synthesis of ... Management, a general technical report published by the U.S. ... response to a request from managers for a synthesis ...
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