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Interferon levels may influence how sick Avian flu virus make people feel and may also hold the answer to curing the disease

The study, published in the journal┬áViruses, finds that the levels of interferon may be responsible for its more severe presentation and may also be the key to treating it. Avian influenza viruses, or bird flu, normally infects, well, birds. But when the virus does infect humans, it can cause more severe illness than other similar […]

Flu vaccination is associated with a 40% lower incidence of Alzheimer’s Disease

A recent study from UTHealth Houston found that over the course of four years, people who had at least one influenza vaccination were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than the non-vaccinated people. Avram S. Bukhbinder, MD, a recent graduate of UTHealth McGovern Medical School, and Paul E. Schulz, MD, the Rick McCord Professor […]

Is there any chance of developing a vaccine against the flu that would work for everyone?

An experimental universal flu vaccine is now being tested by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Around the world, the 1918 influenza epidemic claimed at least 50 million lives. Dr. Jeffery K. Taubenberger, senior investigator for the NIH, is the head of a promising animal experiment testing mice with a universal flu vaccination. Even though […]

Some benefits of Flu Shots for heart disease patients are established in a global trial

Flu vaccines were revealed to considerably lower the incidence of life-threatening consequences in persons with heart failure in the first randomised controlled experiment to examine the benefits of flu vaccines. Mark Loeb, MD, Michael G. DeGroote presented the findings to the American College of Cardiology at their annual scientific session in Washington. Oversee author Mark […]

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