Asthma may lead to dangerous flu mutations

A certain type of asthma may make people more susceptible to flu and also lead to dangerous flu mutations, according to new studies in animals.

U. Queensland • futurity
Feb. 19, 2021 ~4 min

1918 pandemic provides warning about COVID-19’s future

Even if we start to see a decrease in COVID cases, a study of the 1918 influenza pandemic suggests a spike could occur in late 2021 or early 2022.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 15, 2021 ~5 min

Will the COVID-19 vaccine work as well in patients with obesity?

Americans with excess weight and obesity have been hit hard by COVID-19. Now there is reason to believe they may not get the same protection from the vaccines.

Cate Varney, Clinical Physician, University of Virginia • conversation
Feb. 8, 2021 ~7 min

Flu shot lessens risk for COVID symptoms in kids

Children who receive a seasonal flu shot are less likely to suffer symptoms from a COVID-19 infection, according to a new study.

Eric Maze-Missouri • futurity
Feb. 5, 2021 ~3 min

A universal influenza vaccine may be one step closer, bringing long-lasting protection against flu

You need a new shot every year because current flu vaccines provide limited and temporary protection. But researchers' new strategy could mean a one-and-done influenza vaccine is on the way.

Patricia L. Foster, Professor Emerita of Biology, Indiana University • conversation
Jan. 27, 2021 ~10 min

COVID-19 death risk is much higher than the flu

COVID-19 is much deadlier and causes more health problem for patients than the seasonal flu does, according to a deep dive into federal medical data.

Kristina Sauerwein-Washington University • futurity
Dec. 18, 2020 ~8 min

Is cadmium a factor in flu, pneumonia, COVID death rates?

New research suggests a link between cadmium exposure and deaths from influenza, pneumonia, and possibly COVID-19.

Nardy Baeza Bickel-Michigan • futurity
Dec. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Will going out in the cold give you a cold?

Going out in the cold won't necessarily lead to you getting a cold. But cold weather in general is more hospitable to viruses, so it's wise to take steps to keep your immune system strong.

Libby Richards, Associate Professor of Nursing, Purdue University • conversation
Dec. 15, 2020 ~5 min

How a flu virus shut down the US economy in 1872 – by infecting horses

A fast-moving equine flu cratered the US economy in the fall of 1872, showing all too clearly that horses were essential and deserved better treatment.

Ernest Freeberg, Professor of History, University of Tennessee • conversation
Dec. 3, 2020 ~9 min

Ingredients in flu vaccine won't hurt you – two pharmacists explain why

Many people object to the added ingredients in vaccines. But pharmacists explain why those fears are unwarranted.

Anne P. Kim, Clinical assistant professor, Washington State University • conversation
Nov. 13, 2020 ~9 min