Why doesn’t the flu freak us out more?

This past summer, fear of eastern equine encephalitis gripped New England despite its relatively low impact. So why aren't more people scared of the flu?

Boston University | Dec. 3, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine encephalitis flu viruses

How the flu shot affects your genes could make it better

Data show that infection and vaccination change the expression of certain genes, which may make the flu shot more effective or lead to a universal vaccine.

Kim Ward-Michigan State | Nov. 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine flu genes vaccines

Glowing bats show ‘contagious’ vaccines can fight rabies

A spreadable rabies vaccine could work better than the current policy of culling bats that spread the disease.

Jim Erickson-Michigan | Nov. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bats fluorescence rabies vaccines

Keto diet lets mice better fight the flu

Fed to mice, an equivalent of the keto diet triggered the release of gamma delta T cells, while a carb-heavy diet did not.

Bess Connolly Martell-Yale | Nov. 18, 2019 | futurity
~2 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine food immune-systems influenza

Proton pump inhibitors for babies up infection risk

New research on proton pump inhibitors for babies finds that "being exposed to these drug levels actually puts the child at risk for having an extra infection event."

Vanderbilt U. | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine acid-reflux babies childrens-health infections medications metabolism side-effects

Could a universal flu vaccine come from antibody that protects mice?

An antibody that gunks up the machinery that flu viruses use to replicate in mice could be the first step towards a universal flu vaccine.

Tamara Bhandari-Washington University | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine antibodies flu proteins vaccines viruses

Antiviral drug really works at fighting flu virus

A new antiviral drug could offer a groundbreaking advance in fighting influenza.

LaTina Emerson-Georgia State | Oct. 24, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine drug-development immune-systems influenza viruses

How to prep yourself for flu season

Flu season has begun. Get tips from the experts about how to best avoid getting sick or infecting others.

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers | Oct. 1, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine influenza vaccines viruses

Flu vaccine patch ditches needles and side effects

A new needle-free flu vaccine patch boosts the immune system much like a traditional shot without any negative side effects, a study with mice shows.

Emily Boynton-Rochester | Sept. 16, 2019 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine immune-systems influenza skin vaccines

Swapping 1 atom lets visible light trigger fluorescent dyes

Scientists have created a single-atom switch for turning the fluorescent dyes used in biological imaging on and off.

Mike Williams-Rice | Sept. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine colors fluorescence imaging-technology

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