Study: To slow an epidemic, focus on handwashing

Improving the rate of handwashing at just 10 major airports could significantly slow the spread of a viral disease, researchers estimate.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research public-health civil-and-environmental-engineering disease health transportation influenza misti school-of-engineering school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences

Cholesterol helps flu virus escape through host cell’s membrane | MIT News

Study could shed light on how many other proteins bind with membrane cholesterol.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Nov. 20, 2017
~5 mins |

Tags:  research  chemistry  school-of-science  influenza  biology  cells

Biochemists discover mechanism that helps flu viruses evolve | MIT News

Influenza viruses can hijack host cellular machinery to help mutated viral proteins fold and function.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Sept. 26, 2017
~7 mins |

Tags:  research  chemistry  microbes  school-of-science  influenza  evolution  health  medicine  national-science-foundation-nsf

Tracking the spread of bird flu | MIT News

Asian flu strains can enter North America through Alaska, study finds.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 17, 2017
~7 mins |

Tags:  research  biological-engineering  division-of-comparative-medicine  school-of-engineering  influenza  disease  evolution  viruses  genetics

Engineers design programmable RNA vaccines | MIT News

Tests in mice show the vaccines work against Ebola, influenza, and a common parasite.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | July 4, 2016
~8 mins |

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Sneezing produces complex fluid cascade, not a simple spray | MIT News

High-speed imaging shows how fluid breaks apart in air, may help identify super-spreaders.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Feb. 10, 2016
~6 mins |

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Improving prevention of and responses to flu outbreaks | MIT News

New research suggests ways to reduce the likelihood that individuals and groups will become infected with influenza.

Engineering Systems Division | June 10, 2015
~3 mins |

Tags:  disease  influenza  engineering-systems-division  harvard-mit-health-sciences-and-technology  school-of-engineering  public-health  research

Swine flu outbreak in India raises concern | MIT News

MIT study finds evidence that a new strain of H1N1 may carry dangerous mutations.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | March 11, 2015
~7 mins |

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