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  • New Flu Vaccine research
    Universal Flu vaccine may be available soon
    A universal flu vaccine might soon be possible, according to a newly published research study from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Seasonal Influenza is a devastating illness that sickens millions of American each year,...
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    On the way to a more effective flu vaccine
    Scientists have discovered a new human antibody that can neutralize several subtypes of the influenza A virus. The results of their study were published in Nature Communications on July 21, 2015. This new antibody has an unusual mode of binding to...
  • Flu vaccine outsmarted in 2015 by flu mutation
    Flu vaccine outsmarted in 2015 by flu mutation
    The reason that the flu season in 2014 and 2015 was worse than expected is all attributed to a mutation of the H3N2 flu virus. Scott Hensley led a team of researchers from the Wistar Institute in making the discovery and preparing a regimen that...
  • Taylor Gaes
    Colorado high school athlete dies from a rare case of the plague
    A 16-year-old boy who appeared to have the flu died from a rare strain of the plague, Larimer County health officials confirmed June 20. According to the Coloradoan, it is believed that Taylor Gaes, who died June 8, contracted septicemic plague...
  • Being Sick at Work
    Don't Make Everyone Sick At Work
    It’s that time of year again. You’re waking up in the morning, feeling like you were beaten all night long with a baseball bat. Your sinuses are stuffed or worse, draining faster than Snoqualmie Falls. Your head is pounding and burning...
  • Battle the Flu
    Battle the Flu
    We have all seen the news...germs are everywhere especially when we are outside in the garden. The influenza (or more commonly known as Flu) season is here. The nasal spray vaccines are available. Let's battle the flu season germs to make it...
  • Protect your dogs from the Canine Influenza virus
    Update on deadly flu virus that has affected over 1,000 dogs in Chicago area
    The dog-flu epidemic (yes, it's an epidemic) that is killing Chicago dogs is a strain of a virus that is new to North America. Scientists at Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin announced Sunday that while there is no evidence...
  • Influenza A
    Facts about the Canine Influenza virus
    Dogs getting sick in the Chicagoland area are confirmed to have canine influenza, or H3N8. This virus first appeared in horses 40 years ago and seems to have mutated enough to infect dogs relatively recently (2004). According to the CDC, the first...
  • Dog flu
    Dog flu: Outbreak of canine flu in Chicago area reaching 'epidemic' levels
    Canine influenza, or dog flu, is quickly reaching panic levels among dog owners and veterinarians in the Chicago area. The onset of flu among dogs is reaching near “epidemic” stages, and while officialsassure the canine flu cannotbe...
  • Flu hospitalizations at an all-time high for US seniors
    Flu hospitalizations at an all-time high for US seniors
    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report released on March 6, since last October, the rate of influenza hospitalizations among US seniors (age 65 and older) has been 258 hospitalizations per 100,000 individuals....
  • CDC: Flu vaccine effective
    CDC: Flu vaccine less effective than hoped, mutating viruses keep CDC guessing
    The CDC has announced that flu vaccine effective rates are much lower than anticipated. The Centers for Disease Control issued a statement and a warning, advising the public that the dominant strain of flu is not being combated by the vaccine. In...
  • Influenza B
    Influenza B:  The other scary monster in the room
    The flu is the flu and a strain is a strain. So what difference does it make if it’s classified as A, B or C? It could make a huge difference in children around 11 years of age. Even adults are not safe from this virus. Ignoring the risks of...
  • Flu: what can people do?
    Easy ways to deal with the flu.
    Strong anti-viral help of common essential oils vapors.Despite a very mild winter around the surrounding Washington DC area, this year the flu is wreaking havoc with the health of many people.One main reason for this unusual situation is the...
  • Not getting flu vaccine puts nursing home patients at risk
    Only half of nursing home employees get flu vaccine; puts patients at risk
    Influenza is associated with as many as 7,300 deaths annually in nursing home residents, but only about half of nursing home staff are vaccinated against the flu. Researchers surveyed 1,975 nursing home employees to find out their rates of...
  • Enjoy the game, but remember to follow these health tips.
    Three tips for a healthy Super Bowl Sunday
    Super Bowl Sunday is a time of celebration, especially for fans of the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks. The excitement of the game and celebrations with friends and family make it easy to forget the implications of what you are eating...
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