Bird Flu Research News
May 20, 2019

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Compounds from elderberries can directly inhibit the virus's entry and replication in human cells, and can help strengthen a person's immune response to ... read more

Candidate for Universal Flu Vaccine Protects Against Multiple Strains

A universal flu vaccine that protects people against most influenza strains is one step closer to reality. The candidate vaccine elicited a strong antibody response to a structure on the surface of ... read more

How Flu Shot Manufacturing Forces Influenza to Mutate

The common practice of growing influenza vaccine components in chicken eggs disrupts the major antibody target site on the virus surface, rendering the flu vaccine less effective in ... read more

H7N9 Influenza Is Both Lethal and Transmissible in Animal Model for Flu

In 2013, an influenza virus began circulating among poultry in China. It caused several waves of human infection and as of late July 2017, nearly 1,600 people had tested positive for avian H7N9. ... read more
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Heat Waves, Food Insecurity Due to Climate Change May Weaken Immune Systems

Heat waves can reduce the body's immune response to flu, according to new research. The results have implications for how climate change may affect the future of vaccinations and nutrition. ... read more

New Anti-Influenza Drugs

Researchers have designed drugs which could help combat any potential new flu pandemic, by targeting the receptors of the cells by which the virus gains entry to the human ... read more

Anti-Flu Antibodies Can Inhibit Two Different Viral Proteins

Researchers have discovered that antibodies that may form the basis of a universal flu vaccine inhibit a second viral protein in addition to the one that they bind. The study reveals that antibodies ... read more

Lung Neuropeptide Exacerbates Lethal Influenza Virus Infection

Researchers found that lung immune cells (phagocytes) produce increased levels of neuropeptide Y (NPY) when mice are infected with severe influenza virus. NPY and its receptor form the NPY-Y1R axis. ... read more

Respiratory Microbiome May Influence Your Susceptibility to Flu

Specific respiratory microbiome communities may be linked to influenza susceptibility, according to a new ... read more

Close Flu Vaccine Supply Gaps to Ease Flu Seasons, Make Pandemics Less Deadly

Gaps in the logic of how we restock flu vaccines may be costing hundreds of lives, or more. A new model to tweak the gaps could save hundreds to hundreds-of-thousands of people and millions to ... read more

A New Approach to Studying the Flu

A clever repurposing of a biological tool gives researchers new clues as to how the flu remains so ... read more

Mark Your Calendar: All Infectious Diseases Are Seasonal

Most of us are aware of the seasonal cycle of influenza outbreaks, which for Americans peak in the winter. Scientists now make a case that all infectious diseases have a seasonal ... read more

Tethered Antibodies Present a Potential New Approach to Prevent Influenza Virus Infections

Scientists have discovered that tethering four antibodies together may be an effective strategy for neutralizing all types of influenza virus known to infect ... read more

Molecular Virologist Fights Influenza at the Molecular Level

In research to improve influenza therapies against H7N9 and other influenza strains, researchers have detailed the binding site and mechanism of inhibition for two small-molecule experimental ... read more

Lessons from the 1918 Flu Pandemic, 100 Years on

With flu season nearly upon us, a new study looks at the factors behind the extremely high mortality of the 1918 flu pandemic and how to prepare for future outbreaks. The authors warn that while the ... read more

First Evidence of Fatal Infection of White-Tailed Sea Eagles With Avian Influenza

The most common unnatural causes of death in white-tailed sea eagles are lead poisoning and collisions with trains. During the winter of 2016/2017, however, many white-tailed eagles died in Northern ... read more

Building a Flu Factory from Host Cell Components

A quantitative proteomic study of how influenza virus affects lung-derived cell lines found that protein synthesis machinery relocates to the autophagosome in infected ... read more

New Bird Flu Viruses in Ducks After Vaccines Largely Prevented H7N9 in Chickens

In response to bird flu pandemics starting in 2013, officials in China introduced a new vaccine for chickens in September 2017. Recent findings suggest that the vaccine largely worked but detected ... read more

Pre-Clinical Success for a Universal Flu Vaccine Offers Hope for Third Generation Approach

Researchers have demonstrated pre-clinical success for a universal flu vaccine in a new ... read more

Synthetic DNA Vaccine Effective Against Influenza A Virus Subtype

Currently available vaccines for the prevention of seasonal influenza virus infection have limited ability to induce immunity against diverse H3N2 viruses, an influenza A subtype that has led to high ... read more

A Better Way to Count Boreal Birds

Knowing approximately how many individuals of a certain species are out there is important for bird conservation efforts, but raw data from bird surveys tends to underestimate bird abundance. ... read more

Bird Communities Dwindle on New Mexico's Pajarito Plateau

Researchers have found declines in the number and diversity of bird populations at nine sites surveyed in northern New Mexico, where eight species vanished over time while others had considerably ... read more

Obesity May Also Impact Flu Transmission, Not Just Severity of Illness

Obesity increases a person's risk for severe complications from influenza, including hospitalization and even death. It may also play a role in how flu spreads, according to a new study. The ... read more

New Way to Target Flu Virus

Researchers used an atom-level simulation to define one mechanism by which the flu virus infects cells. The team said its work could provide a path toward a universal vaccine for ... read more

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