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Universal vaccine for the flu may be just around the corner

Influenza vaccines save lives over the years and prevent millions of additional people from getting sick from the flu. The CDC reported on Feb. 15 that the overall estimated effectiveness of the seasonal influenza vaccine was 47 percent, which means the vaccine cuts the...

source: By Lynn Hetzler
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Illinois health officials announced recently that since 2016 they have seen 154 cases of a fast moving, often life-threatening fungus, adding concern about the fungus’ spread. The recently published number makes Illinois the...

source: NBC News

A study in Pediatrics shows that children with acute respiratory infections were more likely to receive an antibiotic during a visit with a direct-to-consumer telemedicine provider than those who visited an urgent care center or their...

source: CIDRAP

With the increasing threat of antibiotic resistance, there is a growing need for new treatment strategies against life threatening bacterial infections. Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and the University of Copenhagen may have...

source: News Medical Life Sciences

Faced with an expanding measles outbreak, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York recently declared a public health emergency and ordered a program of mandatory vaccination in parts of Brooklyn, New York. Such a health order is rare...

source: The New York Times

Stepping up efforts to prevent transmission of hepatitis C among people who inject drugs, could reduce future infections by 43% globally, according to a study by researchers at the University of Bristol published...

source: News Medical Life Sciences

Scientists have mapped the genome of a strain of cholera extracted a century ago from a sick British soldier during World War I and found clues to how some cholera bacteria strains cause epidemics today. The bug — thought to...

source: Reuters


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