Flu

2:36pm

Thu January 16, 2014
Health

Flu Shots Continue To Be Vital For Warding Off Winter Illness

Grace Hood KUNC

As Northern Colorado residents infected with the flu begin to stream into area emergency rooms and hospitals, one fact is emerging. 89 percent of patients treated for flu symptoms did not get a shot.

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10:39am

Thu September 26, 2013
Shots - Health News

For A Price, Volunteers Endure Scientists' Flu Spritzes

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 1:01 pm

How much would a scientist have to pay you to get sick with the flu?
F.T. Werner iStockphoto.com

What would it take to persuade you to allow government researchers to squirt millions of live flu viruses up your nose?

A recently concluded project at the National Institutes of Health found, among other things, that $3,400 each was enough to attract plenty of volunteers.

"I am happy I could contribute in some way," says Kelli Beyer, 24, one of 46 healthy people who volunteered for the project. To get the money, the research subjects had to commit to several days of testing, then nine days in a hospital isolation ward once the virus was administered in a nasal spray.

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8:14am

Thu August 8, 2013
Shots - Health News

Scientists Disclose Plans To Make Superflu In Labs

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 8:56 am

Some scientists think new types of bird flus should arise only in chickens, not in labs. Here a worker collects poultry on a farm in Kathmandu, Nepal, where the H5N1 virus was infecting animals in October 2011.
Prakas Mathema AFP/Getty Images

Who do these guys think they are, the Dr. Frankensteins of virology?

First, two teams of virologists created more dangerous versions of the deadly H5N1 flu. Now they want to give the H7N9 virus, which has already sickened at least 134 people and killed 43 people in Asia, a few new capabilities: drug resistance, faster transmission between people and the ability to sneak past the immune system.

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4:33pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Shots - Health News

Genetic Code Shows Bird Flu In China Spread Between People

A man who just recovered from the H7N9 bird flu leaves a hospital in Bozhou, China, in April. Since early May, the number of new H7N9 cases has dramatically declined.
AFP Getty Images

When a new strain of bird flu cropped up in China last winter, the billion-dollar question was whether the deadly virus could transmit between people.

Now, Chinese scientists offer the first clear evidence that the bird flu is indeed contagious, although only slightly.

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8:06am

Thu August 1, 2013
Shots - Health News

When Fleeing Zombies (Or Flu), Cooperation Saves Lives

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 10:01 am

Best to check with the neighbors and the health department if commuting during zombie attacks.
AMC-TV

How will humans survive the zombie apocalypse? Will it be each man for himself or will a coordinated effort be what saves us from ultimate doom?

An MIT professor is trying to answer this question for us mortals. "There is a price that society pays if everyone determines his behavior selfishly," Ruben Juanes says. And this cost of selfish behavior is what game theorists call the price of anarchy.

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