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There are more than 200 types of virus that can cause the common cold. Those viruses most responsible for cold usually belong to either rhinoviruses or coronaviruses. Flu is not the same as the common cold; it is caused by a different set of viruses. The

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'One-punch' universal flu vaccine in development

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Antibodies can train the immune system to detect part of the flu virus that stays the same, which could pave the way toward a universal flu vaccine.

Parents cite lack of need as reason for not getting kids flu shots

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Despite the fact that influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine-preventable disease, parents frequently decline vaccinating their children against...

Nasal spray flu vaccine 'ineffective and should not be used,' say AAP

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 09:00:00 PDT

The nasal spray flu vaccine LAIV offers insufficient protection for children and should not be used during the 2016-2017 flu season, the AAP recommend.

Nasal Spray Addiction: Is It a Cause for Concern?

Tue, 06 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Nasal spray can provide much-needed relief, but some can cause “nasal spray addiction.” Learn which sprays can cause it and what the symptoms are.

Studies explore use of genetics to help determine appropriate treatment for fever in children

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Two studies appearing in JAMA examine the use of genetic tests to help rule out a serious bacterial infection in infants with fever, and also to determine if an infection is bacterial or viral in...

Flu Shot: Side Effects, Facts, Things to Consider

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Does the flu shot cause side effects? This article looks at what the flu shot is, how safe it is, and when people should get this vaccine.

Is It Strep Throat? Pictures and Symptoms

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

How can you tell the difference between strep throat and other conditions that affect the throat? The symptoms and pictures in this article could help.

Common cold viruses originated in camels - just like MERS

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

There are four globally endemic human coronaviruses which, together with the better known rhinoviruses, are responsible for causing common colds.

New flu strains and old antibodies: How sinful is 'original antigenic sin'?

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Immune memory ensures a quick and specific response to previously encountered pathogens.

New study explains why MRSA 'superbug' kills influenza patients

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Researchers have discovered that secondary infection with the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacterium (or "superbug") often kills influenza patients because the flu virus...

Flu nasal spray just as effective as flu shot

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Contrary to previous studies, new research shows that immunizing children with the flu nasal spray provides similar protection to the standard flu shot.

St. Jude researchers pinpoint key influenza-fighting immune trigger

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PDT

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital immunologists have identified the protein trigger in the body's quick-reaction innate immune system that specifically recognizes the influenza virus in...

What is Mono and Should I Worry About It?

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Learn all about mono, a condition that is often caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. This article looks at the symptoms, causes, treatment, and prevention.

Flu vaccine uptake slightly higher in provinces that allow vaccination by pharmacists

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:00:00 PDT

People who live in provinces with policies that allow pharmacists to administer influenza vaccines are more likely to be vaccinated, according to a new study in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association...

Replacing ill workers with healthy ones accelerates some epidemics

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

When disease outbreaks occur, people with essential roles - healthcare workers, first responders, and teachers, for example - are typically up close and personal with infected people.

Additives to boost vaccine responses not sufficient to protect obese mice from influenza

Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Adjuvants - ingredients added to vaccinations for influenza and other viruses to help boost their effectiveness - can increase a host's immune response but not enough to protect the obese against...

Mono: What are the Early Signs and Symptoms?

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Learn all about the early signs and symptoms of mono. This article looks at mono symptoms in teens, young adults, older adults, and children.

Flu vaccine may reduce risk of death for type 2 diabetes patients

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The flu vaccine may reduce the likelihood of being hospitalised with stroke and heart failure in people with type 2 diabetes, according to new research.

Intranasal flu vaccine produces long-lasting immune response in mice

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Findings suggest intranasal flu vaccine may help prevent severe illness during pandemics.

Steam inhalation does not ease chronic nasal congestion, study finds

Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Symptoms of chronic nasal congestion are unlikely to be eased through steam inhalation, new research finds, though nasal irrigation may be effective.

Study maps transmission of MERS virus in South Korean hospital from one 'super-spreader' patient

Mon, 11 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PDT

Tracing the movements of patients at a South Korean hospital has helped identify how Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus was transmitted from a single super-spreader patient in an...

Zinc lozenges help most patients recover earlier from the common cold

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Zinc acetate lozenges may reduce the duration of the common cold by nearly 3 days, according to a recent analysis.

How to Deal with a Sore Throat

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Learn all about sore throats. This article looks at the causes and symptoms of a sore throat, along with home remedies and prevention tips.

Flu shot in pregnancy may only protect infants for 8 weeks after birth

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Infants born to mothers who receive the flu vaccine in pregnancy may only be protected against the virus for the first 8 weeks of life, find researchers.

ACIP votes down use of LAIV for 2016-2017 flu season

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 07:00:00 PDT

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) today voted that live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV), also known as the "nasal spray" flu vaccine, should not be used during the...