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Health News - Bird Flu/SARS

Study maps travel of H7 influenza genes
Influenza has a long history of being one of the most deadly diseases to afflict humanity, but what exactly makes it so dangerous? (Medical News Today)

Avian flu in Hong Kong hospital controlled by infection control preparedness measures
A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. (Medical News Today)

Mapping chicken flu virus offers clues about deadly H7N9 bird flu
By sequencing the viral genome of the H9N2 chicken virus, scientists have mapped its evolution since 1994 and found clues as to how it helped H7N9 emerge as a threat to humans. (Medical News Today)

Immunity to many types of flu viruses boosted by seasonal flu vaccines
Seasonal flu vaccines may protect individuals not only against the strains of flu they contain but also against many additional types, according to a study published this week in mBio®, the... (Medical News Today)

Advice for backyard poultry keepers to protect birds from avian flu, UK
Following the recent case of avian flu discovered in The Netherlands, the British Veterinary Association (BVA), British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) and British Veterinary Poultry... (Medical News Today)

New candidate vaccine against risky avian influenza
The avian influenza (bird flu) virus of the H5N1 subtype continues to infect people, especially in South-Eastern Asia. (Medical News Today)

Some flu viruses potentially more dangerous than others
Certain subtypes of avian influenza viruses have the potential to cause more severe disease in humans than other avian influenza subtypes and should be monitored carefully to prevent spread of... (Medical News Today)

Moving toward eradication of H5N1 bird flu
A University of Adelaide-led project has developed a new test that can distinguish between birds that have been vaccinated against the H5N1 strain of avian influenza virus or "bird flu" with those... (Medical News Today)

Plant MIR2911 - 'Virological penicillin' directly targets influenza A viruses
In a new study, Chen-Yu Zhang's group at Nanjing University present an extremely novel finding that a plant microRNA, MIR2911, which is enriched in honeysuckle, directly targets influenza A viruses... (Medical News Today)

Mathematical tool could help emergency services deal with Ebola, pandemics
An evolutionary analysis of public health data during a major disease outbreak, such as bird flu, E. (Medical News Today)

Naturally acquired mutations in the avian H3N8 flu virus allow the infection to spread in mammals via respiratory droplets
A study led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital scientists found the avian influenza A H3N8 virus that killed harbor seals along the New England coast can spread through respiratory droplets and... (Medical News Today)

Vaccination against H5N1 flu virus generates broadly reactive antibodies
Vaccine researchers have developed a strategy aimed at generating broadly cross-reactive antibodies against the influenza virus: embrace the unfamiliar. (Medical News Today)

Positive results for BiondVax in a study demonstrating the effectiveness of the vaccination against a new class of deadly bird flu viruses
BiondVax Pharmaceuticals Ltd, developer of a universal flu vaccine, has announced successful completion of studies in mice that validated the effectiveness of the company's vaccine against an... (Medical News Today)

Targeting immune response rather than flu virus offers potential for new drugs
The seriousness of disease often results from the strength of immune response, rather than with the virus, itself. (Medical News Today)

Tackling immune response could be promising new direction for flu drugs
A new study suggests targeting the immune response - rather than the virus - may be an effective way for drugs to fight H7N9 avian flu and other highly virulent pathogens. (Medical News Today)

Patient choice and hospital capacity during a pandemic
Allowing patients to choose which hospital they attend when suffering illness during a pandemic rather than assigning them to a specific healthcare facility is appealing to patients during such a... (Medical News Today)

The risk of H7N9 infection is mapped in Asia
Since 2013, two epidemic waves of avian influenza H7N9 human infections have affected China, with over 400 human cases reported to date, a case fatality rate of approximately 30%, and no human to... (Medical News Today)

Concentration of bird markets increases deadly bird flu, areas at risk mapped
A dangerous strain of avian influenza, H7N9, that's causing severe illness and deaths in China may be inhabiting a small fraction of its potential range and appears at risk of spreading to other... (Medical News Today)

1918-like virus with pandemic potential uncovered in genes found in nature
An international team of researchers has shown that circulating avian influenza viruses contain all the genetic ingredients necessary to underpin the emergence of a virus similar to the deadly 1918... (Medical News Today)

H10N8 strain of bird flu is 'not a current threat to public health'
Experts assessing the the latest strain of avian flu conclude that there is no current risk of a pandemic, but they stress the importance of monitoring for mutations. (Medical News Today)

Risk of accidental release a concern in experiments using virulent avian flu strains
Experiments creating dangerous flu strains that are transmissible between mammals pose too great a risk to human life from potential release, according to an editorial by researchers from Harvard... (Medical News Today)

Vaccination during 'optimal window' is the key to saving lives and money in next flu pandemic
Early vaccination could reduce morbidity, mortality, and health care costs associated with pandemic flu, according to an article being published in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Medical News Today)

A hotbed for new diseases: China study improves understanding of disease spread
Scientists at the University of Liverpool have shown how the travel and socialisation patterns of people in Southern China can give greater insight into how new diseases such as bird flu may spread... (Medical News Today)

Potential to prevent pandemics following insights into how a bird flu virus spreads
The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected and killed hundreds of people, despite the fact that, at the moment, the virus can't spread easily between people. (Medical News Today)

Study fingers chickens, quail, in spread of H7N9 influenza virus
Among the copious species of poultry in China, quail and chickens are the likely sources of infection of H7N9 influenza virus to humans, according to a paper published ahead of print in the Journal... (Medical News Today)

Carrier Oils
It is important to learn not only about the variety of essentials oils and their benefits, but also the way to properly combine them with a carrier oil before applying to the skin. Essential oils are concentrated and alone are very potent. Carrier oils carry essential oils to the skin safely. If essential oils are applied directly to the skin they can irritate it and have a negative effect instead of fulfilling their helpful, (aromatherapy-blends)

Aromatherapy in Labor and Delivery
The time has come. After nine months of anticipation you are standing at the door, suitcase at the ready, stopwatch in hand. You have timed the contractions at every two to five minutes on the dot, and as the drama of birth opens its curtains before your very eyes, you wonder if all your preparations will (aromatherapy-blends)

Aromatherapy in Pregnancy
Pregnancy and childbirth is the most wondrous experience of a woman’s life. To describe it, one must use a list of contradictions. What other event can be so universal, yet so personal? At what other time does a woman feel more in tune with her feminine side, while yet tapping into her strongest reserve of raw power? What other rite of passage takes her to the very doors of death, only to open them and find new life? There is no other time when a woman can feel so sick while being in perfectly good health. There is no other even (aromatherapy-blends)

Aromatherapy Essential Oils
Properties of common ar (aromatherapy-blends)

Reiki The Energy Force
The Reiki system is not the only factor that determines how the body is attuned to the Reiki energy.  The person giving a Reiki treatment also receives the healing effect of the energy as it flows thr (aromatherapy-blends)

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