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  • Illuminating the flu: A new technology could make it easier for researchers to fight a host of diseases

Monday, December 6, 2016

To stop a flu epidemic before it starts, you’ve got to know your enemy. But for epidemiologists and vaccine developers involved in the annual fight against the flu, it’s not enough to identify the mere presence of a flu virus. You’ve got to know exactly which virus you’re dealing with and how widely it has spread.

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  • Flu Season: 10 Things Everyone Needs to Know This Year

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Your family and coworkers are constantly coughing and the communal tissues are running low. There’s no doubt about it: Cold and flu season is here.

“The cold and flu season really begins when school starts in September, and continues all the way through the spring season,” said Dr. David Topham, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester.

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  • Infant Nose, Lung Cells Possess Remarkably Similar RNA Patterns

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Cells from an infant’s nose are remarkably similar to those found in the lungs, a discovery that could lead to much more precise diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and other infant lung diseases, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC).

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  • A Rare Mutation Found in Flu Virus Leads to New Vaccination Approaches

Saturday, October 8, 2016

A unique and unbelievable mutation was discovered in a protein that is encoded by an influenza virus.  You may ask yourself, why might this mutation be so important? This mutation is able to render the virus defenseless against the body’s immune system, which could lead to a new method for administering live influenza vaccines in the future.

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  • Researchers discover rare flu-thwarting mutation

Monday, October 3, 2016

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future.

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  • Researchers Discover Rare Flu-Thwarting Mutation

Friday, September 30, 2016

A singular and extraordinary turn in a protein encoded by an influenza pathogen renders a pathogen defenseless opposite a body’s defence system.  This University of Rochester Medical Center find could yield a new plan for live influenza vaccines in a future.

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  • Flu Shot Facts: What, Why and When 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Flu season is rapidly approaching and ads for flu shots are popping up everywhere. Should you get one? Will it work? UR Medicine vaccine expert Dr. John Treanor explains what's new this year and why it's important to get a flu shot every year.

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  • URMC Researchers Discover Rare Flu-Thwarting Mutation

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A rare and improbable mutation in a protein encoded by an influenza virus renders the virus defenseless against the body's immune system. This University of Rochester Medical Center discovery could provide a new strategy for live influenza vaccines in the future.

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  • New Technologies May Speed Flu Vaccine Testing

Monday, September 12, 2016

Benjamin Miller, Ph.D., professor of Dermatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center recently received yet another patent for a new technology that can detect miniscule amounts of specific molecules in blood or other liquids. The latest patent focuses on using this technology for quicker and easier detection of immune responses to the flu.

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  • Scientists Seek to Improve Flu Vaccine for the Very Young

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Scientists at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry have discovered a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for those who are at greatest risk of catching the flu, particularly infants under the age of 2. The work is early and a long way from being applied in people, but offers promise for a vaccine that could better protect the most vulnerable.

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  • Flu Fighters: Does That Shot Make a Difference?

Monday, January 19, 2015

As flu illness grips the nation, stubborn questions persist about the effectiveness of flu shots. UR Medicine expert Dr. John Treanor explains why it’s important to get a flu shot, even when it seems like it doesn’t work.

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National Publications:

  • Flu Vaccines Might be Aiming at the Wrong Target, Study Shows

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

A new study may help explain why flu vaccines work so poorly. It finds that when testing how well an experimental new vaccine works, researchers may be looking in the wrong place — or at least they're not looking in all the places they should.

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Local Publications:

  • URMC study: New nasal spray flu vaccine could be safe for children under two

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Rochester, N.Y. - A new URMC study found a way to make a nasal spray flu vaccine safer for young children under the age of two. Available nasal spray vaccines, such as FluMist, are offered every year. However, it is only approved for use in people ages two through 49. At this point, infants can't get a nasal spray flu vaccine because it may cause wheezing.

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