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Older people should get high dose flu shot: Study

Last Updated: Thursday, August 14, 2014, 09:13

Older people are likely to benefit from a high-dose flu vaccine to ward off the seasonal malaise, which can be particularly dangerous to those over 65, researchers said Wednesday.

Swine flu epidemic hits Australia

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 13:51

Swine flu, also known as the H1N1 virus, has hit Australia accounting for the majority of influenza cases this year, health officials said Tuesday.

Myanmar enforces preventive steps against Ebola

Last Updated: Sunday, August 03, 2014, 22:06

The Myanmar government has taken preventive measures against the spread of Ebola in the country, a health ministry statement said Sunday.

Avian influenza treatments identified

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 15:30

In a novel discovery, scientists have identified six potential therapeutics to treat the deadly H7N9 avian influenza.

Influenza patients in US wrongly prescribed antibiotics?

Last Updated: Thursday, July 17, 2014, 19:27

Taking antibiotics does not help patients suffering from influenza, a viral disease, but nearly 30 percent of the flu patients who were treated during the 2012-2013 influenza season in the US may have been prescribed unnecessary antibiotics instead of antiviral therapy, says a study.

US govt lab mixed up potent flu strain

Last Updated: Saturday, July 12, 2014, 09:31

A US government laboratory mistakenly mixed a common flu strain with a dangerous and deadly type of bird flu and shipped it to another lab, authorities said today.

Deadly bird flu H7N9 at risk of spreading from China to India, Bangladesh

Last Updated: Thursday, June 19, 2014, 00:42

A new research suggests that 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 suitable areas of India, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

Mystery of pandemic flu virus of 1918 solved

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 09:55

Researchers have now provided the most conclusive answers yet to two of the world`s foremost biomedical mysteries of the past century: the origin of the 1918 pandemic flu virus and its unusual severity, which resulted in a death toll of approximately 50 million people.

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