Johnson & Johnson hits the Big Apple with latest JLabs site
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) opened its latest life science incubator in New York City, the healthcare giant said today. The 30,000-square-foot JLabs @ NYC is a collaboration between Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New York State and the New York Genome Center. Sited at the genome center in SoHo, the incubator is home to 26 startups and has room for four more, New Brunswick, N.J.-based J&J said. “Johnson & Johnson has deep entrepreneurial roots in New York and we are pleased to see our unique JLabs model applied in this rich ecosystem to foster the creation of new healthcare innovations that have t...
Source: Mass Device - June 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Funding Roundup Research & Development johnsonandjohnson Source Type: news

Major gaps in influenza immunization coverage among older adults of racial and ethnic groups tackled by leading scientists
(PadillaCRT) Major immunization gaps among older adults of racial and ethnic groups was the core of an expert roundtable comprised of various health care system leaders. The experts convened to specifically address lagging influenza immunization rates due to growing racial and ethnic disparities that are well below public health goals among older adults. As a next step, SHC's Advisory Board committed to authoring a Call to Action for publication in an international peer-reviewed medical journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ACIP Issues Flu Season Guidance, Anthrax Vax in a'Mass Event '
(MedPage Today) -- Committee also heard data on cell-cultured influenza vaccines (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 20, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Extracellular Material Supports Influenza Virus Infectivity Across Humidity Levels Extracellular Material Supports Influenza Virus Infectivity Across Humidity Levels
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - June 15, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Infectious Diseases News Source Type: news

A Better Flu Shot May Be On the Horizon. Here ’s Why
Each year, influenza viruses bring aches, pains, fever and overall misery to millions of people. The flu also leads to hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations and thousands of deaths. In a new paper published in Genome Medicine, researchers say a blood test may be able to identify which people are more likely to fight off the flu and which may have a harder time. And information from that same test could lead to new treatments — including more effective vaccines — that might make more people more flu-resistant. For four years, Purvesh Khatri, an associate professor of medicine and biomedical data science at S...
Source: TIME: Health - June 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized healthytime public health Source Type: news

First influenza-specific neuraminidase test kit for flu vaccines
(InDevR, Inc.) InDevR Inc. announced product release of the first ever commercial reagent kit designed explicitly for assessment of neuraminidase (NA) in influenza vaccines. The new kit is poised to help improve influenza vaccines by empowering manufacturers with a standardized method to meet current regulatory requirements and to prepare for future trends. The VaxArray NA kit is an important new tool for a more broadly protective or 'universal' flu vaccine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 12, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Human Vaccines Project announces new partnership with Telethon Kids Institute in Australia
(Human Vaccines Project) The Human Vaccines Project, a nonprofit public-private partnership focused on decoding the immune system to improve human health, today announced its first international scientific hub through a partnership with Telethon Kids Institute. Based in Perth, Western Australia, Telethon Kids Institute is recognized as a world leader in addressing the health of pediatric and indigenous populations. The research institute will   also   join other leading academic, industry, nonprofit and government organizations as a partner of the Project's   Universal Influenza Vaccine Initiative (UIVI). (S...
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Negative rapid test results may delay antiviral therapy in patients with severe influenza
(American Society for Microbiology) A new study has found that half of influenza cases in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) received a false negative rapid influenza antigen test (RIAT). The false negative RIAT results could delay antiviral therapy for patients who were in the ICU with severe influenza. The research is presented at ASM Microbe, the American Society for Microbiology's annual meeting, held from June 7-11 in Atlanta, Ga. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 10, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Welcome To The'Hotel Influenza': You Can Get $3500 With One Catch
This University will pay you to get sick and stay in a place with comfy chairs. Here are the important reasons why. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Bruce Y. Lee, Contributor Source Type: news

University offers $3,500 to get sick and stay in "Hotel Influenza"
St. Louis University has converted a 24-room hotel into a research center that's looking to intentionally expose "guests" to the flu (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Record-Breaking Number of Kids Died During This Year ’s Flu Season
This year’s flu season has killed more children than in any non-pandemic year on record, according to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data. A total of 172 pediatric deaths have now been reported in connection with the 2017-2018 flu season, including two that occurred as recently as mid- to late-May, according to the CDC. That number edges out the 171 deaths seen in 2012-2013, and surpasses the number of deaths recorded in all but pandemic years, which involve a global outbreak of a new influenza virus, to which most people are not immune. “We saw just an overwhelming amount of flu in gener...
Source: TIME: Health - June 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized healthytime onetime public health Source Type: news

Would YOU suffer through the flu for $3,500? Scientists offer to pay guests at 'Hotel Influenza'
Researchers at St Louis University are offering a paycheck and a 10-day stay in a quarantine 'hotel' to volunteers willing to be exposed to the flu in a 'human challenge' to develop a universal shot. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity in the United States During the 2017 –18 Season and Composition of the 2018–19 Influenza Vaccine
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Update: ACIP Recommendations for the Use of Quadrivalent Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine (LAIV4) — United States, 2018–19 Influenza Season
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - June 7, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Update: Influenza Activity in the United States During the 2017-18 Season and Composition of the 2018-19 Influenza Vaccine
The 2017-18 influenza season was a high severity, A(H3N2)-predominant season. Influenza activity indicators were notable for the volume and intensity of influenza cases that occurred in most of the country at the same time. Record hospitalization rates and high numbers of influenza-associated pediatric deaths also were reported. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Flu virus is protected by mucus when airborne, regardless of humidity
(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences) Mucus and other airway secretions that are expelled when a person with the flu coughs or exhales appear to protect the virus when it becomes airborne, regardless of humidity levels, a creative experiment conducted by the University of Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech discovered. The results refute long-standing studies that indicated the influenza virus degrades and is inactivated sooner as the humidity increases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 7, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What to know about dog flu
The canine flu is not the same virus as human influenza strains. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Could 'dog flu' be the next pandemic?
A new study confirms that the influenza virus can jump from pigs to dogs. Rapidly changing, some are concerned it could cause the next flu pandemic. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Flu / Cold / SARS Source Type: news

Increase in Requirement for Flu Vaccines at Non-VA Hospitals
TUESDAY, June 5, 2018 -- At non-Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, but not in VA hospitals, there was an increase in mandatory influenza vaccination requirements for health care personnel (HCP) from 2013 to 2017, according to a study published online... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dogs can be a potential risk for future influenza pandemic
(American Society for Microbiology) Dogs are a potential reservoir for a future influenza pandemic, according to a study published in the journal mBio. The study demonstrated that influenza virus can jump from pigs into canines and that influenza is becoming increasingly diverse in canines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 5, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Kids With Asthma Need a Flu Shot: Study
Those with influenza or parainfluenza turned out to have a 37 percent higher chance of not responding to treatment, compared to 13 percent for children without the virus. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Hospitals Requiring Influenza Vaccine for Workers More Hospitals Requiring Influenza Vaccine for Workers
The rate went from 37% to 61% in 4 years, with some sectors showing larger jumps than others. Still unclear is whether that will translate into fewer influenza cases among patients.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Surveillance of influenza and other respiratory viruses in the UK: Winter 2017-18
This report describes influenza activity experienced in UK from week 40, 2017 to week 15, 2018 and includes observations and commentary from the childhood vaccination programme and activity of other seasonal and novel respiratory viruses. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most hospitals now require workers to get flu shots -- except those that treat veterans
(Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan) A new study shows a rapid rise in the percentage of hospitals that require their workers to be vaccinated against influenza -- except among hospitals that focus on treating the nation's military veterans. The percentage of Veterans Affairs hospitals that have a flu vaccine mandate rose from 1 percent in 2013 to 4 percent in 2017. But at the same time, the percentage of non-VA hospitals requiring shots rose from 44 percent to nearly 70 percent. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 1, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Progress in Vaccine-Preventable and Respiratory Infectious Diseases-First 10 Years of the CDC National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 2006-2015
During its first 10 years (2006-2015), NCIRD worked with partners to improve preparedness and response to pandemic influenza and other emergent respiratory infections, provide an evidence base for addition of 7 newly recommended vaccines, and modernize vaccine distribution. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Key molecule for flu infection identified
(Hokkaido University) After decades of research, a research team has discovered the key receptor molecule that enhances the infection of the influenza A virus, providing a novel target for anti-flu drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 29, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

AAP Favors Flu Shot Over Nasal Spray Vaccine AAP Favors Flu Shot Over Nasal Spray Vaccine
For the upcoming 2018-2019 flu season, the AAP recommends sticking with the inactivated influenza vaccine, which provides better protection; the nasal spray should only be used in kids who refuse shots.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Seventy-First World Health Assembly
World Health Organization. 05/10/2018 This Web page provides information and materials for the 71st session of the World Health Assembly, which takes place in Geneva on May 21-26, 2018. The Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO). Documents for the Assembly include the Report of the Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme; WHO's Work in Health Emergencies; Health, Environment and Climate Change; and Progress in Implementing Decision WHA70(10) (2017) on Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework. (PDF) (Source: Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

What is BACM?
Discussion Leg pain in children has a broad differential diagnosis and includes more innocuous problems such as growing pains and transient synovitis but also more serious problems including neurological diseases or malignancy. Occult or self-limited trauma are also common causes. A review can be found here. Limping can be painful or painless and has its own differential diagnosis which can overlap with leg pain. A differential diagnosis for limping can be found here. Muscle weakness also has its’ own differential diagnosis which can be found here. Learning Point Benign acute childhood myositis (BACM) has other names...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - May 21, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Pig immunology comes of age: killer T cell responses to influenza
Researchers from The Pirbright Institute, University of Bristol, Cardiff University and University of Oxford have generated tools that allow scientists to understand a vital area of the pig immune system which was previously inaccessible. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - May 17, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: International, Research, Health; Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bristol Veterinary School; Press Release Source Type: news

A high-fibre diet could protect against flu and colds
Researchers from the Monash University in Australia found that mice which are given extra fibre are protected against influenza, which affects millions of people every year. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Last year's flu vaccine was a total bust, yet the CDC claims it was a "grand success" - Here's the truth of what happened
(Natural News) The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) claims that last year’s flu vaccine was a “grand success.” Newly appointed CDC director Robert R. Redfield claimed the influenza A and B vaccines were 36 percent effective over 2017-2018 flu season. He tweeted praise on the vaccinated because they “reduced risk of getting sick with the... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

CAS alert: Influenza Season 2017/18: Use of Antiviral Medicines (England)
The Department of Health has issued an alert for the use of antiviral medicines.... (Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News)
Source: Royal Pharmaceutical Society News - May 10, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

100 Years of Influenza Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018
Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health. 05/07/2018 This video is Part 1 of a one-day symposium sponsored by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the context of the centenary of the 1918 influenza pandemic, experts from academia and government convened to discuss and debate current pandemic influenza threats, and the future of pandemic preparedness and influenza prevention and control. Topics include 2018 Threats: The Challenge of H3N2, and Impact of Epidemic on Health Systems; and Current Gaps: United States and Local Public Health Pandemi...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

NIAID-Sponsored Trial of a Universal Influenza Vaccine Begins
Phase 2 clinical trial of investigational universal influenza vaccines has begun in the U.S. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - May 4, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

NIAID-sponsored trial of a universal influenza vaccine begins
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) A Phase 2 clinical trial of an investigational universal influenza vaccine intended to protect against multiple strains of the virus has begun. The study is sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and is being conducted at US sites that are part of the NIAID-funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units. The trial is testing an experimental vaccine called M-001 for safety and its ability to produce potentially broad protective immune responses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - May 4, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Avian influenza: guidance, data and analysis
This guidance was updated in April 2018. It covers the symptoms, diagnosis, management and epidemiology of avian influenza (bird flu). A link to a new risk assessment under the heading'Epidemiology':'Avian influenza A(H7N4): risk assessment'has been added. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - May 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

BioCryst lands European approval for flu treatment
Ahead of its planned merger with Exton, Pennsylvania-based Idera Pharmaceuticals, Durham ’s BioCryst Pharmaceuticals has landed European approval for its flu treatment.  BioCryst (Nasdaq: BCRX) said Tuesday that the European Medicines Agency has approved the treatment – an intravenous infusion in adults and children 2 years of age and older – under the brand name Alpivab. “AL PIVAB approval in the European Union represents a significant advancement for influenza patients, representing the… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - May 2, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Jennifer Henderson Source Type: news

Flu Vaccines Have High Impact, Even With Relatively Low Efficacy
MONDAY, April 30, 2018 -- Even relatively low-efficacy influenza vaccines can have a high impact, especially with optimal distribution across age groups, according to a study published online April 30 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Horses Get the Flu, Too
Flu vaccines for horses haven ’t been updated in more than 25 years, but Rochester researchers have developed a new live equine influenza vaccine that is safe and more protective than existing vaccines. A new vaccine is needed not only to keep horses healthy, but also to protect people. (Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases)
Source: University of Rochester Medical Center Press Releases - April 30, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Authors: University of Rochester Medical Center Source Type: news

Horses get the flu, too
(University of Rochester Medical Center) Flu vaccines for horses haven't been updated in more than 25 years, but researchers have developed a new live equine influenza vaccine that's safe and more protective than existing vaccines. Proactively preventing the spread of flu in animals is important, as animals are the most likely source of future human pandemics. Animals can be infected with multiple influenza viruses and have the potential to act as 'mixing vessels,' generating new strains that could infect people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

4 Trends Advancing Medtech
For the past 20 years, the Medical Design Excellence Awards have celebrated medical products that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our finalists this year carry on this tradition, while also keeping in step with today’s high-tech digital and consumer trends. With the help of our esteemed jurors, we have identified four key trends in this year’s group of finalists: risk reduction; faster, more-efficient healthcare delivery; the influence of the Internet of Things; and the consumerization of healthcare. We’ve been tracking a few of these trends in past awards programs, so they’re n...
Source: MDDI - April 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Design Source Type: news

QuickStats: Percentage of Currently Employed Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Received Influenza Vaccine in the Past 12 Months, by Employment Category — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2012 and 2016
(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)
Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - April 26, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

VaxArray immunogenicity study published in Vaccine
(InDevR, Inc.) 'VaxArray for Hemagglutinin and Neuraminidase Potency Testing of Influenza Vaccines' describes a study designed to test the relationship between VaxArray-measured potency and vaccine-induced immunogenicity in mice. The study results represent a milestone in an industry-wide effort to qualify new potency assays for influenza vaccines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - April 26, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Infection prevention specialist nurse named ‘flu fighter champion’
An infection prevention specialist nurse from Yorkshire has been given a national award for her work to encourage influenza vaccination among her trust ’s staff ahead of last winter. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - April 25, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

What Causes Hyponatremia?
Discussion Normal kidneys regulate water balance to maintain a plasma osmolality of 275-290 mOsm/kg normally. Thirst and arginine vasopressin or antidiuretic hormone (ADH) are the primary regulators of plasma osmolality. ADH is made in the hypothalamus and released by the posterior pituitary gland. ADH acts on the kidney’s distal collecting duct to increase water reabsorption. ADH is appropriately released in hypovolemic states, such as dehydration caused by gastroenteritis. ADH has an ~10 minute half-life and therefore can respond to rapid changes in volume status. Sodium balance is regulated by aldosterone (as part...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - April 23, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

World Immunization Week 2018: Protected Together, #VaccinesWork
22 April 2018, Cairo – This year’s World Immunization Week campaign, celebrated from 24 to 30 April, aims to highlight that protecting entire communities with vaccines protects everyone and so the theme of this year’s campaign is “Protected Together, #VaccinesWork”.  Immunization is one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions. Studies show that every US$ 1 spent on childhood immunization returns US$ 44 in economic and social benefits.  Immunization protects everyone – from infants to senior citizens – against disabling illnesses, disability a...
Source: WHO EMRO News - April 22, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Fall 2018 flu vaccine will be 20 percent effective, study predicts
This fall's flu vaccine will be 20 percent effective for the dominant circulating strain of influenza A, the same as shots given the past two years. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Kenya Doesn't Have a Flu Vaccine Policy. Why It Needs One for Babies
[The Conversation Africa] Each year the World Health Organisation gathers data on influenza strains and recommends which strains countries should include in formulating vaccines for the next year. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - April 19, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Study predicts 2018 flu vaccine will have 20 percent efficacy
(Rice University) A Rice University study of 6,610 human flu sequences predicts that this fall's flu vaccine will likely have the same reduced efficacy against the dominant circulating strain of influenza A as the vaccine given in 2016 and 2017 due to viral mutations related to vaccine production in eggs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news